CSE 510 - Advanced Topics in Human-Computer Interaction

Time and Location:

Spring 2010

Monday and Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:50

CSE 403 (not EEB 026)

Course Description:

Provides an introduction to several major areas of HCI research. This course is a combination of readings, small labs at the beginning of the term, and a term project.

The reading component of this course will require preparing brief reports on a combination of historical and recent papers. This is intended to help you examine what the HCI community considers to be a meaningful contribution across a variety of problems, preparing you to make contributions in these areas.

This course is explicitly not focused on the methods used in HCI practice. The initial labs will introduce heuristic evaluation, but the course material does not assume a strong background in HCI (there is no prerequisite) and the focus of this course is on research.

The project component of this course will require hands-on experience with HCI research. You can choose to design and implement a new piece of HCI technology or to design and execute an appropriately compelling study with HCI research implications.


There are several (sometimes long) research papers to be read for each day of class. This course will be based on those readings, several small labs, and a term project.

Class discussions should be informal and enjoyable, as it is important that everybody feel comfortable commenting and offering their insight. The participation component of grading in this course will be based on active participation in discussion throughout the course.

Grading will roughly correspond to 50% project, 25% reading reports, 15% labs, and 10% class participation.

Reading Reports:

I will expect you to have read and thought carefully about each reading. To help you out, I will require participation in a reading report forum.

Unless otherwise noted, you must post 300 to 500 words related to the readings for each day of class, in the appropriate part of this forum:


You can start a new discussion, participate in an existing discussion, or do a bit of both. You can discuss all of the assigned readings, or focus on a portion of the reading that you found most interesting. You can put all of your 300 to 500 words in one post, or spread them out across several.

The important part is that we can see an intellectual effort in your forum participation, not just simple summaries of papers. Your participation in each day's forum discussion will be graded on a scale from 0 to 3. You get a 0 if you do not participate. You get 1 if your participation seems weak and does not convince us that you understood the readings. Most grades will be 2, if your participation shows that you clearly read and understood the papers and had something interesting to say. 3 is reserved for especially insightful participation.

In discussing readings, note that it is generally easy to find something to criticize in any piece of research, but that focusing exclusively on this is typically not productive. You will generally find it more intellectually worthwhile to focus on what aspects of a piece of work are particularly well done, what new ideas are prompted by a piece of work, or what you might have done differently if you conducted the research. This will also lead to much more valuable discussions.

Potential topics for discussion are:

Participation will only "count" if posted by 3:00 AM before each class meeting. This ensures that the day's discussion coordinator has ample time to review discussion the next morning. Feel free to continue a discussion thread after this time (and even after class), but know that you need to post before then in order to get discussion credit.


There will be several short labs at the beginning of the term. The first will focus on designing and prototyping an interface, the second will focus on evaluating an interface made by somebody else, and the third will focus on a simple regression analysis.

Term Projects:

Term projects will be a major focus of this course. You will form groups, submit a proposal, present at the mid-term, and present at the end of the quarter.

Projects can be studies or implementations. Brainstorm amongst yourselves, talk with other people, or otherwise come up with a great idea for a project. I intend to be highly available to meet and discuss potential projects.

Anonymous Feedback:

I encourage you to feel comfortable discussing any aspects of this class with both myself and the TA. I am also happy to provide a mechanism for anonymous feedback:







March 29


Overview I

Optional Paper Prototyping Information:

Gomoll, Kathleen. (1992). Some Techniques for Observing Users. From The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design, 85-90. [local pdf]

Rettig, Marc. (1994). Prototyping for Tiny Fingers. Communications of the ACM (CACM), 37(4), 21-27. [local pdf]

Snyder, Carolyn. (2003). Paper Prototyping, Chapter 4. [local pdf]

Nielsen Norman Group. Paper Prototyping: A How-To Video. [local mov] [local wmv]

[Lab 1 Out]

March 31


Overview II

Bush, V. (1945). As We May Think. Atlantic Monthly. [available online]

Lab 1 Due

[Lab 2 Out]

April 5


Design of Everyday Things

Lab 2 Due

April 7


Experimental Design and Statistics

Optional Useful Resource:

Wobbrock, J.O. Using JMP and SPSS for Analysis of Human-Computer Interaction Studies. [local pdf]

[Lab 3 Out]

April 12

Class Cancelled

Project Groups Due

April 14



Bigham, J.P., Cavender, A.C., Brudvik, J.T., Wobbrock, J.O., and Ladner, R.E. (2007). WebinSitu: A Comparative Analysis of Blind and Sighted Browsing Behavior. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2007), 51-58. [local pdf]

A. Cavender, S. Trewin, V. Hanson. General Writing Guidelines for Technology and People with Disabilities [available online]

Richard Ladner


April 19


On Appropriate Evaluation

Greenberg, S. and Buxton, B. (2008). Usability Evaluation Considered Harmful (Some of the Time). Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2008), pp. 111-120. [local pdf]

Olsen, D.R. (2007). Evaluating User Interface Systems Research. Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 2007), pp. 251-258. [local pdf]

April 21

Projected Interaction

Wellner, P. (1993). Interacting with Paper on the DigitalDesk. Communications of the ACM (CACM), 36(7), pp. 87-96. [local pdf]

