Research Groups and Labs
The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) is well-known internationally for its research in human centered design and engineering. Faculty in HCDE are interdisciplinary, with graduate degrees in fields such as computer science, information studies, industrial engineering, education, English, linguistics, public policy, technology and society studies, and urban planning. From experimental studies of communication design variables to cultural studies of technology adoption in developing nations, our faculty's award-winning research has consistently led the way in broadening the knowledge base of the field. Dissertations authored by alumni of HCDE's PhD program also demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of research in the department.
Directed research in HCDE offers students a wide range of opportunities to do hands-on work with faculty members studying issues such as crisis informatics, design of collaborative games, technology solutions for healthcare systems, accessible design, or persuasive technologies. The department's very active and growing research agenda continually generates new projects and new opportunities for students to be partners in our research endeavor.
The University of Washington also hosts an interdisciplinary consortium (known as DUB) of faculty and students from across the university who are exploring Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Design in their work.