having a relationship with computers? Looking back on modern everyday life, the
object that many people interact with most often is not a live person, but an
inanimate, immobile computer. Undeniably, computers have become the most
important creation in modern society. To investigate this new kind of
relationship between normal people and these ubiquitous computers, the study of
Human Computer Interaction (HCI) was born.
(Prof., Dept. of Business Admin.)
20 years since its inception, as
of yet, neither a department nor research center of HCI exists in Yonsei Univ.
However, professor Kim Jin-woo (Dept. of Business Admin.) is offering Yonseians
a valuable opportunity to get a glimpse of HCI. His "Introduction to Human
Computer Interaction" class aims to teach basic elements of HCI through sci-fi
movies including "Star Trek", "Minority Report", "The Matrix" and "Bicentennial
Man". The class attempts to learn the ideal human computer relationship from SF
movies and to invent a computer system that would deliver the optimum experience
to its users. For that reason, the main question the professor throws out to
students is: "How can we invent fun and easy-to-use computer systems like those
shown in SF movies?"
All students are recommended to watch an assigned SF
movie before class for later discussion and group presentations. While one group
gives an in-depth presentation on the connection between the movies and academic
topics of HCI, the rest of the students prepare for discussions and hand in
short papers that summarize their opinions of the movies. They all refer to the
textbook named "Human Computer Interaction" to study the basic concepts of HCI.
Also, the professor encourages students to use creative tools like plays, poems
and cartoons for their assignments. Since the class is centered on students'
activities, the professor's lecture is not the main class activity, but rather a
supplement to students?opinions.
A class participant, Yi Ye-nah (Jr., Dept.
of Human Environment and Design) states, "This summer, I worked at Samsung
Electronics as a design membership scholar, learning about graphic design and
digital content, including computers. While studying the commercial part of
computers, I always felt that I was ignorant about the more fundamental and
humanitarian part. So, I decided to take this class to understand the basics of
the relationship between humans and computers and later use it to create better
In the near future, computers are predicted to develop into robots
that engage in the human emotional process. A new kind of interaction between
humans and computers will preside over our future life. For Yonseians, the class
"Introduction to HCI" will help prepare for this next era.