Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2009 Edition

Human-Computer Interaction

  • Alan Dix
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-39940-9_192



Human–Computer Interaction (HCI) is the study of the way in which computer technology influences human work and activities. The term “computer technology” now-a-days includes most technology from obvious computers with screens and keyboards to mobile phones, household appliances, in-car navigation systems and even embedded sensors and actuators such as automatic lighting. HCI has an associated design discipline, sometimes called Interaction Design or User-Centered Design, focused on how to design computer technology so that it is as easy and pleasant to use as possible. A key aspect of the design discipline is the notion of “usability,” which is often defined in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction. However, equally or more important in systems designed for personal use,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Dix
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  1. 1.Lancaster UniversityLancasterUK