Department of Computer Science

Human-Computer Interaction and Design

Intersection of computing, interaction technologies and humancentred 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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Fabian Fagerholm

Senior University Lecturer
T313 Dept. Computer Science
Johanna Kaipio

Johanna Kaipio

Professor of Practice
T313 Dept. Computer Science
Jorma Laaksonen

Jorma Laaksonen

Senior University Lecturer
T313 Dept. Computer Science
Mika P. Nieminen

Mika P. Nieminen

University Lecturer
T313 Dept. Computer Science
Nitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney

Professor of Practice
Department of Computer Science

Latest publications

Compact Deep Color Features for Remote Sensing Scene Classification

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

''My Soul Got a Little Bit Cleaner'': Art Experience in Videogames

Julia Bopp, Jan Vornhagen, Elisa Mekler 2021 CHI PLAY 2021

The ‘Eudaimonic Experience’: A Scoping Review of the Concept in Digital Games Research

Rowan Daneels, Nick Bowman, Daniel Possler, Elisa Mekler 2021 71th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference

The ‘Eudaimonic Experience’: A Scoping Review of the Concept in Digital Games Research

Rowan Daneels, Nick Bowman, Daniel Possler, Elisa Mekler 2021 MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION

Social media and social bonding in students’ decision-making regarding their study path

Amir Dirin, Marko Nieminen, Ari Alamäki 2021 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

Trustworthy AI Services in the Public Sector: What Are Citizens Saying About It?

Karolina Drobotowicz, Marjo Kauppinen, Sari Kujala 2021 Requirements Engineering

Data Agents: Promoting Reflection through Meaningful Representations of Personal Data in Everyday Life

Maria Karyda, Elisa Mekler, Andres Lucero 2021 CHI 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Local tech mediators - a human access point to global crowdfunding platforms

Pietari Keskinen, Niina Arvila, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Anton Lungameni, Asnath Paula Kambunga, Roosa Laurikainen, Marko Nieminen 2021 CoDesign

Measurement noise model for depth camera-based people tracking

Otto Korkalo, Tapio Takala 2021 Sensors

Star duodecim ehealth tool to recognize chronic disease risk factors and change unhealthy lifestyle choices among the long-term unemployed

Henna Kuhlberg, Sari Kujala, Iiris Hörhammer, Tuomas Koskela 2021 JMIR Research Protocols
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.

Research areas

Research areas in the Department of Computer Science

Department of Computer Science
PML Research Group in Department of Computer Science

Department of Computer Science

Modern computer science to foster future science and society.

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Science for tomorrow’s technology, innovations and businesses

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