Human Centered Technologies

Human Computer Interaction (HCI); visual, haptic and multimodal interfaces; computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW); visual analytics

Our Human Centered Technologies has a high profile in North America and internationally. Its faculty form a tight-knit group with a highly collaborative style, with many strong links to UBC's Psychology, Engineering, Library Science and Business programs as well as to industry and academic partners throughout Canada and internationally. Housed with us in the ICICS building, our state-of-the-art tools include a user observation suite, a video editing studio and sound stage and large-scale high-resolution displays.

Kellogg Booth's research in HCI focuses on collaboration technology, specifically techniques for large-screen shared displays, mixed or augmented reality displays, and document preparation and annotation. Design and evaluation of user interfaces for these and other problem domains often involve multidisciplinary teams.

Karon MacLean designs haptic and multimodal user interfaces, the ubiquitous, pervasive kind. Her research encompasses psychology, engineering and interaction design; and she has taken an important role in bridging between the haptics and HCI community. Some themes in her recent research are the creation of low-attention displays, and how the emotional and affect aspects of touch can be used in design.

Joanna McGrenere's research spans diverse areas in Human-Computer Interaction, which include personalized user interfaces, collaboration technologies, as well as assistive technologies for the elderly and the cognitively impaired. Joanna regularly publishes and participates in the organization of the top HCI conferences, and has been an IBM Visiting Scientist since 2002.

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