Suggested Topic: Design & Evaluation of a Text-based Chat Interface for Mobile Peer-to-Peer Payment Transactions

This topic will provide you the opportunity to work on a text-based chat interface for peer-to-peer (P2P) online payment transactions on a smartphone. After a comprehensive research of related work and a comparison of existing solutions, your task will be to design and prototypically implement new approaches and evaluate these in a concluding usability study.

Students may apply to write a bachelor thesis in this area of research.

Recommended prior knowledge: Interaction design, Android or iOS development skills

Students who wish to work in this area, 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.

Suggested Research Topic: Improving the Robustness and Context-Sensitivity of Mobile Drinking Water Quality Testing Solutions

Drinking water is one the most important and fundamental elements every human needs to prosper. Having access to clean drinking water was declared as a universal Human Right by the United Nations in 2010 [1]. Nevertheless, in reality there is a lack of quality access to drinking water – at least 2 billion people use drinking water sources contaminated with feces. Contaminated water can transmit diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, or polio. Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 502.000 diarrheal deaths each year [2].

There are different ways of testing water for its drinkability. One common approach is to use standardized testing strips, as their application is quick and cost-efficient. However, the test results of water testing strips can be flawed by interpretation errors, as the person carrying out the test has to compare the colors on the strip with a reference card. Additionally, tests from different persons may result in different outcomes.
The goal of this research topic is to explore and develop easy to use solutions with the help of mobile applications to replace and assist the human eye and interpretation with the help of a smartphone’s camera and context-sensitive visualizations.

Recommended prior knowledge: Android App development and basic understanding of computer graphics (image processing).

Students who wish to work in this area, 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.

[1] http://undocs.org/A/RES/64/292
[2] https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/drinking-water

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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HCI Seminar SS12: 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 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.

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.