Suggested Topic: Design & Evaluation of a Web-based Interactive Visualization Tool

This applied topic will provide you the opportunity to work on the design and usability evaluation of a web-based online visualization tool. The tool in question is an interactive visualization of indicators on knowledge co‐creation in the European research area. Your task will be to assess the usability of the tool in its current state and to create design solutions for the improvement and extension of the tool.

This applied topic is suitable for project based courses (PR), such as “From Design to Software” or “Projekt aus Media and Human Centered Computing”.

Recommended prior knowledge: Interaction design, web usability, web front-end technologies (HTML, CSS, Javascript)

Students who wish to work in this area, please apply via email to christoph.wimmer@inso.tuwien.ac.at with a short statement about your background and interest related to this research topic.

Suggested Research Topic: Improving the Robustness and Context-Sensitivity of Mobile Drinking Water Quality Testing Solutions

Drinking water is one the most important and fundamental elements every human needs to prosper. Having access to clean drinking water was declared as a universal Human Right by the United Nations in 2010 [1]. Nevertheless, in reality there is a lack of quality access to drinking water – at least 2 billion people use drinking water sources contaminated with feces. Contaminated water can transmit diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, or polio. Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 502.000 diarrheal deaths each year [2].

There are different ways of testing water for its drinkability. One common approach is to use standardized testing strips, as their application is quick and cost-efficient. However, the test results of water testing strips can be flawed by interpretation errors, as the person carrying out the test has to compare the colors on the strip with a reference card. Additionally, tests from different persons may result in different outcomes.
The goal of this research topic is to explore and develop easy to use solutions with the help of mobile applications to replace and assist the human eye and interpretation with the help of a smartphone’s camera and context-sensitive visualizations.

Recommended prior knowledge: Android App development and basic understanding of computer graphics (image processing).

Students who wish to work in this area, please apply via email to deco-teaching@inso.tuwien.ac.at with a short statement about your background and interest related to this research topic.

[1] http://undocs.org/A/RES/64/292
[2] https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/drinking-water

Suggested Research Topic: Influence of Response Times on Perceived Trustworthiness

Long, unexpected waiting times can damage the trust a user has placed in a system. This is particularly important in the context of online banking and electronic payment systems, where long waiting times leave users uncertain about the success of a transaction.

One specific research idea is to evaluate and quantify the influence of a payment system’s response time on the users’ perceived trustworthiness of the system. Multiple studies can be conducted based on this research idea by varying the design elements (i.e., UI elements that set expectations regarding waiting time), the risk involved (e.g., the sum involved in a transaction), and the domain (e-banking, p2p payment, e-commerce).

This specific topic is not available anymore. Nonetheless, students who wish to work in the more general area of trust and HCI, please apply via email to deco-teaching@inso.tuwien.ac.at with a short statement about your background and interest related to HCI and this research topic.

Suggested Research Topic: Influence of Branding + GUI Design on Perceived Trustworthiness in the Domain of Online Banking

User interface design and branding is known to have a strong influence on how trustworthy a system is perceived by users. This is particularly important in the domain of online banking and electronic payment systems because of the high risk of financial fraud.

Influence of design factors on the perceived trustworthiness of online banking or payment systems.

Students may apply to write a bachelor or diploma thesis in this area of research. One specific, suggested research goal is to evaluate and quantify the influence of design factors (e.g., user interface styling and consistency, branding, shopping seals etc.) on the perceived trustworthiness of an online banking or e-payment system.

Multiple students are already working on variations of this topic already. If you are particularly interested in this topic, you can nevertheless apply via email to deco-teaching@inso.tuwien.ac.at with a short statement about your background in HCI and your interest in this research topic. We can then seek to define a goal for your work that has not yet been addressed by your colleagues.

MPE SS 2018: Student projects

Last semester’s design task of the Mobile (App) Prototyping and Evaluation (MPE) lecture at DECO was to create, prototype and evaluate innovative applications and solutions for improving the personal use of big data for individual users by utilising the theoretical concept of unlimited availability of big data, themed “Turning Big Data into Small Data”.

