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Human–Computer Interaction

  1. Jeremy R. Cooperstock

Published Online: 16 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470050118.ecse524

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

How to Cite

Cooperstock, J. R. 2009. Human–Computer Interaction. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. 1529–1542.

Author Information

  1. McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2009

Abstract

Human–computer interaction (HCI) is a discipline concerned with the design, evaluation, and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use. The field formally emerged out of computer science, cognitive psychology, and industrial design through the 1960s, formulating guidelines for the development of interactive computer systems, highlighting usability concerns, and providing the impetus for improved interfaces. Computing devices are becoming more prevalent and integrated into both our social and work spaces, and in some cases, they are already essential elements of these environments. HCI therefore plays an increasingly important role in ensuring that computer systems are not only functional but also respect the needs and capabilities of the humans that use them.

Keywords:

  • usability;
  • ergonomics;
  • interface;
  • design methodology;
  • cognitive psychology;
  • perception