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.

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 Response Times on Perceived Trust

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.

Students who wish to work in this area may evaluate the influence of a payment system’s response time on the users’ perceived trustworthiness of the system. 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.

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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Upcoming Seminar in HCI Research

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

logo-hci-research

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): Persuasive Computing, Usable Security, Public and Pervasive Displays and Ubiquitous Computing.

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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Upcoming Courses on Research Methods in HCI

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We will offer the following practical courses (in German) in the upcoming summer semester.

  • 183.234 Forschungsmethoden
  • 183.646 Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten
  • 183.603 Seminar aus Medieninformatik

Participants will plan an empirical study and present their study plan in the form of a project proposal. Important topics covered in the course include the following.

  • Study Design: Formulating a precise research question. Postulating hypotheses that can be subjected to empirical investigation. Variables and their role in study design. Knowledge of available research methods and choice thereof. Qualitative and quantitative approaches.
  • Literature Search: Knowledge of relevant digital libraries, planning and conducting searches in related literature to quickly comprehend the state-of-the-art within a chosen research area.
  • Scientific Writing and Presentation: Fundamentals of scientific writing, discussion of common errors, creation of scientific presentations.

The above skills are important for writing bachelor and master theses – we suggest that students complete one of the courses beforehand. The lectures will be held in three workshops. Introduction and first lecture on March 15th, 2016 from 15-18h at the INSO library (Wiedner Hauptstr. 76 / 2nd. floor).

Upcoming Practical Courses in HCI Research

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

  • 183.659 Theorie und Praxis der Evaluierung von innovativen User Interfaces
  • 183.646 Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten
  • 183.603 Seminar aus Medieninformatik.

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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): Persuasive Computing, Usable Security, Public and Pervasive Displays and Ubiquitous Computing.

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 lecture: 20th of October 2015, 14-17h at the INSO library (Wiedner Hauptstr. 76 / 2nd. floor).

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INSO Themenvorstellung: Presentation of topics for practical courses on 14th of Oct, 2015

Students interested in taking a practical course (Seminar, Praktikum etc.) or in writing a thesis with DECO are warmly invited to the upcoming presentation of topics (“INSO Themenvorstellung”) on Wednesday, Oct 14th, 2015 at HS15.

We will present several topics and current research areas in innovative human-computer interaction. These topics provide plenty of opportunities for students to participate in this interesting and dynamic field. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Navigation in long, form-based UIs on Smartphones: Paper accepted at the INTERACT’15 conference

Mobile applications provide increasingly complex functionality through form-based user interfaces. Given the small screen sizes of many mobile devices, this requires effective solutions for navigation. Our recent paper about navigation in long, form-based UIs on mobile devices [1], which will be published at the INTERACT’15 conference, compared four navigation design patterns on mobile devices. Results indicate that Scrolling should be avoided in favor of other designs that provide a better overview, possibly using tabs, menus, or collapsible fieldsets.

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Gamification of Online Surveys – New Paper accepted at INTERACT’15

Our study “Gamification of Online Surveys: Design Process, Case Study, and Evaluation” [1] was accepted for publication at the Interact 2015 conference.

Gamification has been proposed to make online surveys more pleasant to fill and, consequently, to improve the quality of survey results. We applied our gamification design process [2] to an existing survey targeted at teenagers and young adults. This allowed to formulate lessons learned regarding our design process; results strongly support the process’s usefulness and applicability. The gamified survey was evaluated in a study with 60 participants regarding the psychological and behavioral outcomes of gamification.

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