Human-Centered Computing

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Faculty of Computer Science

The HCC.lab (hcc.mi.fu-berlin.de) stands for an interdisciplinary team in the field of collaborative computing and human-computer interaction. The focus is on Interactive Intelligent Systems, i.e., we see ourselves as designers of participative and sustainable technologies that promote human-machine collaboration. Current research focuses on ideation, data visualization, and human-centered machine learning. Our theory-driven research includes both an empirical and an engineering dimension. Thus, our epistemological object is software and its impact on the world. We are committed to open source software, open science, and free access to knowledge.

Our main areas of research are as follows: – Large-Scale Ideation: We investigate how we can support human creativity in ideation by providing so-called creativity enhanced interventions. – Conversational interfaces: We investigate how we can support the dialog between a human and a chatbot through transparency. – Support of machine learning through visual interfaces: We investigate how we can make machine learning pipelines accessible for non-technical experts. – Uncertainty visualization: We investigate how we can explicate the uncertainty of computation in machine learning pipelines. – Bots Activities in Peer Production: We are specifically interested in understanding human-bot collaboration and how we can support this collaboration effectively.