We explore the interactions between computer systems and their human users.
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?
As well as computer science, members of our group have backgrounds in psychology and other social sciences. We have close links with researchers in the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Psychology and Department for Health.
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
- virtual, augmented and mixed reality
- assistive technology
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
- VR exergames for improving human performance
- gaze-controlled user interfaces
- the design of interactive technologies for studying healthcare and addressing its core challenges
There are opportunities for postgraduate research in our group. Interested students can either contact academic staff directly or see our postgraduate research page.