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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A collection of textiles and electronics to be used in a digital batch for student overalls.

Could wearable memes be the new fashion statement?

Digital fashion practices can amplify our artists - or trolls - within.

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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

Fabian Fagerholm

Senior University Lecturer
T313 Dept. Computer Science
Jorma Laaksonen

Jorma Laaksonen

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

Mika P. Nieminen

Senior University Lecturer
T313 Dept. Computer Science
Nitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney

Professor of Practice
Johanna Viitanen

Johanna Viitanen

Professor of Practice
T313 Dept. Computer Science

Giulio Jacucci

Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki

Latest publications

Transparency and Explainability of AI Systems: Ethical Guidelines in Practice

Nagadivya Balasubramaniam, Marjo Kauppinen, Kari Hiekkanen, Sari Kujala 2022 Requirements Engineering

TAIGA: a novel dataset for multitask learning of continuous and categorical forest variables from hyperspectral imagery

Matti Mottus, Phu Pham, Eelis Halme, Matthieu Molinier, Hai Cu, Jorma Laaksonen 2022 IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing

Self-Determination Theory in HCI: Shaping a Research Agenda

Nick Ballou, Sebastian Deterding, April Tyack, Elisa Mekler, Rafael Calvo, Dorian Peters, Gabriela Villalobos Zúñiga, Selen Turkay 2022

Co-creative Product Design with Interactive Evolutionary Algorithms: A Practice-Based Reflection

Severi Uusitalo, Anna Kantosalo, Antti Salovaara, Tapio Takala, Christian Guckelsberger 2022 Artificial Intelligence in Music, Sound, Art and Design - 11th International Conference, EvoMUSART 2022, Held as Part of EvoStar 2022, Proceedings

Vibing Together: Dance Experiences in Social Virtual Reality

Roosa Piitulainen, Perttu Hämäläinen, Elisa Mekler 2022 CHI 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Is Time on Smartphones Well Spent?

Maria Rasmussen, Julie Frydendahl, Elisa Mekler, Kasper Hornbæk 2022 Interacting with Computers

Health Care Professionals' Experiences of Web-Based Symptom Checkers for Triage

Sari Kujala, Iiris Hörhammer 2022 JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH

A Shared Vocabulary for Interactive Digital Narrative (IDN): An Encyclopedia Project

Hartmut Koenitz, Mirjam Palosaari Eladhari, Sandy Louchart, Frank Nack, Christian Roth, Elisa Mekler, Péter Kristóf Makai 2022 Games and Narrative: Theory and Practice

Digital microwork as a livelihood strategy in a Namibian informal settlement

Pietari Keskinen, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Shilumbe Chivuno-Kuria, Anna Müller, Marko Nieminen 2022 The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Related units

Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT (external link)

Collaborative institute for research on information technology.

HIIT

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI (external link)

International research hub for artificial intelligence

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

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Research areas in the Department of Computer Science

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