Schedule for 05-640: Interaction Techniques, Spring, 2019

  Date Class Content
1. Monday,
Jan. 14, 2019

Introduction to this Course: What is an Interaction Technique and Why are they Important?

Slides for Lecture 1

Recommended Readings:

  • Brad A. Myers. "Challenges of HCI Design and Implementation," ACM Interactions. vol. 1, no. 1. January, 1994. pp. 73-83. pdf
2. Wednesday,
Jan. 16, 2019

History of Personal Computers and their Interaction Techniques

Slides for Lecture 2

Required Readings:

  • Brad A. Myers. "A Brief History of Human Computer Interaction Technology." ACM interactions. Vol. 5, no. 2, March, 1998. pp. 44-54. pdf
  • Ivan Sutherland's Sketchpad Demo, 20:42 min Video, 1964. mpg download or Youtube
  • Bill Moggridge, "Designing Interactions" excerpt #1, pp. 17 – 111. (on Canvas--only accessible to class members)

Recommended Readings:

  • William L. Bewley, Teresa L. Roberts and William L. Verplank David Schroit. “Human Factors Testing in the Design of Xerox's 8010 'Star' Office Workstation,” Proceedings SIGCHI'83: Human Factors in Computing Systems, Boston, MA, Dec, 1983. pp. 72-77. ACM ref
  • Ivan E. Sutherland. “Sketchpad: A Man-Machine Graphical Communication System,” AFIPS Spring Joint Computer Conference, 1963. pp. 329-346. ACM ref
  • Larry Tesler. “The Smalltalk Environment,” Byte Magazine. Aug, 1981. 6(8). pp. 90-147. archive.org version
  • Gregg Williams. “The Lisa Computer System,” Byte Magazine. Feb, 1983. 8(2). pp. 33-50. archive.org version

Start on Homework 1

x Monday,
Jan. 21, 2019

No Class: MLK Day

3. Wednesday,
Jan. 23, 2019

Pointing Devices and Fitts' Law

Required Readings:

  • Card, S.K., English, W.K., & Burr, B.J. Evaluation of mouse, rate-controlled isometric joystick, step keys, and text keys for text selection on a CRT. Ergonomics, 21(8), pp. 601-613. 1978. pdf
  • Brad A. Myers, Rishi Bhatnagar, Jeffrey Nichols, Choon Hong Peck, Dave Kong, Robert Miller, and A. Chris Long. "Interacting At a Distance: Measuring the Performance of Laser Pointers and Other Devices." Proceedings CHI'2002: Human Factors in Computing Systems. Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 20-25, 2002. pp. 33-40. pdf.
  • Video of guest lecture by Ted Selker to 2014 class about the IBM Pointing Stick: Slides for his lecture, link to the video shown during the talk, and Panopto video of the talk

Recommended Readings:

  • Wobbrock, J. O., Shinohara, K. and Jansen, A. (2011). The effects of task dimensionality, endpoint deviation, throughput calculation, and experiment design on pointing measures and models. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '11). Vancouver, British Columbia (May 7-12, 2011). New York: ACM Press, pp. 1639-1648. ACM ref
  • Soukoreff, R. W. and MacKenzie, I. S. (2004). Towards a standard for pointing device evaluation, perspectives on 27 years of Fitts' law research in HCI. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 61 (6), pp. 751-789. ScienceDirect
4. Monday,
Jan. 28, 2019

History of Handhelds (PDAs to Smartphones) and their Interaction Techniques

Required Readings:

  • Bill Moggridge, "Designing Interactions" excerpt #2, pp. 180-235. (on Canvas--only accessible to class members)

Recommended Readings:

  • Eric Bergman, Ed. Information Appliances and Beyond. San Francisco, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers. 2000. excerpt, pp. 82-129. (on Canvas--only accessible to class members)
  • GO Corporation - Introducing PenPoint (1991), 15:20 video on YouTube

