CPSC 634: Intelligent User Interfaces
CPSC 634: Intelligent User Interfaces
Fall Semester, 2017
Time and place: M/W/F 3:00 - 3:50pm Room HRBB 126
Instructor: Dr. Frank Shipman
Office hours: HRBB 404, TBA, or by appointment
Description of Course
This course looks at embedding AI mechanisms in user interfaces,
interfaces for knowledge acquisition and representation, issues
concerning computational agents, and developing cooperative problem
solving systems. Additionally, this class will discuss the
applicability of AI techniques by reading and discussing works by Herb
Simon and Lucy Suchman. Through projects students will learn how to
work with a user community to identify the potential for intelligent
support, design and instantiate that support, and evaluate the
Students should have some knowledge of artificial intelligence (AI)
and computer-human interaction (CHI). It is good to have taken one AI
class and one CHI class but this is not required. See the instructor
if you are unsure.
Sciences of the Artificial, 3rd edition, Herb Simon, The MIT Press
Human-Machine Reconfigurations: Plans and Situated Actions, 2nd edition, Lucy Suchman, Cambridge University Press
and collected conference and journal papers made available online or provided via handouts.
Topics to be included in the course are:
The class will include projects, readings, quizzes, and short
assignments. Projects will be group projects (3-5 members,
with more members indicating a larger project.) Individual student's
grades for projects will be influenced by their teamwork as evaluated
by the other project group members. Projects are to include selecting
a user community and specific tasks to support, designing an
intelligent user interface to support the task, development of an
initial prototype, and planning an evaluation of the prototype's
success or failure to support the task. Project topics must be
approved by the instructor.
- interfaces for moving from data to information to knowledge,
- user modeling,
- intelligent interface agents,
- natural language and non-textual interfaces,
- explanation and presentation generation, and
- adaptable and adaptive systems.
Grading will be based on reading and participation in class, quizzes
over the readings, homeworks, and projects. Project grades will
combine the overall grade for the project and team members relative
class participation 10%
Grades will be on a 10 point scale: 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C,
60-69 = D, and <60 = F.
Final Report Format
Your final project reports is to be 8-12 pages formatted according to
the ACM Conference Format. You can cut and paste into this format and
use the paragraph styles provided. Here is a link to the MS Word Template. You can find RTF and
Maker Interchange File formats at this ACM SIGCHI page.
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