Human-Computer Interaction

A number of our faculty conduct research in the area of human-computer interaction (HCI). Our department investigates HCI from a broad variety of perspectives. As a result, HCI research within the Department addresses a diverse collection of interrelated research questions centered on the design, implementation, and evaluation of highly-usable interactive systems. We also employ a variety of methodologies in our research including both quantitative and qualitative approaches, lab and field based data collection, and usability engineering approaches including user-centered design, participatory design, and other related techniques.

The three core areas are:

  1. Accessible Computing — broadly defined to include issues associated with disabilities, age, culture, as well as context-aware computing, among others.
  2. Human-Information Interaction — studies information behavior and the design of user interaction methods to support that behavior.
  3. Social Computing — studies social behavior as it relates to computational systems and evaluating the various environments therein.

Faculty who are interested in HCI: