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Title (alt): Advanced Mobile Interfaces
Lecturer(s): Michael Markert
Credits/SWS: 18 ECTS, 12 SWS
Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Course Language: English
Course Reading Schedule: VLVZ Eintrag
Venue: Marienstraße 7b, R104
First meeting: Do, 13. April 2017

  • Thursdays, 9:15 to 12:00 h and
  • Thursdays, 13:30 to ~18:00 h for Excursions (not every week, mandatory to all!)
  • Tuesdays, 13:30 to 18:00 h for individual 30 min consultations

Description (EN)

Geolocalized Interfaces

We'll be working on interactions and interfaces that are related to specific places and locations, static or in movement.

You can either work on your own geolocalized project or join the Datenschleuder / Experimental Television team for an installation for ICE train passengers traveling from Jena to Naumburg.

In any case, we'll be looking at geolocalized interfaces and things that will only work if you or they are at a specific location.

Please note: because of the nature of the second part of our course with various field trips, the ending time will vary. We might also use the train and leave Weimar; sometimes we might only return in the evenings. Please do not enroll in this course if you have other appointments or obligations on Thursday afternoons. I will not accept students asking to join just one part of this project!

Description (DE)

Der Kurs findet auf Englisch statt, für weitere Informationen beachten Sie bitte den englischen Text.


  • Mobile Networked Technologies, Connected Devices and the Internet of Things
  • Location Based Data & Mobile User Interfaces
  • Augmented Spaces
  • Smartphone Sensors
  • Spatial information, quality and organization of space
  • Temporal aspects of space
  • Navigation / Routing / Means of Transport
  • Dérive and Getting Lost
  • ...
  • Mobile Web Technologies: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript
  • Server-Side Technologies: PHP, Node.js, Websockets
  • Communication Protocols: TCP/IP, UDP, OSC
  • About Webapps, Hybrid Apps and Native Apps
  • ...

Registration procedure / Anmeldung

Unfortunately, this project was not listed on the project election on April 4th due to an error in the course reading schedule. If you would like to visit, please register by E-Mail with michael (dot) markert (ät) uni-weimar (dot) de and come to the first meeting. Please send your name, faculty/study program and a short statement why you want to be in this course. If there are more than 18 students at the first meeting, there might be a kickoff evaluation with an acceptance based on the registration by E-Mail, the relevancy of your project and your engagement with other courses of the chair of Interface Design.

Evaluation / Geforderte Prüfungsleistung zur Erlangung eines Leistungsnachweises

  1. Active participation (no more than two missed classes!)
  2. At least two individual consultations (Tuesday afternoons)
  3. Midterm assignment (required, even though the midterm grade is just for your information)
  4. Presentation at the end of the lecture period, this includes presentations at our Interface Design ShowReel and during the Summaery
  5. Final assignment at the end of the semester including documentation: Artistic examination (see Examination Regulations!)
  6. Uploading your work in progress in our project collaboration tool, respecting deadlines

Eligible participants / Zielgruppe

Master students enrolled in the Faculties of Art and Design, Architecture, Media


  1. 13.04.2017: First Meeting (subject to change!), Intro
  2. 20:04.2017: Janet Cardiff, Cospeda
  3. 27.04.2017: Exp Radio: Audio Walks, Ingress and Pokémon Go Erfurt
  4. 04.05.2017: Location Technologies
  5. 11.05.2017: no class
  6. 18.05.2017: tba
  7. 25.05.2017: no class, public holiday
  8. 01.06.2017: Midterm Presentations
  9. 08.06.2017: tba
  10. 15.06.2017: tba
  11. 22.06.2017: tba
  12. 29.06.2017: tba
  13. 06.07.2017: tba
  14. 31.07.2017: Final Assignments


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    • Albert Einstein: Raum, Äther und Feld in der Physik (1930)
    • Martin Heidegger: Die Räumlichkeit des Daseins (1927)
    • Jacques Lacan: Die Topik des Imaginären (1954)
    • Vilém Flusser: Räume (1991)
    • Henri Lefebvre: Die Produktion des Raums (1974)
    • Michel de Certeau: Praktiken im Raum (1980)
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    • Katharine Willis & Jens Geelhaar: Information Places - Navigating Interfaces Between Physical and Digital Space
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