Mon. January 28 - Semester Course Add Deadline

5. Wednesday,
Jan. 30, 2019

Deep Dive: Desktop Metaphors, Icons, Window Managers

Required Readings:

  • All the Widgets video, vimeo or YouTube or download wmv file (600MB), sections: "Introduction" (0:00 - 02:30), and "Icons and windows", "Manipulating windows", "Conclusion and credits" (1:39:15 - 2:14:54 (end)).
  • Video of guest lecture by David Canfield Smith to 2014 class about the invention of icons and the Star UI: Slides for his lecture and Panopto video of the talk
  • Brad A. Myers. “A Taxonomy of User Interfaces for Window Managers,” IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. Sept, 1988. 8(5). pp. 65-84. IEEE DL or local pdf

Recommended Readings:

  • Sara A. Bly and Jarrett K. Rosenberg. “A Comparison of Tiled and Overlapping Windows,” Human Factors in Computing Systems, Proceedings SIGCHI'86. Boston, Mass, Apr, 1986, 1986. pp. 101-106. ACM DL or pdf
  • David Canfield Smith, DigiBarn TV: Xerox Star 8010 Final Demo - Live Demo, YouTube Video
6. Monday,
Feb. 4, 2019

Guest Lecture #1: Bill Atkinson

Homework 1 Due.
Start on Homework 2

7. Wednesday,
Feb. 6, 2019

Deep Dive: Menus

Required Readings:

  • All the Widgets video, vimeo or YouTube or download wmv file (600MB), sections: "Menus", "Palettes", "Buttons", "Radio buttons", "Checkboxes" (00:17:16 - 01:01:14), and "Forms and dialog boxes" (01:21:31 - 01:30:05)
  • J. Callahan, D. Hopkins, M. Weiser, and B. Shneiderman. 1988. An empirical comparison of pie vs. linear menus. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '88), J. J. O'Hare (Ed.). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 95-100. ACM ref or local pdf.

Recommended Readings:

  • Benjamin B. Bederson. 2000. "Fisheye menus". In Proceedings of the 13th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (UIST '00). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 217-225. ACM DL
  • Gordon Kurtenbach and William Buxton. 1993. "The limits of expert performance using hierarchic marking menus." In Proceedings of the INTERACT '93 and CHI '93 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '93). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 482-487. ACM DL
  • Gordon Kurtenbach and William Buxton. 1994. "User learning and performance with marking menus." In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '94), Beth Adelson, Susan Dumais, and Judith Olson (Eds.). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 258-264. ACM DL
8. Monday,
Feb. 11, 2019

Guest Lecture #2: Don Hopkins (by Skype)
(See also his web page on Medium)

9. Wednesday,
Feb. 13, 2019

Deep Dive: Selecting and Creating Objects across Different Kinds of Views

Required Readings:

  • All the Widgets video, vimeo or YouTube or download wmv file (600MB), sections: "Selecting text" (01:01:43 - 01:13:26) and "Selecting graphical objects", "Editing graphical objects" (01:30:07 - 01:39:15)

Recommended Readings:

  • Brad A. Myers. (1998) "Scripting Graphical Applications by Demonstration," Proceedings CHI'98. pp. 534-541. ACM DL, or local pdf, and video or YouTube (3:09). (Topaz)
10. Monday,
Feb. 18, 2019

Deep Dive: Scrolling Techniques & Sliders

Required Readings:

  • All the Widgets video, vimeo or YouTube or download wmv file (600MB), sections: "Scroll bars" (00:02:30 - 00:17:16)
  • William Buxton and Brad Myers. "A Study in Two-Handed Input," Proceedings SIGCHI '86: Human Factors in Computing Systems. Boston, MA. April 13-17, 1986. pp. 321-326. pdf or html and video.
  • Brad Myers, Kin Pou ("Leo") Lie and Bo-Chieh ("Jerry") Yang, "Two-Handed Input Using a PDA and a Mouse", Proceedings CHI'2000: Human Factors in Computing Systems. April 1-6, 2000. The Hague, The Netherlands. pp. 41-48. local pdf .

