Facts and figuresThe programme at a glance
Programme structureA view of the study programme
The programme spans throughout first semester and will include the following themes:
- Human computer interaction
- Introduction to programming (for who needs it)
- Design life cycle
- Rapid prototyping in software (with various technologies and frameworks, ex.: processing, python, vvvv etc.)
- Rapid functional mock-up production for tangible user interfaces (with Arduino and smart materials)
- User experiments methodologies
In the first period we will focus on more generic topic to help define the problems and the solutions, gradually giving more workshops and details to implement the solutions later into the course.
The student will learn the following by the end of this course:
Knowledge and insight: The student will be able to research current design issues of interactive tangible interfaces. Furthermore, the students acquire knowledge and insight in relation to one or more topics in the HCI domain that fit the themes of this programme.
Apply knowledge and insight: Through a demonstration the students show their ability to make the transfer from technical knowledge acquired earlier in the course to a new application domain (tangible user interfaces) and a design to realize innovative solutions.
Judgement: The student will study an HCI problem by researching and analysing the problem with all the related components and chosen aspects based on their own choice on the (real-life) problem and the degree of priority and attention to explore such aspect, to test and verify.
Communication: The students will have to communicate effectively in the group environment. The students will be able to convincingly present their own innovative solution, e.g. through an elevator pitch or short demo, so that the audience of experts not only gains substantive insight into the technology and the important aspects of the solution, but will be also willing to continue developing this solution in a follow-up iteration.
Learning skills: The student will have to demonstrate initiative and autonomy by studying the research independently in the application domain.
The course will be structured mostly with project development in mind. Group work will take a main role in the development of the project. Lectures (especially in the introductive part), workshops and activities (as time goes on or in need base) will be provided at the students.
The whole activity will be based on "Learning by doing": practical cases to bring the students into contact with relevant and applicable concepts. Knowledge-driven workshops will be organized to ensure that any shortcomings in technical knowledge of the students are supplemented. Guest lectures will be given by experts in the relevant domains to transfer the domain knowledge on the themes and subjects that will be treated and necessary to the final demo. In addition to the knowledge-driven workshops, there will also be practice-based workshops, organized by the participating companies with, among other things. The result of the research will be periodically checked with the demo/review meetings, the result of which will be visible in the finalized project.
Each group of students will have to tackle a problem (provided by the teaching staff), analyse it, and develop a tangible user interface as a solution (the project). During this process the students will pass through different design stages, possibly with multiple iterations. Each group will test their solutions during the programme and will present it. Each project will be evaluated based on different aspects (design process, solution, tests, iterations, both in quality and in-depth).
This course does not have mandatory literature, but lecture and workshops will contain reference to:
- Human-computer interaction, Alan Dix Prentice Hall ISBN 10: 0130461091 ISBN 13: 9780130461094
- Human-Computer Interaction: Concepts And Design (ICS) J. Preece, Y. Rogers, H. Sharp, D. Benyon, S. Holland, T. Carey ISBN 10: 0201627698 / ISBN 13: 9780201627695
- Making Things Talk: Using Sensors, Networks, and Arduino to See, Hear, and Feel Your World 3rd Edition, Tom Igoe ISBN-13: 978-1680452150, ISBN-10: 1680452150Smar materials interfaces, tangible user interfaces, user experience, interaction design, human computer interaction, rapid prototyping
More specific literature, appropriate to the subjects, will be provided during the exchange programme and during the workshops. In addition, the student is expected to independently search for suitable theory.
This programme does not have separate modules of different ECTS that have a combined total of 30 ECTS.
The 30 ECTS are awarded in full at the end of the programme. In order for the students to obtain the learning goals and to monitor progress the students are required to give a weekly progress demos and they will receive feedback from their lecturer every two weeks. Half way through the programme there is an extensive formative assessment. The summative assessment of the student will be held at the end of the programme through a demo and presentation.