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 of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies

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Feminist HCI; Social Justice Informatics; Women's Health

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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; Algorithmic Literacy; Platform Governance

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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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Human-Centered Design; Technology-Mediated Education; Online Communities

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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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Associate Dean for Research

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

IST doctoral student named Scholar of Sexology Fellow by Kinsey Institute

September 12, 2022

Mia Hua, a Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology doctoral student, is the recent recipient of a competitive Scholars of Sexology Fellowship from the Kinsey Institute — a renowned source at Indiana University for critical issues in sexuality, gender and reproduction.


Tech designed to aid visually impaired could benefit from human-AI collaboration

April 19, 2022

Remote sighted assistance technology — which connects visually impaired individuals with human agents through a live video call on their smartphones — helps people with low or no vision navigate tasks that require sight. But what happens when existing computer vision technology doesn’t fully support an agent in fulfilling certain requests?


Fostering community across geographically dispersed university campuses

October 21, 2021

Many U.S. universities comprise a main campus and several branch campuses distributed throughout the state. Researchers in the College of Information Sciences and Technology investigated whether students at these various campuses feel that they belong to a unified university community.


IST research represented in 11 papers at 2021 CSCW

October 21, 2021

Eleven papers that involve researchers at the College of IST were accepted to this year’s Association for Computing Machinery’s 2021 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, a top venue for human-computer interaction research that will be held virtually Oct. 23-27.


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