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HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION

Key Faculty: Stephanie Guerlain, Greg Gerling, and Inki Kim
URL: http://www.sys.virginia.edu/hci/


Area Description: The field of human computer interaction deals with the study, design, and evaluation of human-machine systems with an emphasis on human capabilities and limitations as they impact system operation. The goal of HCI and the human factors methodology is to optimize system performance while maximizing human safety and operational effectiveness. HCI expertise on a design team can improve the design process and lower the overall cost of a product. A product can be designed through trial and error, which is a lengthy and costly process, through the expert opinions of the designer, which is hampered by their own personal preferences, or by the application of human factors principles to the design.

Potential Courses:
ANTH 703 Ethnography
APMA 643 Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
BIOC 508 Sequence Alignment
BIOM 620 Application of Computers to Medicine
COMM 725 Decision Support Systems
COMM 767 Management of Information Systems
COMM 768 Database Management Systems
COMM 769 Advanced Systems Design
COMM 785 Expert Systems
CS 551 Adv. Modeling and Simulation
CS 645 Computer Graphics
CS 650 Designing Complex Software Systems
CS 651 Safety-Critical Computing
CS 660 Theory of Computation
CS 661 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
CS 662 Database Systems
CS 685 Software Engineering
CS 851 Forensic Software Engineering
EDIS 702 Instructional Design
EVSC 796 GIS Methods
EVSC 796 Advanced GIS Methods
GBUS 828 Information Resource Management
GBUS 884 Innovation and Technology Management
GBUS 890 Management Decision Models
HES 707 Health Care Informatics
HES 721 Quality Management Principles and Techniques
HES 742 Information Resources and the Organization
PSYC 515 Advanced Cognition
PSYC 544 Cognitive Development
PSYC 583 Cognitive Science
SYS 582 Human Computer Interface
SYS 614 Decision Analysis
SYS 616 Knowledge-Based Systems
SYS 618 Data Mining
SYS 623 Cognitive Systems Engineering
SYS 674 Total Quality Engineering
SYS 681 Quantitative Models of Human Performance
SYS 702 Case Studies in Systems Engineering
SYS 716 Artificial Intelligence
SYS 721 Research Methods in Systems Engineering
SYS 742 Heuristic Search
SYS 752 Sequential Decision Processes
SYS 775 Forecast Decision Systems

Example Concentration Areas

A student interested in this field has the ability to customize his or her course selection to fit their concentration. Possible concentratons within HCI and Human Factors include Health Care and Software Development.

Job Opportunities

Possibilities include a wide range of jobs in web development, software development, consulting (hci firms), and quality assurance. Some sample jobs include user interface analyst, human factors engineer, human/cognitive systems engineer, software engineer, information architect, and many more. For more information and resources on job opportunities in the field of HCI and Human Factors go to the HCI Career Resources page.