CMSC 33231: Emergent Interface Technologies

News & Announcements

Class is over: congrats
Thanks everyone for an enthusiastic class! If you want to study more HCI, we just launched two new HCI classes (at undergrad level)!
More info here.
Published by Pedro Lopes on Apr 2 2019

news article on our class
Our class is up on an article by Rob Mitchum on the CS website, have a look!
More info here.
Published by Pedro Lopes on Mar 13 2019

Registrations for Workshop are full!
Steven's workshop on Silicon Devices (held 12th March at MADD/CS) is full. If you forgot to register and are part of the class, please email pedro.
More info here.
Published by on Mar 11 2019

Seminar vs. Elective
This class can count for your electives. Send Pedro an email if you intend to have it graded on a scale (elective) or as pass/fail (seminar).
More info here.
Published by Pedro Lopes on Feb 8 2019

Class evaluation
This class is evaluated as follows: assignments (30%) + proto-paper (30%) + talk (30%) + in-class participation (10%)
Published by Pedro Lopes on Jan 14 2019

Assigments are always due Sunday 23:59 CST
The class assigments are always due by Sunday 23:59 CST. You can always send them ahead of time. Instructions on how to submit are at the schedule page. Late assigment policy: late assigments are not considered, if you had a medical condition, etc, contact Pedro.
More info here.
Published by Pedro Lopes on Jan 13 2019

Accessing the slides?
The class slides are protected for now, we will distribute the password on lecture#1. Alternatively you can also download evrything using the course folder (box @ UChicago). We will send invites for the course folder in week#2.
More info here.
Published by Pedro Lopes on Jan 8 2019

Classes on Tue+Thu 3.30pm
Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3.30PM to 4.50PM at Ryerson 277. Firs lecture on January 8th 2019, have a look at the syllabus page too (for now all this info is preliminary/tentative).
Published by Pedro Lopes on Jan 7 2019


In this class, we critically examine emergent technologies that might impact the future generations of computing interfaces, these include: physiological I/O (e.g., brain and muscle computer interfaces), tangible computing (giving shape and form to interfaces), wearable computing (I/O devices closer to the user's body), rendering new realities (e.g., virtual & augmented reality), haptics (giving computers the ability to generate touch and forces) and unusual auditory interfaces (e.g., silent speech & microphones as sensors).

Expected workload

In this class you will: (1) learn about these new developments during the lectures, (2) read HCI papers and summarize these in short weekly assignments, and lastly, (3) start inventing the future of computing interfaces by proposing a new idea in the form of a paper abstract, which you will present at the end of the semester and have it peer-reviewed in class by your classmates.


This class has no pre-requisites. This class is for graduate students. Senior undergraduates with a particular interest in HCI may apply by contacting the lecturer.


This course was developed by Pedro Lopes. Parts of this course are derived (with permission) from a course taught by Patrick Baudisch (in which Pedro co-taught a few segments) at Hasso Plattner Institute. All teaching materials in this class, including course slides, homeworks, assignments, practice exams and quizzes, are copyrighted. Reproduction, redistribution and other rights solely belong to the instructor. In particular, it is not permissible to upload any or part of these materials to public or private websites without the instructor's explicit consent. Violating this copyright policy will be considered an academic integrity violation.


The University of Chicago has formal policies related to academic honesty and plagiarism. We abide by these standards in this course. Depending on the severity of the offense, you risk being dismissed altogether from the course. All cases will be referred to the Dean of Students office, which may impose further penalties, including suspension and expulsion. In addition, we expect that everyone handles their fellow students and staff members with respect, following the norms of proper behavior by members of the University of Chicago community.