Human Computer Interaction Laboratory

The Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Laboratory of ICS-FORTH, established in 1989, is an internationally recognised centre of excellence, with accumulated experience in user interface software technologies, design methodologies, and software tools. The Laboratory carries out leading research activities focused on developing user interfaces for interactive applications and services that are accessible, usable, and friendly to all users in the Information Society, while, at the same time, providing an appropriate framework and tools for reducing development time and cost.

The research activities of the Laboratory, rooted in the principles of Universal Access and Design for All, address the development of interactive applications and services for various platforms, such as personal computers, handheld computers, mobile phones, smart appliances, and other computational devices distributed in the environment. The Laboratory is actively engaged in technology and applications development in a variety of domains, including access to the World Wide Web, text processing, electronic books, interpersonal communications, education and vocational training, Telecommunications, Health Telematics and wearable computing.

Most recent research activities of the Laboratory refer to Ambient Intelligence technologies and their applications in Smart Environments, following a User-Centred Design and Universal Access approach..

Key results

  • The development of User Interface Software Technologies supporting Universal Access.
  • Methods and tools for the development of user interfaces for Ambient Intelligence Environments.
  • Methods and tools supporting the design and development of intelligent user interface adaptations.
  • The development of a range of interaction techniques and metaphors, and related tools, to facilitate the development of accessible and user-adapted interfaces for people with sensory, motor/physical and cognitive/language impairments.
  • The development of augmented environments to facilitate interpersonal communication and access to information and office applications for people with disabilities.
  • The development of a number of applications for Universal Access to the World Wide Web.
  • Universally accessible online communities’ infrastructures for web based communication and collaboration.
  • Interaction-rich computer games and intelligent virtual worlds populated by autonomous characters.

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