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Seminar in Software Engineering: Human/Computer Interaction

339.374 Seminar in Software Engineering: Human/Computer Interaction 2SE Blaschek Time: 10:00-12:00 Room: S3 218 Start: 6.3.2017

Kick-Off

Mo, 6.3.2017; 10:15-11:45, S3 218
other dates: see KUSSS

IMPORTANT:

  • Personal presence is required.
  • Please see "preparation for the kick-off meeting" in the Organization section below.

Target audience

Students in Computer Science who have already attended the course "Human/Computer Interaction" (or the previous course "Mensch-Maschine-Kommunikation")

Goals

In-depth treatment of special topics in HCI.

Contents

The subject of the seminar changes from year to year.

In this semester, the focus is on modes and mode transitions. The participants will use knowledge and methods from HCI to improve confusing modes and/or complex navigation in user interfaces.

The seminar starts with a collection of negative examples. Each participant presents one example, which can be:

  • a web site
  • a desktop application
  • an app for a mobile device

After the presentations, we will select a small number (maximum 3) of examples that shall be improved. All participants will then work on a new solution with a better user interface. The new solutions will later be presented at the end of the semester. The presentation should show the final solution, but also explain the background: Which design criteria were used; why is the new design better than the original?

It is not necessary to actually implement the improved solutions (it is possible, but not required). The redesign may consist of mockups, diagrams, screen drawings, or hand-drawn sketches. However, the revised solution must be presented such that the other participants get a realistic impression of the improvement.

The participants are also expected to create written summaries of their redesigns, including explanations of the background. The written elaborations must be submitted in PDF form and will be distributed among all participants at the end of the seminar.

Team work

Depending on the number of participants, the redesigns will be made either by individual students or by small teams (with two or at most three students each).

Competition and contest

The redesigns will be made in parallel in competition with each other by the teams or individuals. One of the goals is to create the best possible redesigns. After the presentations, participants will vote for the best redesigns, and the winners will get extra points.

Organization

In preparation for the kick-off meeting, participants are expected to bring suggestions for negative user interfaces they wish to present. To avoid conflicts or overlaps, it is recommended that each participant suggests two examples. For discussing the suggestions during the kick-off meeting, it is sufficient to name them (such as "online shop of company XY").

Each bad example must be summarized in a PDF document. This document should contain at least one typical picture (e.g., a screenshot) that characterizes the UI. These PDF documents must be sent to gue@jku.at before the presentation.

Presentations

First round: negative examples (on April 3)

NameTopic
Christine AtzmüllerMesswerkzeug Adobe Reader
Clemens Wolf BartlFreemake Video Converter
Marindo BekaDropbox
Christina DellemeschnigKettleball
Lukas EhrenfellnerAtlanta Restaurant Guide
Jakob FaschingerSteam
Marcel Rene HauriEclipse WindowBuilder
Peter KaserUbuntu
Peter KronbergerFreizeitpark Herne
Michael ObermüllerSqueak
Sebastian PöllElektronisches Arbeitsmarktservice (E-AMS)
Daniel PucherLT Spice
Florian ReisingerFinanzOnline
Christian SchuhmayerNetbanking
Maurice SpornMaya 2014

Improvement

Second round: teams improve the following user interfaces:

  • Messwerkzeug Adobe Reader (presentation on May 29)
  • Kettleball (presentation on June 12)
  • Freizeitpark Herne (presentation on June 19)

The redesign will be done by the following teams:
1Christine Atzmüller, Jakob Faschinger, Marcel Rene Hauri
2Lukas Ehrenfellner, Peter Kronberger, Daniel Pucher
3Christina Dellemeschnig, Peter Kaser, Maurice Sporn
4Clemens Wolf Bartl, Michael Obermüller, Florian Reisinger
5Marindo Beka, Sebastian Pöll, Christian Schuhmayer