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What To Study In HCI? A Reflection Based On CHI and UK Research Data
  HCI is a wide, varied, and complex field that covers a broad spectrum of research. We therefore believe that there is no simple answer to the question 'what to study in HCI?' To shed some light on it, however, we reflect on this question with the aid of data from past HCI conferences, present meta-analyses reports, and possible future research priorities. In our discussion, we argue that the current focus of HCI research is too focused on studying the usability of gadgets. Instead, we believe that researchers in the HCI field have the unique opportunity to combine fundamental research, usability design, and awareness of social issues to achieve real-world impact. As such, we suggest that researchers should aim their studies on human aspects that can solve various needs, problems, and societal challenges.

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  • Date:

    18 April 2015

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  • Library of Congress:

    QA76 Computer software

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    004 Data processing & computer science

  • Funders:

    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council


Padilla, S., Methven, T. S., Robb, D. A., & Chantler, M. J. (2015, April). What To Study In HCI? A Reflection Based On CHI and UK Research Data. Presented at What to Study in HCI? Workshop at CHI’15: 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems



Research; strategy; overview; research portfolio; CHI; introspection; overview; data; topics; topic map; visualization; area; study; reflection; discussion; HCI.

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