On (Re-)Positioning HCI
- My Ongoing Reflection -
Hao-Chuan Wang . 王浩全
Department of Computer Science
Institute of Information Systems and Applications
National Tsing Hua University
at OpenHCI Workshop 2013, July 5, 2013
A Poster from CHI 2012 -
“CHI – 30 years of
Creation, Evolution, and
Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design
• OpenHCI as a successful case
• Great creativity from student designers!
• Bridging what need to be done socially and what can
be done technically.
HCI Isn’t New, Neither Homogeneous (Grudin, 2011)
Where Should We Place HCI?
Ontological Classification as Persistent Human Habit
However, Classification Can Be Arbitrary
Possible Ways Out
• Pluralism- Multiple labeling
• HCI isn’t belonging to just one discipline.
• Interdisciplinarity- HCI is the combination of all (design, CS,
engineering, social sciences, etc.).
• HCI can and should grow in a variety of colleges, and maybe
with different emphases and styles. This is what we are doing.
• Emergentism- Emergent area
• HCI evolves from multiple disciplines but isn’t belonging to any
• Emergent properties- the whole is not the sum of the parts.
• HCI is itself a discipline. This is what we should probably pursue
“It's not the strongest of the
species that survive, nor the most
intelligent, but the one most
responsive to change”
- Charles Darwin, 1809 - 1882