Human-Computer Interaction Research Group

The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Research Group carries out research on information visualization techniques and systems, natural user interfaces, games, user experience techniques, mobile education systems, usable security, and human aspects of software engineering. The People consists of academics and students from a variety of disciplines including Projects in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Games, Media Design, and Software Engineering. Summary of VUW HCI Research (PDF).

Upcoming Meetings

The HCI Research Group meeting (all 400-level, Masters, and PhD students are welcome to attend) happens every two weeks on Thursdays in CO140:

  • Next Meeting:
    • Wednesday 14/04/2021 4-5pm

Research Interests

We are currently engaged in projects in various areas, see summary of VUW HCI Research (PDF), notably:

  • Human aspects of software engineering and programming
  • Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MR)
  • Collaboration with interactive surfaces and spaces
  • Serious Games
  • Digital Money
  • User experience practice
  • Mobile education
  • Visualization of education metrics
  • Network visualization
  • Sports visualization
  • Collaborative visualization
  • Software visualization
  • Security information and event management
  • Usable security

Prospective Students

We are always looking for excellent PhD, Masters, and Honours students. We have funding available via our university and some other university funded research grants which are typically for summer research students.

Apply for a Postgraduate PhD/Master Scholarship ( Next deadlines in 2021: 1 March, 1 July, 1 November ), contact Craig Anslow or one of the other HCI staff members depending on your research interests.

Summer Scholarships. We offer summer scholarships for VUW students in 2020/2021, some of which are related to HCI, Visualization, AR/VR, and Games:


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