Goals and Aims

Highlighting the interaction between people and technology, the HMI master’s programme studies this relationship from different perspectives. Special emphasis is placed on the manner in which people interact with technology (i.e. what are their requirements, abilities and limitations?) and on the identification of the best way to implement or further develop technical capabilities to meet the needs of users.

The HMI master’s programme focuses specifically on intelligent, multimodal systems offering a more natural form of interaction than currently possible with conventional monitors, mice and keyboards. By employing a broad range of input modalities to observe and intelligently interpret user actions, these intelligent interactive systems aim to automatically determine the user objectives and operational context and make the necessary adjustments. This multimodality applies both to system input and output; text, speech, haptic and visual feedback and all manner of communication media are integrated and presented to users in an intelligent manner.

The HMI programme combines technical expertise and skills in the field of interaction technology with knowledge and skills in user-oriented design methodologies and an understanding of how people interact with technology.

In collaboration with the University of Trento, Italy, the HMI programme also offers the possibility for students to obtain a double degree.

General scientific attainment levels

The degree programme has the following general scientific attainment levels

a.

Graduates have an extensive knowledge of and understand the issues relevant to their specific field of study.

b.

Graduates can contribute to scientific research, and independently design, conduct and present the results of small-scale research.

c.

Graduates can provide an original contribution to the development and/or application of the field of study. ‘Original’ is understood to mean ‘demonstrative of a creative contribution’.

d.

Graduates can analyze complex problems (change problems) relevant to the field of study and obtain the required knowledge and information.

e.

Graduates can design, validate and implement solutions/systems in their operational context; identify and apply relevant advanced knowledge, methods and techniques from their field of study.

f.

Graduates can assess solutions/systems and their applications according to their properties and potential to solve problems even if they are new to or unfamiliar with the situation or lack information and/or reliable information; they can use their assessment as a basis for (substantiation of) decisions.

g.

Graduates understand the ethical, social, cultural and public aspects of problems and solutions in their field of study; apply this insight in their international role as scholar.

h.

Graduates can work as part of and play a leading role in a team; manage and plan a development process; document development and research processes.

i.

Graduates can substantiate research results, designs and applications in writing and verbally; critically assess and participate in debates regarding the same.

j.

Graduates can independently acquire new knowledge and skills; reflect on trends in their field of study, responsibilities and roles and use this insight as a guide for and integrate it into their own personal development.

k.

Graduates can integrate information from other disciplines into their own work if necessary.

l.

Graduates take a critical approach to reading, incorporating information presented in and participating in debates regarding international scientific literature relevant to their field of study.

Human Media Interaction specific attainment levels

The qualification under ‘a’ above, that HMI graduates command a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of human media interaction, is elaborated as follows.

a.

Graduates have a thorough knowledge and understanding of each of the sub-fields listed below:

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methodology of user-oriented design, including the drafting of user requirements, user studies and usability engineering;

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forms of natural interaction, including natural language and speech recognition technology, multimodal interaction and interaction via dialogue systems and conversational agents;

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intelligent interaction employing techniques taken from artificial intelligence, e.g. intelligent multi-agent systems and learning systems;.

b.

Graduates can design, both independently and as part of a team, sophisticated applications involving digital media and interactive systems and geared to the needs of users.

c.

Graduates can use state-of-the-art techniques, methods and design and development tools in developing sophisticated applications make an informed selection of and contribute to the further development of these methods, techniques and tools.

d.

Graduates have knowledge of and gain practical experience with interaction design methods.

e.

Graduates have knowledge of and understand various aspects of the user context of digital media and interactive systems and, based on this, communicate effectively and efficiently with users during the various phases of the development process.

f.

Graduates have knowledge of and understand basic questions and research methods into human behavior (psychology and philosophy) and grasp the relevance of these fields of study to the design of interactive systems.

g.

Graduates can draft, transfer, document and communicate to technical designers specifications on the basis of a knowledge and understanding of the technical aspects of digital media and interactive systems..

h.

Graduates can assess systems for human media interaction according to their technical and operational aspects, incorporating a thorough knowledge and understanding of mathematics.

HMI graduates have specialist knowledge of one or more of the three Human Media Interaction sub-fields outlined above and practical experience conducting, reporting about and applying the results of scientific research in developing innovative interactive systems and the relevant techniques and methods.