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July 17, 2014

Opening Keynote Talk on Human-Centred Computing

Tom Gross gives the Opening Keynote Talk at MHCI
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July 02, 2014

OpenLab-Night 2014

The Cooperative Media Lab presents research, cooperation, and transfer projects and gives live demonstrations.
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June 13, 2014

Visit by Bamberg’s Economic Development Department

The Bamberg City Hall Journal reports on the visit oft he city’s Economic Development Department at the Cooperative Media Lab.
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March 28, 2014

Girls' Day 2014—Impressions

Again, the HCI Group actively participated in the Girls' Day 2014.
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February 17, 2014

Paper, Demo and Poster at TEI 2014

The HCI Group is presenting a paper, demo and a poster at the TEI 2014 in Munich.
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February 12, 2014

Workshop at AVI 2014

Tom Gross together with Kori Inkpen from Microsoft Research organises a workshop taking place in conjunction with the AVI 2014.
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Human-Computer Interaction Group

Prof. Dr. Tom Gross

Touch, Survey, Sensor, Tablet

The Human-Computer Interaction Group was launched on 1 March 2011 based on fundings won by the University of Bamberg in an innovation contest by the Free State of Bavaria. Details on the group's Cooperative Media Lab can be found here.

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) aims at optimally supporting users through technology (mainly computer technology) by amplifying their strengths and compensating their weaknesses.

The Special Interest Group HCI of the German Informatics Society provides the following definition: "Das Gebiet Mensch-Computer-Interaktion umfasst die Analyse, Gestaltung und Bewertung menschen- und aufgabengerechter Computeranwendungen“ ("The field of Human-Computer Interaction comprises the analysis, design, and evaluation of human- and task-centred computer applications"; in German). In the context of HCI interactive systems are often mentioned—a interactive (computer-) system thereby is described as a unity consisting of software and hardware that receives input from users and gives immediate feedback. The usability of interactive systems can be evaluated along three factors: effectiveness (accuracy and completeness with which users achieve their goals), efficiency (resources expended by users to achieve these goals), and satisfaction (the users' positive attitudes towards the use of the system).

The research paradigm of the Human-Computer Interaction Group is Human-Centred Computing—that is, to develop technological concepts, prototypes, and systems based on an understanding of how people interact with and communicate through computing technology. It departs from an understanding of human, social, and cultural issues in order to make technology useful and usable. At the HCI Group's Cooperative Media Lab the faculty and students work on a conceptual and technological foundation as well as methods for the design, implementation, and evaluation of interactive systems. Platforms and toolkits as well as prototypes and systems are designed, developed, and evaluated. The website of the externer Link folgt Cooperative Media Lab offers a comprehensive overview of the group's research.

HCI is not only a fascinating scientific area for students and researchers, but provides—especially with respect to usability—outstanding career opportunities: for example as interaction designer in a software company or internet agency, as human factors expert in the automotive branch, as user experience expert in the mobile and telecommunication market, or as usability consultant in a consulting firm.

More information on the Human-Computer Interaction Group can be found in our pdf english and our pdf german flyer. 

Strauss, F., Beck, A., Dahm, M., Hamborg, K.-C., Heers, R. und Heinecke, A.M. Curriculum für ein Basismodul zur Mensch-Computer-Interaktion. Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI), externer Link folgt http://www.gi-ev.de/fileadmin/redaktion/empfehlungen/GI-Empfehlung_MCI-Basismodul2006.pdf, 2006. (letzter Zugriff 17/10/2012).

Hammond, J., Gross, T. und Wesson, J., (Hrsg.). Usability: Gaining a Competitive Edge. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dortrecht, NL, 2002.