Human-IST Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Human-IST officially became an Institute in August 2017. It is dedicated to research and training in Human-Computer Interaction combining expertise in computer science, psychology and sociology. Human-IST (Human Centered Interaction Science and Technology) aims to develop and evaluate new interface technologies that are usable, useful, and appealing to a broad section of people, compatible with sustainability criteria.

While digitization is often seen as an opportunity to transform our societal and urban mechanisms into more efficient services, Human-IST proposes to consider sustainability and well-being for a humanistic evolution of our society. Human-IST supports the promotion of artificial intelligence at the service of humanity, and promotes human values to support digitization: individual and collective sovereignty, sustainability and respect of the private sphere, equality and diversity. The approach to digitization is unique, humanistic and interdisciplinary.

Hamed Alavi's research is focused on the future of human's interactive experiences with built environments. Particularly, he is interested in the engagement of computer science in the evolution of buildings and urban spaces as they increasingly incorporate artificial intelligence, context-aware automation, and interactivity.

What are the specific attributes of building that Human-AI Interaction researchers should take into account when shifting attention and scale from "artefact" to "architecture", from usability and engagement to occupant comfort across multiple dimensions (e.g., thermal, visual, acoustic, respiratory), and from (often) short lifespan or discretionary to durable and immersive experiences? These and other questions that embody the complexity of our interactive experiences with built environments define the scope of Hamed's research, which he has been developing with the notion of Human-Building Interaction.
Contact: hamed.alavi(at)