- will happen ...
- Consists of (part 1) a group design project plus (part 2) an individual component (full details on Wednesday).
For MSc students the individual component (PDF, 102K) builds on the group design.
For MRes students the individual component will comprise some quantiative and qualitative data gathering based upon a research/practical problem with individual report based on pooled quanitative data and your qualitative data. Full details in separate session during week 5 or 6.
- deadlines (to be confirmed later in week)
- Monday week 6, Nov 13th – draft of MSc/MRes first part (group report)
- Monday week 7, Nov 20th – final copy of MSc/MRes first part (group report).
- prob. Friday Week 10, MSc second part (individual critique).
- MSc individual demo (TBA)... last year did these in first few weeks after Christmas break, but could do this week 10
- MRes indvidual (TBA)
in all cases (except the draft), electronic copy plus paper copy to Trish
please Cc: electronic
copies to Alan and Keith.
for the group assignment web pages, please can you put these into a ZIP archive or onto CD for Keith and I, so that we can view them on our machines. Also NOTE: use relative URLs in links so that the pages can be viewed and be careful of capitalisation in URLs so that the links work when put on a UNIX or MacOS machine (Windows ignores case which casues all sorts of Web related errors).
each year we mean to put these up as a gallary for the previous year and keep forgetting. Please let us know if you are happy for us to do this with your group web pages for next year.
- the alarm demo shows you a partial
prototype of a nuclear alarm scenario. Look at this as an example of the kind of thing you may want to implement for MSc individual work.
- general resources
- try the
search engine for the
HCI book ... sorry only second edition available yet :-(
there are also chapter-by-chapter
and you can look at previous year's courses for 2000/2001,
2003/2004, 2003/2004 and 2005/2006
- examples, mini
case studies, ...
- see the
HCI book online! materials
for various case studies, examples etc.
if we talked through an example in class and it doesn't appear here, please
tell us and we'll write something down and add it here.
see intro slides (PDF,
HCI book and also see Alan's short tutorial
article for Assembly Automation
term "form (ever) follows function" was coined by Louis
Sullivan and was one of the drivers behind the work of his student
Frank Lloyd Wright
an example of an internet appliance
- design and scenarios
chapter 5, sections
5.2 to 5.5
chapter 5 slides (PDF, 611K)
see hcibook online! on cultural probes
see power plant
scenario (high level) and phone
scenario (low level)
documentation for onCue - uses rich scenario for describing architecture
- UI architectures
see chapter 8, section
8.3, 8.4, 8.5
extract of chapter 8 slides
(PDF, 299K) for Seeheim, MVC etc.
Supporting Community and Coordination
see hcibook design focus on Hermes and SPAM
- task analysis
on Hierarchical Task Analysis (HTA)
see chapter 15,
of chapter 15 slides (PDF, 245K)
also of course Diaper and Stanton task analysis collection.
- rich work ecologies
chapter 18, section
extract of chapter
18 slides on rich work ecologies (PDF, 382K)
was based on a keynote "Managing
the Ecology of Interaction" that Alan did at the Tamodia conference
is a whole chapter
on triggers in Diaper and Stanton
chapter 5, sections
5.6 and 5.7
chapter 5 slides above
- harnessing the power of formalism for understanding interaction
see also my chapter Upside
down As and algorithms - computational formalisms and theory in
- using formalism in HCI - from cognitive models to placemats
hcibook online! Fitts' Law (N.B. appostrophe after the 's'!)
- dialogue notations - what to do when
see chapter 16
points in HCI book, but no single treatment
chapter in the Jacko and Seers HCI handbook hits on some of these
on timing matters (PDF, 201K) which includes the kicking example and why you should design your interfaces so that a caveman could use them
see also my topic page on time
- ethnography (Mark Runcefield)
see Mark's web page on Making Ethnography Accessible for links and tutorials on ethnography
in paticular download the slides (PDF, 6.2M) from his CSCW 2006 tutorial (he used a selection of these)
materials in team-ethno online,
for papers by Rouncefield, Hughes, Clarke and Martin in Lancaster
chapter 13 for a
little bit about ethnography (section 13.3.5) and other socio-technical
- arts and technology
see .:thePooch:. web site
arts-hci web site
and leonardo network
- Context-aware interactive systems and implications for HCI
GUIDE case study
‘Rewards and Pitfalls’ of adapting to context
Suitability of metaphors used
Fitting in with and managing user expectations
Push vs pull approaches
Uncertainty in GUIDE
Download slides (PDF, 786K)
- Proactive interactive systems
Intelligent Office System
Supporting Comprehensibility and scrutability of system behaviour and implications for underlying approaches, e.g. machine learning.
Dealing with Uncertainty of learnt rules and conveying this uncertainty to the user
Download slides (PDF, 433K)
- General Themes:
- Predictability and adaptive behaviour, implications of uncertainty, user expectations and interaction metaphors, visibility of functionality, comprehensibility, personalisation and user models, non-screen interfaces, implicit HCI.
- low-intention and
see chapter 18, section 18.4
Alan's pages in incidental
of chapter 18 slides on sensor-based interaction (PDF, 207K)
we mentioned Norman's execution/evaluation cycle: see
chapter 3, section 3.2.2, or download an extract of chapter 3 slides on the Norman cycle (PDF, 116K)
some of the onCue functionality is now available in
Snip!t (plus more too!)
