RIT’s Mobile Experiences for Tourism, Fall Quarter 2012

The MS HCI program at RIT is offering Mobile Experiences for Tourism this Fall Quarter 2012. Last year, our MS students worked closely with Eastman Kodak Company and Eastern National from the National Parks Services. This year, students will conduct interaction design research with Visit Rochester (the official tourism organization of the Greater Rochester, NY area). MS students will have  access to Greater Rochester’s historical sites for the design and development of new mobile experiences. Sites could include Susan B. Anthony House, George Eastman House, Genesee Village Country Museum, Erie Canal Heritage Trail, etc.  Dr. Oli Mival, from the Centre for Interaction Design at Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom will be at RIT to work with students on our research projects. We will be preparing and submitting our collaborative research to leading HCI conferences.

Sign Up Today!
If you are a second-year MS student at RIT, sign up for the class today (4002.890.02 – Graduate Seminar In IT)! The course will be held in the Innovation Center at the Global Village on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00am to 11:50am. Be prepared to conduct ethnographic studies and develop design solutions at historical locations in the Greater Rochester area on select weekends. This seminar course will be taught by its founder, Dr. Brian O’Keefe.

Course Description
Mobile Experiences for Tourism is a team-based course that explores the development of mobile systems designed to augment the tourism experience, with special emphasis on historical locations tourism. Students will use ethnographic methods and HCI principles to design mobile applications. This course focuses not only on the enhanced experience provided by the mobile system, but also focuses on how the enhanced experience can be captured by personalized physical artifacts and souvenirs. Teams will be responsible for designing and developing prototype mobile applications. Mobile devices will be provided to teams for experimenting with developed applications. Based on their project work, teams also will prepare short papers intended for submission to professional conferences.

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