TU Wien:HCI in Health Care VU (Mayer, Panek, Fitzpatrick)

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Lecturers Peter Mayer, Paul Panek, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Isabel Schwaninger, Rene Baranyi
Department Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology
When summer semester
Language English
Links tiss:187A49 , Mattermost-Channel
Master Media and Human-Centered Computing Wahlmodul HCI & Health Care
Master Medizinische Informatik Wahlmodul Medizinische/Bio-Informatik


Possible applications of user centered design in health care. The focus is more on the use in health care areas, as user centered design itself is covered in other courses.


The lecture is split into around three blocks covering different areas (this may change a bit from year to year). Possibly covered areas:

  • Ambient Assisted Living
  • Mental Health and Selfcare
  • Electronic Patient Records

Each block has an associated excercise that needs to be completed.

Benötigte/Empfehlenswerte Vorkenntnisse[edit]

Being able to read through papers and get summaries quickly is strongly recommended. Having done some kind of user centered design before helps, too.


Depends on the lecturer. Overall, slides tend to be very full but useful as a resource for the exercises. Some lectures will also be held by people researching or developing technology for a given area.

Most lectures also have required reading, in total you'll read around 30 papers in preparation for this lecture.


There are three group projects (groups of 2-3, one project per block) and an individual essay on a topic of choice. The projects are focused on the block topic and don't have a fixed structure. One project may require literature research, another designing a concept for a technology to be used in a given area and a third may be user research.

Prüfung, Benotung[edit]

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Dauer der Zeugnisausstellung[edit]

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Time requirements are rather high, although 6 ECTS seems to be a fair amount. Required reading can be a considerable time sink if you fall behind. The group projects may look deceptively small, be sure to start early enough.


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Verbesserungsvorschläge / Kritik[edit]

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