The Interactive Systems research group (IAS) was founded in 2000 by Professor Martin Hitz. Its core competencies span the areas of usability engineering, novel interaction mechanisms, non-classical user interfaces, cognitive psychology in the context of user interfaces, smart home control and interaction, and design and modelling of information systems.
Human centered computing and design is the central theme of most of our teaching and research activities. Currently, much of our work is focused on the interaction between the human and the artifacts or digital devices she uses. Thereby we are particularly interested in various aspects of user-friendliness within the context of:
mobility and integration of computerized components into everyday artefacts/devices (form factors, interaction mechanisms, application areas),
accessibility (under-served population groups, digital divide, e-government), and
new interface paradigms (3D, virtual- and augmented reality, ubiquitous/pervasive computing).