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About the HCS Laboratory
  About the HCS Lab
Mission Statement The Human Computer Studies (HCS) laboratory performs research on theories, methods and technology regarding the design and use and evaluation of complex human-computer systems.

A first class of complex human-computer systems that are object of study are knowledge-intensive systems. Such systems can be based on human knowledge that is represented in ontologies and knowledge bases, or can contain knowledge obtained by machine learning methods. This research is centered around questions concerning semantic modeling, ontology engineering, multi-agent systems and adaptive systems. Typical examples of such systems are: Semantic Web applications, text mining tools, tools for developing and maintaining ontologies, qualitative reasoning systems, adaptive systems and ontology population and learning systems. Application domains include: cultural heritage, E-government services on the web, knowledge management, modeling physical systems, intelligent learning environments, bioinformatics, collaborative information management and virtual organizations.

A second class of complex human-computer systems that are object of study at HCS, are e-learning environments, simulation environments for educational purposes and interactive systems. A central topic is the study of interaction requirements and user experiences, in particular for special user groups. Results of this research include methods for requirement extraction, user evaluation methods and best practices.

Organisation The Human-Computer Studies Laboratory is a part of the Informatics Institute, which is a part of the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam.

The laboratory has three sections: Adaptive Information Management (AIM), Cooperative Information Management (CO-IM) and Human Computer Studies (HCS).

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