The Human-Computer Interaction program helps students make sense out of the rapidly changing world of technology. It focuses on ways computer systems support people at work, at home and at play. What makes our program distinctive is that it is interdisciplinary, allowing students to tailor their program based on a common core.
Students can specialize in one of three programs:
- Master of Arts (MA) for emphasis on human factors,
- Master of Applied Science (MASc) for emphasis on new media technology and design
- Master of Computer Science (MCS) for emphasis on software design.
Ottawa is home to numerous software development companies like IBM or Mitel, as well as most federal government departments and large research labs such as the National Research Council. These provide opportunities for research, expertise and careers.
Faculty Research Highlights
- HCI for crime simulation
- Interactive video games that can be used for exercise or adapted for occupational therapy
- Interactive facial animation
- Teamwork and situation awareness in complex and extreme circumstances
- Biochemical exploration and simulation environment