We are excited to announce that our Joint Master HCI was ranked among the top 10 Unique Study Programs in Europe:

Living in the days when social media and multimedia are at their peak, it would be interesting to learn how these platforms work and understand what’s behind the scenes. The program is held at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (Campus Urstein) and Paris Lodron University Salzburg (Center for HCI, Campus Science City Itzling), and it has a full-time study mode.

https://erudera.com/news/european-education-area-reveals-top-10-most-unique-study-programs-in-europe/

 

Contact: Laura Helberger

Student Employee / Internship in the topic area of Human-Machine Interfaces for Automated Vehicles

We invite applications from excellent candidates to investigate the design of human-machine interfaces for drivers of automated vehicles (SAE Levels 2-3) at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg, Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces, Austria. The work will be situated within the EU-Horizeon2020-project HADRIAN (https://hadrianproject.eu).

Key facts:

  • Deadline for application: June 30, 2022
  • Intended date of beginning: min. 6 months (to be negotiated)
  • Planned duration: 1 year with options to extend
  • Extent of employment: 20 hours per week (up to 40 possible in July-September)
  • Salary: approx. € 1,105.00 gross (14 times per year)
  • Application to be sent to: office@hci.sbg.ac.at

The project and your role in it:

The HADRIAN project investigates and defines the driver role for automated vehicles using a holistic user-centered approach that addresses shortcomings of current development and design processes and targets the transition phase towards full automation, where drivers are still expected to perform driving tasks. HADRIAN proposes a fluid interaction HMI, consisting of several interface elements developed by the individual project partners.

The contribution of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS) is an (ambient) light interface that supplements the other HMI elements via high-level baseline information and directs the driver’s attention towards areas of interest. The project is currently underway and will conclude in Q2 2023. Further employment beyond the project’s duration is both possible and intended. Your role will be to develop the microcontroller-based light controls, including processing signals from a central control unit as well as synchronization of multiple devices.

Your profile:

  • Excellent skills and/or practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Tangible Interaction, etc.
  • Experienced in working with microcontrollers (Arduino preferred)
  • Knowledgeable in at least one of: C, C++, Java
  • Skills to conceptualize, design and functionally prototype digital and/or physical interactive artifacts

Additional expertise (recommended but not mandatory):

  • Experience in working with Bluetooth modules and Bluetooth low-energy wireless technology
  • Previous experience with vehicular interfaces or light-based interfaces

What we offer:

  • An interdisciplinary, supportive and vibrant group of researchers that inspire research careers
  • An extraordinary research facility that supports individual styles of working
  • An international, well-established network of industry and research partners

Application:
Please send your application including

  • Comprehensive CV incl. list of publications (if any)
  • Portfolio / website / bachelor thesis (if available based on your background)
  • Contact information

to office@hci.sbg.ac.at no later than June 30 2022 (please state the reference number in your application: HCI_2022_hadrian).

Paris Lodron University Salzburg and the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences particularly welcomes applications from women in accordance with its mission to increase the number of women in academic positions. In case of equal qualification, female applicants will be hired preferentially. Persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses who meet the required qualification criteria are strongly encouraged to apply. For information, please call +43/662/8044-2462 or write to disability@plus.ac.at.

Unfortunately, travel and accommodation expenses for job interviews will not be reimbursed; if possible, remote interviews can be arranged. Employment will be done in agreement with the University rules 2002 (UG) as well as the Employee rules.

For more information contact Prof. Alexander Meschtscherjakov

 

Contact: Alexander Mirnig

6-months research position at the Salzburg Center for Smart Materials

Deadline for application: June 8, 2022
Intended date of beginning: July 2022
Extent of employment: 30 hours / week

University of Salzburg invites applications for a research position in a multidisciplinary project on smart materials. In a joint effort between three research labs, this project aims to forge new links between material science and human-computer interaction. The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team that aims to create new stable and accessible materials that allow for novel interfaces and meaningful interactions. In order to achieve this aim, the project will address the development of new (functional) hybrid materials based on and apply constructive design research to unveil the potential of those new (interactive) materials.

