Center for Human-Computer Interaction

The Center for Human-Computer Interaction is an interdisciplinary division within the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Salzburg. Established in 2005 as research unit at the former ICT&S Center, currently 40 researchers study the interplay between humans and computers. Organized into interrelated research groups, we aim to enable desired interactions and explore desirable futures. In dedicated labs we extend this vision to specific contexts, e.g., fabrication experience and car interaction.

Our research is devoted to rich context studies, for which we continuously refine and develop methods. Related interaction designs are, on one hand, informed by those studies, aiming for user experiences that reflect the situated qualities of specific contexts. On the other hand, we consider design methods and processes as legitimate modes of inquiry, providing means for critical exploration and analyses. Additionally, we reflect on the according methodological challenges and opportunities that come along with contextual.interaction.design.research.

Further information about our aims and projects: http://hci.sbg.ac.at

Our research groups offer a multidisciplinary perspective on human-computer interaction and interaction design. All research and design efforts are driven by the assumption that humans and technology are in constant interplay, shaping and reshaping each other.

Our Embodied Interaction group aims at extending human bodily perceptions and experiences through novel interactive technologies. By means of constructive design research, engineering, and craft, we seek to understand and create meaningful, inspiring, or provocative tangible interactions.

In our research on Human-Robot Interaction, we facilitate social interactions between humans and robots. We investigate how, for instance, multimodal interfaces can facilitate these interactions. Our research especially targets complex contexts, such as industrial production, tele-operated medicine, and public spaces.

Our Computer Supported Cooperation group investigates cooperative processes and the interplay between offline and online practices in various contexts and for different purposes. Therefore, we conduct empirical fieldwork and apply theories from social sciences for analytical reflections. Our research on Contextual Persuasion focuses on how interactive technologies can enable individuals and groups to change their attitude, habits, and behavior. We design and prototype behavior change systems that are embedded in specific contexts and study persuasive technologies in-situ.

Promoting social interaction and health/well-being of selected user groups in the (extended) home is the aim of our Enhancing Life Experience group. Being committed to a user-centered design approach, we focus on enhancing humans’ life experiences through creating valuable technical solutions.

The Material & Experiential Foundations group advances knowledge about experiential qualities of materials in design and usage of interactive artifacts. Therein, we focus on the materiality of interactions, user experience, and (de-)constructive design research by means of empirical and theoretical analyses.

Fabrication Experience Lab
Processes of change in fabrication and the resulting challenges are the focus of the Fabrication Experience Lab. Investigating interactions in manufacturing, we aim to anticipatory design fabrication environments of the future, both in industrial and personal production.

Car Interaction Lab
Automotive user interfaces, driver and passenger experience, and distraction research are addressed by the Car Interaction Lab. Specific attention is paid to the ongoing development towards autonomous vehicles, aiming to research, improve, and design human machine interfaces (HMI) of future cars and humans’ interactions with them.

Head of Division

Members of Division

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Assist.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Alexander Meschtscherjakov Assistant Professor
  • Jakob-Haringer-Straße 8 / Techno 5
  • 5020 Salzburg
Tel:
+43 662 8044-4844
Fax:
+43 662 8044-744800
alexander.meschtscherjakov@sbg.ac.at https://hci.sbg.ac.at/meschtscherjakov
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    The lecture series "Politics, History and Culture: Austria in the 20th and 21st Centuries" will be available again during Winter Semester 2018/19 with an exciting program.
    The kick-off of the new career development program, Karriere_Mentoring III, of the Universities of Salzburg, Linz and Krems, which took place in Gmunden on 13 September, was extremely well received.
    A team led by the Salzburg-based young researcher, Therese Wohlschlager, has developed an approach that allows biopharmaceuticals to be characterized more easily and faster than before, and subsequently, can be produced more cheaply.
    Information Event "Unifinanzierung NEU (Fokus Lehre) und Zielvereinbarungsprozess" will be held Tuesday, 16 October, 2018, from 15:00 to 17:00, Thomas Bernhard Hörsaal in the Unipark.
    Orientation Week takes place from 17 - 21 September, 2018.
    Play with - International Stallcatchers Catchathon 2018!
    On Friday, 7 September, 2018, in Berlin, the project "Making Art, Making Media, Making Change!", by Elke Zobl (Associate Professor of Science & Art), received the European Youth Culture Award (EYCA) in the category of "Science and Research”.
    Exhibition opening and conversation with Jian Haake (Kiel). Date: Thursday, 4 October at 18:30. Location: Room for Art at KunstQuartier, Bergstraße 12a. Exhibition Duration: From 5 October until 9 November, 2018. www.w-k.sbg.ac.at/de/kunstpolemik-polemikkunst/aktuelles
    The University Library Salzburg (Main Library and Faculty Library for Law) opens the door to the public and offers a diverse program.
    Political education has been a general teaching principle in Austria since 1978, that is, an educational and developmental task, which is the responsibility of the teachers of all school subjects and grades. The lecture series will show ways in which democracy education can work in different subjects, so that student teachers and educators have different perspectives on the same fundamental challenge.
    Conference in cooperation with the International Robert Musil Society in the KunstQuartier (W & K-Atelier, 1st floor, Bergstr. 12a) // FRAMEWORK PROGRAMM: Thursday, 4 October. VERNISSAGE in the KunstQuartier at 18:30 // Friday, 5 October. BOOK PRESENTATION at 19:30 in the Stefan-Zweig-Centre Edmundsburg // www.w-k.sbg.ac.at/de/kunstpolemik-polemikkunst.
    On the occasion of the Long Night of the Museums 2018, the Casting Collection of the University of Salzburg will be open to the public.
    Putting Successful Models Into Perspective in Europe, 26 – 28 September, 2018, Schloss Rif, University of Salzburg. For students there are discounted day tickets!
    Important dates and information about registering for courses at the Language Center in the Winter Semester 2018/19.
    Brothers Leopold (6 years) and Ferdinand (4 years) explained to their friends: "We go to UNI during the holidays" and were right. They had places in the fully booked summer care program of the University’s Kinderbüro.
    The Leopold Kohr Academy has organized two events, one in September and another in October, 2018. Together with the University of Salzburg, the institution runs the Kohr Archive.
    On Saturday, 22 September, 2018, at 11:00, the Botanical Garden will be displaying the images of the artist, Karin Wimmeder. Only in fair weather. Alternative date: Saturday, 29 September, 2018, 11:00. Musically accompanied by the rhythm group "Schlagartig.org".
    From Hortus Medicus to Pharma Research. An exhibition of the Association of Botanical Gardens 2018.
    On 6 December, 2018, the University of Salzburg will host the WTZ Training Days on the theme of communication, dissemination and distribution in H2020 projects.
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  • 21.09.18 ÖFEB-Sektion Sozialpädagogik
    25.09.18 Welcome Day/Orientierungstag für Erstsemestrige
    26.09.18 Orientierungstag für Erstsemestrige
    26.09.18 Symposium: Prävention der Adipositas im Vorschulalter
    26.09.18 subnetTALK: Postdigitales Design (Vortragssprache DE)
    27.09.18 Symposium: Prävention der Adipositas im Vorschulalter
    27.09.18 Orientierungstag für Erstsemestrige
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