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Division of Human-Computer Interaction

The purpose of the division is to contribute to a sustainable and serene way of living with technology.

In a world where IT is constantly present, it is important to understand this presence and how it affects us. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) has often focused on developing new artefacts to visualize and design a future world of information technology. Now we already live with technology around us, so our role as researchers and developers is instead to enhance and embellish our ways of living with technology.

Influence a healthy development

Because even though we are in the middle of digitalization and have almost endless possibilities of doing things with the help of IT, there is still a lot that does not work as we wish, and some that even makes it more difficult and causes stress. We want to understand and influence this development.

The division started in the summer of 2019 and is currently expanding, focusing on becoming an important player within research, education, and collaboration at the University of Gothenburg.

Research

The division's research includes a wide range of research objects, perspectives and methods. We carry out various types of design research and analytical studies of empirical conditions. We do this work by designing, building and studying technology in use. In order to carry out the research, we sometimes need to develop new tools in order to get close and capture the everyday situation. This is a way of studying existing practices, what use looks like today. To study alternative ways in which technology can be present in everyday life, we sometimes also need to design and build these alternatives to be able to test them.

Multidisciplinary perspectives

This work is done through multidisciplinary perspectives and involves people with backgrounds in computer science, applied IT, and interaction design. To be able to carry out these studies, collaborations with other disciplines are needed.

Funding

Our research has in the last years attracted funding from The Swedish Research Council, The Kamprad Family Foundation, and VINNOVA, as well as from industry and other organizations.

The project Digital Seniors focus on the growing group of older people who have been actively using computers for a long time – digital seniors. We are going to develop, test, and disseminate the concept of gracefully adaptive user interfaces – systems that can adapt and become simpler according to the users’ needs and abilities. We hope this will enable digital seniors continue to use IT to do the tasks they are used to, despite age related challenges. Read more about this project below.

Education

There are currently no specific courses within Human-Computer Interaction, but we hope to offer this soon.

Collaborations

We are involved in multiple university, national, and international research collaborations and networks. We are also participating in two of the university’s priority research area - learning and language technology.

Through the project Digital Seniors, we are members of the University of Gothenburg’s Center for Ageing and Health – AgeCap.

Members of the division regularly participate in popular science contexts through their own texts and are interviewed in the media, and participate in conferences and lectures for the public.

Selection of division research