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JMA Human Factors Facility

At the JMA Human Factors Facility (JMAHFF) we study interface technologies for the purpose of making them useful, efficient, and engaging to technology users.

We seek to understand the needs and expectations of humans when interacting with computational devices so that we may ultimately improve forthcoming technologies.

JMAHFF facilities are available for use.  To discuss your project and scheduling, please contact the Department of Journalism and Multimedia Arts jmahci@duq.edu or 412.396.1311.

Human-Computer Interaction

Using JMAHFF facilities, we can record and track users' facial expressions, physical movements, and system responses to systematically observed and analyzed human-computer interaction processes. These analyses afford valuable insights about how users react to and utilize computing applications and devices and can ultimately help designers and developers improve their designs.

We operate guided by the following goals:
  • To support academic departmental courses, academic and business services, and the Duquesne University community by providing facilities to study human-computer interaction.
  • To support and promote HCI research and development efforts of students and faculty as they seek to understand the ways interface and information technologies affect users.
  • To seek real world experiences for JMA students. The intention of the research facility is to provide applied research.  To that point, JMA will seek government, industrial, and other educators desiring to do real-world research within its facility.
  • To support the capturing, editing, and analyzing of live user performance data in a variety of formats.
  • To support persons with disabilities by examining and evaluating assistive technologies and software designed to enhance information access.
  • To provide students opportunities to design, conduct, and participate in usability evaluation studies.
  • To complement course work of JMA and other academic departments, enhance students’ professional development, and provide them direct HCI experience in applied settings.