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Human-Computer Interaction

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a rapidly expanding area of research and development that has transformed the way we use computers in the last thirty years. Northwestern hosts a vibrant HCI community across schools with faculty and students involved in a wide range of projects. Research topics and areas include augmented-reality, collective action, computer-mediated communication, computer-supported collaborative work, crowdsourcing and social computing, cyberlearning and future learning technologies, inclusive technologies and accessibility, interactive audio, mixed-initiative systems, mobile interaction design, multi-touch interaction, social media, social networks, tangible user interfaces, ubiquitous computing, and user-centered design. Students in HCI are enrolled in programs in Computer Science, Communication, Learning Sciences, and Technology & Social Behavior. Students also take courses and attend seminars through the Segal Design Institute.

Faculty

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Larry Birnbaum

Professor of Computer Science

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Jeremy Birnholtz

Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

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Elizabeth Gerber

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and (by courtesy) Computer Science

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Darren Gergle

Professor, Department of Communication Studies and (by courtesy) Computer Science

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Nick Diakopoulos

Assistant Professor, Northwestern School of Communications

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Kristian Hammond

Professor of Computer Science

Bill and Cathy Osborn Professor

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Michael Horn

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Associate Professor of Education and Social Policy

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Ian Horswill

Associate Professor of Computer Science

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Jessica Hullman

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Assistant Professor of the Medill School of Journalism

Breed Junior Professor of Design

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Eleanor O'Rourke

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Assistant Professor of Education and Social Policy

June and Donald Brewer Junior Professor

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Bryan Pardo

Associate Professor of Computer Science

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Anne Marie Piper

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies and (by courtesy) Computer Science

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Uri Wilensky

Professor of Computer Science

Professor of Education and Social Policy

Lorraine Morton Professor

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Marcelo Worsley

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Assistant Professor of Education and Social Policy

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Haoqi Zhang

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Allen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Junior Professor of Design

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