Embodied Interaction

Syllabus 2021

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Develop embodied interactive systems using various techniques and tools, such as gesture recognition, computer-vision tools and biometric sensors.
  • Identify and explain the roles of the body, space, and social interaction in designing interactive experiences.
  • Apply the notion of proxemics to their creative practice.
  • Identify and apply theoretical frameworks for embodied interaction
  • Outline and explain historical and contemporary examples of embodied interaction in the context of interactive art and HCI research.

Content

The course presents embodied interaction through lectures, technical demonstrations, and discussions on various related topics. The focus is on creating experimental interactive systems for interactive installations and performances.

The students will explore the topic through readings, small assignments, and a final project presented at the end of the course.

Spaces, Studios and Workshops


Schedule (Spring 2021)

Week 1, Introduction

001 Group A | Thursday, March 3 | 9:15-12:00
001 Group B | Friday, March 4 | 9:15-12:00
  • Introduction to the course and the topic
  • Theory | Brief history of interactive systems and HCI
  • Assignment | Start working on the first assignment

Week 2, Assignment

002 Group A | Tuesday, March 9 | 9:15–12:00
002 Group B | Wednesday, March 10 | 9:15–12:00

Matti is going to be in the admissions interviews. We are going to switch the dates for AV Studio and Embodied Interaction. So Embodied Interaction is on Tuesday and Wednesday, AV Studio on Thursday and Friday.


Week 3 – Proxemics, How to Track People in a Space

003 Group A | Thursday
003 Group B | Friday
  • Assignment | Present your group’s work
  • Theory | Proxemics
  • Azure Kinect
  • LIDARs
  • Other depth cameras
  • Posenet
  • Computer Vision
  • VR Tracking

Week 4, Project Work and Tutoring

004 Group A | Thursday, March 25 | 9:15-12:00
004 Group B | Friday, March 26 | 9:15-12:00
  • Tracking technology continued

BOTH GROUPS | Friday, March 26, 2021 | 15:15-17:00

  • Zoom
  • WIP project presentations (or project idea presentations)

Week 5, Project work and tutoring

005 Group A | Thursday, April 1 | 9:15-12:00
005 Group B | Friday, April 2 | 9:15-12:00 (Holiday, Good Friday)

Week 6, Project work and tutoring

006 Group A | Thursday, April 8 | 9:15-12:00
006 Group B | Friday, April 9 | 9:15-12:00

Exhibition setup in G203.

BOTH GROUPS | Friday, April 9, 2021 | 15:15–->
  • AV Studio Livestream Event

Week 7 | Workshop Week

No class. Exhibition will be running in the room G203.