The HCI Center is a central institute of RWTH Aachen University, established in 2011, that focuses on usability and the research, design, development and evaluation of new user interfaces.


  • The HCI Center heads the new three-year TABULA(external link) research project exploring the use of interactive tangible objects on multitouch surfaces in education. This project is funded by the German Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF) through its Tangible Learning Initiative(external link). (Apr 14, 2016)


The HCI Center was founded by four faculty members of RWTH Aachen University:

From left to right: Jan Borchers, Eva Jakobs, Martina Ziefle, Peter Russell, Michael Tobias (P3 Group)


The HCI Center is situated in the new Logistics Cluster building in the RWTH Campus Melaten area. The HCI Center includes offices by all four participating institutes, and is located right next to the chairs of Eva Jakobs and Martina Ziefle.

HCI Center
Campus-Boulevard 57
3rd floor
52074 Aachen, Germany

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On older GPS maps, use "Steinbachstr. 1" and continue onto Campus-Boulevard, or use coordinates 50.78278°N / 6.04460°E.

As you exit the elevator on the 3rd floor, the entrance to the HCI Center is located diagonally across the atrium (use the walkway).


On Nov 10, 2011, the HCI Center held its founding ceremony during the 2011 World Usability Day.(external link) The day included a keynote by Bruce Tognazzini, founder of the Apple Human Interface Group and principal with the Nielsen Norman Group, and the announcement of a newly established usability award. See the full report here.

On Apr 11, 2014, the HCI Center celebrated its official move into its new offices in the CAMPUS Logistics cluster.

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