Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID)

The programme in Human Computer Interaction and Design focuses on study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces and interactive systems taking into account human aspects, at the cognitive and sensory-motor levels, technological aspects, as well as business aspects.

The HCID programme is an interdisciplinary programme that offers courses on design and evaluation of interactive systems with a strong emphasis on user-centered design techniques: understanding the human capacities and consequences of using information technology as a tool for solving work related tasks, and developing and evaluating the systems by putting the user at the center of the design process. In addition, the program will create a business thinking in terms of user profiles, user segments, house style, branding, and market development and product introductions.

Achieving the right user experience is important for marketing products and services and a necessary component for commercial success, as is witnessed nowadays in the smart phone market. Knowing how to translate interactive services into business opportunities and into attractive products is strategic.

Specialization at Aalto: User modeling for advanced human- computer interaction

Aalto University offers a specialisation in User modeling for advanced human- computer interaction with courses in machine learning, statistical signal modeling and elective topics including experimental user interfaces, machine learning and neural networks, digital image processing, speech recognition and language technology. The students learn how to apply advanced machine learning techniques for modeling users and their interactions with computers.

This specialisation is offered by the Aalto University School of Science: Department of Information and Computer Science, a pioneering institution of research in statistical pattern recognition, neural networks and machine learning; together with the Department of Media Technology.


Academic coordinator
Mika P. Nieminen
mika.nieminen at

Marko Nieminen

Marko Nieminen is a professor of Usability and User Interfaces at Aalto University School of Science (formerly Helsinki University of Technology). His research interests include HCI, Strategic Usability, Collaborative ICT and User-Centred design of Finance and Healthcare systems. His research group STRATUS is focused on research and teaching in strategic user-centred design.

What can you study in ICT Innovation and in each of the majors? See the Study Guide (annual editions)!

For other than study content related questions, please contact coordinator Aino Roms (aino.roms at

More information can be found at the programme's website.