Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL)

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Director: Jessica Vitak
Associate Director: Joel Chan

The Human-Computer Interaction Lab has a long, rich history of transforming the experience people have with new technologies. From understanding user needs to developing and evaluating those technologies, the lab’s faculty, staff, and students have been leading the way in HCI research and teaching.

We believe it is critical to understand how the needs and dreams of people can be reflected in our future technologies. To this end, the HCIL develops advanced user interfaces and design methodology. Our primary activities include collaborative research, publication, and the sponsorship of open houses, workshops, and symposiums.

We are jointly supported by the College of Information Studies (iSchool) and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). Our faculty come from a variety of departments across campus including computer science, education, psychology, journalism, and the humanities. We are brought together by a core focus on understanding how to design technologies to support positive impact in the world.

Our research focuses on:

  • Accessibility
  • Children as Design Partners
  • Computational Journalism
  • Open Data & Citizen Science
  • STEM Learning through Alternate Reality Games
  • Tech to Engage Communities
  • User Privacy
  • Visual Browser Interface
  • Visualization
  • Wearable Technology​


Recent News

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Eun Kyoung Choe (Right) with UMD INFO College colleagues Hernisa Kacorri and Amanda Lazar

UW iSchool Honors Eun Kyoung Choe with Distinguished Alumni Award

May 24, 2024 | UW Staff
UMD INFO College Associate Professor is recognized for exceptional contributions to the information field
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CHI 2024 Roundup: UMD’s HCIL Has Another Strong Showing

May 7, 2024 | UMD HCIL Members
UMD's INFO & UMIACS led HCIL Lab continues to be a leader at the annual CHI Conference, May 11-16, 2024
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Photo illustration by iStock/Maria Herd M.A. ’19

MD Today: Reliable ER Translations Might Be Job for Humans, AI Together (ft. Ge Gao)

April 3, 2024 | Maria Herd | UMIACS
UMD researchers are part of team tackling potentially dangerous source of health care errors