About the HCII

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The Human-Computer Interaction Institute is a living laboratory where we investigate the relationship between computer technology, human activity and society.

Founded in 1993, the HCII is a place where we work to understand and create technology that harmonizes with and improves human capabilities, goals, and social environments through interdisciplinary research and education in design, computer science, and behavioral and social sciences. Though housed in the School of Computer Science, the institute is truly interdisciplinary and includes faculty and students from CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tepper School of Business, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute of Technology and Software Engineering Institute, as well as computer science. We also work closely with colleagues from other universities in Pittsburgh and around the world, and collaborate with researchers in companies that range from local startups to multinational corporations.

We offer research and education programs that span a full cycle of knowledge creation. We research how people work, play, and communicate within groups, organizations, and social structures, then we design, create, and evaluate technologies and tools to support human and social activities. Through it all, we remain true to our dedication to collaboration.

At the HCII, we don’t just teach, research, and write about HCI, we live it. Whether you’re a student, researcher or corporate partner, we hope you’ll join us as we work every day to improve peoples’ lives.