Thesis topics and instruction
Thesis topics and instruction, answers to common questions.
Markku Turunen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Topics are often related to (a) the daily work of the students, (b)
research topics of TAUCHI, (c) personal topics of students, and (d)
continuation of course projects.
• Typically contains any combination of the following items: (i)
Design, (ii) Implementation, and (iii), Evaluation of interactive
systems or services.
– However, rarely contains all of these in full extend, focus is usually one of
• Methods range from constructive research (sometimes close to SE)
to interviews, questionnaires, empirical experiments etc.
• Can be done in groups (pairs)
Typical HTI thesis structure
• Introduction (2-3 pages)
• Part I (“theory”): – Background (literature) 1 – 3 chapters
• Part II (“own work”): – Description of the main subject (e.g., an application, study) – Design – Implementation – Evaluation – Discussion
• Conclusions (2 – 3 pages)
HTI thesis process
• Familiarize yourself with the topic
• Write a brief (one page) abstract and submit it to head of the
M.Sc. Proramme (Markku Turunen)
• Your topic will be discussed among the supervisors; a supervisor
candidate will be chosen according to the expertise and
• A discussion between you and your possible supervisor
• Signature of the supervision agreement
• Participate in the HTI M.Sc. Seminar
• Otherwise, follow the generic thesis guidelines
Answers to common questions asked by those starting their thesis
Theses can be found from TAMPUB, under MDP in Human Technology Interaction.
The effect of multi-device design on website efficiency and user preference The work was done in collaboration with Aamulehti. Heath received an award for his excellent work from AlmaMedia. In the thesis, three different multi-device design approaches, adaptive, responsive and mobile-dedicated, were researched on desktop, tablet and smartphone devices..
The height of camera : evaluation of the effects of fundamental feature of 360-degree video on user experience In this thesis, one basic but crucial feature of omnidirectional (360) video, the height of the camera, is studied. A user study was conducted, and feedback was gathered to understand how the camera height influences the user experience under both sitting and standing viewing conditions.
Effect of auditory notification on sedentary behavior in office workers The thesis received an award from SIGCHI Finland, the Finland Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction. For more information google: intelligent sitting pad brought masters thesis award.