Case Studies in Design Informatics 1

This course has been designed to introduce students to real examples in the emerging field of Design Informatics. A key component of the course will be the detailed evaluation of and rationale behind multiple current research projects that highlight the limitations of the state of the art, or novel use of the latest theories and technologies. The primary learning outcome is the development of specialist critical evaluation skills that can then be applied to future industrial application or academic research into Design Informatics. A secondary outcome is an engagement in the legal, social, ethical and professional issues associated with their design decisions.

Students will work in small groups, under the direction of a senior student, or with a member of academic staff.

For the year 16/17, the two core themes and main case studies are:

  1. Multimodal Systems and Diverse User Groups, case study SpaceBook [http://www.spacebook-project.eu/]; and
  2. Affective Computing and Behavioural Biophysics, case study The Harmonium Project [http://www.eif.co.uk/harmonium]

An underlying theme is that both technology and humans can break, fail, or behave in unexpected ways. Good designers must therefore consider the strengths and weaknesses of hardware, software and users combined.

The course descriptor is here:

LECTURER:

Dr Robin Hill

LECTURE and TUTORIAL TIMES:

15:10-16:00 Monday and Thursday - Lectures: 1.18, Evolution House [map]
16:10-17:00 Monday - Tutorial: 1.18, Evolution House [map]

Monday sessions may tend to blend the lecture and tutorial format.

ASSESSMENT and FEEDBACK:

Assessment is by term paper only; there is no final examination. Feedback is planned as follows:

TERM PAPER ASSIGNMENTS:

TUTORIAL GROUPS:

For all Assignments, students work in groups assigned by the lecturer. See here for Group membership and mail links.

READINGS and RESOURCES:

Some background reading

Inside the black box...

SYLLABUS

In the first part of the course, the class will be split into small groups. A first, core case study will be introduced via lectures. The case study will vary from year to year, but will normally be derived from an active or recent informatics research project where a product or service is an important deliverable. Presentations will normally be given by members of the relevant project team. Groups will then work to identify important features of the project, and analyse decision decisions to identify possible extensions or improvements, and to identify possible new applications of the core techniques. Documentation will be assessed by academic staff.

In the second part of the course, each group will work on its own, new case study. The case study will vary from year to year, but will normally be derived from an active or recent design informatics project - conducted by, or known to, the second year student leader - where a product or service is an important deliverable. Under the guidance of its leader, each group will work to identify important features of their project, and analyse decisions to identify possible extensions or improvements, and to identify possible new applications of the core techniques.

In the final part of the course, each group will: work on a further case study, taking into account legal, social, ethical or professional issues; and reflect on what they have learned so far, and on how well the group functioned, specifying which aspects of its activity were successful, and which less so. Each group will write a term paper synthesising their reflections and identifying which skills and strategies they need to develop further.

LECTURE SCHEDULE

This section is liable to change during the Semester.
Names of lecturer/speakers will be confirmed.
Slides will be added on the day of the lecture/seminar at the latest.
Tutorials start in Week 1, and continue until Week 10.
Week 1: Mon - 19th September
Introduction to Case Studies; and Multimodal Systems 1: SpaceBook (Hill)
Week 1: Thu - 22nd September
Multimodal Systems 2: When Smart Things Go Wrong (Hill)
Week 2: Mon - 26th September
Multimodal Systems 3: Speech and Dialogue Systems (Hill)
Week 2: Thu - 29th September
Multimodal Systems 4: Wizard of Oz Testing (Hill)
Week 3: Mon - 3rd October
Year 2 Student Presentations
Week 3: Thu - 6th October
Multimodal Systems 5: Inclusive Design in SpaceBook (Dickinson)
Week 4: Mon - 10th October
Approaches to Evaluation 1 (Wolters)
Tutorial CDI1
Tutorial CDI2
Week 4: Thu - 13th October
Approaches to Evaluation 2 (Wolters) [Same link as above]
Week 5: Mon - 17th October
Peer Project Time (NO LECTURE)
Week 5: Thu - 20th October
Peer Project Time (NO LECTURE)
Week 6: Mon - 24th October
Multimodal Systems 6: Lost in Machine Translation (Hill)
Week 6: Thu - 27th October
Student Cases: Wizard of Oz Practical 1
Week 7: Mon - 31st October
Student Cases: Wizard of Oz Practical 2
Week 7: Thu - 3rd November
Student Cases: Wizard of Oz Practical 3
Week 8: Mon - 7th November
Student Cases: Assignment 2 Peer Presentations
Week 8: Thu - 10th November
AC & BB 1: The Harmonium Project (Hill)
Week 9: Mon - 14th November
AC & BB 2: Affective Factors (Hill)
Week 9: Thu - 17th November
AC & BB 3: Affect in Text (Llewellyn)
Week 10: Mon - 21st November
AC & BB 4: Biophysical Measurement (Hill)
Week 10: Thu - 24th November
AC & BB 5: Biophysical Data (Hill)
Week 11: Mon - 28th November
AC & BB 6: Affective Interaction (Hill)
Week 11: Thu - 1st December
Reflection (Hill)

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