Official website of the course "Human Computer Interaction" (code 02JSKOV) offered to students in the 2nd year of the M.S. in Computer Engineering (among elective courses).

Short link to this page: http://bit.ly/polito-hci

Basic info

Title: Human Computer Interaction
Credits: 6 credits
Year: 2nd year Master degree (elective courses)
Semester 1st semester (September-January)
Language: English
Main teacher: Luigi De Russis
Other teachers: Fulvio Corno
Official link: Portale della Didattica
GitHub organization: https://github.com/polito-hci-2021
Videolectures: YouTube Playlist

Class hours

See the Schedule section for detailed information.

DayHourLocationTypeNote
Tuesday 13:00-14:30 Room 7T Class  
Thursday 08:30-10:00 Room 8I Class  
Thursday 10:00-11:30 LABINF Lab (group I)  
Thursday 11:30-13:00 LABINF Lab (group II)  

Schedule

This section hosts the schedule and learning materials of all the lectures and labs, with topics and deadlines described for each of them. Please consider the following information as a tentatitive preview of the course organization; it is provided only for helping students organize and plan, and is subject to change without notice.

All slides, examples, exercises, and any other material used in the classroom and in the lab will be also posted in a GitHub repository. Moreover, all lectures will be video-recorded and will be available on the Portale della Didattica, as well as here and in a dedicated YouTube playlist.

DateTypeDetailsTimeVideoTeacher
28/09/2021 Lecture

Introduction to the course
Presentation of the project work

13:00-14:30 icons8 play button 48 Luigi De Russis
30/09/2021 Lecture

What is HCI?

08:30-10:00 icons8 play button 48 Fulvio Corno
30/09/2021  Lab Hall of (Sh|F)ame: UI edition (group I) 10:00-11:30 - Luigi De Russis
30/09/2021 Lab Hall of (Sh|F)ame: UI edition (group II) 11:30-13:00 - Luigi De Russis
           
05/10/2021 Lecture Needfinding (part I) 13:00-14:30 icons8 play button 48 Fulvio Corno
07/10/2021 Lecture Needfinding (part II) 08:30-10:00 icons8 play button 48 Fulvio Corno
07/10/2021 Lab Getting started with projects (group I) 10:00-11:30 - Luigi De Russis
07/10/2021 Lab Getting started with projects (group II) 11:30-13:00 - Luigi De Russis
07/10/2021   Milestone 0 due EOD    
12/10/2021 Exercise

Needfinding: exercise (part I)

13:00-14:30 icons8 play button 48 Fulvio Corno
14/10/2021 Lecture

Needfinding: exercise (part II)

08:30-10:00 icons8 play button 48 Fulvio Corno
14/10/2021 Lab Needfinding: preparation (group I) 10:00-11:30 - Luigi De Russis
14/10/2021 Lab Needfinding: preparation (group II) 11:30-13:00 - Luigi De Russis
19/10/2021 Lecture Task Analysis 13:00-14:30 icons8 play button 48 Fulvio Corno
21/10/2021 Lecture Prototyping (part I) 8:30-10:00 icons8 play button 48 Fulvio Corno
21/10/2021 Lab Needfinding (cont'd, group I)

10:00-11:30

- Luigi De Russis
21/10/2021 Lab Needfinding (cont'd, group II) 11:30-13:00 - Luigi De Russis
26/10/2021 Lecture Prototyping (part II) 13:00-14:30 icons8 play button 48 Fulvio Corno
27/10/2021   Milestone 1 due EOD    
28/10/2021 Lecture Design Principles 8:30-10:00 icons8 play button 48 Fulvio Corno
28/10/2021 Lab Storyboard and paper prototypes (group I) 10:00-11:30 - Luigi De Russis
28/10/2021 Lab Storyboard and paper prototypes (group II) 11:30-13:00 - Luigi De Russis
02/11/2021 Lecture Visual design (part I) 13:00-14:30 icons8 play button 48 Fulvio Corno
04/11/2021 Lecture Visual design (part II) 8:30-10:00 icons8 play button 48 Fulvio Corno
04/11/2021 Lab Storyboard and paper prototypes (cont'd, group I) 10:00-11:30 - Luigi De Russis
04/11/2021 Lab Storyboard and paper prototypes (cont'd, group II) 11:30-13:00 - Luigi De Russis
09/11/2021 Lecture

Heuristic evaluation (part I) 

