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Experts on human-computer interaction

The way people interact with computers can have far-reaching impacts on our daily lives. WPI’s human-computer interaction experts are available to discuss how our relationship to computers can affect and influence our experiences in a wide range of interactions, including a visit to the hospital, the frontlines of protection from cyber threats, and even the simple use of a search engine.

As robots play ever increasing roles in many sectors of the economy, from manufacturing to healthcare, and in many aspects of everyday life, the need to understand how people and robots can coexist and collaborate productively and safely grows apace.

WPI experts on human-robot interaction approach this need in a variety of research projects. These include work on:

Emmanuel O. Agu
Emmanuel O. Agu
Professor-Computer Science
Computer Science

Professor Agu's research interests are in the areas of computer graphics, mobile computing, and wireless networks. He is especially interested in research into how to use a smartphone as a platform to deliver better... Read More

Scott D Barton
Scott D Barton
Associate Professor- Arts, Communications, and Humanities
Humanities & Arts

Professor Barton composes and performs electro acoustic music, designs and builds robots, and conducts psychological research. He combines these efforts in the development of technological tools that inspire creativity and... Read More

Robert E. Dempski

Professor Dempski's lab focuses on biomedically relevant proteins at the cell's surface. Dysfunction of these proteins results in diseases such as pancreatic cancer and Alzheimer's. In addition, we are building... Read More

Gregory S. Fischer

Professor Fischer develops surgical robotics, including MRI-compatible robotic devices for enhancing cancer diagnosis, add intelligent automation to telesurgery, and develop assistive robotics, including socially assistive... Read More

Lane T. Harrison
Lane T. Harrison
Associate Professor-Computer Science
Computer Science

Professor Harrison's research quantifies and models how people interpret, use, and create data visualizations. Harrison says "because people are beginning to rely on visualizations to make high-impact, even... Read More

Neil  Heffernan

Professor Heffernan researches how smarter technologies can help K-12 classrooms use technology more effectively and optimize student learning. His platform (ASSISTments) can run 100 different experiments comparing different... Read More

Elke A. Rundensteiner

Professor Rundensteiner's research focuses on how to make use of data and information in an effective manner, towards achieving goals in business, scientific discovery, and digital health. With the inter-connectivity of... Read More

Jeanine LM Skorinko

Professor Skorinko investigates social factors that influence our attitudes, decisions, and interactions. This includes factors such as stigmas, stereotypes, culture, and perspective taking. She also considers social-cultural... Read More

Gillian Margaret Smith
Gillian Margaret Smith
Associate Professor-Computer Science
Computer Science

Professor Smith is an award-winning game designer. Her interdisciplinary work merges technical research in AI and HCI with creative practice in textiles and games, with a view towards addressing social issues and broadening... Read More

Erin  Solovey
Erin Solovey
Associate Professor
Computer Science

Much of Professor Solovey's work explores effective human interaction with complex and autonomous systems and vehicles. One focus of research is on next-generation interaction techniques, such as brain-computer... Read More

Bengisu  Tulu
Bengisu Tulu
Professor-Business
The Business School

Professor Tulu's work focuses on implementing health information technologies in health systems, and developing patient-provider facing digital health solutions, including mobile apps that facilitate shared decision... Read More

Haichong  Zhang
Haichong Zhang
Assistant Professor
Robotics Engineering

Professor Zhang is the founding director of the Medical Frontier Ultrasound Imaging and Robotic Instrumentation (Medical FUSION) Laboratory. The research in his lab focuses on the interface of medical imaging, sensing, and... Read More