This course serves as an introduction in the HTI master program and the different research domain involved in the master. First of all, students will be introduced to all relevant elements of the MSc-HTI curriculum, teachers, other students and facilities.

Content wise, this course provides basis knowledge on the various topics through explorations and applications provided by a multitude of staff of HTI through guest lectures, and preferably also external scientists and researchers from industry. HTI research is built upon two theoretical areas of psychological research, of which one can be loosely described as ‘Brain, Perception Action’ and the other as ‘Cognition and Social Interaction’ the learning lines as we have them in the BSc. PT program. Theories from these areas are applied in technical domains such as ICT, Living, Robotics and Sensing, and Energy. The coherence and cross-sections of these research areas will be discussed in a separate lecture (HTI research Areas) and the guest lectures aim to provide detailed insights into a particular intersection of these areas: for example, a topic could be how persuasive strategies can help people to consume less energy (cross section of cognition and social interaction with the energy domain)

For each lecture students prepare by reading assigned papers and writing discussion points on issues regarding the specific topic. Dicussion points can discuss boundary conditions, methodological issues but also new ideas and applications. These discussion points will be reviewed and assessed via peer review by other students (using a predined grading scheme (rubric) in an online learning environment) and by the teachers. Reviewing will allow students to get acquainted with the academic method of peer review. The discussion points will be used as a starting point for discussions in class at the end of the guest lecture.

At the end of the course, students are required to individually write a paper in the form of a research proposal about one of the topics as presented in the guest lecture. The aim of the research proposal is to identify a clearly unsolved issue in a particular domain (e.g., an existing gap in the literature, criticisms on methods used, new applications of existing theories) and propose new research that can further investigate the issue.