Flagship Project Leader: Prof Helene Gelderblom
The School of Computing in CSET has a long history of research and development in HCI. Unisa was the first South African university to offer HCI courses at post and undergraduate level and we currently supervise more than 20 Masters and PhD students studying HCI topics.
The design of usable computer interfaces is a primary concern of HCI and the evaluation of such interfaces forms an essential part of the design process. The School of Computing’s usability laboratory provides researchers with stateof-the-art evaluation equipment (e.g. an eye tracking device) that has made a significant contribution to our HCI research successes to date.
This HCI research flagship project is organised into the following themes:
- Usability design and evaluation
- Universal usability
- E-commerce and business benefits
- To determine how designers of technology and software applications can fulfil the needs of special user groups (e.g. young children, the elderly and disadvantaged learners),
- To better understand how to design and evaluate various kinds of e-learning systems, educational technology environments and learning management systems so that they support learners in the best possible way.
- To find out how to design e-commerce systems to optimise its value to business
- To determine how we can enhance conventional usability evaluation techniques to improve the effectiveness of evaluation
Development/Capacity building aims:
- To encourage and support members studying towards a Masters or PhD to complete their studies within reasonable time frames.
- To increase the number of research outputs, thereby enabling members to apply for rating, external funding and promotion.
- To improve research skills and build research confidence.
- To increase the supervision capacity in the School of Computing so that we are capable of providing