Who we are

The HCI Sorbonne group exists since October 2016. We are a young, dynamic group of people working on human computer interaction (HCI) problems within the multidisciplinary Interaction team of the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) which is part of the Sorbonne Université and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

HCI is a multidisciplinary research field at the intersection between computer science, psychology, design, and engineering. Being embedded in a larger multidisciplinary lab puts us in a favorable position to collaborate in areas relevant to HCI such as smart workspaces, interactive robotics, or interactive machine learning.

What we do

The goal of the HCI group is to understand how people perceive and interact with information and technologies and how to augment these technologies to increase users’ expertise or to generally support their cognition. For more information, see our research page.

Previous Events

15/09/2021 - Jobs

We are continuously looking for excellent interns, PhD students, Postdocs and engineers in the following areas:

HCI & Cognitive Neurosciences: User modelling; Cognitive control; Skill acquisition; Role of practice; Decision-making; Behavioral change; Cognitive bais; Computational Rationality
HCI […]

02/09/2021 - Award | INTERACT 2021

Flavien Lebrun, PhD student, won IFIP TC13 Pioneers’ Award for Best Doctoral Student Paper for the paper: “A Trajectory Model for Desktop-Scale Hand Redirection in Virtual Reality” (Interact’21) with Gilles Bailly and Sinan Haliyo.
Springer […]

20/10/2020 - Publication | CoVR accepted at UIST’20

CoVR is a robotic interface that provides large force-feedback to the users in Virtual Reality. It consists of a XY-Cartesian robot mounted over the ceiling, which moves accordingly with the users’ intentions, in order to […]

15/11/2019 - Guest Talk: Lonni Besançon

Title: Automatic Visual Censoring: from Science-Fiction to Reality

Who: Lonni Besançon

Where: Sorbonne Université, Campus Jussieu, Room H20 (Pyramid)

When: November, 15. 16:00

Abstract: We present the first empirical study on using color manipulation and stylization to make surgery […]

04/06/2019 - Guest Talk: Jan Gugenheimer from Ulm University

Title: Social HMDs: Designing Mixed Reality Technology to Fit into the Social Fabric of our Daily Lives
Speaker: Jan Gugenheimer
When – Where: Sorbonne Université, Room 304. Tuesday, June 4th.
Abstract:Technological advancements in the fields […]

13/03/2019 - Guest Talk: Alvaro Cassinelli

Experiments on alternative locomotion techniques for micro-robots

Where: Room 304 (Campus Jussieu)
When: 2:00PM
Host: Nicolas Bredeche

In this informal talk I will describe some experiments on alternative 
methods of locomotion for micro or macro objects not using wheels or 
other […]

12/12/2018 - Guest Talk: Anne Roudaut from University of Bristol

When: December 12th, 10AM

Where: Room H20, Pyramide (ISIR), Campus Jussieu, Sorbonne Université

Title: Toward Highly Reconfigurable Interactive Devices

Abstract: The static shape of computers is the bottleneck of today’s interactive systems. I argue that we need shape-changing computers that […]

19/10/2018 - PhD Defense – Emeline Brulé

When: October 19th, 2018, 9:00 AM

Where: Paris Telecom

Title: Understanding the experiences of schooling of visually impaired children: A French ethnographic and design inquiry.


Madeleine Akrich, DR, CSI, Mines ParisTech, CNRS i3, PSL University (rapporteur)

Gilles Bailly, CR […]

30/05/2018 - Guest Talk: Edward Lank from the University of Waterloo

When: Wednesday, May 30th, 11:00 AM

Where: Sorbonne Université, Campus Jussieu, Room 211 (second floor) Tower 55-65

Title: WRiST: Wearables for Rich, Subtle, and Transient Interactions in Ubiquitous Environments

Speaker: Edward Lank

Host: Gilles Bailly

Abstract: Modern personal computing devices – tablets, smartphones, […]

16/05/2018 - Guest talk: Alix Goguey from Swansea University

: May 16th, 2018, 11:00 AM

Where: Sorbonne Université, Campus Jussieu, Pyramid H20.

Title: Augmenting Touch Expressivity to Improve the Touch Modality

Abstract: During the last decades, touch surfaces have become more and more ubiquitous. Whether on tablets, […]

31/10/2017 - UEIS 2017: New Trends in User Expertise and Interactive Systems

UEIS 2017 is the first International Symposium on User Expertise and Interactive Systems. UEIS is a place where researchers and practitioners from Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Science, Experimental psychology discuss the latest trends in command selection and user expertise on PCs, tablets, […]

31/05/2017 - Guest Talk: Justin Mathew from INRIA

Title: Interaction techniques for 3D audio production and mixing
Where: ISIR Lab, Room H20
When: May 31, 4:00PM

Abstract: There has been a significant interest in providing immersive listening experiences for a variety of applications, and […]