The course has completed. Next course in January 2017!
This course introduces the foundations of scientific research in the area of user interface design. Students carry out an end-to-end project in interaction with a real customer. Project topics come from the Finnish ICT industry, the public sector, and research groups in the Helsinki area. Topics (tentative list) are provided by Elisa, RAY, Ericsson, Kone, Reaktor, Futurice, Idean, F-Secure, HUS - The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, NetRadar, Link Motion, and academic groups in Helsinki. The cases range from practical (improving or optimizing an interface) to theoretical and creative.
The small group size of the course ensures intensive meetings with plenty of feedback, iteration, and a collaborative atmosphere.
The maximum number of students is limited to 12. In case there are more students wanting to join the course, selection will be based on study program and study success.
Workload and Format
32 meeting hours + 8 assignments + 3 one-to-one meetings with the customer + independent research + final presentation.
Note that the number of credits may be adjusted based on actual load. Last year, 6 credits were awarded according to bookkeeping by students.
Weekly meetings with lectures and exercises. Students work on their projects and present results in the meetings. Participation in weekly meetings is mandatory (maximum 3 absences).
- Formulation of research problems
- User research methods
- Representations of user research data
- Design space analysis, task analysis
- Sketching techniques
- Model-based analysis of interface designs; optimization approaches
- Research planning
- Research strategy
- User testing; Experimental design; Statistical testing; Reporting empirical results
- Data analysis and visualization methods for HCI data
- Scientific reporting and presentations; pitching
Mandatory: ELEC-E7850 (User Interfaces)
Recommended: A course on scientific writing
Students of the University of Helsinki are welcome join the course but are asked to contact the teacher well in advance.