Freie Universität Berlin

Human-Centered Computing (HCC) Research Group
Königin-Luise-Straße 24-26
14195 Berlin


Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin

Bühringstraße 20
13086 Berlin


In this course, we co-educate computer scientists and product designers. Beyond experiencing interdisciplinary work, we want students to envision interactive systems that are intelligent: by this, we mean an intelligence through code that is carefully using material, form, and context, while profoundly respecting both human capabilities and vulnerabilities. We understand this course as experimental space, where different perspectives meet, exchange, and evolve. Each semester, based on small project teams of up to four members, students are challenged to examine a specific application context. Within this context, the teams envision a new application or product concepts.

We guide this process through various carefully tuned methods that are used to spark their ideas. Students iterate through several rounds of ideation and refine their concept in different prototype versions. The most compelling or promising interaction concept, the one that allows grasping the quality and essence of the product concept is implemented in a working prototype. Students are accompanied by a team of experienced designers and computer scientists but also by guest experts that provide feedback to the various design iterations. If needed, special workshops are organized to cover specific topics ranging from prototyping to project management. The whole course is evaluated continuously to enhance our methodological toolbox.


Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn

Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn is the head of the Human-Centered Computing (HCC) Research Group at the Institute of Computer Science at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research on interactive intelligent systems entails both an empirical and an engineering dimension.

Prof. Carola Zwick

Since 2008, Carola Zwick has been Professor of Product Design at the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. She previously worked as a Research Associate at the Berlin University of the Arts and as Professor of Interface Design at the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. She is also co-founder of and partner at the design studio Studio 7.5.

Prof. Thomas Ness

Thomas Ness is professor for Embodied Interaction at the product design department of the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. He is part of the interdisciplinary research and development cluster of excellence Matters of Activity.

Judith Glaser

Judith Glaser is an interaction designer working for Studio NAND, a Berlin-based design studio specialising in data-driven user interfaces and interactive technologies. This work and her teaching activities for Coding IxD led to her research on competencies and configuration of knowledge at the interface of computer science and design, which she is currently pursuing in a PhD thesis.


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