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Division of Information and Intelligent Systems

IIS: Cyber-Human Systems  (CHS)

Name Email Phone Room
William  S. Bainbridge (703) 292-8930   
Ephraim  P. Glinert (703) 292-8930   
Andrew (Andruid)  Kerne (703) 292-8574   
Todd  Leen (703) 292-8930   
Balakrishnan  Prabhakaran (703) 292-4847   


CHS supports research in human-computer interaction (HCI) taken broadly. CHS projects integrate knowledge from a range of computational and behavioral sciences in order to design new computing systems to amplify humans’ diverse physical, cognitive and social capabilities to accomplish individual and collective goals; assess the benefits, effects and risks of computing systems; or understand how human, technical and contextual aspects of systems interact to shape those effects. Major CHS concerns include:

  • Human-technology interfaces: This topic encompasses principles and technology for human-computer interaction, including haptic, tangible, gestural, wearable and voice interfaces; brain-computer interfaces; intelligent user interfaces; and methods for human interaction with AI systems.
  • Computer graphics: This area includes advances in computer animation; rendering, modeling and simulation; and virtual and augmented reality. 
  • Computer technology for creativity: Novel computational methods for creating video, audio, text and other forms of media, and systems that support creative expression and ideation.
  • Computer-based communication and collaboration: This includes technology-supported human-to-human communication; groupware and enterprise systems; crowdsourcing and digital labor markets; and systems for public participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
  • Assistive and adaptive technology: Systems to improve access to information, work and entertainment by persons with physical, cognitive or social impairments; universal and ability-based design; and the study of individual, social and cultural factors impacting interactive systems’ usability and outcomes.
  • Social impacts of computing: Improving our understanding of the social impacts of computer technology and of how human-technology systems grow and evolve.
  • Domain-specific human-computer interaction: Projects that advance CHS in the context of specific domains, such as health, education, families or work. Note that projects that simply apply existing CHS techniques to particular domains of science and engineering are more appropriate for funding opportunities issued by the NSF directorates cognizant for those domains.