CSci-381/780: Human Computer Interaction and Accessibility Technology

Fall 2010
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Room A103, Science Building
Department of Computer Science
CUNY Queens College


Dr. Matt Huenerfauth
Assistant Professor
Computer Science, CUNY Queens College
Computer Science, CUNY Graduate Center


This course will begin with an overview of key topics in human-computer interaction (HCI), with a focus on how users' various sensory, motor, and cognitive abilities are essential to their successful use of a user-interface. Students will be exposed to modern research methods and paradigms in field of human-computer interaction, including the proper design and conduct of experimental studies involving human participants. Throughout the course, student will be exposed to accessibility topics and assistive technology research on making computers more accessible to people with disabilities (and to benefit these users in their daily lives).

Research Interests

This course would be excellent for students who may be interested in research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) or any area of Computer Science using user-based studies. Students will also learn how other their research interests may have applications in the field of Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities. Aside from HCI, other areas of Computer Science research with frequent assistive/accessibility applications include: Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Speech Synthesis/Recognition, Computer Vision, Robotics, Sensors, Signal Processing, Information Retrieval, Web Protocol Design, and many others.

Textbook Information

Human-Computer Interaction (3rd Edition), A. Dix, J. E. Finlay, G. D. Abowd, R. Beale, ISBN: 0130461091, Publisher: Prentice Hall, Retail Price: $105.