hci.plus – Human-Computer Interaction at the Paris-Lodron University Salzburg.
We are an interdisciplinary research group within the department for Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces at the Faculty of Digital and Analytical Sciences.
Established in 2005 as research unit at the former ICT&S Center, currently approx. 40 researchers study the interplay between humans and computers in order to enable desired interactions and explore desirable futures. Our division is directed by Professor Manfred Tscheligi who is a widely recognized expert in the field.
We are committed to contemporary HCI thinking and address current research questions, while also valuing established methodology and formerly prevalent domains. In our research activities we acknowledge that interactions are situated, i.e., they are heavily dependent on the concrete and specific characteristics of the context in which they take place. Our research is devoted to rich (ethnomethodologically informed) studies, for which we continuously refine and develop methods in order to satisfy the situated, contextual nature of interactions. Related interaction designs are, on one hand, informed by those studies, aiming for user experiences that reflect the situated qualities of specific (and sometimes challenging) contexts. On the other hand, we consider design methods and processes as legitimate modes of inquiry, providing means for critical reflection and exploration.