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Welcome to the Human Interface Technology Laboratory Australia (HITLab AU)

The Human Interface Technology Laboratory Australia or (HITLab AU) is a research and teaching facility within the School of Engineering and ICT at the University of Tasmania. Please visit our Courses page for details on our taught programmes or visit our Join Us page for details on how to join us as researcher, intern, postgraduate or staff member. Our lab is situated on the Newnham campus in Launceston, please visit our Contact Us page for details on how to locate or contact us.

The mission of the HITLab AU is to empower people by building advanced human-computer interface technology that will unlock the power of human intelligence, improve quality of life and link minds globally. Partially funded by Tasmanian government, locating the HITLab Australia within Tasmania allows us to explore new forms of interface technology made possible by infrastructures such as the NBN and Ubiquitous Computing to realise interfaces in the wild. Please view our regularly updated News and Events or more formal Media Releases on lab teaching and research activities.

The Lab is a partner of the world-leading HITLab US based at the University of Washington in Seattle, in conjunction with the HITLab NZ at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, and shares its goals of developing revolutionary interfaces that transform how people interact with computers and improve the human experience.

Attention UTas Newnham Students
HIT elective units available in 2015
Need an elective in 2015?

Consider enrolling in
KIT412 (Semester 1)
KIT311 (Semester 1)
KIT208 (Semester 1)
No prerequisites.
No previous computing study required.

HITLab AU brings virtual/mixed reality technologies to the Launceston campuses with a focus on design, visualisation, simulation and games. A key development will be collaborative teaching and research programs with schools and disciplines including Computing & Information Systems, Architecture & Design, Visual & Performing Arts, Human Life Sciences, Nursing, Education, Human Movement, and the Australian Maritime College.

Special facilities in HITLab AU include Surface Research equipment in particular the VisionSpace, a three-screen immersive stereo projection system enabling groups of people to view and interact intuitively with virtual 3D data, and an Access Grid, a high-end, collaborative communication facility including HD videoconferencing capabilities.

HITLab AU consists 4 research groups at this moment:

  • Interactive Business Intelligence Research Group
  • Collaboration and Visual Analytics Research Group
  • Interactive System Research Group
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Research Group

and works on state and federal projects addressing these key areas:

  • Food product innovation
  • Eco and cultural tourism
  • Creative arts and service design
  • Education technology and learning science
  • ICT for rural and regional health

We are particularly interested in collaborating with industrial partners exploring how cutting-edge ICT technology can increase productivity and creative innovative applications.

For enquiries on teaching or management please contact Prof. Henry Duh Director HIT Lab AU. The HITLab AU is developing a Publication profile and has a strong involvement with the global research community through Conferences and Visitors to the lab.

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