CMSC 33231-1: Human-Computer Interaction and Neuroscience
(Seminar: Topics in Human Computer Interaction)

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Lectures happen on zoom Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm–4:50pm.
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Published by Pedro Lopes on Jan 3 2022

Welcome to the Neuro x HCI class (see your inbox for your welcome email with instructions for the first week)
Published by Pedro Lopes on Jan 3 2022


In this class we examine the field of HCI using Neuroscience as a lens to generate ideas.

Expected workload

You will read and discuss papers every week (from both neuroscience and HCI). You will give presentations in class about selected topics and generate ideas for HCI projects/inventions that are rooted in neuroscience-ideas. Finally, you will crystalize one of these ideas in a four-page paper and 5 minute presentation. Moreover, if you are taking this class as an elective for grade (rather than pass/fail seminar) you will also instantiate one of these ideas as a project, which you present at the end of the class as a demo alongside the paper.


This is an advanced graduate level seminar that assumes expertise in HCI (e.g., especially in haptics and human actuation) and in basic neuroscience (e.g., sensory systems), while all of my other four classes can be taken without previous HCI know-how, this one is not recommended.

Class time and place

This class meets 2 times a week, as follows: (1): Tuesday at 15:30 (a 80 mins lecture) at JCL292; (2): Thursday at 15:30 (a 80 mins lecture) at JCL292;


This course was developed by Pedro Lopes. 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.


If you have a impariment of any kind please communicate it to the instructor and you will do the best to accomodate it, e.g., you will be provided with the suitable course materials.