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Advanced Seminar: Human-Centered Interaction in Ubiquitous Computing

  • Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Albrecht Schmidt
  • Credit hours: 2
  • ECTS-Credits: 6
  • Modul: P4.1 and P4.2: Seminar topics about media informatics and social competence (for master students)


Important:  Latest course information can be found on

Dates and Location

  • Thursday, 4pm - 6pm,  First date: 02.11.2017; further dates on Thursdays after notice
  • Frauenlobstr. 7a, 80337 Munich, 4th floor, Room 450


Digitalization has a massive impact on the way we live our lives and how we work. Many aspects of our society, such as communication, mobility, or money are transformed through ubiquitous computing technologies. The interaction with our environment becomes increasingly ubiquitous. Human-computer-interaction, interaction and communication with other people are more and more mediated through digital technologies. Interaction technologies and how we design interaction are becoming the defining factors in our experience in the world. We need to better understand how to put the humans and their needs in the center of our advances.


In the seminar we look at current topics in human computer interaction in the context of ubiquitous media and computing, such as:

  • Muscle activity (EMG) as input for implicit and explicit interaction
  • Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) as output modality
  • Controlling computers using electrical signals from the brain (EEG, BCI)
  • Extracting cognitive information from brain signals (EEG)
  • Recognizing emotions based on physiological sensors
  • Detecting Emotions by Observing the Face
  • Detecting Emotions via the user's voice
  • Predicting cognitive demands by overserving the user
  • Using eye movements and gaze for explicit and implicit input
  • Interaction with information in augmented reality
  • Haptic interaction in virtual reality
  • Pointing and text input in virtual reality

Tasks and schedule

We have prepared scientific articles - predominantly in english - for reading. The agenda of the seminar is as follows:

Until Nov 2nd, 2017

  • Read the introductory articles. See [1], [2].
  • Submit a short summary (approx. 200 words) about the two articles ([1], [2]).

Nov 2nd, 2017 (Session):

  • First session: organizational matters, presentation and assignment of topics
  • Assignment of seminar teams (Publicity, Proceedings, Poster)

Nov 16th, 2017 (Session):

  • Presentation of individual topics in short presentation (60 seconds) by the students

Nov 23th, 2017 (Session + Submission):

  • Title and table of contents for the presentation
  • Flyer (postcard) and 120 charater tweet for the individual topics

Jan 11th, 2018 (Session + Submission):

  • Submission of a first version: structure, related work, content (at least bullet points) for every chapter
  • Explanation of the review process

Until Jan 17th, 2018 (Submission):

  • Submission of final student papers for the review process

Until Jan 24th, 2018 (Submission):

  • Rehearsal talk including video recording in small groups (2-3 students)
  • Submission of recordings

Jan 25th, 2018 (Session):

  • UBIACTION event day from 1pm to 6pm: public presentation of individual topics

Jan 31st, 2018 (Submission):

  • Submission of reviews (forward to fellow students)

Feb 1st, 2018 (Session):

  • Closing event, feedback

Feb 8th, 2018 (Submission):

  • Submission of final version of the student papers

Furthermore, special tasks are assigned on the basis of seminar team affiliations:

  • Publicity: create webpage with schedule (UBIACTION), advertisement for the event via Facebook, Twitter.
  • Proceedings: create seminar proceedings (collect student papers, create cover sheet and table of contents), figure out e-book formalities
  • Poster: create information posters for UBIACTION (schedule, topics), organization of posters


Applications via Mail at
The seminar is heavy on reading!


  • very good English skills
  • Lecture and lab course on Human-Computer Interaction

Criteria for the seminar certificate (chronological)

  • Summary of the first two introductory articles (approx. 200 words)
  • Attendance at every classroom event
  • 60 second presentation incl. discussion on presentation style
  • Table of contents for presentation and student paper
  • Flyer for your own topics (postcard) and a text for a tweet (120 characters)
  • Submission of intermediate stages (draft, version for reviewing) of the student paper
  • Review at least two student papers of your fellow students
  • Rehearsal talk in small groups
  • Presentation (15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion) at the UBIACTION event day
  • Student paper in German (12 to 14 pages, one-column format, see downloads)
  • Fulfillment of seminar team tasks (see tasks and schedule)


  1. A. Schmidt, B. Pfleging, F. Alt, A. Sahami and G. Fitzpatrick, "Interacting with 21st-Century Computers," in IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 22-31, January-March 2012. doi: 10.1109/MPRV.2011.81
  2. A. Schmidt, "Technologies to Amplify the Mind," in Computer, vol. 50, no. 10, pp. 102-106, 2017. doi: 10.1109/MC.2017.3641644