I recently applied for the HCI courses at University of Washington and IU, Bloomington. While I'm awaiting their results, I thought I'd quickly get an opinion from the members of this forum on the respective courses. Since you guys have heard and probably analyzed these courses, it would really help if you could help me make my decision.
To begin with my interests in HCI are purely for researching and engineering new interfaces. Thanks to Dave Malouf and his patient attempts at trying to draw a distinction between HCI design and HCI research, I think I'm pretty set on spending my time and energy on HCI research rather than learning design.
So I would really appreciate if you could help me out with which university's course structure is most suited for HCI research? Also I've heard UW is a very good research university - does this hold good for their HCI course as well? Is the HCI course at IUB more design focussed or research focussed?
Deeply appreciate any info you can provide on this.