ELEC-E7851 Computational User Interface Design (5 cr, PII)
Computational interaction focuses on the use of algorithms and mathematical models to explain and enhance human-computer interaction. While there are numerous approaches to computational interaction, they all share a commitment to defining computational models of the nature and processes of interaction itself. These models can drive design and decision-making. Computational interaction draws from human factors engineering, cognitive modeling, artificial intelligence and machine learning, information theory, design optimization, formal methods, and control theory.
The course offers a solid introduction to students interested in human-computer interaction who seek principled and yet actionable understanding of algorithmic HCI. The course introduces computational principles and core models of interaction for students with computational and engineering background. Students learn to formulate design and interaction problems and derive solutions by analysis, simulation, and optimization. Application areas cover the most widely used interfaces.
New in 2018Course contents have been revised based on the new book on Computational Interaction (Oxford University Press, 2018). See Readings (on right, access restricted) for selected chapters.
Prof. Antti Oulasvirta and guest lecturers: Dr. Sunjun Kim, Dr. Kashyap Todi, Dr. Jussi Jokinen, Dr. Niraj Dayama, Dr. Tomi Peltola
Teaching assistant: Kseniia Palin (@aalto.fi), Morteza Shiripour (@aalto.fi)
Lectures; Assignments solved with Python; Occasional bonus assignments with Matlab; Assigned readings; Exam
Mandatory programming languages: Python. Assignments require familiarity with general concepts of computer science and basic mathematics, especially in probability and linear algebra. We also recommend (but do not require) a previous course on human-computer interaction, such as (examples) CS-C3210 Human-Computer Interaction or ELEC-E7890 User Research or ELEC-D7010 Engineering for Humans.
The maximum number of students is limited. Students of the University of Helsinki are welcome join the course but are asked to contact the teacher in advance.