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Human-centered Intelligent Systems (HCIS)


The research macro-area brings together people interested in placing “humans” at the centre of their research in computer science, information engineering, human-computer interaction and control-engineering, as well as robotics.  

Human-centred Intelligent Systems are AI-agents capable of sensing the environment, extracting and reasoning on knowledge from diverse sources for the benefit of different users and interacting with them through diverse modalities and variable degrees of autonomy.  

The mission is to bring human capabilities, desires and rights to the forefront of intelligent systems with a distinct focus on the UN sustainable development goals, particularly SDG 4, SDG 5, SDG 9, SDG 10. Its members study people as users of technology in many different contexts, from shop floors, through learning contexts, to art ateliers and museums. 


They conduct multi-method research encompassing experimental studies, action research, and participatory design. They transform results into algorithms, interfaces, artefacts, embodied agents, and experiences. 
They work on a wide range of application fields such as production, health, tourism and culture, agriculture, public services, e-commerce, and social media as well as education and art, in particular, Responsible Artificial Intelligence, Hybrid Creativity, Making Cultures, Decision Support, Personalisation and Recommender Systems, Human Centred Engineering, Human Technologies, Educational Technologies, Embodied Artificial Intelligent Systems

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