Human Computer Interaction
Undergraduate Summer Research 2006


Program Description

Research Opportunities


Application Information

Summer Research

Summer 2006 Research Opportunities

The research projects are lead by faculty members in the Interactive Systems Research Center (ISRC) within the Department of Information Systems at UMBC. The ISRC is the center for human-computer interaction research at UMBC. ISRC faculty who may serve as mentors for summer projects in 2006 include:

Projects for this summer may include investigation of input devices and methods including speech recognition, accessibility for people with disabilities, HCI for handheld devices, technical and social aspects of HCI for computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), inter-cultural aspects of usability, shared information seeking behavior and online communities.

The following is a brief description of each of the potential projects for this summer. Each contains a link to further details for the project

Instant Messaging Usability

A continuing study measuring the usability of Instant Messaging (IM) software and developing new features and user interface enhancements

Evaluation of Collaborative System Usability

Development and investigation of techniques for evaluating the usability of software applications used by multiple people at the same time (such as Instant Messaging, collaborative editing, meeting support tools, shared electronic whiteboards)

Collaborative Editing

This project addresses the question of how to help people work together when creating and revising a shared document with both people working at the same time from different computers but both being able to immediately see changes made to the document.

Collaborative Information Retrieval

Research into the nature of information exchanged between people working together to find information on the web.

Micro Notes

The purpose of this study is to better understand the contexts and behaviors involved when people jot quick notes.

User Interfaces for Mobile Data Entry

This project will build on several years of research that focuses on developing more robust and effective solutions for data entry on mobile devices.

 Mobile Computing

 Details will be updated shortly

End User Creativity in Design

This project evaluates factors in participatory design.

Information Visualization for Intrusion Detection

The purpose of this study is to gain an understanding of how information security experts use intrusion detection systems. The results of this research will be used to inform the design of an intrusion detection analysis tool.

Web-based Deception Detection

This project investigates how people behave when they deceive during Web-based communication and how they are being detected.

User Interfaces for International Audiences

During the summer, an experiment will be developed to investigate various aspects of user interface design for cross-cultural usage.

Search History User Interfaces

Search histories (for example, web brower history lists) can help the person performing a search.

Personalized/Adaptive Interfaces

This research investigates techniques for personalizing and adapting user interfaces to better meet the needs of the person using the system.


This project will focus on understanding the needs of specific individuals who cannot effectively use traditional computing solutions and designing new, more effective, alternatives.

Investigating the Blogosphere

The purpose of this study is to quantify activity in a blogging environment.

Last updated: April 6, 2006