Homework 2 Due.
Start on Homework 3

11. Wednesday,
Feb. 20, 2019

Formal Models and Design Spaces for Interaction Techniques

Recommended Readings:

  • William Buxton, "Lexical and Pragmatic Considerations of Input Structures," Computer Graphics, January, 1983, (17)1, pp. 31-37.  ACM DL  or local html.
  • Brad A. Myers. 1990. A new model for handling input. ACM Trans. Inf. Syst. 8, 3 (July 1990), pp. 289-320. ACM DL or local pdf.
12. Monday,
Feb. 25, 2019

Past to Future: Text Entry for Computers and Handhelds, and Text Editing

Required Readings:

  • All the Widgets video, vimeo or YouTube or download wmv file (600MB), sections: "Entering input" (01:13:26 - 01:21:31)
  • Video of guest lecture by Larry Tesler to 2014 class about the invention of copy and paste and other text editing ideas: Slides from his lecture in pdf or in keynote and Panopto video of lecture.
  • Jacob O. Wobbrock and Brad A. Myers. 2006. Analyzing the input stream for character- level errors in unconstrained text entry evaluations. ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Interact. 13, 4 (December 2006), pp. 458-489. ACM DL or local pdf.
    Note: You can skip section 4 -- you do not need to read about the algorithms.
13. Wednesday,
Feb. 27, 2019

Picture of Shumin Zhai Guest Lecture #3:Shumin Zhai (by Google Meet)

14. Monday,
Mar 4, 2019

Ergonomics and Human Factors for Interaction Techniques

Required Readings:

  • Scott R. Klemmer, Bjorn Hartmann, and Leila Takayama. 2006. How bodies matter: five themes for interaction design. In Proceedings of the 6th conference on Designing Interactive systems (DIS '06). ACM, pp. 140-149. ACM DL

Homework 3 Due.
Start on Homework 4

15. Wednesday,
Mar. 6, 2019

(Brad away)

Mid Term Exam in class

(Mid-Semester Grades Due by 4:00 p.m. on Mon. March 11, 2019)

x Monday,
Mar. 11, 2019
Spring Break -- no class
x Wednesday,
Mar. 13, 2019
Spring Break -- no class
16. Monday,
Mar. 18, 2019

Past to Future: Interactions in 3D, Very Large Displays, and Virtual Reality

Recommended Readings:

  • Rick Carey, Tony Fields, Andries van Dam, Dan Venolia. 1994. Why is 3-D interaction so hard and what can we really do about it? (panel). In Proceedings SIGGRAPH '94. ACM, pp. 492-493. ACM DL
  • Michael Chen, S. Joy Mountford, and Abigail Sellen. 1988. A study in interactive 3-D rotation using 2-D control devices. In Proceedings SIGGRAPH '88. ACM pp. 121-129.ACM DL

Homework 4 Due.
Start on Final Project

17. Wednesday,
Mar. 20, 2019

Guest Lecture #4: TBD

Topics for Final Projects due

18. Monday,
Mar. 25, 2019

Past to Future: Interactions for Game Control & Consumer Electronics

Required Readings:

  • Steve Swink. Game Feel. CRC Press. Chapters 1, 6, and 7. (on Canvas--only accessible to class members)
    (Note: Game Feel is written by a game designer rather than a traditional HCI practitioner, so he doesn't practice the formal study of interaction techniques. Think about how our class techniques and his approach relate as you're reading. Because he is a game designer, he may reference video games in passing with which you may be unfamiliar. If you're interested, YouTube is filled with demo videos that can show you what the game looks like and how it plays, especially if you add "review" or "gameplay" to your search.)

