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Human Computer Interaction Research (Sommersemester 2013)

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Patrick Baudisch (Human-Computer Interaction)


Our group has a track record of involving HPI students in research projects, including Multitoe, Bootstrapper, and Rock-paper fibers, all of which were presented by HPI students at top-tier international HCI conferences. In this class, we teach the basic knowledge that allows students to conduct research in HCI or related fields--or simply to prepare for their master thesis or to go deeper on their next project.

What is a good question to pursue? How can you know whether a question is novel and worth exploring? And how do you do it? This lecture provides students with the basic knowledge required to succeed in research-oriented projects. The class provides an overview of current research topics, which is essential for finding inspiration as well as to know which questions are truly novel. In addition, students learn the basic research methodologies.

Most lecture days will take place in one of the following two following formats.

(1) Current topics in HCI research

Every week, we present a different hot topic in HCI research, including Interactive Fabrication, Brain Computer Interfaces, Ubiquituous Computing, Multi-Touch Systems, Information Visualization, Augmented Reality, 3D Displays, Mechanical Turk, Computer Supported Collaborative Work, Affective Collaboration, and Art vs. Science. Classes combine traditional lecture style with paper discussions in which students and faculty together explore selected original literature in more detail.

(2) Methods in HCI science

In order to allow students to pursue their own projects, we explore basic scientific process including study design, definition of hypotheses, simple statistical methods (T-test and Anova), as well as how to conduct a survey. As part of this segment, students will conduct their own simple studies and analyze the results.


No pre-requirements


The class grade is determined by a 60min midterm exam and a 60min final exam.

Homework assignment (reading assignments and a simple user study with writeup) are prerequisites.

The lecture combines well with the HCI Research Project Seminar.


Tuesdays, 11:00-12:30

Thursdays, 13:30-15:00

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden : 4
  • ECTS : 6
  • Benotet : Ja
  • Einschreibefrist : 10.2.2013 - 30.4.2013
  • Programm : IT-Systems Engineering MA
  • Lehrform : V
  • Belegungsart : Wahlpflicht


  • Human Computer Interaction & Computer Graphics Technology
  • IT-Systems Engineering A
  • IT-Systems Engineering B
  • IT-Systems Engineering C
  • IT-Systems Engineering D
  • Software Architecture & Modeling Technology