Project A/B/C

Making Automated Systems


In this module, students work in small teams to develop design concepts for an interactive automated system in a specific application domain (e.g., health, transportation, work, or everyday life). This module will be defined for students of the Master HCI program (as Project A, B, or C), and allows them to apply theoretical knowledge of the methods and transfer it into the concrete development of interactive automated systems. The students will be provided with material and access to Fab Lab to develop their prototypes. In weekly meetings, they will report their progress. These meetings will be held in an interactive format in which students present their progress, get feedback, and discuss the challenges in the design and development of the prototypes. Furthermore, working in teams help students gain soft skills during the course of their studies.


Masters’ Level

Designing Interactive Automated Systems (DIAS)


This module is offered for Master HCI (as a part of Basics of HCI Lectures) and Master Business Information Systems (WI) students. It focuses on fundamental topics in human-automation interaction, such as the definition of automated systems, trust in automation, human factors in AI, human-automation cooperation and teaming, and the acceptability of automated systems. Students learn about the application of automated systems in various domains, such as production, business analytics, management, transportation, healthcare, and domestic applications. They will also be familiarized with research methods for the design and evaluation of interactive automated systems. These cover methods such as user-centered design, design fiction, participatory design, and qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods.


Bachelors’ / Masters’ Level

Seminar on Interaction with Automation (SIA)


Seminar modules help students gain skills such as conducting research, academic writing, searching scholarly information, and presenting their work. This will prepare them for their Bachelors’ and Master’s theses, and pursuing an academic career. This research seminar module focuses on topics related to interaction with automated systems. We will use flipped-classroom approaches, where students are asked to read related publications before and discuss them in the class. Invited talks by researchers and Q&A sessions are another part of this module. Students will be asked to choose a specific topic from a predefined set of topics, conduct a literature survey, write their results, and present them at the end of the semester. Their evaluation will be based on both engagement in the class discussions, as well as their performance in the research project.