Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Intelligent Interfaces 1

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Artificial Intelligence

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will be delivered in a blended modality, which includes a number of face-to-face interactive and hands on lectures together with learner-centric online sessions characterized by a series of collaborative tasks. The socio-collaborative model used for this study-unit is designed to engage learner participants in technology mediated knowledge and skills acquisition.

This study-unit combines design principles and technology advancements for effective human-computer interaction in a number of areas. The main focus will be the application of intelligent techniques that will vary over time but which will still have basic intelligent interfaces like User Adaptivity and User Modelling.

Additionally, the notion of how modern computing systems explicitly represent the user's needs, interests, preferences, and requirements to adapt their behavior to individual users will be introduced.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to:
- Expose learners to concepts and theories in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI);
- Provide a background to the construction of novel interactive systems and the evaluation and testing of such systems in use;
- Critically review projects and applications related to the HCI domain;
- Support the students in the co-creation of a system that is designed to support the performance and experiences of users, enabling them carry out tasks effectively, efficiently and in an engaging way.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Describe and give examples of how intelligent agents and intelligent systems can be integrated practically in the social context;
- Use and apply theories to the practical design and development of systems;
- Analyse how the various intelligent systems can be used and replicated in daily user practices;
- Adapt existing technologies to design intelligent systems;
- Critically appraise how novel intelligent systems can serve towards the improvement of the quality of life of individuals in society.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Handle information found and gathered online effectively and filter it according to its value;
- Communicate effectively in the online environment using different digital media, by following best practice guidelines and Internet ethics;
- Co-create intelligent systems in a socio-collaborative setting making use of virual communities;
- Participate in virtual communities adapting to different roles and responsibilities for task completion;
- Strategically devise plans and methods towards solving set problems and achieving personal goals;
- Develop a project that meets the aims and objectives set for this study-unit.


- 2016, Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces. ACM, New York, NY, USA. ISBN: 978-1-4503-4137-0.
- Mourlas, C., and Germanakos, P., (2008) "Intelligent User Interfaces: Adaptation and Personalization Systems and Technologies", ISBN: 1605660329.
- Alkhalifa, E.M., and Gaid, K., (2012) "Cognitively Informed Intelligent Interfaces:Systems Design and Development", ISBN:1466616288.
- Browne, D (Ed.). (2014). Adaptive User Interfaces. Elsevier.
- Helander, M.G. (Ed.) (2014). Handbook of Human-Computer Interaction. Elsevier.P.
- Mackenzie, I.S. (2012). Human-computer Interaction: An Empirical Researh Perspective. Newnes.


STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Online Learning

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM2 Yes 10%
Online Moderated Discussions and Postings SEM2 Yes 30%
Project SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Vanessa Camilleri (Co-ord.)
Georgios N. Yannakakis

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