Welcome to COGS 124!


The goal of this course is to familiarize you with academic publications on technical systems research in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI). To achieve this goal, we will read HCI papers that aim to make complex technical tasks more intuitive, productive, and fun.

A secondary objective of this course is to teach you how to develop the important graduate-student meta-skill of being able to read papers critically, strategically, and tactically, which will help you become more effective at your own research and prepare you well for future graduate studies.

The bulk of this course will revolve around reading and responding to research papers in top human-computer interaction conferences. Our goal is to aim for a broad selection of topics within HCI technical systems research, with an emphasis on more recent papers from top-tier venues. There will be no textbook.

Before each class period, you will be expected to read the assigned paper in detail, write a structured response on Piazza, and be prepared to discuss your written response in class. Your Piazza responses will be due before class starts so that we can use it as the basis for kicking off the in-class discussion.

There is no final exam for this class.