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CS SEMINAR:Human Computer Interaction (HCI): Bridging Engineering...

Speaker:  Kürşat Çağıltay

Title: Human Computer Interaction (HCI): Bridging Engineering and Human Sciences

Date/Time:07 January 2022 / 13:40 - 14:30 pm

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Abstract:ACM defines HCI as "a discipline that is concerned with the design, evaluation, and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use and with the study of major phenomena surrounding them". Emerging out of shared concerns in the fields of computer science, psychology, information science, ergonomics, sociology, graphic design and education, HCI researchers study users and groups as social and psychological beings with intentions, attitudes, capabilities, personalities, and desires. In studying users, we learn about the manner in which tasks are performed, how information is construed and conceptualized, how previous experience influences current interactions, and how users change over time. Understanding these processes is central to designing new media and tools that will support human use, augment human learning, enhance communication and lead to more acceptable technological developments at the individual and the social levels.

In this seminar, I will present how my HCI research is concerned with developing information and communication technology (ICT) that is compatible with the needs of wide range users. My transdisciplinary academic background allowed me to bridge engineering and human science disciplines to better develop and integrate ICT solutions for wide range of target groups and improve their quality of life/work. Specifically, I will share my major research studies/projects conducted with technologies such as eye tracking, AR/VR, IoT for different domains such as defense industry, government, children with mental disabilities and various organizations.

Bio:Prof. Dr. Kursat Cagiltay earned his BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University. He holds a double Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, USA. He worked for METU Computer Center between 1988-1997 and directed the technical team of the Turkish Internet project, which was initiated by METU-TÜBİTAK in 1990. Currently, he is the director of METU's Distance Education Research/Application Center and also affiliated with NÖROM (Center of Excellence in Neuroscience and Neurotechnology) and ROMER (Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Technologies Applications and Research Center). Professor Cagiltay is the founder of Turkey’s first Human Computer Interaction research and Application lab at METU. His research focuses on Human Computer Interaction, Technology Enhanced Learning, VR/AR, Computer Games, Educational Neuroscience, Human Performance Technology. Currently, Dr. Kursat Cagiltay is a Professor of the Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology. He is also affiliated with the Information Systems, Multimedia Informatics and Cognitive Science departments of Informatics Institute.