Human-Computer Interaction

Our research in human-computer interaction focuses on creating and evaluating interactive systems. Acting as user advocates first and technology advocates second, we create advanced user interfaces and applications that incorporate mobile and collaborative technologies, interactive visualizations, and a wide range of interactions to improve the chance that new information technologies can be used and enjoyed by people for real purposes. We do this by studying the social, cognitive, and affective aspects of the user experience, as well as consequences for communities, organizations, and society. Specifically, we explore applications in areas such as behavior change for health and wellness, peer-to-peer exchange systems, collaborative learning environments, and geo-deliberation and decision-making in local communities.

Research-Active Faculty
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Assistant Professor

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Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies

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Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

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Recent News

IST faculty named executive VP of society on computer-human interaction

June 24, 2021

Shaowen Bardzell, professor of information sciences and technology, has been elected as executive vice-president for the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI), the premier international society for all professionals, academics and students interested in human-computer interaction.

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IST research well-represented at top Communities and Technologies conference

June 22, 2021

A research group from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology is well-represented at the virtual 10th International Conference on Communities and Technology, which began June 21. Five papers from the Center for Human-Computer Interaction were accepted to the conference, representing 20% of the papers program.

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Parenting teens: Is there an app for that?

June 17, 2021

Penn State researchers, with funding from the Mental Research Institute, are developing a smartphone app to promote positive, engaged family relationships that support healthy development for adolescents.

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Treating non-humans as stakeholders key to sustainable technologies

June 11, 2021

Researchers from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology made a methodological contribution toward a potential answer to the challenging problem of how to operationalize posthuman concepts into practice for human-computer interaction through the art of noticing — specifically, observing birds to reimagine their relationship

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