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INFSCI 2470 - Interactive System Design

(Spring 2011, CRN 17114)

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INFSCI 2470 Course Materials

The materials for the future lectures are "best guess" and provided for better planning

Lecture Objectives Readings Assignments

January , 2011

Lecture 1


Introduction to Java Applets

Introduction to the course. Logistics. Goals of the profession. History of Interfaces. Iterative design.

Quick Introduction to Java. Applets. Drawing and writing on a Graphics Pane.

Newman and Lamming
Chapter 1

Lewis and Rieman

Therac-25 Incident
Vincennes Incident
London Ambulance Incident

Chapter 3

Homework 1 issued

Professioinal Presentation Project issued

January 13, 2011

Lecture 2

Human Virtual Machine

Graphics Presentation in Java

The case for knowing Human Information Processing for Interactive System Design. Review of memory and processors functions.

Java 2d Graphics in awt. Lines, colors, fonts, shapes, arches and polygons.

Newman and Lamming
Chapter 3

Chapter 11

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Homework 2 issued

Research Reading Project issued

Homework 1 due

January 20, 2011

Lecture 3

Interaction Styles

Overview of Interaction Styles and Paradigms. Command, Graphic, and Direct Manipulation Interfaces. Menus. Forms. Guidelines for Menu/Form interfaces.


Newman and Lamming
Chapter 12

Chapter 19 (corresponding sections)

Homework 3 issued

Homework 2 due

January 27, 2011

Lecture 4

Interactive Programming

Introduction to Servlets

Affordance and feedback. Event-Redraw Loop. Widgets and Models. Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern. The Big Picture of Interactive Programming.

Client-Server approach, WWW as a client-server platform. HTTP protocol. Servlets. Simple Servlet Example. Forms and form data. Processing form data with doPost.

Newman and Lamming
Chapter 11

A tutorial on MVC design patter

Chapter 2; Chapter 12 (corresponding sections)

Homework 3 design due

February 3, 2011

Chinese New Year, No Class!


February 10, 2011

A Jolt of Java

Dialog Programming in Java; Java Event Processing and Widgets

Java Lists and Layouts

Java Applications, Selection widgets

Modal Input Dialog. Modal dialogs: JOptionPane. Java Event Processing. AWT and Swing. Widgets. Button class.

List. Combo box. Managing layouts. Nested panels.

Mapping between Java applets and applications. Label class. JColorChooser. Java Swing TextField and PasswordField. Checkboxes and Radio Buttons.


Chapter 12 (corresponding sections)


Homework 3 due

Homework 4 issued

February 17, 2011

Lecture 5

Anatomy of the Interactive System Design Process

Lecture 6

Heuristic Analysis

Specifying a design problem. Lifecycle models of interactive system design process: from waterfall to iterative models. A review of major ISD activities - User Study, Model building, Specification, Analysis of the design, Evaluation of the prototypes.

Evaluating the design with and without the user. Nielson&Molich's heuristics. Filling Usability Aspect Reports. Practicing heuristic analysis

Newman and Lamming
Chapters 2 and 4

Lewis and Rieman
Chapter 1

Chapter 6

Chapter 3

Newman and Lamming
Section 8.6

Lewis and Rieman
Chapter 4: Introduction and 4.3

Section 13.46

Homework 4 design due

Final project issued
Evaluation project issued

Groups for professional presentation reported

February 24, 2011

Lecture 7

User Studies

Lecture 8

Task Analysis and Task-centered design.


Overview of User Studies. Interviews. Observations. Questionnaires. Experiments.

Understanding and modeling user activities. Task models. Systems analysis.

Newman and Lamming
Chapters 5 and 10

Lewis and Rieman
Chapter 5

Chapter 6: 6.1-6.3

Newman and Lamming
Chapter 6

Lewis and Rieman:
Chapter 2

Chapter 7

Homework 4 due

Topic for professional presentation selected

Groups and topics for evaluation project reported

Groups for the final project reported

March 3, 2011

Evaluation project presentation

Group Heuristic Evaluation Project presentation Newman and Lamming
Case Study A
Evaluation project due

Final project topic reported

March 10, 2011

Spring Break

March 17, 2011

Paper Project Presentation

Paper project presentation: Mobile interfaces Research Paper Summary due

March 24, 2011

Lecture 9

Extended Interface:
Help, Manuals, Training

First Professional Presentation Slot

10th Heuristic. Interface elements. On-line Help. Documentation. Training. Hight-Functionality Applications. Peer help and intelligent help.

Group A: Gestural Interface

Group B: HTML5+CSS3

Lewis and Rieman
Chapter 7

Adaptive Help Systems

Chapter 12

Professional Presentations due

March 31, 2011

Lecture 10

Analysis, Prototyping, Evaluation

Second Professional Presentation Slot

Analysis and Evaluation in support of design. GOMS. Formal Action Analysis with GOMS. ACT-R. Informal action analysis. Cognitive Walkthrogh. Interface evaluation. Prototyping. Informal testing and field tests.

Group C: Surface Computing

Group D: Social Navigation Systems

Newman and Lamming
Chapter 8-9

Lewis and Rieman
Chapter 3 and 4

Chapter 2

April 7, 2011

Lecture 11

Accommodating to Individual Users

Third Professional Presentation Slot

Interaction and adaptation. Dimensions of differences. Adaptive systems

Group E: Social Bookmarking

Group F: Research interfaces for sensory impaired users

Chapter 1


April 14, 2011

Lecture 12

Virtual Environments


Hypertext and Hypermedia. History of Hypertext. Navigation and navigation aids. Web usability issues. Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Chapters 6 and 15

April 21, 2011

Lecture 13

Advanced Interaction Techniques

Direct Manipulation. Programming by demonstration. Tangible interfaces Shneiderman:
Chapter 7


April 28, 2011

Final project presentation

Final project presentations due

(Final project installation due April 29, 2009)

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