The Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL)

Director: Niklas Elmqvist & Associate Director: Jessica Vitak

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

Website:  https://hcil.umd.edu  |  Blog: https://medium.com/hcil-at-umd

 

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The Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) News

Leveraging Partnerships to Enhance Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion in Curriculum

  • Working with industry, community, and LIS partners to create hands-on learning opportunities for students and revolutionize curriculum.

Medium: What to Expect When Non-Experts Train AI

  • Research on machine teaching in which non-experts teach a model through a teachable interface.

Medium: Engaging the Commons in Participatory Sensing

  • Research on participatory sensing, the practice of using human participants to gather data on their mobile devices from their environment that can be shared.

Medium: HCIL 2019-2020 News Roundup

  • UMD Human-Computer Interaction Lab’s (HCIL) 2019-2020 accomplishments

Medium: Devices All The Way Down

  • Professor and Director of the HCIL, Niklas Elmqvist, reflects on his NSF Career Project.

Medium: Approaches Matter

  • Researching how technology can be used for active engagement to help people with dementia.

Medium: What If Blind People Wear a Camera That Can Detect You in Public Spaces? (by Kyungjun Lee)

  • A research team from the UMD HCIL lab examine the social acceptance of wearable cameras.

Resources for Hands-off Learning at Home

  • Tips on how to make e-learning and social distancing work for families with children, including a list of resources.

Getting Personal: How People Who are Blind Can Leverage AI to Access the Visual World

  • The Teachable Object Recognizer mobile application uses AI and machine learning to help access the visual world.

UMD iSchool Awards $109K to 2019-20 Outstanding Students

  • The UMD iSchool is pleased to share the full list of 2019-2020 college scholarship and award winners, totaling over $109K in support to 65 students.