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Encyclopedia of Human Computer Interaction Hardcover – December 31, 2005

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  • Hardcover: 782 pages
  • Publisher: Idea Group Reference (December 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591405629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591405627
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

Claude Ghaoui, Ph. D., is a senior lecturer in computer systems (since 1995) at the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Liverpool JMU, UK. Her research interests and expertise are mainly in human computer interaction, multimedia/Internet technology and their applications in education. She is a UK correspondent for EUROMICRO (since 1998) and served on programme committees for several international HCI/multimedia conferences. Since 2000, she has been an advisor for eUniservity (UK-based), which promotes and provides online learning. She is the editor of two books, "E-Educational Applications: Human Factors and Innovative Approaches", 2004 published by IRM Press, and "Usability Evaluation of Online Learning Programs", 2003 published by Information Science Publishing.

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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Nagy on April 12, 2006
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Excerpt: Human computer interaction (HCI) evolved as a recognized discipline that attracts innovation and creativity. For the last 25 years, it inspired new solutions, especially for the benefit of the user as a human being, making the user the focal point that technology should serve rather than the other way around. The advent of the Internet, combined with the rapidly falling prices and increasing capability of personal computers, among other things, made the 1990s a period of very rapid change in technology. This has major implications on HCI research and advances, where peoples' demands and expectations as users of technology increased.

There is currently no agreement upon definition of the range of topics which form the area of human-computer interaction. Based on the definition given by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction Curriculum Development, which is also repeated in most HCI literature, the following is considered as an acceptable definition:

Human-computer interaction is a discipline concerned with the design, evaluation and implementa?tion of interactive computing systems for human use in a social context, and with the study of major phenomena surrounding them.

A significant number of major corporations and academic institutions now study HCI. Many computer users today would argue that computer makers are still not paying enough attention to making their products "usable". HCI is undoubtedly a multi-disciplinary subject, which draws on disciplines such as psychology, cognitive science, ergonomics, sociology, engineering, business, graphic design, technical writing, and, most importantly, computer science and system design/software engineering.

As a discipline, HCI is relatively young.
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