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Vorlesung: Physiological Computing and Neuroergonomics

  • Dozent: Dr. Lewis Chuang
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  • Semesterwochenstunden: 2 + 3
  • ECTS-Credits: 6
  • Modul: Vertiefende Themen für Master Medieninformatik, Master Informatik und Master Mensch-Computer-Interaktion
  • Sprache: Englisch


  • Es wird gebeten, die erste Veranstaltung am 29.04.19 zu besuchen um die Organisation des Kurs zu besprechen
  • Der Kurs fällt am 06.05.19 und 10.06.19 (Pfingstmontag) aus

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  • Es sind keine Hilfsmittel erlaubt.
  • Zum Bestehen müssen min. 50% der Punkte erreicht werden.
  • Die Klausur findet am 07.08.19 um 14 Uhr in Raum M018 im Hauptgebäude (Geschwister-Scholl Platz 1) statt.
  • Die Klausur findet am 25.09.19 um 14 Uhr in Raum M118 im Hauptgebäude (Geschwister-Scholl Platz 1) statt.

Termine und Ort

  • Vorlesung: Montag, 10 Uhr bis 11:45 Uhr c.t., erster Termin 29.04.19
  • Übung: Montag, 12 Uhr - 14:45 c.t., erster Termin 29.04.19
  • Ort: Theresienstraße 39, 80337 München, Raum B139


Our bodies are supported by numerous functions and mechanisms that allow us to respond to the requirements of our environment as well as to support our intentions. Our hearts beat faster and our pupils dilate, in anticipation of physical exertion; neurons fire from the skeletomuscular system to the peripheral and central nervous system and back. Many of these functions are physically measurable. While large and expensive biomedical devices were previously necessary to acquire such data, the last decade has witnessed a growth in the miniaturization and cost-effectiveness of consumer-grade wearable sensors. This creates a potential for computing systems that are responsive to changes in their users’ physiological state.
This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the human physiological system as well as train students to acquire, analyze, and interpret data. The goal is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the physiological activity to the extent that it can be meaningfully submitted to a computing systems. This course could complement but is NOT a suitable substitute for fundamental courses in human physiology (e.g., Neurophysiology, Dept. Physiological Genomics). The following topics will be covered:

  • Optical and electrical data acquisition for physiological activity
  • Time-series analysis for physiological activity
  • The peripheral nervous system
  • Electrodermal activity
  • Pupil tracking
  • The skeletomuscular system
  • Electromyography
  • Electrical muscle stimulation)
  • The central nervous system
  • Electroencephalography
  • Event-related potentials
  • Physiological computing systems

Aufbau und Zeitplan (vorläufig)

Datum Vorlesung (in UniWorX verfügbar) Übung
29.04.20 Overview to Psychophysiological Computing & Neuroergonomics Foundations, Basic Electricity, Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology, Introduction to SciPy, Panda, Domains, FFT, Features
06.05.20 Keine Vorlesung Keine Übung
13.05.2019 The body electric: Basic electricity and measuring electrophysiological activity Data quality check, Detecting Saccade, Fixation, Blink (comparison of algorithms) AOI analysis (Dwell, etc.), Heatmap
20.05.20 The nervous system EEG Measure, Importance of preperation, Impedance, Detecting Artefacts (Blink, Chewing, 50Hz), Different Channels / Regions, Explain live signals
27.05.19 EEG 1: Basics and Physiology Data Preprocessing (Filtring, Removing Artefacts), Time (entropy, fractal dimension) and Frequency Domain (spectogram, wavelets), Different waves, Power analysis, (De)Synchronisation
03.06.19 EEG 2: Inference of EEG and Event-related measurements Classification, EMS, Studentproject to build an EMS inerface, e.g. Handshake, People connection with EMG, Safety introduction, Individual differences, Accuracy,
10.06.19 No lecture Keine Übung
17.06.19 Brain Computer Interfaces (Prof. Fabien Lotte, Inria, CH) Active vs. passive interfaces, Student projects
24.06.19 EEG 3 – EEG Correlates for BCI ERP dataset
01.07.19 Somatic System Principle, Individual differences, Live signal comparison
08.07.19 Facial EMG Data Preprocessing (filtering, motion artefacts), RMS, Phase, Signal decomposition (segmentation, wavelet transform, PCA, and clustering), AI (, Fatigue detection
15.07.19 Electrodermal System; Sympathetic activity in the ANS EDA
22.07.19 Cardiovascular System; Parasympathetic & Sympathetic activity in the ANS Heart rate (consumer product, einfluss)