Human-Computer Interaction

The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) area is dedicated to investigating the interaction between people and computer-based artifacts. Its main objectives are: to leverage the development of new technologies; increase the quality of existing technological products; and to subsidize scientific research in several areas involved with Computing, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Today this area stands out from Software Engineering, constituting a strongly interdisciplinary field. Among the subjects involved in HCI, Psychology, Ergonomics, Design Graphics, Semiotics and, especially in intelligent interfaces, Computational Linguistics and Discourse Analysis stand out.

In the graduate program in Informatics at PUC-Rio, research is more focused on Semiotic Engineering, a new approach to the design and evaluation of environments for interaction between users and systems. This work is developed at SERG (laboratory of the Research Group in Semiotic Engineering).

Also noteworthy are the works involving HCI carried out in Software Engineering, Hypertext and Multimedia, and Computer Graphics.