Human-Computer Interaction

Extending the expertise of its internationally recognized Human Factors Engineering program, Tufts has designed this certificate program to train the next generation of computer programmers for tomorrow's complex programming challenges.

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Human-Computer Interaction (certificate)

With hardware processing power increasing and software development techniques improving, the user interface is quickly becoming the key bottleneck in developing computer products that meet market needs. 
When the human-computer interface does not reflect the needs of the intended users, products fail in the marketplace and enormous sums of money are spent on documentation, help lines, and training courses to overcome the difficulties of running programs. Much of this difficulty can be avoided with proper attention to both the physical and psychological constraints of the user.
The program is open to individuals with a bachelor's degree and is especially useful for computer programmers, web designers, software engineers, human factors professionals, user interface designers, and others who wish to develop or enhance their user interface design and implementation skills.
This four-course certificate is offered in collaboration with the Tufts Department of Psychology, the School of Engineering (learn more about the study of human factors engineering at Tufts), and the Department of Occupational Therapy at Tufts.


Remco Chang
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , UNC - Charlotte
Visual Analytics, Information Visualization, Computer Graphics, Urban Modeling
Alva Couch
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Policy-Based Languages for System and Network Administration, Support Tools for Teaching Hands-On Computer Science
Daniel J. Hannon
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , Brown University
Human Factors, Airspace Systems
James Intriligator - Professor of the Practice
James Intriligator
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Human Factors Engineering
Robert J. K. Jacob
Ph.D. , Johns Hopkins
Human-Computer Interaction, New Interaction Techniques and Media, Tangible User Interfaces,Virtual Environments, User Interface Software, Information Visualization, Software Engineering
Elaine Schaertl Short
Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Southern California
Robotics, assistive technology, human-robot interaction
Matthias Scheutz - Professor
Matthias Scheutz
Professor and Program Director
Ph.D. , Indiana University
Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Life, Cognitive Modeling, Complex Systems, Foundations of Cognitive Science, Human-Robot Interaction, Multi-scale Agent-based Models, Natural Language Processing
Jivko Sinapov
Jivko Sinapov
James Schmolze Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Iowa State
Developmental robotics, computational perception, artificial intelligence, machine learning
Holly Taylor -  Professor
Holly A. Taylor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Spatial Cognition, Language, Memory
Michael Wiklund
Professor of the Practice; General Manager, UL-Wiklund
M.S. , Tufts University
Human Factors Engineering

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Application Requirements

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> Essay
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test scores (if applicable)
> Transcripts
> One letter of recommendation


For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director.
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