The Salzburg Center for Smart Materials is a joint project of the Department Chemistry and Physics of Materials and the Division for Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg in collaboration with the research department Forest Products Technology & Timber Construction at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

The successful candidate will be affiliated with the Division for Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces which is a highly interdisciplinary research group at the University of Salzburg. About 30 researchers study the interplay between humans and computers in order to enable desired interactions and explore desirable futures. The Center is committed to contemporary HCI thinking and address current research questions, while also valuing established methodology and formerly prevalent domains.

What we offer:

  • Interdisciplinary, vibrant groups of researchers
  • A research project with a ground-breaking, trans-disciplinary vision
  • Extraordinary research facilities that support individual styles of working
  • An international, well-established network of research and industry partners
  • Salary: € 2,294.00 gross (14 times per year)

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Computer Science, Product Design, or a related programme
  • Excellent skills and/or practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Tangible Interactions, etc.
  • You have excellent communication skills in spoken and written English

Application:
Please send your application including

  • Comprehensive CV incl. list of publications (if any)
  • Portfolio / website / master thesis / publications (if available based on your background)
  • Contact information

to office@hci.sbg.ac.at no later than June 8, 2022 (please state the reference number in your application: HCI_2022_scsm).

Paris-Lodron University Salzburg particularly welcomes applications from women in accordance with its mission to increase the number of women in academic positions. In case of equal qualification, female applicants will be hired preferentially. Individuals with disabilities or chronic conditions, who meet the required qualifications, are explicitly invited to apply. Further information will be provided by via disability@sbg.ac.at.

Unfortunately, travel and accommodation expenses for job interviews will not be reimbursed; if applicable, remote interviews can be arranged. Employment will be done in agreement with the University rules 2002 (UG) as well as the Employee rules. 

 

This project is co-funded by the European Fund for regional revelopment (www.efre.gv.at).

Contact: Martin Murer

PhD position in the topic area of Human-Machine Interfaces for Automated Vehicles

We invite applications from excellent candidates to investigate the design of human-machine interfaces for drivers of automated vehicles (SAE Levels 2-3) at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg, Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces, Austria. The work will be situated within the EU-Horizeon2020-project HADRIAN (https://hadrianproject.eu).

Key facts:

  • Deadline for application:  July 15, 2022
  • Intended date of beginning: to be negotiated
  • Planned duration: 1 year with options to extend
  • Extent of employment: 30 hours per week
  • Salary: approx. € 2,294.00 gross (14 times per year)
  • Application to be sent to: office@hci.sbg.ac.at

The project and your role in it:

The HADRIAN project investigates and defines the driver role for automated vehicles using a holistic user-centered approach that addresses shortcomings of current development and design processes and targets the transition phase towards full automation, where drivers are still expected to perform driving tasks. HADRIAN proposes a fluid interaction HMI, consisting of several interface elements developed by the individual project partners.

The contribution of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS) is an (ambient) light interface that supplements the other HMI elements via high-level baseline information and directs the driver’s attention towards areas of interest. The project is currently underway and will conclude in Q2 2023. Further employment beyond the project’s duration is both possible and intended.

You will join the project as a PhD candidate and can pursue your PhD at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces alongside your project work.

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Computer Science, Product Design, or a related programme.
  • Excellent skills and/or practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Tangible Interaction, etc.
  • Skills to conceptualize, design and functionally prototype digital and/or physical interactive artifacts
  • Basic research skills including setting up a study design and conducting studies
  • You have excellent communication skills in spoken and written English
  • Experience in working across disciplinary boundaries
  • Willingness to work both independently as well as in a team
  • Willingness to engage in scientific writing

Additional expertise (recommended but not mandatory):

  • Preferably previous experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods
  • Previous experience with vehicular interfaces or light-based interfaces

What we offer:

  • An interdisciplinary, supportive and vibrant group of researchers that inspire research careers
  • An extraordinary research facility that supports individual styles of working
  • An international, well-established network of industry and research partners

Application:
Please send your application including

  • Comprehensive CV incl. list of publications (if any)
  • Portfolio / website / master thesis / publications (if available based on your background)
  • Contact information

to office@hci.sbg.ac.at no later than April 19 2022 (please state the reference number in your application: HCI_2022_hadrian).