Three teams of two to four students completed the seminar, resulting in creative, useful and innovative applications. We proudly present the mobile application concepts of our participating student teams:

StableMatch – a location-sensitive social dating app for matching persons close to each other based on their personal preferences retrieved from various data sources like social networks

RunningGroceries – an educational app supporting users with the managing of their groceries and tracking of the corresponding expiration dates by giving insights and statistics regarding the behaviour (like wasting food) combined with big data

DejaVu – an app that aggregates a user’s personal data from various sources like social networks to highlight the best experiences and moments in a customisable timeline

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Upcoming Seminars in HCI Research (Winter Term 2018/19)

We will offer the following practical courses (in German) this winter semester.

  • 183.659 SE Theorie und Praxis der Evaluierung von innovativen Interfaces
  • 183.603 Seminar aus Medieninformatik

Students will learn how to plan an empirical study in HCI and how to choose appropriate research methods. These skills are  important for writing bachelor and master theses; we therefore suggest to complete one of the courses beforehand. The courses are also helpful for students interested in publishing a scientific paper because they simulate a conference’s peer review process. Students may choose amongst DECO’s research topics, including (but not limited to):

  • Engineering and Evaluating Trust
  • Research Games, Gamification

The courses will be held in three workshops. Students will elaborate a written project proposal (similar to exposés needed for diploma theses).

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Upcoming Seminars in HCI Research (Winter Term 2017/18)

We will offer the following practical courses (in German) this winter semester.

  • 183.659 Theorie und Praxis der Evaluierung von innovativen User Interfaces
  • 183.603 Seminar aus Medieninformatik
  • 183.234 Forschungsmethoden

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Students will learn how to plan an empirical study in HCI and how to choose appropriate research methods. These skills are  important for writing bachelor and master theses; we therefore suggest to complete one of the courses beforehand. The courses are also helpful for students interested in publishing a scientific paper because they simulate a conference’s peer review process. Students may choose amongst DECO’s research topics or choose a topic of their own, including (but not limited to):

  • Usability Engineering of Trust
  • Text Entry Methods
  • Eye Tracking
  • Playful visual design

The courses will be held in three workshops. Students will elaborate a written project proposal (similar to exposés needed for diploma theses). Introduction and first workshop (attendance required) is on the 20th of October 2016, 15:30-18:30h at the INSO library (Wiedner Hauptstr. 76 / 2nd. floor).

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MPE SS 2017: Student projects

Last semester’s design task of the Mobile (App) Prototyping and Evaluation (MPE) lecture at DECO was to create, prototype and evaluate innovative solutions in the field of social networks for professional athletes and their fans.

Three teams of three to four students completed the seminar, resulting in creative, useful and innovative applications. We proudly present the mobile application concepts of our participating student teams:

SporTro – a social app for professional sportsmen for keeping them connected to their team

TennisUp! – a location-based social network app for connecting tennis fans and players

Ski-Day – an app dedicated to professional skiers for coordinating daily routines

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Suggested Research Topic: Visualizing Personal E-Mail Archives: Concept, Design & Implementation

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E-mail is an integral part of both personal as well as professional correspondence in today’s world. By extension, a thorough and in-depth analysis of personal e-mail correspondence could provide interesting, useful and perhaps even surprising insights regarding our communications and usage behaviour of this medium. Unfortunately, current e-mail clients provide only limited support for this kind of analysis. Prior research has explored the potential of this idea (e.g.[1], [2]), but the required tools are limited in their accessibility or availability. The goal of this research topic is to develop a tool for analysing and visualizing patterns in personal e-mail correspondence.

Recommended prior knowledge: Programming language, tools and frameworks can be freely chosen. Prior knowledge in relevant standards (IETF RFC 822, 2822, bzw. 5322), transfer protocols (POP, IMAP) and (client-side) storage formats (mbox) are recommended.

Please apply via email to deco-teaching@inso.tuwien.ac.at with a short statement about your background and interest related to HCI and this research topic.

[1] http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/emailviz/links.html
[2] https://flowingdata.com/2008/03/19/21-ways-to-visualize-and-explore-your-email-inbox/