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CSCI 380 Homework 1

Assigned: Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
Due Date: Wednesday, Aug. 31
Due Time: 12:25pm

Last modified on August 29, 2016, at 12:38 PM (see updates)


Explore innovative user interfaces in a particular context.

This is an individual assignment. You must work on your own (but you may talk to the instructor and/or a librarian).


Find one conference or journal article related to user interface design and human-computer interaction (HCI). Select this paper from one of the following:

You may also find papers in the ACM Digital Library or the IEEE CS Digital Library.


The article should explore the development of a particular user interface, or some interesting research (or application) area of HCI. The article should have a reference/bibliography section at the end.

No Wikipedia articles, or other Internet-only / magazine articles, blogs, etc. will be accepted.

  • Print the original article, and highlight interesting passages.
  • Write comments and questions on the margins.
  • Look at the references at the end the article, and highlight two references that you think would help you learn more on this topic.
  • Write a summary of why you thought this article was interesting/important, and what have you learned from reading it (one-two pages, normal font).
  • Create a bibliography with six items.
    • The first item should be the original article.
    • The next two references should be the ones you highlighted at the end of the original article.
    • Add three more references related to this topic, which you think may help you learn more about this topic. Those articles should not be listed in the references of the original article.
    • Here is an example of such a bibliography (use this format):
      1. Corey Manders and Steve Mann (2006), "Handheld Electronic Camera Flash Lamp as a Tangible User-Interface for Creating Expressive Visual Art Works", Proceedings of the 14th annual ACM international conference on Multimedia, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, pages 509-518.
      2. Steve Mann (2001), Intelligent Image Processing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
      3. Ernest Edmonds, et al. (2004), "Audio-Visual Interfaces in Digital Art", Proceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGCHI International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, Singapore, pages: 331-336.
      4. Joseph Nalven, et al. (2005), Going Digital: The Practice and Vision of Digital Artists, Course Technology.
      5. Subrata Dasgupta (1994), Creativity in Invention and Design : Computational and Cognitive Explorations of Technological Originality, Cambridge University Press.
      6. Peter Maning (2004), Electronic and Computer Music, Oxford University Press.


  1. Submit a printout of your document at the beginning of class on the due date. Your document should be typed and formatted appropriately.
  2. Attach a printout of the original article (annotated with highlights and comments on the margins, as described above).
  3. Be prepared to present what you learned from your article to the class. Your goal is to introduce this state-of-the-art HCI topic to your classmates.


Your grade will be based on the depth/quality of your work (e.g., explanation, questions, etc.), and your class presentation (e.g., 80% of grade).

You may also be asked to evaluate the presentations of your classmates (e.g., 20% of grade).

Relevant Quote

"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely." ~ E.O. Wilson