Department of Informatics – People and Computing Lab



  • Interact 2013 Paper Accepted

    We are happy to announce that the paper Supporting Voice Content Sharing among Underprivileged People in Urban India was accepted into the INTERACT 2013conference program.More...
  • Proposals Accepted

    Three of our PhD students successfully defended their thesis proposals this week. Gunnar Harboe defended his proposal on "Understanding and augmenting a paper arrangement-based process," Sarah Mennicken on "Improving the smart home experience by integrating routines and technologies," and Christian Remy on the "Sustainable design of consumer electronics."More...
  • AppDJ: A new way to Discover the World of Apps

    Have you ever sat in front of your phone or tablet on a rainy Sunday afternoon wanting to find a new, cool app and been frustrated with searching through the Play store? Did you ever search through many different categories, having a general idea of the app you would want to install, but never quite finding the right app that fulfills this notion? AppDJ is a ZPAC Bachelor Thesis project that tries to address these issues. The AppDJ app is the result of looking into alternative ways to explore and discover apps.More...
  • Elaine's Antrittsvorlesung

    Prof. Elaine M. Huang will hold her Antrittsvorlesung (Inaugural Lecture), "Practices and perceptions: Environmental sustainability in ubiquitous computing," on Monday, 12. December at 19:30 in the University Aula. The talk is open to the public. (Edit: Previous announcement said it would be at 19:00. 19:30 is the correct time.)More...
  • CSCW 2012 Note Accepted

    We're happy to announce that a ZPAC short paper, Computer Support for Collaborative Data Analysis: Augmenting Paper Affinity Diagrams (Harboe, Minke, Ilea and Huang), has been accepted as a note for CSCW 2012.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.