Designing for positive technology experiences to support sustainable lives for all people

Research group of Human-Centered Technology (IHTE) is part of unit of Computing at Tampere University (TAU). IHTE’s mission is to improve people’s quality of life and sustainability of human activities by conducting design research of novel interactive technologies. The research aims also at developing methods for designing, evaluating and implementing novel technical systems with pleasurable user experience. The research is multidisciplinary and combines engineering and technology development with psychological, sociological and design understanding.

Achieving societal impact of the research is of central importance. Examples of such impact are development of digital solutions for youth participation in civic activities, design of persuasive techniques for sustainable travel, and using social robots for teaching children in elementary schools.

IHTE contributes to TAU’s Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) education on BSc, MSc and doctoral levels. The emphases in education are in human-centered design, designing and evaluating user experience, human-robot interaction, and cross-cultural design.

IHTE research group is part of unit of Computing in the faculty of Information technology and communications. IHTE cooperates closely with the HTI research groups in TAU’s city campus.