Interaction between humans and technology. Computers, cell phones, office environments, internet, home entertainment and sustainable energy systems are just a few examples of new technologies that have influenced various aspects of our lives.
Effects of technology
On the one hand, these technologies aim to offer people ever more options, convenience and comfort. On the other hand, these new products and systems are increasingly complex and difficult to use. Their use can have adverse effects. Just think, say, of the number of buttons on a cell phone. Many keys and functions on a cell phone are rarely used. Many people do not manage to use the available options effectively and efficiently.
Knowledge of human factors and technology
Good technical development requires knowledge of both human behavior and technology. The Master’s degree program of Human-Technology Interaction offers a unique program in which knowledge from the social sciences, in particular psychology, is applied to the development of new technologies.
The course has the following three cornerstones:
- human behavior, with a particular focus on technological environments (e.g. via perception, cognition or communication)
- the user-oriented development of technical products or environments
- scientific methodology for research and design
After the Master
Once you have graduated from the Human-Technology Interaction program, you will be able to play an important role in the design of new technologies by allotting a key role to the future user. You will have the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge and skills and these will be very useful in your later work.
Read more about this Master’s degree program.