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Call for Qualified HCI Ph.D. Candidates

The Ph.D. program in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI is seeking outstanding students to join the program in Fall 2020. Applications are due December 15.

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About the Program

The HCI Ph.D. Program resides in the Human-Centered Computing Department (HCC), a new and growing department that includes HCI, Media Arts and Science, Data Science, and Informatics.

The HCC Department and the HCI Program strongly promote interdisciplinary and collaborative research with colleagues across IUPUI. Our HCI faculty and students employ a broad range of interdisciplinary informatics and computing research approaches:

  • Exploring future accessible interfaces for the blind and visually impaired.
  • Designing ubiquitous and social technologies for complex social issues such as health and wellness, food insecurity, sustainability, social inclusion, and social justice.
  • Investigating how social media shapes knowledge communities and production.
  • Examining scientific collaboration and the sociotechnical systems that support scientific knowledge production.
  • Exploring new ubiquitous technologies for sharing cultural and historic knowledge.
  • Transforming big data into useful data visualizations.

With seven tenure-track faculty hires in the last two years, the HCI program is in the midst of a major expansion. In this dynamic and growing research program, Ph.D. students can expect to conduct cutting-edge research across a variety of topics:

  • Accessibility for people with disabilities and older adults
  • Patient-centered interfaces in hospitals and clinics
  • Youth empowerment technologies for neighborhood health
  • Patient-centered technologies for personal and community health
  • Technologies to support successful aging
  • Global knowledge infrastructures for environmental change research
  • Data sharing and reuse in transdisciplinary scientific communities
  • Designing for vulnerable, marginalized communities
  • Android Science and Developmental Robotics
  • Community and Urban Informatics; Digital Civics
  • Ubiquitous and Social Computing
  • User Experience (UX) Research and Interaction Design
  • Information Visualization
  • Embodied Interaction
  • Participatory Design
  • Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)

About the School

The IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI has been a pioneer in establishing the first Ph.D. program in informatics in the nation and the first to house a HCI program. The school provides both breadth and scope of informatics-centered fields related to information science and computing disciplines. We offer four Ph.D. programs—Health Informatics, Bioinformatics, Human-Computer Interaction, and Data Science, six Master’s programs—Health Informatics, Bioinformatics, Human-Computer Interaction, Applied Data Science, Library Science, and Media Arts and Science, and four Baccalaureate programs—Informatics, Health Information Management, Biomedical Informatics, and Media Arts and Science. Nearly 1,000 students are enrolled in the school’s programs, with faculty and students enjoying state-of-the art facilities.

About the University

Our school  is situated on the IUPUI campus, also known as the IU Medical Center Campus, home to the Indiana University School of Medicine, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Herron School of Art and Design, and others. Our faculty’s research is funded by NSF, NIH, Google, and others. Top qualified applicants will be offered a competitive five-year funding package.

Questions about the HCI Ph.D. program can be directed to our admissions team at

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