As technology plays an increasing role in our daily lives, it is important to have professionals that possess a deep understanding of how to develop the most user-friendly and engaging methods to interact with a wide variety of technological devices.
The Master's degree programme of Human-Technology Interaction is offered in collaboration between the Tampere University(UTA) and the Tampere University of Technology (TUT). Students can deepen their knowledge in course units that cover a wide range of topics from user-experience and emotions to the innovative use of facial behaviour – such as expressions, touch, speech, and human physiology – in user interfaces. The programme leads you to scientific thinking and writing as well as to hands-on work in various course projects.
Although the programme is available in essentially the same format at both universities, there are a few differences. Students mainly interested in interaction design, development of interactive software, or research are advised to apply to UTA. Alternately, students mainly interested in user-experience are recommended to apply to TUT. The majority of the course units will be organised by the home university.
The programme has a direct link to research carried out by TAUCHI, Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interaction. TAUCHI is a UTA research center focusing on human-technology interaction. It carries out a wide range of multidisciplinary research into technology-mediated, novel ways of multimodal interaction with devices, environments, and people. TAUCHI explores and develops better and more intuitive user interfaces for the future. It harmonises the potential of new technologies with human abilities, needs, and limitations.
TAUCHI expertise covers new technologies, such as smart objects and environments, gestural interfaces, gaze tracking, haptics, mixed reality, computer vision, speech-, context- or emotion-based interaction, virtual avatars, user experience, and usability.
Career or after graduation opportunities
Many work opportunities are available for graduates of this programme. Some of the possible future careers include working as:
- an interface developer who has the skills to implement advanced solutions that broaden the capabilities of current devices and interfaces,
- as an interaction designer who studies people in their natural environments and creates technology designs, or
- as a usability and user-experience specialist who makes sure that the technology designs are easy to use and fit human purposes.