Seven HCI Grand Challenges

C Stephanidis, G Salvendy, Members of the Group Margherita Antona, J Y C Chen, J Donge, V Duffy, X Fang, C Fidopiastis, G Fragomeni, L P Fu, Y Guo, Don Harris, A Ioannou, K Jeong, S Konomio, H Krömker, M Kurosu, J R Lewis, A Marcus, G MeiselwitzA Moallem, H Mori, F F Nah, S Ntoa, P Rau, D Schmorrow, K Siau, N Streitz, W T Wang, S Yamamoto, P Zaphiris, J Zhou

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    This article aims to investigate the Grand Challenges which arise in the current and emerging landscape of rapid technological evolution towards more intelligent interactive technologies, coupled with increased and widened societal needs, as well as individual and collective expectations that HCI, as a discipline, is called upon to address. A perspective oriented to humane and social values is adopted, formulating the challenges in terms of the impact of emerging intelligent interactive technologies on human life both at the individual and societal levels. Seven Grand Challenges are identified and presented in this article: Human-Technology Symbiosis; Human-Environment Interactions; Ethics, Privacy and Security; Well-being, Health and Eudaimonia; Accessibility and Universal Access; Learning and Creativity; and Social Organization and Democracy. Although not exhaustive, they summarize the views and research priorities of an international interdisciplinary group of experts, reflecting different scientific perspectives, methodological approaches and application domains. Each identified Grand Challenge is analyzed in terms of: concept and problem definition; main research issues involved and state of the art; and associated emerging requirements. BACKGROUND This article presents the results of the collective effort of a group of 32 experts involved in the community of the Human Computer Interaction International (HCII) Conference series. The group’s collaboration started in early 2018 with the collection of opinions from all group members, each asked to independently list and describe five HCI grand challenges. During a one-day meeting held on the 20th July 2018 in the context of the HCI International 2018 Conference in Las Vegas, USA, the identified topics were debated and challenges were formulated in terms of the impact of emerging intelligent interactive technologies on human life both at the individual and societal levels. Further analysis and consolidation led to a set of seven Grand Challenges presented herein. This activity was organized and supported by the HCII Conference series.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1229-1269
    Number of pages41
    JournalInternational Journal of Human-Computer Interaction
    Issue number14
    Early online date1 Jul 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2019

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human Factors and Ergonomics
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Science Applications


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