CSC 294/CSC 574: Future User Interfaces [Website]

People today connect with information and each other by typing just a few words on a smartphone, however human activity is embodied far beyond our fingertips, through all our sensorimotor capacities, immersed in our immediate physical, social and cultural surroundings. Interaction paradigms such as virtual reality, augmented reality, tangible user interface and pervasive computing, have vast potential to enhance the way we think, feel and behave in ways that traditional interfaces cannot. This seminar provides an introductory overview of embodied technologies including key theoretical frameworks, interaction technologies, and design methods, across application domains such as education, healthcare and computer-supported collaboration. Students will engage in paper review, group discussion, and critical writing, which build towards a final project involving user interface design and prototyping. This course will prepare students with integral knowledge of state-of-the-art embodied interfaces, and the research background to identify challenges and opportunities towards the future of human-machine integration to fulfill and extend human needs and abilities.