What is human-computer interaction? It's a field of study that involves designing computer interfaces for improving the lives of
beings. If that sounds important, it is. If that sounds challenging, it is. People who are interested in human-computer interaction can
come from many fields of study, including computer science, psychology, industrial design, linguistics, sociology, and library science.
The idea is that if we are going to design interfaces for people, we need to include all of the various fields that study people!
Links to HCI Resources
- SIGCHI web site. This is the web presence of the ACM Special Interest Group on
Computer-Human Interaction. If you are wondering why some people call it HCI and some people call it
CHI, the original founders of SIGCHI felt that "CHI" was easier to pronounce than "HCI".
- HCI Bibliography. The HCI Bibliography is a searchable database that includes most of the
journals and conference proceedings and books in the field of human-computer interaction. (note
to Towson Students: Towson has access to all full-text articles with links in the HCIBIB).
- The Usability Professionals Association is an organization of
practitioners in usability.
- The HCI International Conference Series. HCI International is one of the
larger HCI Conferences that is not affiliated with ACM SIGCHI. It is held in odd-numbered years (2001,2003,2005, etc...)
Links to Accessibility Policy Resources