Humans are using multimodality extensively to communicate with each other, either simultaneously (in face-to-face conversations) or alternatively (using speech, writing, gestures, touch). The communication with computers has on the other hand traditionally employed few modalities: the user provides input with keyboard or mouse and the computer responds visually, in the form of text or icons.
This course gives an introduction to new interfaces that can improve the experience or the efficiency of the interaction with computers (such as voice control, sound interaction, gesture recognition, touch screens, haptic feedback, augmented reality).
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Content and learning outcomes
The course gives the students theoretical and practical introductions to multi-modal communication and different HCI techniques.
The main focus of the course is on technologies for the transfer of information
- from the user, such as speech recognition, touch screens or tracking of eyes and gestures, and
- from the computer, such as unconventional visual representations, speech synthesis, rendered sounds and haptic feedback.
Particularly, the effects of combining different modalities are considered.
Intended learning outcomes
After passing the course, the student should be able to:
- describe how alternative or multi-modal HCI interfaces work, that utilise the latest technology
- evaluate strengths and weaknesses of multi-modal interfaces
- implement HCI interfaces that use new interaction technologies, for limited tasks
- suggest efficient design solutions for new interfaces that use different modalities
in order to be able to
- deepen her/his knowledge of new modalities of interaction in advanced courses
- exploit multimodality in applied projects
- choose an appropriate interface for a given task, from HCI and technical perspectives.
Literature and preparations
Completed courses in all of the following fields.
- Programming, equivalent to DD1310/DD1311/DD1312/DD1314/DD1315/DD1316/DD1318/DD1331/DD1337/DD100N/ID1018.
- Human-Computer Interaction, equivalent to DH1620/DH1622/DH2624.
Active participation in a course offering where the final examination is not yet reported in Ladok is considered equivalent to completion of the course.
Registering for a course is counted as active participation.
The term 'final examination' encompasses both the regular examination and the first re-examination.
Proficiency in human-computer interaction and good programming skills (corresponding e.g. to DD1341 Introduction to Computer Science).
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- INLA - Assignments, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- LABA - Laboratory Assignments, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
- PROA - Project, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web DT2140
Main field of study
- DH2323 Computer Graphics and Interaction
- DT2112 Speech Technology
- DT2300 Sound in Interaction
- DT2213 Musical Communication and Music Technology
- DH2660 Haptics
In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: