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 Readings In-class Exercises Deliverables
Sep. 3 Intro to HCI   Norman, Affordances and Signifiers | Mantei, The Strauss Mouse | Kay, Doing with Images Makes Symbols (watch first 20 minutes) Norman, The Psychopathology of Everyday Things | Raskin, Intuitive Equals Familiar |    
Sep. 5 Digital addiction CBC Marketplace | Harris, TED: Manipulation Tricks Stolzoff The Formula for Phone Addiction Might Double as a Cure | Harris, How Technology Hijacks People's Minds |    
Sep. 10 User-Centered Design   Norman, User-Centered Design | 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. 17 Personas: User Modeling and Use Case Scenarios   Klemmer, Participant Observation | Crafting User Experience Personas Young, Mental Models Chapter 4 (Define Task-Based Audience Segments, pp. 75-109) | Observation Notebook URL
Sep. 19 Sketching   Newman, Sketching | NNGroup, How to Sketch for Non-Designers Rojas, Etch A Sketch: How to Use Sketching in User Experience Design | Greenberg et al., Sketching User Experiences (pp. 8-12, 17-18) Sketching Project Proposal
Sep. 24 Low-Fidelity Prototyping   Chi, Rapid prototyping Google Glass | Klemmer, Creating and comparing alternatives Dam and Siang, Prototype | Snyder, Paper Prototyping | Cifaldi, Sometimes, paper is your best prototyping tool Paper prototyping  
Sep. 26 Usability Testing   Usability Testing with a Paper Prototype Nielsen, Why You Only Need to Test with 5 Users | Dickelman, Usability Testing -- Fear and Loathing on the Keyboard | Usability Testing  
Oct. 1 Assistive Technologies: How design decisions define and redefine what it means to be disabled Stefanie Blain-Moraes Disability Experience Tai, A Review of Emerging Access Technologies for Individuals With Severe Motor Impairments |    
Oct. 3 Usability Evaluation   Klemmer, Heuristic Evaluation Nielsen, How to conduct a heuristic evaluation |
Apple iOS Human Interface Guidelines
Heuristic Evaluation Low-Fidelity Prototype and Test Plan
Oct. 8 Models and Theories: GOMS, MHP, and Fitts' Law     Wikipedia, Fitts' Law | Laubheimer, Accot-Zhai Steering Law | Buxton, Chunking and Phrasing | Fitts' Law  
Oct. 10 Perception and Visualization Michael McGuffin Rosling, The best stats you've ever seen Mackinlay, Show Me: Automatic Presentation for Visual Analysis |    
Oct. 15 Multimodality   Ecotile Raskin, Down With GUIs! | Oviatt, Ten Myths of Multimodal Interaction |    
Oct. 17 Design and evaluation challenges Dalia El-Shimy Lougina, Making a Murderer | El-Shimy, The privilege of asking questions | Liu, Never ask what they want: 3 better questions to ask in user interviews | Margolis, Questions to ask before starting user research |   Computer Prototype
Oct. 22 No class      
Oct. 24 Wearable and Mobile Interaction Jeff Blum 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. 29 UbiComp   Weiser, UbiComp Intro | TEDtalk Smart Devices | LG Vision | Touché Weiser, The Computer for the 21st Century | Cooperstock, Reactive Environments: Throwing Away Your Keyboard and Mouse Exercise Formative Feedback
Oct. 31 Haptics   Kuchenbecker, TED talk Brewster, The Impact of Haptics | Exercise  
Nov. 5 Tangible and Gestural interfaces   Fitzmaurice, Bricks | Xiao et al., Vidgets Fitzmaurice, Bricks | Norman and Nielsen, Gestural Interfaces: A Step Backward In Usability |    
Nov. 7 Risks: Social Implications and Designing for Error   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 | Kitroeff et al., Boeing 737 Max Safety System Was Vetoed, Engineer Says |    
Nov. 12 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 |   Alpha System
Nov. 14 Affective Computing and Biofeedback Hal Myers   Picard, Affective Computing    
Nov. 19 Telepresence and Media Spaces   Buxton, Hydra | Discovery Channel Buxton, Telepresence: Integrating Shared Task and Person Space |    
Nov. 21 Social Computing Karyn Moffat Soylent Bigham, VizWiz | Findlatre, Differences in Crowdsourced vs. Lab-based Mobile and Desktop Input Performance Data |    
Nov. 26 Project Presentations
Nov. 28 Project Presentations Beta System
Last updated on 18 November 2019