Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


With a hands on approach this course invites students to experiment with sensor technologies, acoustic transducers, micro controllers and thus confront fundamental concepts and technical issues faced during the design of digital music environments. This course makes it possible for students to learn, explore and  experience physical interaction with sensor technologies and introduces some of the fundamental conceptual issues confronted by researchers/practitioners/instrument builders working in the areas of digital musical interaction.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 17.11.2020 - 04.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Koray Tahiroglu

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Koray Tahiroglu

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Physical Interaction Design course aims to explore and investigate the tools, concepts and practices for planning and building new musical instruments and musical interactions with digital environments. The course focuses on music and sound as lenses to discuss approaches and methodologies for the creation of interactive installations, physical media/image/sound projects and artistic strategies for the creation of experimental musical compositions.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course consists of lectures, exercises, reading materials, tutoring individual or group works. Students will submit their documented project work and ~ 750 word learning diary, both grounds the course examination and final grade. Each student project work will be assessed with the following criteria: Design Values, Aesthetics and Originality; UI design and Production Values; Code Design Quality; Project Analysis - Depth of Understanding; Idea generation and implementation; and Presentation style.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course will be taught using the Pure Data and BELA programming/microcontroller/board computer environments, accompanied by short readings. Physical Interaction Design course is a project-based course. In addition to 36h of contact teaching, at the end of the course, students will submit and present their projects. 


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


    Bodies in Technology by Don Ihde

    Designing for Interaction: Creating Innovative applications and Devices by Dan Saffer,

    The Resonant Interface: HCI Foundations for Interaction Design by Steven Heim,

    Handmade Electronic Music:The art of Hardware Hacking by Nicolas Collins,

    Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction by Paul Dourish.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    We strongly suggest students to take DOM-E5074 Composing with Data Flow Programming course before they register to Physical Interaction Design course.