Between humans and technology

At the intersection of the technological, economic and human sciences, the HumanTech institute works to improve life quality and wellbeing through the ingenious application of new technology. Our objective is to facilitate the emergence of a smart society in which technology and society can co-evolve.

Research focus areas

HumanTech aims at empowering humans both as individuals and as members of an increasingly dynamic, nomadic and globalized society.

  • Human-computer Interaction
  • Natural interaction
  • Immersive technologies
  • Conversational interfaces
  • Machine learning
  • Internet of Things
  • Adaptative systems
  • Intelligent data analysis
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Multimedia processing
  • Intelligent information management systems
  • Semantic technologies
  • Information visualization
  • User-centered design
  • Interaction design
  • User evaluation
  • Usability tests
  • Ergonomics


HumanTech has an interdisciplinary research laboratory known as « Design for Innovation ». As a member of the Digital Health and Care Competence Center, HumanTech also works closely with the Fribourg School of Health Sciences (HedS-FR) to find innovative solutions to health problems.



Custom training programs on the topics of Digital Society & Health and Interaction Science and Technology are available at the request of companies and partners.


Elena Mugellini
Full Professor UAS/Institute Head


+41 26 429 68 70



Boulevard de Pérolles 80
1700 Fribourg


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