HOC Lab explores the potential of information and communication technologies by developing tools and methodologies and creating new ITC-based experiences (applications and real-life services) that always have the user as their center.
HOC’s activities in the field of eLearning are manifold, ranging from 3D cooperative environments to online courses for teachers. Thousands of students and teachers from Italy and abroad have been involved in PoliScuola, a comprehensive program offered by Politecnico di Milano, coordinated by HOC, and officially recognized by the Italian Ministry for Education, for introducing ICTs in schools.
eCulture & eTourism
HOC boasts a decade-long experience in the development of applications for eCulture and eTourism, ranging from “traditional” websites to multimedia, multichannel applications, in cooperation with national and international partners.
Digital storytelling
In 2006, HOC-LAB developed and then refined over the years 1001stories, an authoring tool for creating multimedia and multichannel ‘narratives’. 1001stories has been used by professionals for over 30 official projects and by students (preschool to higher education) for hundreds of educational applications.
Multi-channel communication
HOC designs and develops multichannel applications, suitable for the web, mobile devices and tablet PCs, to be used online and offline. Development is based on IDM (Interactive Dialogue Model) and supported by 1001stories (an authoring tool for multichannel development and delivery).
Exploratory interfaces
HOC develops exploratory interfaces, aimed at supporting information discovery and sense making in information intensive applications. Information architectures are integrated with novel advanced navigation patterns and advanced data visualization (thematic maps, charts, advanced tag clouds, etc...).
A design methodology and a tool for enhancing web accessibility for visually impaired users (and for making applications more usable to all kinds of users), beyond the official standards.
Tangible interaction for children
3D Cooperative virtual environments
Since 1999, HOC has been developing 3D cooperative environments for cultural heritage and education, involving thousands of students from 3 continents.
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The most recent achievement is IDM: interactive Dialogue Model, a design methodology based on dialogic primitives, easy to use also by designers with a non-technical background. IDM is the latest version of HDM (Hypermedia Design Methodology) and W2000, the result of a constantly evolving effort started in 1991.
Requirements analysis
AWARE, developed by HOC in cooperation with Lugano TEC-LAB, is an innovative model for goal-driven requirements analysis, specifically aimed at analyzing and representing requirements for complex web applications.
MiLE+ (Milano-Lugano Evaluation Method): a methodology for assessing the usability of web and mobile applications, that strikes a balance between heuristic evaluation (by experts) and task-driven techniques (by users). MiLE+ is the utmost evolution of SUE (Systematic Usability Evaluation), a previous usability analysis method also developed by HOC.