In the mid 80's, when most professional perople related to new technologies focused its efforts on the technology itself, PhD. Jesus Lorés already felt that the key to success was using it and especially when this has to be accessible to everyone. Then, the technology had to reach everyone easily.
With these concerns in 1991, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Lleida, founded a research group in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, discipline, at that time with very little coverage and academically not much recognized that focuses its efforts on all aspects of design, implementation and evaluation of interactive systems for the use of people.
GRIHO, the name
Being, as explained, a group of university research in a particular area, by naturall arose the first approach to identify it. This was the Research Group on People-Computer Interaction, but its acronym GRIPO (in Catalan) didn't sound good and was rejected. So moved by the Research Group on Human-Computer Interaction with the current acronym, GRIHO.
Later, around 2001-02, with the inclusion of members comming from databases field, the group name changed to current Human-Computer Interaction and Data Base Research Group, though, given that the name "GRIHO" was already known in their field, we decided to keep it.
In 2005 the Government of Catalonia officially launched an action to catalog and organize according to their worth all the research groups of the Catalan spectrum. Coinciding in time, new members join the group expanded to more areas of interest group. Thus, the group proposes a new name update:
the term "DataBase" is changed to "Data Integration", it better reflects the spirit of the new additions.
Being, therefore, the current name of the Human-Computer Interaction and Data Integration
Research Group, although the name remains GRIHO forever.
GRIHO, the logo
The logo represents the group identity, in an abstract way, a computer (left), a person (right), and interface between both, which serves as a communication link between two entities, adapting to the shape of the surface of the computer screen in one side and to the peson's face in the other ... function that represents the mission of our research.
In terms of design, the current members of the group have always known the current logo and identity have no information about whether it existed before any other.
Yet we continue to maintain it for reasons that we feel identified and a logo that is currently in our area is well known.