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Human-Centered Computing

The Human-Centered Computing (HCC) research group at the Institute of Computer Science at Freie Universität Berlin is an interdisciplinary team that engages in research and teaching in the areas of collaborative computing and human-computer interaction (HCI) under the direction of Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn .

Technology should complement and support humans in their decision-making, not replace them. Based on this premise, we explore technologies we understand as sociotechnical systems embedded in specific contexts of use. We therefore primarily investigate the interrelationships and entanglements of data, algorithms, people, social context, and environment. Our goal is to contribute to the responsible design and development of value-driven, socially-oriented, and sustainable technology.

We focus on questions of reflection and interpretability of user interfaces in privacy-preserving technologies and AI. Our methodological approaches are based on human-centered, participatory design and include qualitative and quantitative research methods. The HCC research group is committed to open-source software, open science, and free access to knowledge.

Part of the research group is the HCC Data Lab, where we open our research methods to other scholars and civil society through interdisciplinary, participatory workshops.