Human-Computer Interaction for the Social Good

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) inherently engages people, technology, and the interactive exchange of information — between people and technology, and among people through technology.  What makes the UW iSchool perspective on HCI distinctive is not only our plurality of methods — we engage computing, design, social science, and ethics in our research and teaching — but also our humanistic motives.  Our faculty view research as a means to social good and societal impact.  

Our work tends to be socio-technical in nature, covering but certainly not limited to accessible computing; child-computer interaction; computing in education, health and wellness; information for marginalized and vulnerable people; information/data visualization for individuals and society; personal information management; sustainability and design; and value-sensitive design.  We study these phenomena, and design and build tools, techniques, and systems to positively affect them.  We are already known nationally and internationally for developing new HCI approaches, techniques, methods, and systems.  

With our strategic focus on “HCI for the Social Good,” we intend to increase our level of excellence, enhance our international reputation, and achieve new levels of distinction and societal impact.  Our HCI faculty will take their research and teaching to the next level in areas of exciting and urgent need in the HCI field, including access, development, education, ethics, and health.