Proseminar: Human-Computer Interaction (Summer 2024)



  Preliminary Course Information

Presentations Tue, 12:30 - 14:00
Language English & German
(BSc/MSc CS)


Kick-off Meeting Tue, 02.04.2024, 12:30 - 14:00
Lecture: Literature Review & Scientific Writing Tue, 09.04.2024, 12:30 - 14:00
Lecture: Presentation Guidelines Tue, 16.04.2024, 12:30 - 14:00

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 Anke Brocker.


02.04.24 Kick-Off Event* Organizational information and topic assignment
09.04.24 Lecture* Literature Review & Scientific Writingt
16.04.24 Lecture* Presentation Guidelines
21.05.24 Presentation Slides Submission deadline of presentation slides for all groups
28.05.24 Seminar Presentations* (14:30) Group 01 & Group 02 & Group 03
04.06.24 No Seminar Presentations: RWTH Sports Day
11.06.24 Seminar Presentations* (12:30) Group 04 & Group 05 & Group 06
18.06.24 Seminar Presentations* (12:30) Group 07 & Group 08 & Group 09
02.07.24 Seminar Presentations* (12:30) Group 10 & Group 11
09.07.24 CANCELLED ----
16.07.24 Written Report Submission deadline of written seminar report for all groups

 *Mandatory attendance

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. We only accept absence in 10% of the events.

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.

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 15 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 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.

We suggest using Overleaf to work cooperatively on your paper.

Example presentation from Marcel Lahaye and Aaron Krämer

Previous Offerings:

Summer 22 - Summer 21 - Summer 20 - Summer 19 - Winter 18- Winter 17Winter 15 – Winter 14Winter 13Winter 12 – Winter 11 – Summer 11Summer 09Summer 08Summer 07Summer 06 – Summer 05Summer 04

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