Proseminar: Human-Computer Interaction (Summer 2022)



  Course Information

Presentations Mon, 14:30 - 16:00
Language English & German
Credits 3


Kick-off Meeting Mon, March 28th 14:30
Lecture: Literature Review TBA
Lecture: Presentation Guidelines TBA
Lecture: Scientific Writing TBA

Dieses Proseminar ist eine Einführung in den Bereich der Mensch-Computer-Interaktion. Aufbauend auf grundlegenden Veröffentlichungen zu diesem Thema vermittelt Ihnen das Proseminar eine neue Sicht auf die Benutzerschnittstelle und ihren Einfluss auf den Erfolg interaktiver Softwaresysteme. Dabei werden Sie Innovationen kennenlernen, die in den letzten Jahren Einzug in kommerzielle UIs gefunden haben, und solche, die bislang nur in Forschungslaboren existieren. Bei allen Themen handelt es sich um aktuelle Publikationen aus dem Bereich Human Computer Interaction. Sie werden eine Ausarbeitung schreiben und eine Präsentation halten, welche den aktuellen Stand der Forschung aus dem jeweiligen Bereich darstellen und diskutieren soll. Die Bearbeitung der Themen erfolgt in Zweiergruppen.

This proseminar is an introduction to the field of human-computer interaction. Building on basic publications on this topic, the proseminar provides a new perspective on the user interface and its impact on the success of interactive software systems. You will get to know innovations that have found their way into commercial UIs in recent years and those that only exist in research laboratories so far. All topics are current publications from the field of Interactive Surfaces and Spaces. You will write a paper and give a presentation which will present and discuss the current state of research in the respective field. You will work on the seminar paper and the presentation in groups of two.


Prof. Dr. Jan


For any questions about the class, please contact Oliver Nowak.

Presentation Dates


Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Written Report 50%
Presentation 50%

Fields of Study

  • Informatik (B.Sc.)
  • Informatik Lehramt (B.Sc.)

Attendance Policy

To pass the course you have to attend all presentations.

Course Requirements

Please read the Ethical Guidelines for the Authoring of Academic Work (Ethische Richtlinien für das Verfassen wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten) and submit a signed Declaration of Compliance to RWTHmoodle.

The RWTH CS library offers a course to literature review (Literaturrecherche für Informatiker). This course is mandatory for all bachelor students to participate in our seminar.

Recommended Reading:

Writing for Computer Science by Justin Zobel (available at RWTH library & Informatik library)

  • Chapter 10: Doing Research
  • Chapter 9: Writing Up

"How to Read an Engineering Research Paper"

Submission Milestones

All submissions have to be uploaded to RWTHmoodle on the respective day by 11:59 pm.

Literature Review & Outline

Prepare 10+ topic-related research papers with a 30 word contribution and benefits statement stating the contribution type. Provide a clear structure of the final paper submission. What is the storyline you want to convey? How are you introducing the topic? What are the arguments you are providing? How are you connecting the papers to each other and your arguments? Include your papers into this structure.

Introduction & First Paper

Prepare the first sections of your final paper! Prepare the Introduction Chapter and the report of the first found paper you found during your literature review. This is your chance to get feedback on your writing style.

Camera-Ready Presentation Slides

Hand in the complete version of your presentation slides (Powerpoint, Keynote, ....). These are slides that you would confidently use for a presentation the next day.

Presentation (50% of Grade)

You present in front of your fellow students and your supervisor. We expect a well-prepared presentation. Presentation time will be 30 minutes, followed by a discussion where you will receive feedback and questions from your supervisor and your peers. We encourage a constructive feedback interaction where you can learn from each other and have a friendly conversation on how to improve your presentation style.

Paper Submission (50% of Grade)

Your paper submission should contain 15 content pages in the ACM Extended Abstract Template. We expect you to submit a final version without spelling mistakes, with a clear flow of argumentation, a complete bibliography, and including all figures.

You have to use Overleaf to work cooperatively on your paper.

Milestone Dates

For the milestones "Literature Review and Report Outline", "Test Presentation" and "Paper Review" you can get feedback from your supervisor. For this, make an appointment for that day.

GroupTopicLiterature & OutlineIntroduction and First PaperCamera-Ready Presentation SlidesPresentationPaper Submission
6 Textile Interfaces 11.4.2022 19.4.2022 25.4.2022 2.5.2022 16.5.2022
8 Force Input 11.4.2022 19.4.2022 25.4.2022 2.5.2022 16.5.2022
14 Gaze Interaction 19.4.2022 25.4.2022 2.5.2022 9.5.2022 23.5.2022
1 Interaction in Augmented/Virtual Reality 19.4.2022 25.4.2022 2.5.2022 9.5.2022 23.5.2022
5 Dark Patterns in HCI Research 25.4.2022 2.5.2022 9.5.2022 16.5.2022 30.5.2022
13 Soft Robotics in HCI Research 25.4.2022 2.5.2022 9.5.2022 16.5.2022 30.5.2022
3 Smart Jewelry 2.5.2022 9.5.2022 16.5.2022 23.5.2022 13.6.2022
12 HCI Research for Personal Fitness 2.5.2022 9.5.2022 16.5.2022 23.5.2022 13.6.2022
15 Interaction on Skin 9.5.2022 16.5.2022 23.5.2022 30.5.2022 20.6.2022
7 Proxemic Interactions 9.5.2022 16.5.2022 23.5.2022 30.5.2022 20.6.2022
11 Extending Everyday Objects 16.5.2022 23.5.2022 30.5.2022 13.6.2022 27.6.2022
2 Plants in HCI 16.5.2022 23.5.2022 30.5.2022 13.6.2022 27.6.2022
10 Anthropomorphic Interfaces 23.5.2022 30.5.2022 13.6.2022 20.6.2022 4.7.2022
16 HCI Models 23.5.2022 30.5.2022 13.6.2022 20.6.2022 4.7.2022
9 Connecting People over Distance 30.5.2022 13.6.2022 20.6.2022 27.6.2022 11.7.2022
4 Touchless Input 30.5.2022 13.6.2022 20.6.2022 27.6.2022 11.7.2022

Example presentation from Marcel Lahaye and Aaron Krämer

Previous Offerings:

SS21 - SS20 - SS19 - WS18/19- WS17/18WS15/16 – WS14/15WS13/14WS12/13 – WS11/12 – SS11SS09SS08SS07SS06 – SS05SS04

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