Suggested topic: Measuring Trust

Trust is an essential pre-requisite and quality of human-computer interaction (HCI), involved in a variety of domains including banking, commerce, communication, identification and authentication, and many more. Despite the importance of trust in HCI, we found existing trust scales to be difficult to use in practical HCI research: they consist of lengthy questionnaires that take a long time to fill and place a significant burden on respondents. Shorter scales or alternative measuring methods are needed.

For this suggested research topic, we suggest that students may investigate the state-of-the-art in the measurement of trust, including the pros and cons of existing trust scales, with regard to practical application in HCI research. Methodologically, this can be achieved by conducting a systematic literature review. The review should follow guidelines such as the PRISMA workflow [1]. For this topic, a primarily qualitative review is likely most suited, but quantitative analysis may also be included to some extent.

Workflow for conducting a systematic literature analysis. Methodologically, a systematic literature review should carefully plan and document the identification, screening, and eligibility decisions made while searching and reading literature, as well as how eligible papers were analyzed and how conclusions were drawn. Figure based on the PRISMA workflow diagram [1].

As a benefit for students interested in this topic, the suggested research provides an opportunity for learning and practicing systematic review methods – an essential skill for describing the state-of-the-art in any scientific undertaking. Students who wish to work in this area as part of their bachelor thesis, 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.

References:
[1] PRISMA Statement and PRISMA Flow Diagram. http://prisma-statement.org/PRISMAStatement/FlowDiagram.aspx, last retrieved Oct 9th, 2019.

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.

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.

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 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!