187.A60 Assistive Technology 2
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to analyse communication problems caused by disability. They know about most important forms of augmentative and alternative communication and can assign their use to disability types. They are able to draft user interfaces which minimise the influence of disabilites. They have an overview of current innovations and research projects in the subject area.


Subject of course

Basics of communication

  • Communication with and about people with disabilities (Political Correctness)
  • Communication impairments
  • Classification of communication aids
  • Methods of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC)
  • Assistive Technologies for alternative and augmentative communication
  • Ethical issues
  • Communication aspects in Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)
  • Communication apsects in Social robotics and Human Robot Interaction (HRI)

Teaching methods

Introduction into the topic, presentation of examples and methods and discussion

Update Covid19: For the first part of each block slides and slides with pre-recorded audio lecture will be offered for self study. From 12:00 to 13:00 as second part of each block a live ZOOM session will be offered to discuss potential open questions. Participation is as required, i.e. voluntary

The actual modality of the course (on-site, online, hybrid) will take into account the number of students, the mix of background knowledge (e.g. medical or media informatics) and will be announced in the course and handled in a flexible way. .

Mode of examination


Additional information

This lecture was the replacement for the VO Kommunikationstechnik für behinderte und alte Menschen (383.041) and was held by Prof. Zagler. After his retirement it is now offered again.

ECTS Breakdown:

28h Lecture
21h Literature study
25h Preparation for exam
  1h Exam
75h Sum = 3 ECTS



Course dates

Thu09:00 - 13:0023.03.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse AT2 Block 1
Thu09:00 - 13:0030.03.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse AT2 Block 2
Thu09:00 - 13:0020.04.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse AT2 Block 3
Thu09:00 - 13:0027.04.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse AT2 Block 4
Thu09:00 - 12:0025.05.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse AT2 Block 5
Thu09:00 - 12:0001.06.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse AT2 Block 6
Thu09:00 - 13:0029.06.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse AT2 Block 7
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Written exam (ca. 10 questions) which is typically offered 3 times per term. No additinal means allowed (= Closed Book Exam).

Update Covid19: Written online Exam: The filled-in exam paper will be scanned and uploaded to TUWEL. Needed Infrastructure: Stable broadband internet, PC / Laptop with webcam and headset / loudspeaker / microphone suitable for Webmeeting (ZOOM) and access to TUWEL. Private, quiet room for doing the exam, available for ca. 1 hour.

More details for the procedure of the written online exam to be found here: http://www.aat.tuwien.ac.at/de/study/procedure_online_exam.pdf

Note, that recording of the online exam will be done (in accordance with the privacy and data protection rules). Details to be found in the link above.

The actual modality of the exam (on-site or online) will be announced some weeks before the exam based on evaluation of the situation.


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Fri14:00 - 15:0026.01.2024 Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse (room EAEG06)written05.10.2023 12:00 - 24.01.2024 12:00TISSExam AT2 on Jan 26, 2024 (at 14:00)

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
07.02.2023 00:00 28.04.2023 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 453 Biomedical Engineering Not specified
066 935 Media and Human-Centered Computing Mandatory elective


Slides are made available after the lecture via TISS.

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Continuative courses