HCIL Overview

The Human-Computer Interaction lab has a long, rich history of transforming the experience people have with new technologies. From understanding user needs, to developing and evaluating those technologies, the lab’s faculty, staff, and students have been leading the way in HCI research and teaching.

We believe it is critical to understand how the needs and dreams of people can be reflected in our future technologies. To this end, the HCIL develops advanced user interfaces and design methodology. Our primary activities include collaborative research, publication and the sponsorship of open houses, workshops and symposiums.

We are jointly supported by the College of Information Studies (iSchool) and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). Our faculty come from a variety of departments across campus including computer science, education, psychology, journalism, and the humanities. We are brought together by a core focus on understanding how to design technologies to support positive impact in the world.

If you are interested in getting involved with our vibrant research and design community, check out the membership page, or contact us for more information.

Current Directors

Director, Niklas Elmqvist
Associate Director, Jessica Vitak

Associate Director of Research, Catherine Plaisant
Assistant Director of Expansion, Evan Golub
Assistant Director of Technology, Anne Rose
HCIL Coordinator, Carlea Holl-Jensen

Previous Directors

2015-2016, June Ahn
2014-2015, Mona Leigh Guha
2011-2014, Jennifer Golbeck
2006-2011, Allison Druin
2000-2006, Ben Bederson
Founding Director, 1983 – 2000, Ben Shneiderman