188.460 Multimedia Interfaces
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


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

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

Cognitive and practical competences:

- Abilitity to design, develop and evaluate own applications with multi-sensory user interfaces

- Ability to integrate state-of-the-art sensors and/or actuators with suitable software and hardware control into an application

- Ability to design user study to assess multi-sensory interfaces, from the experimental protocol to the statistical analyses of the data.

Technical background and methodological competencies: Students learn about

- Basics of human sensory perception

- New types of (2D/3D) interaction, new interfaces

- Basics of statistics for assessing multimedia interfaces

- Application of various multi-sensory technologies in different application areas and their implications for humans and society

Subject of course

Special lecture about multimedia based and non conventional user interfaces:

  • Human sensory systems (vision, hearing, haptics…)
  • Multisensory integration, and human perception-cognition-action loop
  • Multimedia Hardware: Input & Output devices for stimulating sensory systems in 2d and 3d interactions (displays, tracking, sensors…)
  • Multimedia Software: sound rendering, graphics rendering, game engine.
  • How to design an experiment to assess multimedia interfaces? (experimental protocol, hypothesis, user study, statistical analyses)
  • Human factors in the design of Human Computer Interfaces, current and future challenges

Teaching methods

Frontal lecture with many examples in pictures and videos

Presentation and discussion of simple application examples

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

ECTS Breakdown - 3 ECTS ~ 75h

20h lectures (10*2h)

25h oral preparation

25h exam preparation

2h oral exam

2h written exam


Lectures dates

Zoom link to attend: 


Tuesday: 08.03.2022 - 10:00 – 12:00 (Background)

Tuesday: 15.03.2022 - 10:00 – 12:00 (Vision)

Monday: 21.03.2022 - 10:00 – 12:00 (Hearing and Speech)

Tuesday: 29.03.2022 - 10:00 – 12:00 (Haptics)

Tuesday: 05.04.2022 - 10:00 – 12:00(Locomotion and human motion 1)

Tuesday: 26.04.2022 - 10:00 – 12:00 (Locomotion and human motion 2)

Tuesday: 10.05.2022 - 10:00 – 12:00 (Miscallenous interfaces)

Tuesday: 17.05.2022 - 10:00 – 12:00 (Multimedia HW and SW)

Tuesday: 24.05.2022 - 10:00 – 12:00 (Design of user studies)

Tuesday: 31.05.2022 - 10:00 – 12:00 (Human factors and User Centered Design)



Course dates

Wed09:30 - 10:0002.03.2022 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/98249809083?pwd=TXkxbWRHUWtnOTNIOVovd0RSTGF1QT09Vorbesprechung
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Written (50% of the final grade) and Oral (50% of the final grade) exam

The written exam will last 2 hours and will consist of proposing a solution to a problem related to multimedia interfaces based on the state of the art presented in the course.

The oral exam will be a 15 minutes presentation of a research paper. Students will have to choose in the first weeks which paper the want to study and will have to present it during the oral exam session.


Written exam dates:

Tuesday 21.06.2022 (10-12h)

Tuesday 28.06.2022 (10-12h)


Oral exam date:

Tuesday 14.06.2022 (8-12h)

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.03.2022 09:00 15.03.2022 09:00 09.03.2022 09:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 932 Visual Computing Mandatory elective
066 935 Media and Human-Centered Computing Mandatory elective


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

No major requirements but, knowledge in computer graphics, User Interfaces, Multimedia-Technology are advantageous. Inscription in the master studies is absolutely necessary!!!