Department of Computer Science

Human-Computer Interaction and Design

Intersection of computing, interaction technologies and human-centred design research.
Human computer interaction illustration Matti Ahlgren Aalto University

Human-Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) is a crucial research area examining the intersection of computing, interaction technologies and human-centred design research. HCID engages transdisciplinary approaches to conducting critical research, design, development and evaluation of current and novel technologies, behaviors, processes, models, practices and experiences among human, artificial and non-human entities, while examining the impacts on people, society and ecology. It draws from emerging research, scholarship and practice across disciplines including computer science (computation, software engineering, machine learning, AI, interaction design), cognitive science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, media, arts, design, learning/education, ethics, and public policy, among others.

Two white-face sakis sitting on a tree branch and grooming in Korkeasaari Zoo

Saki monkeys get screen time for more control over their lives in captivity

Computer scientists have designed a video player that the small primates can activate on demand

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Kuvituskuva videopelien pelaajasta

Video games evoke emotions that even music and cinema fail to reach

A recent doctoral dissertation shows players appreciate evoked emotional experiences, even when some are far from positive

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Nitin Sawhney standing outdoors with his bike, green grass and trees on the background

Nitin Sawhney receives an Academy of Finland grant for analyzing and reconstructing crisis narratives

Professor Sawhney hopes that his collaborative research will offer insights into how crisis narratives emerge in society during the global pandemic

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Johanna Kaipio seisoo ulkona, taustalla ruskan värittämä pihlajapuu ja pensaita.

A 'lifelong interest in coding' is not a requirement for seeking a career in technology

Johanna Kaipio, Professor of Practice, ventured onto the path of technology as a result of an interest in psychology, mathematical subjects and medicine in upper secondary school. Now, as a researcher of health and social care information systems, Kaipio brings these elements together.

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Sari Kujala Computer Science, Aalto University

'If you feel like an idiot every time you use a service, it isn’t very motivating'

Sari Kujala helped Kone improve its elevators and Fiskars make better axes. Now, she works as a deputy director in the DigiIN project that aims to ensure that digital services will not increase social exclusion.

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Kun tietotekniikan laitoksen uusi apulaisprofessori Elisa Mekler teki väitöskirjaansa, pelillistämisen tutkiminen psykologisesta, teoreettisesta näkökulmasta motivaatioteorioita hyödyntäen oli uutta. "Sitä ei yksinkertaisesti tehty aikaisemmin", Mekler sanoo.

Assistant Professor Elisa Mekler: Gaming can help to cope with difficult life situations and improve one’s wellbeing

Elisa Mekler found out in her recent study that video games might help people to cope with difficult life situations, which offers a new challenge to game designers

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Giulio Jacucci

Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki

Latest publications

Evaluating User Experiences in Mixed Reality

Dmitry Alexandrovsky, Susanne Putze, Valentin Schwind, Elisa D. Mekler, Jan David Smeddinck, Denise Kahl, Antonio Krüger, Rainer Malaka 2021

Augmented reality sandboxes

Teemu Leinonen, Jaana Brinck, Henriikka Vartiainen, Nitin Sawhney 2021 Digital Creativity

Re-thinking Pedagogy and Dis-embodied Interaction for Online Learning and Co-Design

Salu Ylirisku, Giyong Jang, Nitin Sawhney 2021 Proceedings of Nordes 2021

Remote Interviews and Visual Timelines with Patients

Paula Valkonen, Nina Karisalmi, Johanna Kaipio, Sari Kujala 2021 Public Health and Informatics

Onko laulaminen koronariski?

Aino Takala, Tapio Takala, Marjukka Mäkelä 2021 Lääkärilehti

Programmable Smart Home Toolkits Should Better Address Households’ Social Needs

Antti Salovaara, Andrea Bellucci, Andrea Vianello, Giulio Jacucci 2021 CHI 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Compact Deep Color Features for Remote Sensing Scene Classification

Rao Muhammad Anwer, Fahad Shahbaz Khan, Jorma Laaksonen 2021 Neural Processing Letters

Disruptive online communication: How asymmetric trolling-like response strategies steer conversation off the track

Henna Paakki, Heidi Vepsäläinen, Antti Salovaara 2021 Computer Supported Cooperative Work: CSCW: An International Journal

Exploring Norm Violations and Norm Management in Collocated Synchronous Communication

Matti Nelimarkka, Antti Salovaara, Giulio Jacucci 2021 Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Related units

Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT (external link)

HIIT is a joint research institute of Aalto University and the University of Helsinki for basic and applied research on information technology.

HIIT

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI (external link)

Nation-wide competence center for Artificial Intelligence in Finland.

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence

Department of Computer Science is part of School of Science in Aalto University.

PML research gropu at department of computer science, photo Matti Ahlgren

Research areas

Research areas in the Department of Computer Science

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