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

Pervasive Health Technologies; Ubiquitous Computing; Human-Computer Interaction

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Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs

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Assistant Professor

Human-Computer Interaction; Intelligent Interaction System; Accessible Computing

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Associate Professor

Geographical information science; Visual analytics; Online democracy and deliberation

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Assistant Research Professor

CSCW; Human-Computer Interaction; Content Moderation

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Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

Mediated Participation and Coproduction; Community Innovation and Community Data; Health Informatics and Wellbeing

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Assistant Professor

Critical Algorithm Studies; Critical Data Studies; Digital Literacy

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Assistant Professor

Explainable AI; HCI

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Assistant Professor

Human-Computer Interaction; Health Informatics; Computer-supported Cooperative Work

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Teaching Professor

Application Development; Human-Centered Design; Human-Computer Interaction

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Assistant Professor

Crowdsourcing & Human Computation; Crowd-AI Systems; Human-Computer Interaction

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Assistant Professor

Human-computer Interaction; Computer-supported Cooperative Work; Social Computing

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Assistant Professor

Privacy and agency; Digital childhood/parenting; Datafication/data power

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Cognitive Modelling and learning; Cognitive Architecture; Human-Computer Interaction

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Associate Research Professor

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Assistant Teaching Professor

Trustworthy Indications of Social Interactions In-person and Online; Human-Computer Interaction; Behavioral Moderators

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Interim Dean

Crisis Informatics; Social Data Analytics; Social Theories and Methods of Information

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Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

Biomedical Informatics; Affective Computing and Arts; Robotics and Computer Vision

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Social Informatics; Future of Work; Critical Theory

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Associate Professor

Information Visualization/Visual Analytics; Gesture-based User Interaction; Social Network Analysis

Recent News

Positive triggering method reduces nationality bias in large text generators

April 25, 2023

Large language models that use internet files to learn how to respond to user prompts about different countries worldwide repeat biased ideas – both positive and negative – found online. Using positive trigger words, like “hopeful” and “hardworking,” when entering prompts can retrain the models and result in less biased responses


IST assistant professor Fenglong Ma receives NSF CAREER Award

March 31, 2023

Fenglong Ma, assistant professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, is the recipient of a 2022 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation in recognition of his work, “Automated Multimodal Learning for Healthcare.” 


College of IST awards seed grants to 8 projects

March 7, 2023

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology recently announced eight projects that will receive funding from the college’s seed grant program.


Information Sciences and Technology faculty, staff recognized with annual awards

February 8, 2023

Faculty and staff in the College of Information Sciences and Technology were recognized at the college’s annual awards event this week. Recipients were nominated by their IST colleagues and selected by a review committee for their excellence in teaching, research and service.


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