On Monday, UCP’s Life Labs team visited the Human Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) at the University of Maryland – College Park to find out more about its work on discovering how people interact with their computers. Our hosts at HCIL, Leah Findlater (@leahfindlater) and Jon Froehlich (@jonfroehlich) focus substantially on accessibility issues for people with disabilities.
At the moment, they are concentrating on a mapping project that identifies accessible/inaccessible public spaces and a glove that uses small cameras to help people with vision impairment identify their surroundings. They are also collecting online data on how people use touch screens and computer mice to navigate their computers.
The HCIL has a long, rich history of transforming the experience people have with new technologies. From understanding user needs, to developing and evaluating those technologies, the lab’s faculty, staff, and students have been leading the way in HCI research and teaching.