Department of Computer Science

Human-computer interaction


Members of our group have backgrounds in psychology and other social sciences as well as in computer science. In addition we have close links with researchers in other departments, including Engineering and Psychology.

Our human-computer interaction research is concerned with the design, development and evaluation of computer systems to support work and leisure activities of individuals and groups.

We have a long-standing interest in issues related to understanding human tasks and activities, including collaboration, how these are influenced by Information and Communication Technologies and the associated implications for the design of future interactive systems to support human action.  We are also interested in design per se - what kind of expressions of human concerns and capabilities and what kind of design processes, supported by what tools, allow human-centred computer systems to be developed?


Our research includes:

  • Usability design and evaluation
  • User models, learning and cognitive modelling
  • Teamwork, communication, collaboration and collaborative environments
  • Computer mediated communication
  • Autonomous systems, situation awareness and safety-critical design
  • Individual and collaborative creativity, entertainment and leisure
  • Mobile, pervasive and ubiquitous computing

Current research projects are concerned with such issues as:

  • identity, trust and conflict mediation in co-present and distributed collaboration
  • the support of individual and group creative processes
  • the role of computer-mediated communication in the development and maintenance of friendships
  • the role of mobile and pervasive technology in enhancing people's actions and interactions in their environment
  • the design and evaluation of human interaction with complex, dependable and autonomous systems


There are opportunities for postgraduate research throughout our group. Interested students can either contact academic staff directly or see the Computer Science PhD project page.

Our website also contains more information on Computer Science PhDs or, for more general information on postgraduate study, please visit the Faculty of Science Graduate School.