This research area covers the study of how humans interact with computers and how to design computer systems that are effective for people to use.
Human-computer interaction (HCI) is the study of how humans interact with computers and how to design computer systems that are effective for people to use. This research area includes:
The study of how humans interact with computers and how to design computer systems that are effective for people to use. This research area includes development and study of novel interface technologies, as well as consideration of the social and ethical aspects of computer system interaction and aspects of human-robot interaction. Cognitive science is also included where this informs the development or design of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) systems.
This strategy recognises the importance of HCI research to a number of nationally important areas, and the need to maintain capability and capacity in research and training to address these, while acknowledging the large, diverse nature of the current portfolio in this research area.
We aim to support a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary and human-centred research which accelerates impact and addresses the challenges of deployments in the real world in a range of application domains. However, to maintain the area’s health and meet the key need of increasing translation of research outputs between different application domains, we wish to see a research area that includes an increased proportion of underpinning research. Researchers should therefore take opportunities individually and as part of larger, application-focused projects to prioritise fundamental research, ranging from models, methods and theories of (and for) interactive system design and development, to novel interaction technologies.
The research community is placed well to help meet many, varied societal challenges and aid development of a number of key technologies. We aim for a research portfolio that contributes high-quality work relevant to the Digital Economy theme and development of the Internet of Things, and addresses challenges posed by other increasingly important areas.
We expect the research community to have made substantial contributions to:
- the development of technologies to support interaction by multiple people with multiple complex and intelligent systems as detailed under EPSRC’s Future Intelligent Technologies cross-ICT priority
- enabling interaction with and action from data, as detailed under EPSRC’s Data Enabled Decision Making cross-ICT priority.
Collaborative healthcare, digital manufacturing, the creative industries and cybersecurity in an increasingly connected world are also areas where HCI research can have substantial impact. The community should consider challenges posed by these and address EPSRC’s Safe and Secure ICT cross-ICT priority. Many are also industry priorities. Researchers should continue to take opportunities to increase the uptake of research in industrial practice.
To maximise the impact of HCI research, and in line with EPSRC’s Cross-Disciplinarity and Co-Creation cross-ICT priority, researchers should actively co-create new technologies (for example, for interaction with complex or intelligent and autonomous systems) with colleagues in areas such as artificial intelligence technologies, graphics and visualisation, and electronics.
To address the challenges identified, researchers should also contribute to a portfolio which demonstrates clear interactions and collaborations with researchers in the arts and humanities and social sciences.