Human 🧠 Computer 💻Interaction 🧩

Interaction can be a rollercoaster of emotions – sometimes it’s delightful, sometimes it’s forced and stressful, and sometimes it’s so subtle that we don’t even notice it’s happening. When I think back on my experiences with human-computer interaction (HCI), I remember both moments of frustration and moments of triumph.

Out of all the senses involved in HCI, sound stands out as the most influential for me. But it’s not just about pretty melodies and pleasant tones – oftentimes, the sound that computers emit is meant to drive us to take a specific action, even if that means feeling frustrated or under pressure.

Take the example of my phone’s alarm going off unexpectedly. It took me a while to figure out what was happening, and even longer to understand what I was supposed to do next. It got me thinking about how we can design sounds that are both intuitive and flexible, adapting to the user’s unique needs and preferences.

This is why I’m excited to dive into the world of sound design for HCI and UX. I believe that with the right approach, we can create audio journeys that enhance the user’s experience, whether they’re young or old, tech-savvy or just getting started. In particular, I’m interested in exploring how chatbots can be designed to help elderly users combat loneliness and manage everyday challenges.

If you’re looking for a research topic that combines cutting-edge technology with real-world impact, I think you’ll find this one as compelling as I do.