Innovation Solutions to Real World Problems

  • What is Human-Centered Computing?

    Human-Centered Computing is focused on understanding how to make computational technologies more useable and how computational technologies affect society. Human-Centered Computing is research that focuses on humans first and then technology. Technology is integrated into human life as a tool. "Human-Centered Computing addresses problems that the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) does not generally address. In HCC the focus is not only on interaction, but also on the design of algorithms and systems with a human focus from start to finish. (HCM 2006) " "Research in human-centered computing has multiple goals. Some researchers focus on understanding humans, both as individuals and in social groups, by focusing on the ways that human beings adopt, adapt, and organize their lives around computational technologies. Others focus on developing new design strategies for computational artifacts. Human-centered design of computational tools attempts to address problems that traditional human computer interaction heuristics, which often include measurements of productivity and efficiency, do not generally address. For example, designing computational tools for spirituality, for fun, and for pleasure are some non-traditional design problems that are of interest to HCC researchers." (Wikipedia) "Human-centered computing (HCC) studies the design, development, and deployment of mixed-initiative human-computer systems. It embodies a "systems view" that includes computational tools, cognitive and social systems, and physical facilities and environment. HCC inherits the complexity of software engineering and systems integration, plus modeling of human-machine, human-information (NG), and human-human interaction. Advances in theory and modeling require systematic data on such interactions in realistically complex environments." (Intelligent Systems Project of NASA). In summary, HCC designs systems, products, etc. using behavior, culture, personality and other human traits.
  • What Human-Centered Computing means to the HCC Lab?

    The handprint to the right is a cave painting drawn 32,000 years ago and is the oldest portrait of man. On the walls of Chauvet Cave in southern France, the artist used the technology of his day, tinted charcoal dust blown through a straw, to create a simple, yet powerful icon of human-ness. This image captures the essence of human-centered computing. Much like the Paleolithic beings, we still use technology to relate to, understand and depict the world around us, still trying to say "I am here. I am human."
    This image served as a foundation for the creation of the Human Experience Research Lab logo. The Paleolithic handprint style is gradually blended with a rasterized grid effect common to pixilated computer imagery. The blending from left to right demonstrates the dramatic evolution of technology over time, while the hand represents the human-ness factor. We build innovative solutions to real world problems by integrating people, information, culture and technology to address societal issues.