Human-Computer Interaction
Winter 2017


May 5, 2017

Sorry for the delay. Grades are now available via the link at left. Feedback is available via WebSubmit. Note: If you submitted you work using your Passport York login, then you will have to use it again to retrieve your feedback. Thus, not all your feedback will be available via your EECS login.

April 2, 2017

The exam will take place on April 11, at 2pm, in ACW 106. The exam will be 90 minutes in length (not the 180 listed on the official schedule).

The exam will cover Topic 4 (Empirical Research Methods) onwards to Topic 9 (Interaction Paradigms). The corresponding textbook chapters are the following:

  • Chapter 4 - Empirical reasearch methods
  • Chapter 5 - Designing a user study
  • Chapter 6 - Statistical tools (e.g., ANOVA)
  • Chapter 8 - Writing a research paper

March 25, 2017

Course evaluations will take place on Tuesday, in-lecture. Please bring an electronic, Internet-enabled device with which to complete the online survey. A small number of devices will be available for sign-out, if needed.

March 10, 2017

As a result of a student request, I have created a discussion forum on Learn Lassonde, where you can post requests for user study participants and arrange meetings.

March 9, 2017

In addition to the ANOVA tool, Scott MacKenzie developed tools to conduct post-hoc tests. A post-hoc analysis is required if you have more than two condition, and ANOVA revealed a significant effect. The post-hoc tool is available here, and its API (with usage examples) is here.

Chapters 5 and 6 from the course textbook are hereby assigned as readings. They provide additional details about designing a user study and analyzing study results.

March 4, 2017

Project details are now available on this page.

February 28, 2017

The results of the in-lecture user study is now available via this link, and in the Course Materials section. It uses this program written by Scott MacKenzie to calculate the analysis of variance (ANOVA). Anova will be discussed further in the Empirical Research Methods section of the course materials.

The final exam is scheduled for 14:00 on April 11. Students who require religious accommodation must complete this form and return it to the Department (LAS1012M) before March 10.

February 9, 2017

To review the topics "The Interaction" and the first part of "Emperical Reseach Methods for HCI", read Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 (up to and including Section 4.6), respectively.

Remember that the midterm will take place next Thursday and cover the in-lecture topics up to and including Feb. 9, and Chapter 1 to Section 4.6 in the textbook.

February 7, 2017

After discussing the course assignment in lecture, I have posted the Assignment Details here.

January 29, 2017

When I opened the posted zip files on a Mac, they unzipped without issue -- I was unable to reproduce the error students experience in lecture. However, I have rezipped and posted updated files in hopes that it solves the issue.

To review the topic "Historical Perspective", please read Chapter 1 of the course textbook. To review the section "The Human", please read Chapter 2 of the textbook.

January 27, 2017

In the section on Human Perception, we presented ways in which our senses can be deceived. The Rubber Hand Illusion and The McGurk Effect are examples of how visual stimuli can override other stimuli.

January 24, 2017

Here are the results of the Edinburgh Handedness Inventory that you participated in last lecture.

Further to our discussion, I was able to find some ergonomic mice for left-handed users. The Logitech MX 610 is no longer widely sold, but can be found online. In addition, the Razer DeathAdder prides itself on being "the first gaming mouse for left-handers".

As a modern example of eye-tracking, one video game developer has made modifications to their popular game. Players with an eye-tracker can control movement, targetting, and HUD elements with their gaze.

Lastly, here is a video demonstrating a tactile keyboard that rises from a smooth touchscreen.

January 15, 2017

Tentatively, the midterm will be held in class on Feb. 16 (subject to change due to University closures, weather emergencies, etc.).

December 28, 2016

The first lecture will be on January 10. The lecture for January 5 is cancelled. I have been summoned to court to serve on a jury panel.

July 8, 2016

Welcome to 4441!

I encourage you to review the Course Outline. Please see the Important Dates Calendar from the Registrar’s Office and add it to your own calendar.