Tutorium Mobile Human-Computer Interaction

Sonntag, 31.8.2014, 14:00 – 17:30
Von: Niels Henze, Universität Stuttgart, Enrico Rukzio, Universität Ulm

The objective of this tutorial is to provide newcomers to Mobile Human-Computer Interaction (Mobile HCI) with an overview of the field. The course will introduce the four grand challenges of Mobile HCI that set this field apart from others and will discuss seven current Mobile HCI research areas that address those challenges.


The pervasiveness of mobile and wearable devices, services and applications fundamentally changed the way we access information, communicate and collaborate in all kinds of settings and for a truly broad range of tasks. The field Mobile HCI has matured in the last decade and large initial issues such as the design, development, evaluation and deployment process; software and hardware issues; and limited understanding of mobile usage contexts and patterns were largely overcome.

Despite this progress mobile devices and services face significant issues, shortcomings and challenges in terms of limited in- and output, diverse usage contexts and interaction with the real world.

The tutorial will firstly introduce the participants into the field of Mobile HCI and discusses what it sets apart from other areas. This is followed by compact discussion of the current practice when developing mobile applications and services in order to show the state of the art and to provide interesting links and information for researchers and practioners. The main part of the tutorial will focus on a discussion of the previously mentioned issues in this area. This is followed by a series of mini tutorials focusing on current research topics that address and might solve those challenges. This includes: mobile gaze and head tracking, studies in the large, mobile text input, computerized eye wear, personal mobile projection, tactile feedback and mobile interaction with the real world.

Who is this course for?

This course will appeal to a broad audience including graduate students; industrial and academic researchers; and developers and designers. Some will be novices to the field of Mobile HCI; others will already have experiences in designing, developing, evaluating and deploying mobile systems.

All participants will benefit from seeing the “bigger picture” of Mobile HCI and will understand in which respects this field is different from others. The structured overview on the current practice and trends when developing such systems will provide pointers to relevant tools, methods, approaches and information that could be applied in everyday practice and research. The intensive discussion of the grand challenges and the current research trends will help practitioners and researchers to get a corresponding overview and might be the basis for new research ideas and projects.

We want attendees to leave the course with a fresh perspective on the field and inspire them to build the next generation of mobile devices or services.


Niels Henze is assistant professor at the University of Stuttgart (Germany). Niels lectures human-computer interaction and pervasive computing for several years. He received awards from different conferences including CHI and MobileHCI. He is interested in large-scale studies using mobile application stores as a research tool, interlinking physical objects and digital information, and multimodal interfaces. Niels developed and supervised the development of a number of mobile applications and games to conduct large-scale user studies. His apps and games have been installed more than a million times.

Enrico Rukzio is a professor at Ulm University (Germany). He has worked on mobile interaction issues for the past ten years, has published a large number of articles in this area (including best paper awards at CHI, MobileHCI, ITS and MUM) and has several mobile patents (pending) in Europe, Japan and US. He has had many collaborations and interactions with major mobile services provides, handset manufacturers and companies developing mobile services such as Daimler, Deutsche Telekom, Net Mobile, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Siemens and Telefonica. Enrico was program co-chair of MobileHCI 2013 and will be general co-chair of MobileHCI 2015.