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Department of Informatics People and Computing Lab


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.

We are looking for new ways how research in HCI and Ubiquitous Computing can inform the design of consumer electronics for a more sustainable future by fostering attachment and encouraging longer use.

Communities and Technologies
We are examining how interactive technologies could facilitate exchange, participation, social cohesion, and coordination in various sharing economy communities and collectives.

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Human Home Interaction
Home automation technology is becoming more and more available to a broad audience. It is not just for the super-rich or tech people anymore. We are interested in learning about the appeal of home automation, the various ways it can be realized and effects it has on the inhabitant's life and home quality.

Tangible Methods
Tangible systems attempt to bridge the physical and the digital worlds. HCI researchers and practitioners are usually working towards a digital system, but use many hands-on processes in the analysis and design phases to get there. This project explores the potential of augmenting the physical artifacts (paper notes) used in the HCI affinity diagramming process.

Depiction of AI
Our research explores how modern artificial intelligence (AI) is depicted in stories targeted towards children and teens. Currently, we are analyzing the depiction of smart technologies in mainstream narratives targeted towards children and teenagers

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Cross-Cultural Design
Our research explores the design of technologies to facilitate intercultural communication in the workplace.