DECO HCI Seminar SS 2015: Student project

Last semester’s design task of the Human Computer Interaction seminar at DECO was to create, prototype and evaluate a location-aware mobile application that uses open governmental data (OGD) from the OGD catalogue of Vienna.

A team of four students completed the seminar, resulting in a creative location-based mobile game “ViennaCop” for Android.

The goal of the game is to catch criminals by collecting information at various locations in Vienna (provided by open data records). Clues about the crime act are retrieved by scouting locations in real life.

The game has been published and can be downloaded on Google Play.

We proudly present the mobile application concept of our student team:

ViennaCop

Alex Brandner, Amer Salkovic, Michael Traxler, Mario Vorstandlechner

ViennaCop is a geo-location based Android game, created for Vienna. The main goal is to catch a criminal by collecting hints that give the players (who play a cop) information about the hiding place and visual nature of the criminal. These hints are located all over Vienna. For this purpose open data records, like locations of hospitals, parks, police and metro stations, are used.
There are also some shortcuts that give players more flexibility in the game. Because players have to go to the points of interest (to get new hints) in real life, they are supported by a virtual colleague that players can send wherever they want (this is only possible once). Another shortcut is related with finding the murderer’s weapon. Players get up to three new hints if they find and inspect the weapon.
After having collected enough hints regarding the hiding place of the suspect, it is possible to delimit the criminal on five prime suspects. At this point players have to decide if they already have enough information to identify the correct suspect who committed the crime. If this is not the case players can go on with the investigation until they have collected enough hints regarding the visual nature. However, it is also possible to make a guess and follow the instincts of a good cop.”


Video: ViennaCop on youtube (German)

HCI Seminar SS 2015: Open Data & Wearables

We’re happy to announce that the 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“. A special workshop on Wearable Computing will be conducted related to the seminar’s topic.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop a prototypical 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.

DECO HCI Seminar WS 2014/2015: Student projects

Last semester’s design task of the Human Computer Interaction seminar at DECO was to create, prototype and evaluate an innovative public display application that is interacting with and controlled by mobile phones.

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

Hostel Blackboard – an app for exchanging information between travellers
ResBo – an app for student communication and coordination
INDI-FQM – a quiz game for public events

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HCI Seminar WS14/15: Public Display Interaction

We’re happy to announce that the registration for this term’s HCI Seminar is now open. The topic for this term is the conception and prototyping of an innovative public display application that is interacting with and controlled by mobile phones.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop a prototypical application 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. You can also visit our Kick-Off Meeting at the “INSO Themenvorstellung”, 15th of October 2014, HS15.

We would be happy to welcome you in our seminar.

Vienna University of Technology wins Solar Decathlon

Team Austria from the Vienna University of Technology has won the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013.

The winner of the Solar Decathlon is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

As part of Team Austria, DECO|INSO students have build an innovative, easy to use home automation tablet application. The application visualizes energy-usage and environmental data of the energy-plus house and allows occupants to control lighting, appliances, indoor climate and home entertainment.

DECO|INSO members of “Team Austria”:
Stefan Haider, Alper Kirim, David Melcher, Richard Schlögl (DECO), Stefan Bachl (DECO)

For more information about the house visit Team Austria’s website: solardecathlon.at or visit the official Facebook page.

Selected media coverage: solardecathlon.gov, tuwien.ac.at, futurezone.at, diepresse.com, derstandard.at


Photo: Team Austria

More pictures after the break.
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HCI Seminar WS13/14: Building Interaction Interfaces

We’re happy to announce that the registration for this term’s HCI Seminar “Building Interaction Interfaces” is now open. The topic for this term is “smart education” – the conception and prototyping of an innovative tablet application for motivating and engaging pupils of a primary school in Vienna to improve their behaviour and discipline.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop a prototype tablet application for a mobile platform (iOS, Android) utilising a user-centered design process. As the seminar is embedded into a research project, you will also have access to potential users of the system. We provide a methodological framework – 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.

Woody wins Apps4Austria Award

Congratulations to team “Woody”! Again, our HCI Seminar team won a fantastic prize. This time, team “Woody” won the Apps4Austria competition in the category “web and mobile applications”.

For more information about the competition and the other winners, please visit this blog post on Austria’s Open Government Data website data.gv.at.

If you’re more interested in Woody’s activities, visit the official Facebook page or watch this TV spot on youtube.


(Photo: BKA Wien/Regina Aigner)

Woody goes Infoscreen


Woody teaches users about forest preservation in an educational gaming app.

Congratulations to team “Woody”: Our HCI Seminar team won a partner prize at ZIT Content Award (ZIT article, Futurezone article) at the end of last year!

The prize: You can now see “Woody” on all public “Infoscreens” in Vienna (in subway stations, in trams, etc.) for around 20 days in April!

You can also find the video on Infoscreen’s online stream.

Florian Jungwirth, Alois Paul Spiesberger-Höckner and Christoph Wöss have participated in our HCI Seminar in summer term 2012. See this blogpost for more information.

HCI Seminar WS12/13: Building Interaction Interfaces

We’re happy to announce that the registration for this term’s HCI Seminar “Building Interaction Interfaces” is now open. The topic for this term is the conception and prototyping of an innovative tablet application for controlling and monitoring home appliances, energy balance and the use of resources in a typical family home (“home automation“).

You’ll have the opportunity to develop a prototype tablet application for a mobile platform (iOS, Android) utilizing a user-centered design process. We provide a methodological framework – 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.

DECO HCI Seminar SS 2012: Student projects

Last semester’s design task of the Human Computer Interaction seminar at DECO was to create, prototype and evaluate a location-aware mobile application that uses open governmental data (OGD) from the OGD catalogue of Vienna.

Four teams of two or three students each completed the seminar, resulting in creative and useful mobile applications and one game. The application prototypes, used for the evaluation, were all implemented for the Android platform.

Two of four teams also submitted their apps at the ZID Content Award 2012.

We proudly present the mobile application concepts of our four participating student teams:

Sportsfreund – an app that helps to find new sports partners in Vienna
Woody – an infotainment game to learn about trees in Vienna
ViennaInTime – an app to discover events in Vienna
Willkommen in Wien – an app that helps new immigrants in Vienna

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