Kane, S.K., Avrahami, D., Wobbrock, J.O., Harrison, B., Rea, A.D., Philipose, M., and LaMarca, A. (2009). Bonfire: A Nomadic System for Hybrid Laptop-Tabletop Interaction. Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 2009), pp. 129-138. [local pdf]

Daniel Avrahami

Intel Labs

Final Project Proposal Due

April 26

Technology for Development

Donner J., Gandhi R., Javid P., Medhi I., Ratn A., Toyama K., and Veeraraghavan R. (2008). Stages of Design in Technology for Global Development. Computer, June 2008, pp. 34-41. [local pdf]

Kuriyan R., Ray I., and Toyama K. (2008). Information and Communication Technologies for Development: The Bottom of the Pyramid Model in Practice. The Information Society, vol 24:2. [local pdf]

Optional Additional Material:

Brewer E., Demmer M., Du B., Ho M., Kam M., Nedevschi S., Pal J., Patra R., Surana S., and Fall K. (2005). The Case for Technology in Developing Regions. Computer, June 2005, pp. 25-38. [local pdf]

Beth Kolko


Lab 3 Due

April 28

Information Visualization

Heer J., Viégas F.B., Wattenberg M. (2007). Voyagers and Voyeurs: Supporting Asynchronous Collaborative Information Visualization. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing, CHI '07, 1029-1038. [local pdf]

Hanrahan P., Mackinlay J.D., Stolte C., and Beers A., Fields E., (2010). Tableau Public: Enabling Storytelling with Interactive Visualizations on the Web. (Not published yet). [local pdf]

Jock Mackinlay


May 3


Baecker, R. Grudin, J., Buxton, W. and Greenberg, S. (1996) Chapter 11: Groupware and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work. In Readings in Human Computer Interaction: Towards the Year 2000, Morgan-Kaufmann p741-753. 1995. [local pdf]

And One of the Following Two Papers:

Yarosh, S., Inkpen, K. M., and Brush, A. B. (2010). Video Playdate: Toward Free Play Across Distance. In Proceedings of the 28th international Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI '10. ACM, New York, NY, 1251-1260. [local pdf]

Venolia, G., Tang, J., Cervantes, R., Bly, S., Robertson, G., Lee, B., and Inkpen, K. (2010). Embodied Social Proxy: Mediating Interpersonal Connection in Hub-And-Satellite Teams. In Proceedings of the 28th international Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI '10. ACM, New York, NY, 1049-1058. [local pdf]

Kori Inkpen Quinn

Microsoft Research

May 5

User Interface Tools

Myers, B., Hudson, S.E., and Pausch, R. (2000). Past, Present, and Future of User Interface Software Tools. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), 7(1), pp. 3-28. [local pdf]

Dixon, M. and Fogarty, J. (2010). Prefab: Implementing Advanced Behaviors Using Pixel-Based Reverse Engineering of Interface Structure. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2010). [local pdf]

May 10

Human Performance

MacKenzie, I.S. (1992). Fitts' Law as a Research and Design Tool in Human-Computer Interaction. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), 7(1), pp. 91-139. [local pdf]

Zhai, S., Hunter, M., and Smith, B.A. (2002). Performance Optimization of Virtual Keyboards. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), 17(2&3), pp. 229-270. [local pdf]

Optional Additional Material:

Fitts, P.M. (1954). The information capacity of the human motor system in controlling the amplitude of movement. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 47(6), pp. 381-391. [local pdf]

Jacob Wobbrock

Information School

May 12

In-Progress Project Presentations

In-Progress Project Presentations Due

May 17

Office of the Future

Raskar R., Welch G., Cutts M., Lake A., Stesin L., and Fuchs H. (1998). The Office of the Future : A Unified Approach to Image-Based Modeling and Spatially Immersive Displays. ACM SIGGRAPH 1998, Orlando FL. [local pdf].

Lee J.C. (2008). Hacking the Nintendo Wii Remote. IEEE Pervasive Computing, Vol 7:3, July 2008, pp: 39-45. [local pdf]

Optional Additional Material:

Bolt R.A. (1980). "Put-that-there": Voice and gesture at the graphics interface. In Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference on Computer Graphics and interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH '80, ACM, New York, NY, 262-270. [local pdf]

Johnny Lee


May 19


Ullmer, B. and Ishii, Hiroshi (1997). The metaDESK: Models and Prototypes for Tangible User Interfaces. Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 1997), pp. 223-232. [local pdf]

Igarashi, T., Moscovich, T., and Hughes, J.F. (2005). As-Rigid-As-Possible Shape Manipulation. ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG), 24(3), pp. 1134-1141. [local pdf]

Daniel Wigdor

Microsoft Surface

May 24

Software Design

Perry, D.E., N.A. Staudenmayer, L.G. Votta (1994). People, Organizations and Process Improvement. IEEE Software, July, pp. 36-45. [local pdf]

Bertram, D., Voida A., Greenberg S., and Walker R. (2010). Communication, Collaboration, and Bugs: The Social Nature of Issue Tracking in Small, Collocated Teams. In Proceedings of the 2010 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. CSCW '10. ACM, New York, NY, 291-300. [local pdf]

Andy Ko

Information School

May 26

Alternative Notions of "Impact" in HCI

Preparatory work sent by email.

Dan Morris

Microsoft Research

June 2

Final Project Presentations

Final Project Presentations Due

June 9

Final Project Report Due