This page provides an overview of human-centered computing and human-computer interaction research at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). This research spans multiple departments and programs across campus, so we created this to provide an overview of faculty and programs here at CU.
CU offers several undergraduate and graduate programs in human-centered computing, across several departments:
- ATLAS Institute - offers a BS, MS, and PhD programs.
- Department of Computer Science - offers BS, BA, MS, ME, and PhD programs.
- Department of Information Science - offers BS and PhD programs.
- Institute for Cognitive Science - offers a graduate certificate and PhD program.
How to pick a program? Each of the programs differs in their focus, curriculum, and requirements. Fortunately, in most cases you can work with faculty across departments. For example, a Ph.D. student in Information Science can work with faculty from Computer Science. If you're considering applying, you may wish to contact the faculty you are interested in working with to help decide which programs to apply to.
- Courses. Our courses cover a wide range of topics relevant to students interested in human-centered computing, including user-centered design, research methods, social computing, physical and tangible computing, information ethics, and universal design.
- Maker spaces. CU is home to several on-campus maker spaces for supporting prototyping activities: the BTU Lab, Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory (ILL), and Idea Forge.
- Research seminar. Our weekly research seminar features talks from CU Boulder faculty and visiting guests, along with professional development activities.
Why CU Boulder?
CU Boulder is a top-ranked research university. Boulder, Colorado is consistently ranked one of the best college towns. Boulder is a walkable and bikeable town with easy access to nature, pleasant weather, reliable public transit, and good coffee.