Moira Norrie: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2014

Name Prof. Dr. Moira Norrie
Inst. f. Informationssysteme (eh.)
ETH Zürich, CNB E 104.2
Universitätstrasse 6
8092 Zürich
DepartmentComputer Science
RelationshipProfessor Emeritus

252-0373-00LMobile and Personal Information Systems Information 4 credits2V + 1UM. Norrie, M. Nebeling
AbstractThe course examines how traditional information systems development techniques have been adapted to support various forms of mobile information systems. Topics to be covered include: databases of mobile objects; development of mobile applications; desktop-to-mobile adaptation of user interfaces; context-awareness; mobile vs. personal and social context.
ObjectiveStudents will acquire an understanding of why and how traditional data management, application development and user interface design techniques have been adapted for mobile information systems.
ContentAdvances in mobile devices and communication technologies have led to a rapid increase in demands for various forms of mobile information systems where the users, the applications and the databases themselves may be mobile. Based on both lectures and breakout sessions, this course examines the impact of the different forms of mobility and collaboration that systems require nowadays and how these influence the design of systems at the database, the application and the user interface level. For example, traditional data management techniques have to be adapted to meet the requirements of such systems and cope with new connection, access and synchronisation issues. As mobile devices have increasingly become integrated into the users' lives and are expected to support a range of activities in different environments, applications should be context-aware, adapting functionality, information delivery and the user interfaces to the current environment and task. Various forms of software and hardware sensors may be used to determine the current context, raising interesting issues for discussion. Finally, user mobility, and the varying and intermittent connectivity that it implies, gives rise to new forms of dynamic collaboration that require lightweight, but flexible, mechanisms for information synchronisation and consistency maintenance. Here, the interplay of mobile, personal and social context will receive special attention.
252-0923-00LOMS Case Study I Information 2 credits2SM. Norrie
AbstractThis doctoral seminar consists of a series of talks and discussions covering the history and foundations of OMS, related work and on-going OMS developments and applications.
252-3001-00LAdvanced Topics in Information Systems Information 2 credits2SM. Norrie
AbstractThis seminar course will discuss research topics in the area of information systems. We will read recent research papers on a selected topic, and present/discuss them in class.
ObjectiveThe goal is to introduce students to current research, and to enable them to read, understand, and present scientific papers.
ContentEach participant will be required to give a presentation of about 30 mins followed by a discussion on an assigned topic. In addition, each participant will be assigned as a buddy on another paper which means that they must read the paper and be prepared to start of the discussion on the paper with some comments and questions. Students also have to submit a 2-page summary of the paper that they present. Grading will depend on the quality of the talk, the report, and also active participation during the seminar.
252-3110-00LHuman Computer Interaction Information 4 credits2V + 1UO. Hilliges, M. Norrie, M. Nebeling
AbstractThe course provides an introduction to the field of human-computer interaction, emphasising the central role of the user in system design. Through detailed case studies, students will be introduced to different methods used to analyse the user experience and shown how these can inform the design of new interfaces, systems and technologies.
ObjectiveThe goal of the course is that students should understand the principles of user-centred design and be able to apply these in practice.
ContentThe course will introduce students to various methods of analysing the user experience, showing how these can be used at different stages of system development from requirements analysis through to usability testing. Students will get experience of designing and carrying out user studies as well as analysing results. The course will also cover the basic principles of interaction design. Practical exercises related to touch and gesture-based interaction will be used to reinforce the concepts introduced in the lecture. To get students to further think beyond traditional system design, we will discuss issues related to ambient information and awareness.