Human-computer interaction (HCI) research refers to the design and understanding of technology—its interfaces, interactions and experiences. At the University of Auckland, HCI research is happening across computer science, engineering, design, and music, and primarily through two labs: the HCI Lab and the Empathic Computing Lab. Our research spans cutting-edge interactions and technologies to strive for positive impact. The University of Auckland is ranked #81 worldwide (QS) and our HCI research is published and selected for awards at top venues such as CHI, for e.g. multitasking, gaze-controlled interaction, gamification and user agency.
Why study HCI?
HCI can be applied to almost any aspect of our lives, including how we use computer, or how we don’t! Studying HCI enables us to choose from basic research to a wide variety of applications. HCI researchers can be versatile in quantitative and qualitative methods and pursue research that can lead to scientific discoveries, patents, as well as community impacts. HCI researchers can draw from their interests and values to select research topics and approaches. An HCI lens invites design thinking which leads to creative problem solving in many domains.
What HCI leads to and where it can take you!
Product managers, user experience researchers, UX/UI developers, usability analysts, and prototyping engineers use HCI skills and methods such as brainstorming, usability testing, and analysis of analytics to develop new features and evaluate how they are performing. Research in HCI leads to jobs in the tech industry, government and research institutes as well as offering mobility to shift between those sectors.
What is HCI research?
HCI combines methods from computer science, behavioural sciences and design to study and develop new interactions and experiences.
Advances in HCI have dramatically shaped computing, from the invention of the mouse to interactivity in nearly every facet of our modern existence. Smartphones and watches, voice assistants, social media, and computers in everything from cars to thermostats to refrigerators are just some of the examples of HCI in modern life.
Our alumni have gone on to work in industry at companies such as Google, Adobe Research, and Xero, and in universities, namely Massey University. Others have been accepted for further graduate studies to universities such as UC Irvine.
For Prospective Students
We are always looking for talented students to study Human Computer Interaction the University of Auckland and are proud to offer a range of study options.
Meet the Academics
We pride ourselves on our strong teaching abilities and diverse research interests. Meet the world class researchers and lecturers behind Human Computer Interaction at the University of Auckland.
I'm serving as AC for the 2022 ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems. https://dis.acm.org/2022/
I've always enjoyed attending the ACM Creativity and Cognition conference. I was a PC member in 2021 and glad to continue serving for the 2022 program.
Please consider submitting to our special issue on Understanding Digital Wellbeing within Complex Technological Contexts...
Danielle is delighted to join the editorial board of the International Journal of Human Computer Studies. https://www.journals.elsevier.com/international-journal-of-human-computer-studies/editorial-board
September 1, 2021 Radio host Leon Compton interviews Dr Danielle Lottridge about current uses of smartphones, multitasking and video chat: (2h18m-2h28m) https://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/programs/mornings/mornings/13514608
Lottridge and Russello present about their research on Human Centred Cyber Security to NZ Parliament as part of the Royal Society's science series: https://www.royalsociety.org.nz/what-we-do/our-expert-advice/speakers-science-forum/speakers-science-forum-2021/ August...
Who is collecting our personal data, what are they doing with it and should we be concerned? What do you think? Take this survey and let us know/ These are the questions behind our interactive touchscreen within the new Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of...
Dr Danielle Lottridge presents on Digital Wellbeing.
Danielle Lottridge presented the third lecture in the Gibbons series “Digital Wellbeing: From Human Factors to Mixed Reality Rehab”.
We are thrilled to have released our article Visual Design and Anthropomorphism in a Mobile Pulmonary Rehabilitation Support Intervention with Cindy Chong, Jim Warren, Danielle Lottridge and Rosie Dobson. One of the most fascinating parts of the research was finding...
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