Human-Computer Interaction & Design

General EIT Human-Computer Interaction and Design track

The programme focuses on study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces and interactive systems which take into account human cognitive and sensory-motor responses and how these influence both technological and business requirements. The programme is interdisciplinary with courses on design and evaluation of interactive systems and a strong emphasis on user-centred design techniques. It is important to understand human responses to and consequences of using information technology as a tool for solving work-related tasks and in product development.

Fist-year program at POLIMI

Located in a world-level design capital, Politecnico di Milano is a vibrant meeting point of different cultures, linking design, architecture, and art, with technical, scientific and engineering studies. Polimi offers a highly qualified entry-point program for the HCID master that benefits of the synergy between the Design School and the Information Engineering School. These institutions have a tradition of excellence in multidisciplinary education, fundamental and applied research, knowledge transfer towards industry, and innovation. In their respective areas, the Design and the Information Engineering Schools rank as first within Italy and are within the top-10 in Europe (QS Ranking 2017).

The first year program of HCID @Polimi is organized in 3 parts and comprises:

  • a set of core courses to develop a technical and methodological common base in Human Computer Interaction (16 ECTS);
  • a set of courses to create a solid background in ICT engineering (20 ECTS);
  • a set of courses to promote competences in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (20 ECTS);
  • a thematic I&E Summer School (4 ECTS), in common with all entry points.

Multidisciplinary context

I3Lab (Innovative Interactive Interfaces Lab) is a multidisciplinary research group, led by Prof. Franca Garzotto, including students from the Master and Doctoral Schools, Research Assistants, and external consultants, with heterogeneous backgrounds – software engineering, human-computer interaction, psychology, and design. One of the aims of our research is to focus on children with special needs, in order to promote social, emotional and intellectual benefits. Read more about projects and innovative interactive technologies which are currently being developed by the i3Lab at Polimi: http://i3lab.me/.

The following summarizes the program for the first year (60 ECTS total). Please notice that, on the basis of the curriculum of previous BSc studies, the Admission Committee at Politecnico can specify some directions on the individual study plans, regarding the choice of courses to be attended.

 

Part 1: Core courses/HCI (total ECTS = 16)

Mandatory courses

  • Advanced User Interfaces (semester 1, 6 ECTS)
  • Hypermedia Applications (Web and Multimedia) (semester 2, 5 ECTS)

Elective courses: choose ONE of the following:

  • Interaction Design Studio (semester 2, 5 ECTS) (*)
  • Process and Service Design (semester 2, 5 ECTS)
  • Videogame Design and Programming (semester 1, 5 ECTS)
  • Design and Implementation of Mobile Applications (semester 1, 5 ECTS)
  • Multidisciplinary Project (semester 2, 5 ECTS)
  • Philosophical Issues of Computer Science (semester 2, 5 ECTS)
  • Design and Robotics (semester 2, 5 ECTS) (*)
    (*) course held at the School of Design

Part 2: Core courses/ICT Engineering (total ECTS = 20)

Mandatory courses:

  • Data Bases 2 (semester 1, 5 ECTS)
  • Software Engineering 2 (semester 1, 5 ECTS)
  • Computing Infrastructure (semester 2, 5 ECTS)

Elective courses: choose ONE of the following:

  • Computer Security (semester 2, 5 ECTS)
  • Principles of Programming Languages (semester 1, 5 ECTS)
  • Recommender Systems (semester 1, 5 ECTS)
  • Computer Graphics (semester 2, 5 ECTS)
  • Machine Learning (semester 2, 5 ECTS)
  • Artificial Intelligence (semester 1, 5 ECTS)

Part 3: I&E Minor courses (total ECTS = 24 ECTS)

  • Strategy & Marketing (semester 1, 10 ECTS)
  • Designing Digital Business Innovation Lab (semester 2, 10 ECTS)

The I&E Minor will be increasingly offered in a blended format, with online modules and innovative teaching methods (blended I&E Education)

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summer School (4 ECTS)

The Summer School brings students together for two weeks to work in groups on a business modelling and planning project in the context of a societally relevant thematic area. Summer Schools take place at different locations throughout Europe, supporting a multidisciplinary and international dimension, with a clear EIT Digital flavour to education.

Second year

During the second year, students have the option to specialise in one of the technical areas that are offered by the Exit Universities. Please, refer to their local programs for the second year or find them out on the EIT Digital Master School webpage for Human-Computer Interaction & Design.

Contacts

Program Coordinator: Prof. Franca Garzotto
Politecnico di Milano
Department of Electronics, Information and Bio-engineering (DEIB)
Office: + 39 02 2399 3595 | Email: franca.garzotto@polimi.it

Course information and descriptions on our Manifesto degli Studi