Recommended Readings:

Form Final Project Groups due

19. Wednesday,
Mar. 27, 2019

Physical Gadgets and their Interaction Techniques

Required Readings:

  • Saul Greenberg and Chester Fitchett. 2001. Phidgets: easy development of physical interfaces through physical widgets. In Proceedings of the 14th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (UIST '01). ACM, pp. 209-218. ACM DL or local pdf
    NOTE: only pages 209-211 and 215-218 (not the architecture)

Recommended Readings:

  • Hiroshi Ishii, Dávid Lakatos, Leonardo Bonanni, and Jean-Baptiste Labrune. 2012. Radical atoms: beyond tangible bits, toward transformable materials. interactions 19, 1 (January 2012), 38-51. ACM DL
20. Monday,
Apr. 1, 2019

Interaction Techniques for People with Disabilities

Required Readings:

  • Brad A. Myers, Jacob O. Wobbrock, Sunny Yang, Brian Yeung, Jeffrey Nichols, and Robert Miller. "Using Handhelds to Help People with Motor Impairments", Fifth International ACM SIGCAPH Conference on Assistive Technologies; ASSETS 2002. July 8-10, 2002. Edinburgh, Scotland. pp. 89-96. local pdf
  • W3C, "Introduction to Web Accessibility," on-line

Two-page proposal for Projects due

21. Wednesday,
Apr. 3, 2019

Past to Future: Various Undo Models, Interaction Histories, and Macro Recording

Required Readings:

  • Brad A. Myers. (1998) "Scripting Graphical Applications by Demonstration," Proceedings CHI'98. pp. 534-541. ACM DL, or local pdf, and video or YouTube (3:09). (Topaz)

Recommended Readings:

  • Kurlander, D. and Feiner, S. Editable Graphical Histories. Proc. 1988 IEEE Workshop on Visual Languages. (Pittsburgh, Oct. t0-12, 1988). 127-134. IEEE DL, or pdf and video (2:42)
22. Monday,
Apr. 8, 2019

Implementation Techniques and Tools for Interaction Techniques

Recommended Readings:

  • Brad Myers, Scott E. Hudson, and Randy Pausch, "Past, Present and Future of User Interface Software Tools," ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interaction. March, 2000. Vol. 7, no. 1. pp. 3-28. ACM ref or local pdf
23. Wednesday,
Apr. 10, 2019

Legal Issues Around Interaction Techniques such as Patents

Required Readings:

  • Brad A. Myers, "Legal and Intellectual Property Issues," sidebar in The UX Book: Process and Guidelines for Ensuring a Quality User Experience, by: Rex Hartson & Pardha S. Pyla. Waltham, MA: Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann, 2012. pp. 851-852. (on Canvas--only accessible to class members)

Recommended Readings:

  • Jacob O. Wobbrock and Brad A. Myers. "Using Edges and Corners for Character Input." US Patent No. 7,729,542, issued June 1, 2010, Filed March 29, 2004, claiming priority to provisional filed April 4, 2003. pdf

Interim Reports on Final Projects due

24. Monday,
Apr. 15, 2019

(Brad out of town)

Past to Future: Gesture Recognition and Its Algorithms
(Guest lecture by: TBD)

Required Readings:

  • Video: Dean Rubine. 1992. Combining gestures and direct manipulation. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '92), ACM, actual video or (ACM Ref for description)

Recommended Readings:

  • Paper: Dean Rubine. 1991. Specifying gestures by example. In Proceedings of the 18th annual conference on Computer graphics and interactive techniques (SIGGRAPH '91). ACM, 329-337. ACM DL
25. Wednesday,
Apr. 17, 2019

(Brad out of town)

Guest Lecture #5: TBD

26. Monday,
Apr. 22, 2019

Past to Future: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Interaction Techniques

27. Wednesday,
Apr. 24, 2019

Final Project Presentations, 1.

Everyone please fill out the Course Survey and also the official CMU course evaluations).

28. Monday,
Apr. 29, 2019

Final Project Presentations, 2

29. Wednesday,
May 1, 2019

Final Project Presentations, 3

(Final day of classes = May 3, 2019.)

x Monday,
May 6, 2019
Written Reports for Final Projects Due

Everyone please fill out the peer evaluation for your project.

(Final grades due by 4:00 p.m. on May 16, 2019 for Seniors.)