Human Computer Interaction - FS '20

The course provides an introduction to the field of human-computer interaction, emphasising the central role of the user in system design. Through detailed case studies, students will be introduced to different methods used to analyse the user experience and shown how these can inform the design of interfaces, systems and technologies. Furthermore, students will learn to use computational tools and models of human capabilities to create interactive systems.

In a practical project, students will build on the lectures and design an interactive system from the ground up. This will include needfinding, ideation, prototyping and finally implementing a small interactive system based on manual design and with the aid of the learned computational tools

For further and extended readings, the recommended book for this course is Human-Computer Interaction by Dix and Finlay. It is available at ETH Store Polyterrasse. For further readings on models of human capabilities and computational interaction, we recommend the book Computational Interaction by Oulasvirta, Kristensson, Bi, and Howes, which is available in the ETH network.


Overview

Course Nr.
252-3110-00L
Lecturers
O. Hilliges and C. Holz
Assistants
D. Lindlbauer, A. Fender, H. Romat, V. Vechev, and T. Langerak
Lecture
Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00, virtual Zoom (link via email)
Sessions
Thursday 13:00 - 15:00, virtual Zoom + Discord (link via email)
All links
Links for Zoom, Discord, and all Lecture Recordings(Credentials given in first lecture)
Credits
6 ECTS
Contact
For questions, please contact the TAs
David Lindlbauer at david.lindlbauer@inf.ethz.ch
Velko Vechev at velko.vechev@inf.ethz.ch
Thomas Langerak at thomas.langerak@inf.ethz.ch
Andreas Fender at andreas.fender@inf.ethz.ch
Hugo Romat at hugo.romat@inf.ethz.ch

Learning Objectives

The goal of the course is that students learn how to design, prototype, build and evaluate interactive systems that gather and process information on users’ state, task and environment, and apply algorithms to adapt the interface to optimize for performance and usability.




Schedule

Wk.Date ContentSlides Project/Exercise
1 16.09.
Introduction to course
Lecture
No session.

Form Groups, Submit Project Preferences.
Form groups by Monday 21.09.2020

List of projects (PDF)
(Credentials given in first lecture)

2 23.09.
UX/ UCD / Design thinking
Lecture Exercise-Introduction
Exercise
Project Kickoff.

Weekly Exercise

3 30.09
Guest lecture: Creaholics
Exercise

Weekly Exercise

4 07.10
Affordances / Prototyping / Heuristic evaluation
Slides
Exercise
Project Idea Presentations.

Weekly Exercise

5 14.10.
Experimental Design: Analyzing User Experience
Slides
Exercise

Weekly Exercise

6 21.10.
Introduction to statistics (Guest Lecture)
Lecture held by Chat Wacharamanotham, University of Zurich. Slides
Exercise

Weekly Exercise

7 28.10.
User Modeling
Slides Exercise

Weekly Exercise

8 04.11.
Computational design: Input decoding
Slides Exercise
Deliverable: Study Report.

Weekly Exercise

9 11.11.
Computational design: assignment problems
Slides

Weekly Exercise

10 18.11.
Visual perception, search & attention
Slides
Exercise

Weekly Exercise

11 25.11.
Computational design: Meta heuristic / Applications of ML in HCI
Slides

Weekly Exercise

12 02.12.
Computational design: Xiaojun Bi
Slides

Weekly Exercise

13 09.12.
No Lecture
Exercise

Weekly Exercise

14 16.12.
Final project presentation
Project/Prototype Presentations