Human-Computer Interaction - ECSE 424/542
course description
The course highlights the design, development, and evaluation of human-computer interfaces, with an emphasis on usability, interaction paradigms, computer-mediated human activities, and implications to society. These issues are studied from a number of perspectives including that of the engineer and end-user. A team-based project applies your knowledge and skills to the full life cycle of an interactive human-computer interface.
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Date Topic and slides Guests Videos (supplemental) Readings In-class Exercises Deliverables
Sep. 5 Intro to HCI   Norman, Affordances and Signifiers | Marilyn Mantei, The Strauss Mouse | Alan Kay, Doing with Images Makes Symbols (watch first 20 minutes) Norman, The Psychopathology of Everyday Things (missing pages to be provided) | Raskin, Intuitive Equals Familiar |    
Sep. 7 User-Centered Design   Don Norman, User-Centered Design | Don Norman, Conceptual Models Gould, The 1984 Olympic Message System | IBM, Cost justifying ease of use | Design Critique Yearbook ungraded
Sep. 12 Applying the principles: Cognitive Engineering at Hydro Quebec André Gascon Tullis, Is user interface design just common sense? | Dreyfus, Five Steps from Novice to Expert (only need to read sections indicated by red vertical lines, pp. 17-21 and 30-36)   Project Pitch
Sep. 14 Personas: User Modeling and Use Case Scenarios   Klemmer, Participant Observation | Personas Introduction | Bringing a savings product to market in Mexico Young, Mental Models Chapter 4 (Define Task-Based Audience Segments) | Observation Notebook URL
Sep. 19 Low-Fidelity Prototyping   Chi, Rapid prototyping Google Glass | Klemmer, Creating and comparing alternatives Greenberg et al., Sketching User Experiences (pp. 8-12, 17-18) | Snyder, Paper Prototyping | Cifaldi, Sometimes, paper is your best prototyping tool Sketching  
Sep. 21 No class Project Proposal
Sep. 26 Assistive Technologies: How design decisions define and redefine what it means to be disabled Stefanie Blain-Moraes The Bike Cup | Disability Experience Tai, A Review of Emerging Access Technologies for Individuals With Severe Motor Impairments |    
Sep. 28 Workshop activity: preparation   CNIB, Sighted Guide Technique | INLB, Visually impaired community      
Oct. 3 Usability Testing and Evaluation   Klemmer, Heuristic Evaluation Nielsen, Why You Only Need to Test with 5 Users | Dickelman, Usability Testing -- Fear and Loathing on the Keyboard | Nielsen, How to conduct a heuristic evaluation | Usability Testing  
Oct. 5 Design and evaluation challenges Dalia El-Shimy (video presentation) Liu, Never ask what they want: 3 better questions to ask in user interviews | Margolis, Questions to ask before starting user research |   Low-Fidelity Prototype and Test Plan
Oct. 10 Wearable and Mobile Interaction Jeff Blum (video presentation) Emrich, How body language is the key to expression in the wearable age | Blum et al., Spatialized audio augmented reality for blind users with a smartphone |    
Oct. 12 Usability Evaluation   Klemmer, Heuristic Evaluation Nielsen, How to conduct a heuristic evaluation |
Apple iOS Human Interface Guidelines
Oct. 14-15 Workshop activity: field experiment          
Oct. 17 Perception and Visualization Michael McGuffin (video presentation) | Rosling, The best stats you've ever seen Mackinlay, Show Me: Automatic Presentation for Visual Analysis |    
Oct. 19 Models and Theories: GOMS, MHP, and Fitts' Law     Wikipedia, Fitts' Law | Buxton, Chunking and Phrasing | Fitts' Law Computer Prototype
Oct. 24 Graphical, Audio, and Multimodal Interfaces   Touché Raskin, Down With GUIs! | Oviatt, Ten Myths of Multimodal Interaction |    
Oct. 26 Electrical Muscle Stimulation Pedro Lopes Affordance++ Lopes, Affordance++ | Saponas et al., Enabling always-available input with muscle-computer interfaces    
Oct. 31 Social Computing Karyn Moffat Soylent Bigham, VizWiz | Findlatre, Differences in Crowdsourced vs. Lab-based Mobile and Desktop Input Performance Data |    
Nov. 2 Tangible and Gestural interfaces   Fitzmaurice, Bricks Fitzmaurice, Bricks | Norman and Nielsen, Gestural Interfaces:A Step Backward In Usability |   Formative Feedback
Nov. 7 Haptics and Locomotion Ilja Frissen        
Nov. 9 Risks: Social Implications and Designing for Error (class rescheduled on account of limited attendance)   Nancy Leveson, Engineering a Safer and More Secure World | Jesse Schell, When Games Invade Real Life Norman, Human error and the design of computer systems | Weiser, The Technologist's Responsibilities | Amy Wang, Hawaii missile alert |    
Nov. 14 UbiComp     Weiser, The Computer for the 21st Century | Cooperstock, Reactive Environments: Throwing Away Your Keyboard and Mouse   Alpha System
Nov. 16 Mixed Reality   Computerphile, Mixed Reality | Kruger, Videoplace | Le Petit Chef Milgram, A Taxonomy of Mixed Reality Visual Displays | Wellner, Interacting with paper on the DigitalDesk |    
Nov. 21 Affective Computing and Biofeedback Hal Myers   Picard, Affective Computing    
Nov. 23 Interaction methods for Virtual and Augmented Reality David Labbé        
Nov. 28 Branding and User Experience (video presentation) | David Pogue, Simplicity sells Norman, Emotional Design | Berry, The User Experience    
Nov. 30 Project Presentations
Dec. 5 Project Presentations Beta System
Last updated on 26 November 2017