Paris Lodron University Salzburg and the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences particularly welcomes applications from women in accordance with its mission to increase the number of women in academic positions. In case of equal qualification, female applicants will be hired preferentially. Persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses who meet the required qualification criteria are strongly encouraged to apply. For information, please call +43/662/8044-2462 or write to disability@plus.ac.at.

Unfortunately, travel and accommodation expenses for job interviews will not be reimbursed; if possible, remote interviews can be arranged. Employment will be done in agreement with the University rules 2002 (UG) as well as the Employee rules.

For more information contact Prof. Alexander Meschtscherjakov

 

Contact: Alexander Mirnig

This February, research fellow Dorothé Smit, and Master HCI students Marta Dziabiola, Robert Steiner, Ralf Vetter, and Daniel Nørskov, presented papers at TEI 2022, the internation conference on tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction.

Qude: Exploring Tactile Code in Long-Distance Relationships

Marta Dziabiola, Robert Steiner, Ralf Vetter, and Daniel Nørskov presented a work-in-progress paper Qude: Exploring Tactile Code in Long-Distance Relationships. Qude is a tool that supports people in long-distance relationships. It is a vibro-tactile wearable that enables a person to tap and send a rhythm to their partner; and a supporting app, through which users can assign meanings to the rhythms, thus creating an exclusive, tactile code.

Watch their teaser video here:

Hybrid Design Tools for Participatory, Embodied Sensemaking: An Applied Framework

On behalf of her co-authors, Bart Hengeveld, Martin Murer, and Manfred Tscheligi, Dorothé Smit presented the paper Hybrid Design Tools for Participatory, Embodied Sensemaking: An Applied Framework. In this paper,  two hybrid design tools were analysed based on a framework for participatory, embodied sensemaking.

Watch the full presentation below.

Contact: Dorothé Smit

Starting in autumn 2022, doc.hci, a doctoral college in Human-Computer Interaction, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and offered by Paris-Lodron University Salzburg and Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, will host 5 excellent students to study the complex interdependencies of humans and digital technologies.

Theoretical work mixed with empirical studies in five distinct fields of research is what the prospective students can look forward to. They focus on Mobility (Unobtrusive Interaction with Digital Data in Motion), Health (Sustainable Behaviour Change for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases Through Ambient Technologies), Play (Reframing Hybrid Play – A Body- and Material-Centred Perspective), Education (Opportunity Spaces for Informal Education), and Work (Spaces of Work – Hybrid Realities in the Home Office).

Interested students from a range of backgrounds are invited to apply by June 29, 2022 (second round of application).

All details can be found on the project website: https://hci.sbg.ac.at/doc-funds.

In the context of the project FEM*mad, researchers Verena Fuchsberger, Nathalia Campreguer França, and Dorothé Smit are organizing a workshop at CHI’22 (The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) on the 20th of April, 2022.  Together with project partners from Happylab, Mz. Balthazar’s Laboratory, and AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, as well as academic experts in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, in this one-day, hybrid workshop, we will take a constructive stance towards balancing inclusiveness in access to making.

For more information about the workshop, including the full call for participation, visit the workshop website.

For more information about the CHI conference, visit the conference website.

Contact: Dorothé Smit

Who does the Maker Movement belong to? And who belongs to the Maker Movement?

In the context of the FFG Project FEM*mad, we have conducted a study at Schmiede 2020, interviewing ten women* attendees of the festival about their experiences coming to Schmiede, finding their space — physical, mental and emotional — at the festival, and the contextual characteristics that supported them, or were lacking, during their artistic maker journeys.

The outcomes of these interviews are now published in the Open Access Paper, The Women* Who Made It: Experiences from Being a Woman* at a Maker Festival, by Nathalia Campreguer França, Dorothé Smit, Stefanie Wuschitz, and Verena Fuchsberger.

The findings presented in the paper were wonderfully illustrated by Stefanie Wuschitz, depicting both the artistic work that is often the foundation of women*’s engagement with tech-related making, and the struggles that the interviewees described in performing their artistic work.

