University of Maryland Human – Computer Interaction Lab
The Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) at the University of Maryland, College Park, founded in 1983, designs, implements, and evaluates new interface technologies that are universally usable, useful, efficient and appealing to a broad cross-section of people. To this end, the HCIL develops advanced user interfaces and design methodology. Primary activities include collaborative research, publication and the sponsorship of open houses, workshops and symposia. Early research contributions were on hypertext, hyperlinking, touchscreens, and treemapping.
The HCIL is an interdisciplinary lab with faculty and students from Information Studies, Computer Science, Education, English, Business, and Psychology. Current work includes new approaches to information visualization, interfaces for digital libraries, multimedia resources for learning communities, zooming user interface (ZUIs), technology design methods with and for children, mobile and pen-based computing and instruments for evaluating user interface technologies. Its many projects are showcased at the annual Human-Computer Interaction Lab Symposium.
Collaborators and members
The HCIL is a fundamentally interdisciplinary place. In addition to members from around campus, it actively collaborates with other departments, centers and labs on campus. It regularly hosts academic and industrial visitors, and of course works closely with project sponsors.
Notable current and former members
- Ben Shneiderman, founding director and outreach, CHI Academy member, Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and ACM Fellow
- Kent Norman, founding member, Directory of the Laboratory for Automation Psychology
- Jenny Preece, lab member, CHI Academy member, Dean of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland
- Ben Bederson, lab member, CHI Academy member
- Don Hopkins, former student and pie menu creator