The Human-Centered Computing Lab (HCCL) is focused on designing, building, and evaluating computational technologies as they relate to the human condition and reflecting on how these technologies affect
society. Addressing national social matters within the School of Computing enables us to work with various
departments, such as English, psychology, business, engineering, sociology, history, and athletics. We also
collaborate beyond the university’s borders, working with state- and federal-government offices and organizations such as BM W, the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology
(CMD-IT), among many others.
The HCCL was founded in the fall of 2000 at Auburn University by Juan Gilbert, currently Presidential
Endowed Chair and chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division at Clemson University in the School
of Computing. The HCCL has received funding from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the
National Science Foundation (NSF), and private industry. Our research covers a variety of areas, including
electronic voting, automotive user interfaces, advanced learning technologies, culturally relevant computing
or ethnocomputing, and databases and data analytics. The goal is to build innovative solutions to real-world
problems by integrating people, information, culture, policy, and technology to address societal issues.
What is a unique feature of your lab?
In our lab, we all share the common objective to change the world. This goal has brought together a diverse
group of people who collaborate within a fun and energetic work environment. A wall covered with more
than 20 different undergrad pennants expresses our various academic and cultural backgrounds. Each
pennant represents one or more students who contributed to the HCCL. This feature reminds us that our
strength is within our differences, which we devote to the objectives of the lab.
How many people are in the lab, and what is the mix of backgrounds and roles?
Our lab consists of four undergraduates and 21 graduate students coming from more than seven fields of
study. We collaborate in separate teams but function as one unit. Every student works on three projects: as
a leader on a project, a team member on another, and of course, as lead on her or his own research. We all
choose to apply ourselves and engage in projects that are of interest to us and have societal impact.
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How would you briefly describe a day in the life of your lab?
Typically, most students enter the lab between 10 and 11 a.m., though several lab members can be found
shortly after sunrise. At this time, constructive and empirical research is initiated. As the afternoon