The FEM*mad project is ongoing until October 2022. In the upcoming year, based on the findings from this paper and other research activities, several interventions to increase the diversity among makerspace participants, will be implemented and evaluated in makerspaces in Austria.

Contact: Dorothé Smit

Within the interdisciplinary COMET project “Digital Motion” we are looking to shed light on interacting with real time motion data using spatial sound. To investigate this field, we will be building high fidelity prototypes for user testing in the lab and on the piste together with our industry partners (e.g., Atomic) and scientific partners from PLUS Sports Sciences and Salzburg Research.

The goal is to develop a mobile system that utilizes spatial sound or other suitable real-time sonification to provide real-time embodied motion feedback.

We are looking for a student with experience in PureData development and an interest in sound design.

Type of Student

Bachelor or Master student

Required Skills

  • Experience in PureData (or the drive to learn PureData: puredata.info)

Desired Skills

  • Sound design
  • Experience in Unity development
  • Experience w. audio manipulation
  • Android Programming Skills (optional)

Supervisors

Alexander Meschtscherjakov
Thomas Grah

Contact: Thomas Grah

We are happy to announce a NEW master programme in Human-Computer Interaction*!

It is a joint degree master programme of the University of Salzburg together with the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

This interdisciplinary degree programme combines principles from computer science, design and psychology and is dedicated to understanding the evolving relationship between people and interactive systems.

The programme prepares future experts to ideate, design, implement and evaluate novel interfaces and innovative forms of interaction that better respond to the needs of users. Topics include HCI theory, methodology and prototyping, human factors & user experience engineering, interaction design & digital innovation, contextual interfaces, HCI innovations & future technologies and their application in research and industry.

Student Profile

The joint degree master’s degree programme is designed for international graduates from fields such as human-computer interaction, computer science, design, media, communication studies, psychology, sociology and engineering. Preparation courses help students from diverse backgrounds to develop basic skills in programming, visual design and research methodology.

If you have questions on the study programme or application procedures, please contact: office@hci.sbg.ac.at

Curriculum

Human-Computer Interaction is a large, cross-disciplinary and dynamic field. Professionals require an understanding of the interactive systems, the capabilities of the people using them as well as the context in which the interaction occurs. The curriculum is designed to reflect that diversity and provides the theoretical grounding, practical knowledge, and hands-on experience for students to become technologically competent designers and design-minded engineers.

Students will learn:

  • Fundamentals of HCI theory and methodology, paradigms and trends
  • Theories of human behaviour and user-centred design methods
  • Usability and experience engineering methods
  • To analyse and specify the context of use in various fields of applications
  • Methods of innovation management and design thinking
  • To assess and use novel forms of interactive technologies such as mixed reality,
    multimodal interaction and tangible interfaces
  • To design and develop interface prototypes
  • Advanced research methods
  • Project and team management skills
  • Ethical, legal and cultural factors

 

Contextual HCI

As technology evolves, Human-Computer Interaction is all about innovation and finding solutions to novel problems. Students can specialise in the research and development of interactive prototypes in application areas such as industrial settings, ambient assisted living, public spaces, smart mobility or virtual and augmented reality.

Research & Industry

The curriculum is based on a research and an industry pillar including several courses targeting both areas. Students will undertake one research and one industry project under the supervision of academic staff members. The research topic can range from purely theoretical studies to empirical user studies or practical design work, developing and evaluating prototypes of novel interaction techniques. Students will also take part in a practical project solving a real-world problem in cooperation with an industry partner, e. g. creating an enterprise UX strategy, developing an interface for an interactive system and conducting an empirical study.

Elective Courses

Students can choose elective courses from each university with a total sum of 12 ECTS or gain industry experience as an intern. Lectures offered by Salzburg University of Applied Sciences include e.g., Game Design, Recommender Systems, Mixed Reality Technologies, Digital Ideation, Data Analysis, Information Visualization, Predictive Analytics, Realtime Visualization or Interaction Design. Paris Lodron University Salzburg provides lectures such as Data Science and Big Data, Geoinformatics and Cognitive Psychology.

Application

Interested? The initial registration is done via the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences: Please apply online.

*The Master Programme is subject to approval by AQ Austria and committees of PLUS.