13:00-14:30 icons8 play button 48 Luigi De Russis
11/11/2021 Lecture Heuristic evaluation (part II) 8:30-10:00 icons8 play button 48 Luigi De Russis
11/11/2021 Lab Storyboard and paper prototypes (cont'd, group I) 10:00-11:30 - Luigi De Russis
11/11/2021 Lab Storyboard and paper prototypes (cont'd, group II) 11:30-13:00 - Luigi De Russis
16/11/2021 Exercise Heuristic Evaluation and Visual Design: exercise 13:00-14:30 icons8 play button 48 Fulvio Corno
18/11/2021 Lecture Designing for diversity 8:30-10:00 icons8 play button 48 Luigi De Russis
18/11/2021 Lab Heuristic evaluation (group I) 10:00-11:30 - Luigi De Russis
18/11/2021 Lab Heuristic evaluation (group II) 11:30-13:00 - Luigi De Russis
           
23/11/2021 Lecture Multimodal interaction (part I) 13:00-14:30 icons8 play button 48 Luigi De Russis
24/11/2021   Milestone 2 due EOD    
25/11/2021 Lecture Multimodal interaction (part II) 8:30-10:00 icons8 play button 48 Luigi De Russis
25/11/2021 Lab Wireframe (group I) 10:00-11:30 - Luigi De Russis 
25/11/2021 Lab Wireframe (group II) 11:30-13:00 - Luigi De Russis 
           
30/11/2021 Lecture

Multimodal Interaction (part III)
Q&A for the exam

13:00-14:30 icons8 play button 48  Luigi De Russis
02/12/2021 Lecture Interacting with AI 8:30-10:00 icons8 play button 48 Luigi De Russis
02/12/2021 Lab Wireframe (con't, group I) 10:00-11:30 - Luigi De Russis 
02/12/2021 Lab Wireframe (cont'd, group II) 11:30-13:00 - Luigi De Russis 
           
07/12/2021 Lecture Evaluation: usability testing (part I) 13:00-14:30 icons8 play button 48  Luigi De Russis
09/12/2021 Lecture Evaluation: usability testing (part II) 8:30-10:00 icons8 play button 48 Luigi De Russis
09/12/2021 Lab Hi-fi prototype implementation (group I) 10:00-11:30 - Luigi De Russis 
09/12/2021 Lab Hi-fi prototype implementation (group II) 11:30-13:00 - Luigi De Russis
12/12/2021   Milestone 3 due (extended!) EOD    
           
14/12/2021 Exercise Planning for usability testing
(draft plan created during the lecture)
13:00-14:30 icons8 play button 48  Luigi De Russis
16/12/2021 Lecture Evaluation: controlled experiments (part I)  8:30-10:00 icons8 play button 48 Luigi De Russis
16/12/2021 Lab Usability testing: protocol (group I) 10:00-11:30 - Luigi De Russis 
16/12/2021 Lab Usability testing: protocol (group II) 11:30-13:00 - Luigi De Russis 
           
21/12/2021 Lecture

Evaluation: controlled experiments (part II)

13:00-14:30 icons8 play button 48 Luigi De Russis
    Christmas vacation      
11/01/2022 Exercise Controlled experiments: exercise [on Zoom] 13:00-14:30 icons8 play button 48 Luigi De Russis
13/01/2022 Lab Hi-fi prototype implementation (group I + II) [on Zoom] 10:00-11:30 - Luigi De Russis
13/01/2022 Exercise Written exam simulation (solutions in the "Exam" section) [on Zoom] 11:30-13:00 - Luigi De Russis 

Video Lectures

 

Development Resources

This section presents some resources useful for software development that may be relevant for (final) interactive prototypes. Moreover, it lists the software applications and libraries used during the course.

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Software In Use

Design Resources

  • Fonts: Google Fonts is a great resource of easy-to-use fonts, while FontPair may help you pair them
  • Icons: Font Awesome and Noun Project are a good free icons package
  • Subtle Patterns is useful if you want to add some light patterns to any plain background color
  • Sample images: Wunderstock and Unsplash are a good starting point to find Creative Commons photos
  • Colors: Adobe Color is an interactive web app to help you choose nice color schemes

Web Development Resources

 

Exam

The exam consists of two parts:

  1. Written test [40%: 13 points, minimum 7]
    • Design methods, design processes, design and analysis instruments, ...
    • No coding
  2. Evaluation of the projects (by group) [60%: 20 points]
    • Milestones
    • Source code

Both parts must be passed in the same academic year, in any order. Material for the projects evaluation must be available on the GitHub repositories assigned to each group.

Next exams, with deadlines:

  • [written test] 29/06/2022, h. 08:00, room R4b
    • remember to enroll at the exam, by 22/06/2022, on the Portale della Didattica
  • [project eval] 05/07/2022, h. 10:00, ACSLAB
    • remember to enroll at the exam, by 03/07/2022, on the Portale della Didattica
    • all the milestones (including the code) must be on the group's GitHub repository by 28/06/2022
    • specify any request via Slack at the teachers (#discussion channel), by 28/06/2022

Group Projects (with Milestones)

All the deadlines are EOD (End Of Day).

Written Exams