- Getting it Used!
designing for adoption (about value) slides (PDF, 91K)
designing for appropriation
slides (PDF, 91K)
draft sections for next edition of HCI book on adoption (PDF, 56K) and appropriation (PDF, 53K) - note both are drafts, lots of incomplete references etc.
for value, the timetabling
example (PDF, 39K)
the e3/online case study 'hcibook search - designing value' includes a link to the "lattice
of value" about designing complimentary products to encourage
to this is an article I wrote for "interfaces" magazine artefact
+ marketing = product
- experience and fun :-)
see chapter 3, section
e3/online case study: 'absolutely
slides (PDF, 104K)
a virtual cracker!
(N.B. I found the problem on my Firefox - any applet was crashing it including Sun's own demo applets! I did on OS update with fresh Java and worked, I guess some inconsistency about which versions I downloaded originally. ... but shows how diffcult things must be if you don't know about such things.)
my chapter in the funology book about crackers and other aspects of
Interaction third edition. A. Dix, J. Finlay, G. Abowd and R. Beale.
Prentice Hall, 2004.
course text. Referred to simply as 'HCI' above. Book website at
some web links and also a full on-line search facility for the book.
Interaction Design, J. Preece, Y. Rogers and H. Sharp. Wiley, 2002
successor to the original Preece et al. (see below) The OU had the copyright
to the original Preece, but by the time a second edition was due, Jenny
and Co. had left the OU. The author team weren't allowed to compete,
so they produced a slightly different kind of book!
Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer
Interaction, Third Edition. Ben Shneiderman. Adisson Wesley, 1997.
broad then either Dix et al. or the original Preece, but especially
strong in more 'how to do it' information and also visualisation - Ben's
main research area.
Human-Computer Interaction. J. Preece, Y. Rogers, H. Sharp, D. Benyon,
S. Holland and T. Carey. Addison Wesley, 1994.
the same name ... well what else do you call it!
Used to be our arch rival ... but very good despite that - darn! Interviews
are really fun. Harder to find things than in our book, but with more
in-depth discursive treatment of some topics. Lots more piccies than
we have as well.
Human-Computer Interaction Handbook, J. Jacko and A. Sears. Lawrence
tome. Chapters by experts in all sorts fo areas of HCI but laregly missing
out more implementation focused areas.
book web site>
HCI Models, Theories, and Frameworks: Toward an Interdisciplinary Science.
J. Carroll. Morgan Kaufmann.
by experts in different theoretical areas contributing to HCI
Funology: From Usability to Enjoyment. M. Blythe, A. Monk and P. Wright.
interfaces that not only do work but make you feel good!
The Handbook of Task Analysis for Human-Computer Interaction. D. Diaper
& N. Stanton (eds.). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003.
awaited! Dan's previous collection has been out of print for ages and
theree has been no good reference about different task analysis techniques.
This book covers a wiide range of topics and methods in task analysis
and is also comparatively cheap.
Perspectives on HCI, A. Monk and N.Gilbert, Academic Press, 1995
hard to get hold of, but still well worth a read. Chapters by individual
experts, writing aimed at a mixed audience. Includes chapters on formal
methods (by me!), task analysis, cognitive modelling etc.
from previous years ...
but didn't do this year (see also previous years' pages)
- web architectures
see chapter 21,
extract of chap 21 slides on web
architecture (PDF, 289K)
programming in PHP - introductory tutorial
form - testing and experimenting with web forms
(use view source to see code) ...
histograms - Java applet using data embedded into the page
in a paper 'starting
simple' given at AVI'98)
JS also to enable
'syndicated content' (use view source on my home page)
make your own
pages use server-side CGI scripts written in PHP
- uses PHP generated pages accessing a MySQL database
the 'heavy' computation
is written in C and called from the PHP
also Alan's chapter Network-Based
Interaction in the Jacko and Seers handbook
- modelling state - looking within
never did real equations this year
see chapter 17
- widgets and little
see slides on little things
more on the evolution of the scroll bar ... see the articles:
Across the Screen - why scrollbars are on the right and other stories.
Scrollbar in the Xerox Star Xplained
- alternative media
see bits about this in chapters 2,
10 and 20
from HCI book
on media (PDF, 58K)
for more on network
media issues such as jitter and buffering see my chapter in the Jacko
and Sears HCI Handbook
you can read the
including live references and draft
chapter (PDF, 375K)
- human perception and cognition
- see chapter 1 of HCI Book
download slides part 1 (PDF, 468K) and part 2 (PDF, 156K)
colour more slides
about colour (PDF, 142K) - not used this year
lots about colour
theory at www.colormatters.com
- see chapter 9 of HCI Book
download slides on evaluation (PDF, 68K)
- download experiment worksheet (PDF, 152K)
- user modelling
see chapter 12 for
GOMS & KLM and chapter
11 for a little on user modelling in adaptive help systems
download slides on user modelling
also see previous year's slides on machine learning (PDF,
- 'intelligent' interfaces
hmm surprisingly little in the HCI book except bits mentioned above
for adaptive help and for low-intertion interaction ... perhaps the
slides on intelligent' interaction and exploration
can still download onCue from the old aQtive
experiment with Query-by-Browsing
see chapter 20,
slides on interactive visualisation
slides on special visualisations
also paper with Geoff Ellis "Starting
the Xerox PARC UI
group web site is very incomplete, but you can access papers there
on cone trees etc.
of the Xerox visualisations are marketed by their spin-off inxight
group's pages include treemaps
and and starfield