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Hyper Typer is a mobile typing game for Android smartphones with the purpose of collecting text entry performance data from players without direct supervision for exploratory data analysis.

Play Hyper Typer to improve your smartphone typing skills, compete with friends and other players from around the world to see who is the fastest typist, and in doing so support our research!


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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.

HCI Seminar WS 2016/2017: eParticipation

We’re happy to announce that the registration for this term’s HCI Seminar is now open. The task for this term is the conception, prototyping, and evaluation of “mobile e-participation” applications.

Recently, governments around the world try to improve methods how to integrate citizens in the public decision making processes. They aim to introduce new methods to broaden the scope of involved citizens as well as to encourage those previously less eager to participate, such as younger generations. Easy and attractive to use mobile applications can help achieve these aims.

In the seminar you’ll have the opportunity to develop a prototypical innovative e-participation application for a mobile platform utilising a user-centered design process. We provide a methodological framework and you can show your creativity in the practical implementation.

If you’re interested in participating, please visit the course website for further information about the topic, schedule and registration.

We would be happy to welcome you in our seminar.

Your Help Needed: the Effect of Aesthetics on Visualization

Your help is needed!

We have just launched an online study on measuring the effect of aesthetics in data visualization. The study is part of a collaborative research project between K.U. Leuven, Vienna University of Technology, and the University of Sydney.

If you have about 10-20 minutes of uninterrupted time please help us by completing the study at Aesthetic Impact. The main task that will be expected from you, is to interact with a visualization, and to describe what you have learned from it.

Please pass around the URL to any person who might be interested in participating. The only thing you need to know is that the study is less about usability, utility or usefulness, and more about measuring what non-trivial and unexpected insights you actually ‘get’ from interacting with a specific data representation.

Should you have any questions about the study, please don’t hesitate to contact us at study@aesthetic-impact.com.

HCI Seminar WS2010/2011

We’re happy to announce that registration for this term’s HCI Seminar is now open. The topic for this term is the conception and prototyping of an innovative mobile application based on “open data”.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop a prototype application for a mobile platform (iOS, Android, Maemo) utilizing a user-centered design process. We provide a methodological framework and you can show your creativity in the practical implementation.

The introductory discussion will be on Thursday, 14.10.2010, 16:00 in the INSO library (Wiedner Hauptstraße 76/2/2, 1040 Wien). If you’re interested in participating, please visit the course website for further information about the topic, schedule and registration.

We would be happy to welcome you in our seminar.