The Ruiz HCI Lab at UF main research agenda is to establish an understanding of users to develop technology to support user interaction. As such, we have a wide variety of current projects.
A main focus of the Ruiz HCI Lab's research has been exploring the use of gestures in various types of interactions. Projects under this category have examined the use of gestures in various different interactions including: mobile interaction, interactions with wearable computers, and large-display interactions.
We have established a research program that aims to support life science research that requires extensive use of computational tools (often referred to e-Science in the literature). Our research in this area consists of two main thrusts; research supporting user engagement with genomic analysis tools, and understanding how technology can support large multidisciplinary research projects. The research projects in this domain includes collaborators in computer science, clinical sciences, veterinary medicine, microbiology and immunology, and food science.
In collaboration with Dr. Lisa Anthony's INIT Lab, this work explores the challenges children have interacting with Natural User Interfaces (NUIs), i.e., interfaces that use touch, speech, and gesture. Our goal is build better technology and interactions for children by understanding how children interactions differ from adults.