Human Interfaces in Information Systems Laboratory (HIIS)

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Head: Fabio PaternĂ²

Interest in design and development of interactive software applications has increased considerably over the last few years. The underlying reason for this interest is the need to provide the greatest number of people with access to applications for the largest number of purposes and in the widest number of contexts. Our research activity is on methods and tools to support user interface designers, software developers, and end users in obtaining systems that can be accessed from different contexts of use (devices, users, physical and social environments) in such a way to improve usability, accessibility, and user experience.

The main goal is to propose new solutions in basic and applied research in the field of human-computer interaction, specifically in user interface software and technologies, mainly under the aegis of national and international programs and private sector R&D contracts. One of the first groups in Italy in the HCI area, we have become well-known at an International level, as demonstrated by participation in numerous European projects and the board of the most important HCI conferences, and publications in the major HCI and software engineering journals and conferences.

The main research areas concern Methods and Tools for the Analysis, Design, and Development of Interactive Applications, Intelligent Interfaces, Interfaces for Ubiquitous Applications, MultiModal Interfaces, Accessibility, Usability Engineering and Models for HCI. Such work has led to the development of a number of tools and applications, many of which are publicly available for download.

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