Human Computer Interaction

Founded in 1983, UMD’s Human-Computer Interaction lab is one of the world's oldest centers for the study of human centered computing. With a long history of creating innovative interaction designs and understanding human performance, we have contributed to the development of applications that serve the community. The HCIL is an interdisciplinary lab jointly operated by UMIACS and the College of Information Studies (iSchool), as well as comprised of faculty and students from Computer Science, Information Studies, Psychology, and other campus units. Our current work includes new approaches to information visualization, education, social computing, mobile devices, medical informatics and explores technology design methods with and for children.

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Recent News

Kotaro Hara, a 4th year PhD student in computer science at the University of Maryland, College Park and a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab lead his research team to the “Best Paper Award” at the ASSETS’13 conference.
Professor Ben Bederson was recently quoted by the Baltimore Business Journal (subscription required) for an article about Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Bederson's involvement in the recent...
The 1st Annual Silver Spring Maker Faire was recently held on September 29. Jon Froehlich was selected as one of the event's four "Inventors in our Midst". His research focused on interactive...
Treemaps is a popular visualization tool developed in the Department's HCIL Lab. While originally conceived to map functional things like hard drives, the tool often produces aesthetically pleasing results. The Treemap Art Project, curated by Prof. Ben Shneiderman, aims to highlight visualization's artistic side with a collection of framed prints that will be displayed on the 3rd floor of CSIC.
Hanan Samet and Ben Shneiderman have been selected as Distinguished University Professors. The official title, the highest academic honor that the University confers upon a faculty member, is...
The Department's Human-Computer Interaction Lab hosted its 30th Annual Symposium on May 22nd and 23rd. The event featured dozens of talks, tutorials and workshops in multiple tracks. Sponsorships...
Dr. Evan Golub has been promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, Dr. Golub has been an Assistant Director at HCIL. He has also been involved in student...
Professor Jon Froehlich has been named the recipient of the 2012 University of Washington Distinguished Dissertation Award . Froehlich, who received a Ph.D. from UW's Computer Science and Engineering...
Professor Ashok Agrawala was recently recognized with two awards for his contributions to public safety by developing M-Urgency , the wireless campus safety application. The Wireless Foundation and...
Thursday, April 26, 2012 3:30 p.m. CHE 2110 Dr. Nam-Sung (Stephen) Woo President System LSI Business Device Solutions Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd Host: Prof. Ashok Agrawala Title: Supercomputer in...

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