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Advanced HCI quantitative research methods

Course code:INFOMQNM
Credits:7.5 ECTS
Period:period 4 (week 17 through 26, i.e., 20-4-2020 through 26-6-2020; retake week 28)
Participants:up till now 35 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in MyTimetable
innovatie          Albert Salah
Christof van Nimwegen
lecture          Albert Salah
Christof van Nimwegen
Contents: As with all empirical sciences, to assure valid outcomes, HCI studies heavily rely on research methods and statistics. This holds for the design of user interfaces, personalized recommender systems, and interaction paradigms for the internet of things. This course prepares you to do so by learning you to collect data, design experiments, and analyze the results. By the end of the course, you will have a detailed understanding of how to select and apply quantitative research methods and analysis to address virtually all HCI challenges. Consequently, this course has two main components, namely:

Executable knowledge of research methods, including:
  • Acquire knowledge of HCI research paradigms
  • Able to design suitable research studies (e.g., choose between within and between subject designs)
  • Define/apply/design metrics and scales
  • Define/produce materials (e.g., stimuli and questionnaires)
  • Define protocols for research studies
  • Understands and take in account concepts of reliability and validity
  • Analyze and improve methods and analysis of published scientific articles
  • Able to deliver scientific reports
Executable knowledge of ­­­statistics, including:
  • Handle hypothesis testing with complex designs (e.g., including , dependent, independent, and co variates)
  • Data preparation (e.g., coding and feature selection)
  • Reason towards adequate techniques to ensure valid outcomes (e.g., be aware of type I, type II errors)
  • Select an appropriate sampling method (e.g., stratified) 
  • Perform parametric tests (e.g., repeated measures (M)ANOVA)
  • Perform non-parametric tests (e.g., Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis)
  • Lazar, Feng and Hochheiser - Chapter 1 - Research Methods in Human Computer Interaction (2017)
  • Theoretical analysis and theory creation (Dix) from Research Methods for Human-Computer Interaction (Cairns & Cox) Chapter 9
  • Affect Detection: An Interdisciplinary Review of Models, Methods, and Their Applications (Calvo and D’Mello) /li>
  • Poole and Ball - Eye Tracking in Human-Computer Interaction and Usability Research: Current Status and Future Prospects /li>
  • Sharma, Pavlovic, Huang - Toward Multimodal Human-Computer Interface /li> /ul>
Course form:Quantitative research and data analysis will be taught in the context of state-of-the-art HCI challenges. Lectures will be alternated with hands-on learning, including work with predefined datasets (e.g., addressing facial features, cognitive load, and emotion). Additionally, students will set up their own research (e.g., using eye tracking). Data processing and analysis will be executed using R.

Exam form:Take-home
Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:To participate in the resit, an original mark of at least 4 is required.