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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 c.t.,  First date: 17.10.2019; further dates on Thursdays
  • 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.

Please refer to the german webpage from last semester for an overview regarding the schedule.


Central registration process via the Uni2Work course.

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. Please be aware of the penalty and successor regulation for courses that use the central registration process.

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 (tentative; taken from last iteration)

  • 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 (16 +-1 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