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Advanced Seminar: Human-Centered Interaction in Ubiquitous Computing

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


Please refer to the german webpage for an up-to-date schedule and current tasks.

Dates and Location

  • Thursday, 4pm - 6pm,  First date: 19.04.18; further dates on Thursdays after notice
  • Location: Frauenlobstr. 7a, room 257


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:

  • Interaction in virtual, augmented and mixed reality
  • Interacting with smart environments, Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Usable security and privacy
  • Physiological interaction
  • Tangible UIs
  • Wearable UIs

Tasks and schedule

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

Until the first meeting

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

First meeting (Session):

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

+ 2 weeks (Session):

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

+ 1 week (Session + Submission):

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

+ approx. 3 weeks (Submission):

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

+ approx. 3 weeks (Session + Submission):

  • Submission of final student papers for the review process
  • Explanation of the review process

+ 2 weeks (Submission):

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

UBIACTION (End of June):

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

Jul 5th, 2018 (Session):

  • Closing event, feedback

Jul 12th, 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


Central registration process via the UniWorX course. (As of Feb, 15th 2018, 12pm)

Please justify your eligibility for this course (see prerequisites) using the text box during the UniWorX registration process. During the assignment, we will take prerequisites into account.

Caution: The seminar is heavy on reading!


  • very good English skills
  • Knowledge in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (e.g. lecture and lab course on Human-Computer Interaction)
  • Course of study: Media informatics, 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)
  • 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