Department of Informatics – People and Computing Lab



  • CHI 2015 Papers, Workshop, and DC Accepted

    We're happy to announce that ZPAC members have two full papers at CHI 2015, as well as a workshop ("Smart for Life: Designing Smart Home Technologies that Evolve with Users") and an entry in the doctoral consortium!More...
  • CSCW 2015 Paper Accepted

    Nemanja's paper "Capture the Moment: “In the Wild” Longitudinal Case Study of Situated Snapshots Captured Through an Urban Screen in a Community Setting" got accepted to the Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2015) Conference. It will be presented at the conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada in March 2015.More...
  • UbiComp 2014 Paper Accepted

    Sarah's paper "From Today's Augmented Houses to Tomorrow's Smart Homes: New Directions for Home Automation Research" got accepted to Ubicomp 2014. It will be presented at the conference in Seattle, WA, USA in September 2014.More...
  • Book Chapter and ICT4S Paper Accepted

    Christian's book chapter "Addressing the obsolescence of end-user devices: Approaches from the field of sustainable HCI" has been accepted and will be published in the upcoming book ICT Innovations for Sustainability. The book chapter also has been accepted for presentation at the ICT4S 2014 conference in Stockholm, Sweden.More...
  • DIS 2014 Paper Accepted

    Helen's paper "A Qualitative Study of Workplace Intercultural Communication Tensions in Dyadic Face-to-Face and Computer-Mediated Interactions" got accepted to the Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2014) conference. The paper will be presented at the conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada in June 2014.More...

People and Computing Lab

Welcome to ZPAC!

The Human-Computer Interaction group at the University of Zurich.



We strive to design great experiences with computing and create technologies that benefit people in everyday life. To do so, we take an approach to research that goes beyond interface design and usability. We focus on gaining a deep, contextualized understanding of the relationship between people and computing technologies from which to draw insight.


In our research we apply approaches drawn from a variety of fields, with a focus on qualitative methods such as interviews for data collection or affinity diagramming for data analysis. Building upon a thorough understanding of a problem space, we iteratively develop designs and systems that offer people new interactive experiences.

Currently, we are working in areas such as supporting cross-cultural communication, developing tangible methods for data analysis, facilitating design in sustainable HCI, improving interaction with home automation technologies, and designing to support mental health.


We take a hands-on approach to learning that is reflected in our teaching. Our courses are highly interactive in nature and incorporate projects, discussion, and in-class activities to give students the opportunity to put knowledge and skills to use.