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CN01: Human-Computer Interaction: Introduction and Overview

Quick Facts

Time: Sunday, 11 April 2010, 19:00 to 22:00
Units: 2
Organizers: Keith A. Butler, Robert J. K. Jacob, David Kieras


This course is intended to give newcomers enough background in the field of HCI to make their conference experience much more meaningful. It provides a framework to understand how the various topics are related to research and practice. It is a triedand- true introduction and has become a CHI conference tradition.


Mainly first-time CHI attendees, typically professionals from computing-related fields who are new to the field of human-computer interaction. No background in HCI is assumed.


This course has evolved, based on feedback from the attendees, as it has been given each year since CHI 92.


  • What is HCI and why is it important?
  • Brief history of HCI
  • Introduction to building useful and usable applications
  • Introduction to the psychology of HCI
  • Introduction to computer technologies for HCI
  • Future directions of HCI
  • Where to learn more in the published HCI literature


  • Keith Butler is Affiliate Professor of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington. Has was formerly is Director of User Experience at Microsoft for Global Site Management & Analysis and is one of the originators of Usability Engineering.
  • Robert Jacob is Professor of Computer Science at Tufts University, where his research interests are new interaction media and techniques and user interface software.
  • David Kieras is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, where he holds a joint appointment in Psychology.