Testimonials

  • "I particularly like that our learning takes place in the context of real-world societal and research challenges"

    Judith Masthoff - Human Computer Interaction

    Why choosing the HCI Master's programme?

    Our Master’s programme provides strong research skills and in-depth expertise on all aspects of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). I particularly like that learning takes place in the context of real-world societal and research challenges. This allows our students to directly impact both enterprises and the scientific community.

    We do great research here, in a wide range of areas, such as human-robot interaction, collaborative and social computing, emphatic systems design, user-modeling and personalisation, persuasive technology, and virtual reality. Students have the possibility to actively contribute in our research on these areas. In addition, we teach students how HCI is used in enterprises, such that they can become HCI entrepreneurs and consultants. Our elective courses allow students to learn more about related fields such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Psychology. I see HCI becoming increasingly important for AI; consequently, our HCI programme also contributes to this exciting field.

    Judith Masthoff, programme director

     

  • "Companies are looking strongly at people that can bridge the gap between people, companies and IT"

    Sergio Griffin - Human Computer Interaction

    Why choosing the HCI Master's programme?

    Human centered computing is starting to take a central role in the world that we live in. As a result, companies are looking strongly at people that can bridge the gap between people, companies and IT, to stay at the forefront of innovation. I’m very happy that I chose my studies in Information Science at Utrecht University to prepare me for this, as it has allowed me to be flexible enough to work in both technical and non-technical settings in a continuously changing environment.

    Sergio Griffin, Market Specialist at Facebook
    & UU Information Science alumnus

     

  • "Our students can rely on a solid scientific base, while solving future challenges"

    Egon van den Broek - Human Computer Interaction

    Why choosing the HCI Master's programme?

    Our Master's programme Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is interdisciplinary by nature: it's both core information and computing science, and human-centered at the same time. We answer questions such as: How do we communicate with our computing devices? How will we do this, when they are ambient? How can we control them and make them intelligent, in parallel? We provide students with knowledge from information and computer science as well as psychology, and hand them tools (e.g. prototyping and research methods) to answer these kind of questions. Consequently, students in our programme can rely on a solid scientific base, while solving future challenges. I am excited to be the programme coordinator of this new interdisciplinary Master’s and look forward to train students in this field, preparing them to shape the future.

    Egon van den Broek, programma coordinator

     

  • "In order to innovate in a meaningfull matter, UX and HCI are indispensable"

    Martijn Kranen - Human Computer Interaction

    Why choosing the HCI Master's programme?

    At bol.com, we are continuously looking for ways to make online shopping easier and more enjoyable. We listen carefully to our customers and partners that sell via our platform. We have the ambition to become the best webshop, by understanding what our customers' desires are. As Lead UX design, I put a great effort into this.

    In order to innovate in a meaningful manner, it is crucial to understand human cognitive and emotional processes. UX and HCI are indispensable in this area. I believe that the next generation of students enrolling in these fields of expertise, will make the difference in a world of change, because they are more capable than others to build bridges between humans and technology.

    Martijn Kranen, Lead UX Design at bol.com

     

  • "IT starts with its users, not with technology"

    Swathi Yerubandi, Human Computer Interaction

    Why choosing the HCI Master's programme?

    As Customer Experience researcher at ANWB the customer always comes first. What do they want, and how do they use our products and services via our website and apps? In order to serve them optimally it is crucial to think and act human-centered. IT starts with its users, not with technology. In this way you create value for your company and customers.

    Swathi Yerubandi, Customer Experience Researcher at ANWB
    & UU Information Science alumnus

     

  • "HCI is becoming increasingly more important in many societal domains"

    Peter Werkhoven - Human Computer Interaction

    Why choosing the HCI Master's programme?

    At TNO, we connect people and knowledge in order to create sustainable innovations which boost both industry's competitive strength and society's well-being. I see this also reflected in the new Master’s Human Computer Interaction (HCI), which educates students to innovate by developing human-centered ICT. HCI is becoming increasingly more important in many societal domains, including defence, safety and security, healthy living, and industry. Consequently (and self-evidently), we would welcome HCI graduates at TNO to work on next-generation ICT and perhaps start as employee.

    Peter Werkhoven, Corporate Science Director at TNO