Are you interested in doing research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)? Research in HCI at UW occurs primarily in four departments: Information School (iSchool), Computer Science & Engineering (CSE), Human-Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE), and Interaction Design in the School of Art (IxD). People from these units, along with industry affiliates from Microsoft Research
and elsewhere, make up the DUB Group, an affiliation of faculty, students, and industry researchers devoted to advancing HCI and Design at the University of Washington.
Jacob O. Wobbrock,
who directs the MAD Lab,
is an Associate Professor in the Information School
and an Adjunct Associate Professor in
Computer Science & Engineering.
He is one of many HCI faculty with primary appointments in the Information School; others are
David McDonald, and
Wanda Pratt (joint with BHI).
Information School Affiliate faculty from industry working in HCI include
Ed Cutrell, and
Meredith Ringel Morris from Microsoft Research;
Sunny Consolvo from Google;
Beverly Harrison from Yahoo! Labs;
Daniel Avrahami from Intel.
Thus, there are many HCI faculty associated with the Information School at the University of Washington, giving our students plenty of opportunities for mentorship.
UW faculty from Computer Science & Engineering working in HCI include
Daniel S. Weld,
UW faculty from Human-Centered Design & Engineering working in HCI include
UW faculty from Interaction Design working in HCI include
For a complete list of all HCI-related faculty, see the DUB people page.
If you are a prospective Ph.D. student interested in pursuing HCI research, the Information School may be a great option. The iSchool brings together technology, social science, and design to pursue both activities of discovery (science) and activities of invention (design-based inquiry). Areas of research strength include assistive technology, health and wellness technology, input and interaction techniques, value-sensitive design, sustainability, computer-supported cooperative work, studies of designers and software development teams, human-centered tools for programmers, biomedical informatics, computing for social justice, digital youth, social networks, personal information management, and mobile computing, among others. HCI at the Information School uses technology to address contemporary social challenges, uniting the study of technical, societal, ethical, and environmental issues in the creation of new solutions and the study of phenomena surrounding them. We are highly collaborative, both within and beyond the iSchool.
If you seek to pursue a career in HCI research, apply to the Ph.D. program in the department that best fits your interests and skills. In the Information School, the doctorate is a Ph.D. in Information Science, a broad customizable degree that can focus on most any aspect of people, technology, and information. Ideal candidates for joining Dr. Wobbrock's MAD Lab will have a background in computer science or similar, possibly with joint degrees in psychology, human factors, communication, education, anthropology, mechanical engineering, or design. We actively publish at ACM CHI, ACM UIST, ACM ASSETS, and other top HCI venues. Human-Computer Interaction is a highly interdisciplinary field, so all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.
HCI at the Information School is not just for Ph.D. students. If you are an undergraduate Informatics major, you can do an HCI option that appears on your diploma and transcript. The HCI option involves courses in the four main DUB-affiliated programs: iSchool, CSE, HCDE, and IxD.
For prospective Master's students, the Information School participates with the other DUB departments to offer the new joint Master of Human-Computer Interaction & Design (MHCI+D) aimed at giving practitioners world-class training in designing and building interactive systems, and in usability and user research techniques. The MHCI+D degree is not the best option for students wishing to pursue HCI research and obtain a Ph.D., as it is a terminal practitioner-oriented degree, not a stepping stone to a research degree.