Created by Paul Prae

Coursework: Human Computer Interaction

I took this class my Senior year in College. It is one of my favorite research areas and I continue my studies in it to this day. Broadly stated, there are four goals for this class: 1) Understand the principles of user-centered design and how to apply them to a software-based project 2) Understand the history of human-computer interaction and how it’s changed over time 3) Explore why “good” interface design is not necessarily “common sense” 4) Utilize skills and knowledge from other disciplines in developing a software-based project During the semester we primarily focused on one project as described in the syllabus: You will undertake a group project to: + evaluate some computing-related task/problem + develop interface design alternatives for the task/problem + implement a prototype of your design + evaluate your design The theme for this semester’s projects is: Connecting to (*) You. You should think of this domain as exploring how technological innovation can help an individual become the person they want to be. Thus, the * in the domain above can be “a better”, “a wealthier”, a “healthier”, etc. By design, this is a large and rich domain to explore and we will help you investigate ideas for different problems to explore in this solution. The critical aspect of selecting a problem is that it must matter to some “real-life” people. These people can be a small group of individuals, or a large one, or any group in-between, but they will serve as your “clients” whom you must communicate with and learn from.