Human–Computer Interaction Institute

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The Human–Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) is a department within the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is considered one of the leading centers of human–computer interaction research,[1] and was named one of the top ten most innovative schools in information technology by Computer World in 2008.[2] For the past three decades, the institute has been the predominant publishing force at leading HCI venues, most notably ACM CHI,[3] where it regularly contributes more than 10% of the papers. Research at the institute aims to understand and create technology that harmonizes with and improves human capabilities by integrating aspects of computer science, design, social science, and learning science.

Human–Computer Interaction Institute
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DirectorJodi Forlizzi
Academic staff

HCII offers Human Computer Interaction (HCI) as an additional major for undergraduates, as well as a master's degree and PhDs in HCI. Students from various academic backgrounds come together from around the world to participate in this program. Students hold undergraduate degrees in psychology, design, and computer science, as well as many others. Students enter the program at various stages in their academic and professional careers. HCII research and educational programs span a full cycle of knowledge creation. The cycle includes research on how people work, play, and communicate within groups, organizations, and social structures. It includes the design, creation, and evaluation of technologies and tools to support human and social activities.[4]


The institution offers degrees in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies.

Notable facultyEdit

  • Jodi Forlizzi is the Charles M. Geschke Director of the HCII Institute. She has been a faculty member with the department since 2000. She specializes interaction design and received a self-defined Ph.D in human computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007.[5] She has a background of fine arts with a bachelors degree in Illustration from University of the Arts. She is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery’s CHI Academy and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center has honored her for excellence in human-robot interaction design research.[6]
  • Robert Kraut is a Herbert A. Simon Professor of Human–Computer Interaction. His interests lie with social computing, design, and information technology.[7] In 2016 he received the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science - SCS Allen Newell Research Award for his research on "Designing Online Communities."[8]
  • Amy Ogan is an assistant professor at the HCII department with interests in emerging technologies for education. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon two times, first as undergraduate with degrees in Spanish, Computer Science, and Human–Computer Interaction, second with a doctoral degree in Human–Computer Interaction. She is a recipient of the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship due to her interest in youth education and development.[9]


Some fields in which notable research is currently being done at the HCII are Learning Technologies, Tools and Technology, Human Assistance, Robotics, Arts and Entertainment, and the Entertainment Media Center (ETC).


  1. ^ Perlman, Gary. "HCI Bibliography : Gary Perlman's Ratings of HCI Education Programs". Retrieved 2007-01-05.
  2. ^ "IT Schools to Watch". Archived from the original on 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  3. ^ "Scientometric Analysis Of The CHI Proceedings". Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  4. ^ "CMU HCII About Us". Archived from the original on 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  5. ^ "Home | Jodi Forlizzi". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  6. ^ University, Carnegie Mellon. "Forlizzi Named Director of Human–Computer Interaction Institute - News - Carnegie Mellon University". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  7. ^ "Home Page | Robert E. Kraut". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  8. ^ ""Understanding Online Communities" Earns SCS Allen Newell Research Award | Human–Computer Interaction Institute". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  9. ^ "Faculty Spotlight: Assistant Professor Amy Ogan | Human–Computer Interaction Institute". Retrieved 2018-02-08.

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