Augmented Reality and Human-Computer Interaction


The University of Leicester team is very excited to be part of the ARETE project and support our partners in disrupting the education sector with innovative AR resources while at the same time enriching the body or Augmented Reality research from a Human-Computer Interaction perspective.

The University of Leicester is a leading UK university for excellent teaching, world changing research, and business innovation in the heart of England. The School of Informatics at University of Leicester takes a dynamic, scientific, and rigorous approach to computing. For HCI specialists AR offers a set of exciting new challenges as we are going away from computer screens with classical Graphical User Interfaces following the conventional “Windows, Icons, Menus, Pointer” metaphor with mouse and keyboard interaction!

In the ARETE project the team will perform requirements elicitation, end-user evaluations, and other activities to support our development partners. This is done to ensure that the developed software and pedagogical content are not only usable and useful, but also desirable, pleasurable, and easy to use with positive user experience.

Meet the team:

Effie Lai-Chong Law ( is a Professor in Human-Computer Interaction at the School of Informatics at University of Leicester. Her research interests are Human-Computer Interaction, Technology-enhanced learning and learning theories.

Matthias Heintz ( is a Research Associate at the School of Informatics at University of Leicester. His research interests are Human-computer interaction, Participatory Design, and Technology-enhanced learning.

Hasnain Jiwa is a Human Technology Interaction MSc student ( at the School of Informatics at University of Leicester aiming to become a PhD student after graduating. His research interests are Human-Computer/Human-Technology Interaction and Technology-enhanced learning.