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.

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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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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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/

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.

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

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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 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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Follow-Up: Team “Nimble” and team “Shariteam”

Team Nimble and team Shariteam from our hackathon event “Helpathon” (for creating innovative solutions for individuals and groups in need) are working on their projects in cooperation with the Red Cross Vienna.

This Friday afternoon (September 9th) they are presenting their projects at the one year anniversary of the refugee house Lindengasse from Red Cross Vienna.

For more information about the event, please visit the event’s facebook page.

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