Another amazing edition of CSE 501: Designing Human Centered Systems

Teaching DHCS has always been fun and exciting! As always, I had a lot of stories to tell students on the first day of class, about the past editions of the course, with descriptions of the projects, video recordings of past students, and Facebook pictures of BBIs! In total, we had 108 students take the course, with 20 projects, and 6 Teaching Assistants. We had wonderful guest lectures by Karan Gupta from Dropbox (IIITD Alum, MS in Design from Univ. of Washington), Apoorv Narang from Instawork (IIITD Alum, MS in HCI from Carnegie Mellon University), Prof. Timothy Moyers (faculty at IIITD), and Harshita Arora, an unschooler! All these guest lectures added great flavor to the topics that we covered in the class. Broad topics that we covered were:

  •  Design process overview
  • Contextual Inquiry
  • Task analysis
  • Sketching and prototyping
  • Human factors & Mental models
  • Low-Fidelity prototyping
  • Visual design
  • Usability engineering
  • Usability evaluation: think aloud, observing users, testing and modeling users, expert evaluations
  • Information visualization
  • HCI and mobility
  • HCI and security
  • User modeling, personalization
  • Interface modalities: color, sound, etc.
  • Cool characteristics of a good HCI designer, user experience engineer
  • Recent trends and happenings in HCI
  • Whirlwind tour of different research groups, academic conferences, and organizations in the space of HCI

We had, on average, 1 activity per class. Some pictures from the activities in the class. In addition to activities, we also have Critique, i.e. we spend about 30 min in class after the formal project reviews, where students showcase their projects to all their classmates. Every group showcase their project artefacts on a table for other students in class to come and see them. Below is a pic from Critique, more pics from both activities and Critique.

This edition we had some really interesting projects! Below is the list of all projects from the course (arranged in alphabetical order), with the respective blog entry written by students, a video showcasing the project, and fliers / promotional materials used by students. The reason for making all these public is to get future students or others interested in the course / projects to make use of the content. I sincerely thank all students who agreed to share the content.

  1. Alumnect | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  2. Brú | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  3. busKARO | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  4. CookMate | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  5. EventsCart | Blog | Flier and Promotional materials
  6. FITOR | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  7. GamesUp | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  8. GentleReminders | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  9. GrupTack | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  10. IIIT Express | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  11. IIITD Mess App | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  12. Interacto | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  13. MayMayMe | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  14. noWhinge | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  15. Reche | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  16. Rove | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  17. Sportify | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  18. TechTinder | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  19. Trappic | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials
  20. TechTinder | Blog | Video | Flier and Promotional materials

It is super fun to see students like, enjoy, and learn from the course. I received 4.2 or more on 5 for all parameters of evaluation for the course. Parameters of evaluation were, Course Outcomes, Course Organization, Course Administration and Instruction. HUGE thanks to every student for your involvement and creative project work! This would not have been possible without the help of TAs (Simran, Sahar, Prerna, Twishi, Ojasvi, Khushboo). Special thanks to all project evaluators (Sneha, Aman, Nishtha, Rishabh, Nitendra, Ankita, Sachin, Mayank, Indira, Shubham, Divyansh, Kushagra, Niharika) and admin support (Pooja, ShEetu, Arun, Anshi, Ashutosh, Prachi, Priti)! Below is the traditional picture of the course! 100+ pics from the final poster presentation. 

Signing off #CSE501 #Spring2018