CPEN 541

Human Interface Technologies

This course will present important developments in human interface technologies. The course will begin with an overview of human kinetics and perceptual system. The remainder of the course will be divided between a discussion of input technologies and output technologies. First, we will consider various developments in input technologies. Various input devices will be studied along with methods for evaluating the success of the devices will be discussed. Second, developments in output technologies will be studied. In addition to the specific technologies for various display techniques emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of the technologies as well as the interactions with various input devices will be covered. The course project will involve either the creation of a novel input device, a novel output device, a novel interaction technique or the evaluation of a current device.
Students will be expected to lead discussions, participate in class discussions and read assigned material prior to the lectures.

Required skills: good programming skills, creative thinking, some knowledge of hardware useful, cognitive psychology and physics.

Instructor Sid Fels

3 credits