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CS 591 Human Computer Interaction




Dr. Pradipta Biswas

Senior Researcher, Cambridge University, UK

Vice Chairman at FG on Smart TV, ITU-T, Switzerland

Email: pb400 AT cam.ac.uk



Credits: 1L-0T-0P-1C



Basic knowledge of computer science, psychology, mathematics, and statistics.


Aim of the course:

        Introducing importance and applications of HCI

        Discussing basics of human psychology and their implications in interface design

        Introducing to real life HCI projects

        Teaching to conduct user trials and reporting results

        Making aware of state of the art HCI research

        Evaluating user interfaces

        Writing international standards relevant to HCI


What you get:

        Basic guidelines to design good interface

        Idea of user modelling and interface personalization

        A usability evaluation tool to develop inclusive interfaces

        Conducting usability evaluation and reporting results

        Knowledge about novel interaction technologies

        Basic know-how about writing international standards


What we did not cover but worth mentioning:

        Multilingual interfaces

        Natural language processing

        Ethnography study

        Group dynamics

        Participatory design



Course Structure

Studentsí Projects



Course Materials:


Text book

Shneiderman B. "Designing The User Interface - Strategies For Effective Human-Computer Interaction." Pearson Education


Johnson P. "Human Computer Interaction: psychology, task analysis and software engineering." McGraw Hill Book Company, 1992.


Buxton B., Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design, Morgan Kaufmann



Newell A. "Unified Theories of Cognition." Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 1990


Card S., Moran T. and Newell A. "The Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction." Hillsdale, NJ, USA: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1983


Anderson J. R. and Lebiere C. "The Atomic Components of Thought."Hillsdale, NJ, USA: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998.


Field A. "Discovering Statistics Using SPSS." SAGE Publications Ltd., 2009.


Hampson P. J. and Moris P. E. "Understanding Cognition." Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers Ltd., 1996.


John B. E. and Kieras D. "The GOMS Family of User Interface Analysis Techniques: Comparison And Contrast." ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interaction 3 (1996): 320-351.


Johnson-Laird P.A. "The Computer and The Mind." Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press.


Handbook of Human-Computer Interaction Ed. Helander M. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Ltd.


In addition to this I shall use a few of my own papers available at