Human-Centered Computing

About Human-Centered Computing (HCC)

Human-Centered Computing is one of three research units at the Department of Computer Science. The unit covers in particular the development and application of computerised systems in organisations.

The Human-Centered Computing Group conducts research on the development and use of information technology. The research field is development and use of computerised systems at two levels: humans and organisations. This is reflected in the following two research groups:

Human-computer interaction (HCI)

Design and evaluation of the interaction between a user and a computerised system.

Systems development (SD)

Development and use of computerised systems in organisations.

The two groups share the focus on the development and use of information technology. They also share the basic research approach and several research methods. The difference relates to the group of analysis, which is either a human or an organisation. The shared research approach is empirical and experimental as well as theoretical.

The research is based on and makes contributions to the intersection between software engineering (as traditionally known within computer science) on the one hand, and either information systems (as traditionally known within business administration) or human-computer interaction on the other hand. Intellectual support is sought in adjacent disciplines: engineering, systems science, organisation theory, sociology, media science, theory of research and philosophy. The empirical research approaches applied by the group encompass action research, longitudinal process research, case research, laboratory experiments and field experiments. The research is based on qualitative as well as quantitative methods. The types of research results include:
  • Theoretical frameworks to understand the field.
  • Methodologies and techniques to guide action in practice.
In human-computer interaction, the research concern s design and evaluation of the specific interaction between a user and an interactive computerised system. The goal is to improve design and usability evaluation. This involves design of user interfaces of interactive systems for specific applications. In addition, it includes usability evaluations of specific interactive systems in order to provide a basis for improving the design of these systems.
 
In systems development, the research concerns systems development, the organisational and social aspects of systems use, IT management and use of IT in innovation and change. The target of the research is the professional practitioner engaged in the development and use of software and information systems in the broadest sense, e.g. developers, project managers and IT managers. The research seeks to improve the professional practitioner’s ability to engineer systems as well as his/her ability to plan and manage effective social and organisational interventions.

 

Centre for Socio-Interactive Design

The Research Centre for Socio-Interactive Design sees its primary goal as conducting and promoting research that integrates both the social and the interactive aspects of IT artefacts and services. S+I is between design and use and at the same time between processes and artefacts & services.

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Full professors


Peter Axel Nielsen, Professor

Selma Lagerlöfs Vej 300, room 5-2-12
9220 Aalborg East, Denmark

Phone: 45 2128 4155
 pan@cs.aau.dk


Jesper Kjeldskov, Professor

Selma Lagerlöfs Vej 300, room 5-2-10
9220 Aalborg East, Denmark

Phone: 45 9940 8921
 jesper@cs.aau.dk

Group coordinator

 
Ivan Aaen, Associate Professor

Selma Lagerlöfs Vej 300, room 5-2-14
9220 Aalborg East, Denmark

Phone: 45 9940 8852
 ivan@cs.aau.dk