Human-Centered Systems (HCS)

The Division of Human-Centered Systems is part of the Department of Computer and Information Science. Research and teaching at HCS is highly interdisciplinary.

A woman is walking in a corridor together with a service robot Photo credit Jonas JärmenResearch and Teaching

Human-Centered Computing

We do research and teaching on human-computer interaction, multimodal interfaces including natural language and augmented reality, interaction and service design, collaborative and social computing, as well as ubiquitous and mobile computing, and accessibility.

Cognitive Science

In this field, we do research and teaching on distributed and situated cognition, cognitive ethnography, learning technologies, and design cognition.

We also do research on artificial intelligence including knowledge representation, machine learning, and natural language processing.

In cognitive systems, we cover human factors, cognitive ergonomics, man-machine interaction as well as command and control, emergency and disaster management, safety management, and resilience engineering.

Information Systems

In this field, the research and teaching focuses on decision support systems, data mining, semantic web, and ontologies.

News at HCS

News and major articles

Researchers interact with a reading robot.

Studying whether a robot can awaken children’s interest in reading

Researchers at Linköping University are studying whether a reading robot can increase fourth graders’ interest in reading. The interdisciplinary project brings together researchers in technology, cognition and pedagogy.

Demonstration of a mass injury incident and application of pressure to fictive bleeding.

Where to place lifesaving bleeding control first aid equipment

Where should bleeding control equipment be located to save as many lives as possible? Researchers have found the answer to this through computer simulations of a bomb exploding in a shopping centre.

Photo of a person standing on a stage in front of an audience.

LiU Game Awards 2023: finalists announced

The Linköping Game Week festival is set to begin soon, and the winner of this year's LiU Game Awards competition will be announced on November 22nd. Today, the ten finalists were revealed!

Research at HCS


Design and Policy

Design has become one of the central competences and capacities to drive innovation in public and private sector, contribute to growth, and consequently is being regarded as one aspect of innovation systems and change agents in public sector policy.

Person writing on a laptop keyboard.

Digital inclusion in the networked society for groups with special needs

The project is based on the challenge that it will be to ensure that all citizens are included in the digital society that requires an ever-increasing degree of access to services and information on the internet.

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Just Transitions graduate school

The aim of Just Transitions graduate school is to build knowledge and competence around how to implement just climate transition in a local context. The graduate school is based on seven doctoral projeccts and a platform for knowledge exchange.

Latest publications


Birgitta Thorslund, Sam Thellman, Victor Nyberg, H. Selander (2024) Simulator-based driving test prescreening as a complement to driver testing - Toward safer and more risk-aware drivers Accident Analysis and Prevention, Vol. 194, Article 107335 Continue to DOI
Erik Berglund, Izabella Jedel, Helena Orädd, Aseel Berglund (2024) Considerations for Player Enjoyment and Exertion in Casual Exergames Proceedings of the 57th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, p. 1328-1337


Eva Blomqvist, Huanyu Li, Robin Keskisärrkä, Mikael Lindecrantz, Mina Abd Nikooie Pour, Ying Li, Patrick Lambrix (2023) Cross-domain Modelling - A Network of Core Ontologies for the Circular Economy Proceedings of the 14th Workshop on Ontology Design and Patterns (WOP 2023): co-located with the 22nd International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2023), p. 1-12
Sam Thellman, Erik Marsja, Anna Anund, Tom Ziemke (2023) Will It Yield: Expectations on Automated Shuttle Bus Interactions With Pedestrians and Bicyclists HRI '23: Companion of the 2023 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, p. 292-296 Continue to DOI
Daniel Holmer, Lars Ahrenberg, Julius Monsen, Arne Jönsson, Mikael Apel, Marianna Blix Grimaldi (2023) Who said what? Speaker Identification from Anonymous Minutes of Meetings Proceedings of the 24th Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics (NoDaLiDa)
Erik Prytz, Petter Norrblom, Sofie Pilemalm, Tobias Andersson Granberg, Carl-Oscar Jonson (2023) What motivates and demotivates emergency response volunteers? A survey-based factor analysis study Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, Vol. 31, Article 38 Continue to DOI
Erik Berglund, Izabella Jedel, Aseel Berglund (2023) Using MediaPipe Machine Learning to Design Casual Exertion Games to Interrupt Prolonged Sedentary Lifestyle HCI in Games: 5th International Conference, HCI-Games 2023, Held as Part of the 25th HCI International Conference, HCII 2023, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23–28, 2023, Proceedings Part I, p. 237-251 Continue to DOI
Björn Johansson, Peter Berggren, Ola Leifler (2023) Understanding the challenge of the energy crisis: Tackling system complexity with megagaming ECCE '23: Proceedings of the European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2023 Continue to DOI
Tom Ziemke (2023) Understanding Social Robots: Attribution of Intentional Agency to Artificial and Biological Bodies Artificial Life, Vol. 29, p. 351-366 Continue to DOI
Johan Fredin-Knutzén, Niklas Olsson, Tomas Rosberg, Birgitta Thorslund, Björn Lidestam (2023) Train drivers' work-related stress and job satisfaction Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 65, p. 775-782 Continue to DOI

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