Module G: Terminal Devices and User Interfaces

Course description

  1. Man-machine communication: overview and historical background.
  2. Human perception and information processing: the senses, memory, thinking, emotions and ergonomics.
  3. Properties of terminal equipment: input-output devices, connectivity, architecture, functionality.
  4. Operation of terminal equipment: input technologies and related techniques, sensors and biometrics, visual interfaces, audio interfaces, haptic interfaces, multimedia interfaces, embedded systems, mobile devices.
  5. The design of human-machine interaction:  visual interaction, verbal interaction, multi-modal and mobile interaction, interaction and the Web, virtual environments.
  6. Design, development and evaluation of user interfaces by taking into account the specific limitations of different terminals and providing the best user experience.
  7. Specific user interfaces and interaction styles: medical, vehicles and aircrafts, games, older users, blind and visually impaired.

Course is carried out on study programme

Elektrotehnika 2. stopnja

Objectives and competences

The objective of the course is to familiarize students with technological differences and specifics of modern terminal devices. Student will gain the ability to design, develop and evaluate an efficient and user centered user interface. 

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures with practical demonstrations, lab work and the implementation of individual project under the mentorship of laboratory assistant.

Intended learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • differentiate properties and limitations of terminal equipment,
  • analyse and resolve issues related to user interface design,
  • analyse and resolve problems in human-machine interaction,
  • use basic procedures and requirements for terminal equipment design,
  • use basic procedures for design of user interfaces and user-centred applications,
  • conduct an evaluation study of the proposed solution.

Reference nosilca

  1. SODNIK, Jaka. Uporaba prostorskega zvoka v interakciji človek-stroj : doktorska disertacija. Ljubljana: [J. Sodnik], 2007. 120 str.
  2. GUNA, Jože, JAKUS, Grega, POGAČNIK, Matevž, TOMAŽIČ, Sašo, SODNIK, Jaka. An analysis of the precision and reliability of the leap motion sensor and its suitability for static and dynamic tracking. Sensors, ISSN 1424-8220, Feb. 2014, vol. 14, no. 2, str. 3702-3720.
  3. DICKE, Christina, JAKUS, Grega, SODNIK, Jaka. Auditory and head-up displays in vehicles. V: KUROSU, Masaaki (ur.). Human-computer interaction : HCI International 2013 : proceedings : 15th International Conference, Las Vegas, NV, USA, July 21-26, 201 Part 2, Applications and services, (Lecture notes in computer science, ISSN 1611-3349, 8005). Heidelberg [etc.]: Springer, 2013, str. 551-560.
  4. SODNIK, Jaka, JAKUS, Grega, TOMAŽIČ, Sašo. The use of spatialized speech in auditory interfaces for computer users who are visually impaired. Journal of visual impairment & blindness, ISSN 0145-482X, Oct.-Nov. 2012, vol. 106, no. 10, str. 634-645.
  5. SODNIK, Jaka, JAKUS, Grega, TOMAŽIČ, Sašo. Multiple spatial sounds in hierarchical menu navigation for visually impaired computer users. International journal of human-computer studies, ISSN 1071-5819, Jan.-Feb. 2011, vol. 69, no. 1/2, str. 100-112.
  6. SODNIK, Jaka, DICKE, Christina, TOMAŽIČ, Sašo, BILLINGHURST, Mark. A user study of auditory versus visual interfaces for use while driving. International journal of human-computer studies, ISSN 1071-5819, May 2008, vol. 66, no. 5, str. 318-332.

Study materials

  1. Russell Beale, Alan J. Dix, Janet E. Finlay, Gregory D. Abowd: Human-computer Interaction, Prentice Hall, (February 1997), 1997, ASIN 0134372115
  2. Serengul Smith-Atakan: Human-Computer Interaction, Middlesex University Press, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-184480454-2
  3. Human Computer Interaction Handbook: Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies, and Emerging Applications, Edited by Julie A.Jacko, CRC Press, Taylor&Francis Group, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4398-2943-1.

Bodi na tekočem

Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, Tržaška cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana

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