Winter 2015

612: Pervasive Interaction Design

Computation is moving off of the desktop and into users’ environments and onto their bodies. The field of Pervasive (aka Ubiquitous) Computing looks at how to design, build, and evaluate systems and applications in this emerging world of everywhere, always on, always connected devices . This world presents enormous opportunities as well as enormous challenges. The Pervasive Interaction Design (PIxD) course seeks to provide students with perspectives, techniques, and hands on experience that will allow them to engage with these increasingly important technologies.

After taking 612, students should be able to:

  • Use best practices to design, prototype, and evaluate pervasive computing applications.
  • Describe key themes and issues from the pervasive computing literature in terms of their impact on design.
  • Critique and defend design decisions for pervasive applications grounded in the HCI, CSCW, and Pervasive Computing literature.

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:30

Fall 2014

SI 582: Introduction to Interaction Design 
Introduction to Interaction Design will provide students with a hands-on introduction to interaction design. The course will focus on design methods and design thinking, and will allow students to develop their design sensibilities and practical skills through a series of design exercises. The course will cover individual and group ideation techniques; sketching on paper and using software tools; prototyping approaches, tools, and techniques; and contemporary perspectives on interaction design for common platforms (e.g., web, desktop, tablet, mobile, and beyond).

The course will combine readings, lectures, and in-class exercises to convey and reinforce the intellectual content. Individual and group assignments, including a substantial group project at the end of the course, will provide an opportunity to engage more deeply with the material. In-class presentations, along with group critique will allow students to receive feedback from peers and instructors to improve and refine their craft. In-class discussions will rely heavily on concrete examples that are analyzed and critiqued by students and instructors alike, and are used to illustrate and reinforce the course content.

Office Hours: T & TH: 2:00p – 3:00p