Human-computer interaction (HCI)


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Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) focuses on the design, evaluation, and implementation of interactive computing systems. In a nutshell, we make systems easier-to-use, more efficient, and more compelling. In pursuit of these goals, HCI draws upon a wide range of fields, including the behavioural sciences, social sciences, visual arts, design, and engineering.

Current research projects focus on crowdsourcing, citizen science, gesture-based interaction, touch input, novel applications of machine learning and information retrieval in end-user applications, and the intersection of art and HCI.

HCI lab members are part of the GRAND digital media research network and we have past and on-going collaborations with companies like Google, Pinterest and Thalmic Labs; industrial research labs like Microsoft Research, Autodesk Research, the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Ricoh Innovations, and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL); institutions such as the Natural History Museum in London; and academic institutions like University of Toronto, the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA), Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, and University College London.