Research Methods in HCI

Course Introduction

Interactions between computers and humans should be as intuitive as conversations between two humans—and yet many products and services fail to achieve this. So, what do you need to know so as to create an intuitive user experience? Human psychology? Emotional design? Specialized design processes? The answer is, of course, all of the above, and this course will cover them all.This course provides a comprehensive introduction and deep dive into HCI, HCI is an interdisciplinary field that integrates theories and methodologies from computer science, cognitive psychology, design, and many other areas. Course readings will span current theory and practice in interface specification, design and evaluation, as well as current and classic research papers in HCI. Students will work on both individual and team projects to design, implement and evaluate computer interfaces. The course is open to students from all disciplines, providing them with experience working in interdisciplinary design teams.

Course Outline

• Qualitative Studies
• Experimental Design
• Ubiquitous Computing
• Social Computing
• MobileHCI
• Augmented Reality/VR
• Advanced Interaction Techniques
• Collaboration Techniques
• Affect in HCI