Spatial User Interfaces


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


Spatial user interfaces (SUIs) are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, and are central to the development of applications deployed on a variety of systems. The objective of the module is to provide students with updated knowledge, skills, and competencies with respect to human-computer interaction. The module can conceptually be seen as instructing established theory and using the latest research to enable students to replicate existing spatial interaction techniques and innovate novel ones. Particularly, the module will allow the students to understand, analyze, develop, and evaluate established and novel SUIs. It will introduce established theories and methods as well as the latest research on SUIs. The knowledge, skills, and competencies will be highly relevant to future project work and positions in the industry.

Learning objectives


Students who complete the module will obtain:

  • knowledge of system architectures, forming the basis for state-of-the-art spatial user interfaces, including input/output devices, software, and systems
  • understanding of traditional and state-of-the-art spatial interaction techniques, including selection, manipulation, navigation, and system control
  • understanding of how spatial user interfaces can be applied in research-, or industry- contexts (e.g., in relation to entertainment, educational, and industrial applications)


Students who complete the module will be able to:

  • create established and novel spatial interaction techniques (e.g., implement an existing approach (e.g., navigation), and one which is novel) 
  • apply established and novel methods for evaluating spatial user interfaces


Students who complete the module will be able to:

  • analyze and evaluate traditional and state-of-the-art spatial user interfaces
  • synthesize and develop spatial user interfaces

Type of instruction

Refer to the overview of instruction types listed in § 17.


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • To be eligible to take the exam, the student must timely have handed in any mandatory assignments


Name of examSpatial User Interfaces
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
See semester description
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleSpatial brugerinterfaces
Module codeMSNMEDM2225
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design