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History of the labs

The Data Capture Suite in the old Geoffrey Crowther Building was the forerunner of the new Jennie Lee Research Labs.  The first Data Capture suite was set up in 1985 and run by Dave Perry, who is now a Specialist Support Officer for the new labs.

The recent suite of labs in the old Geoffrey Crowther consisted of an observation room, a small reception room and three small Human-Computer Interaction labs.  The smallest lab contained eye tracking equipment.  Cameras in the labs were on tripods, so were visible to the participants.  Screen capture and audio recording was also used.  There was no port window to any of the labs from the observation room, research observers relied only on the computer screen feeds to enable them to take notes of their observations.

A number of very useful studies (many for the Computers and Learning Research Group) were carried out in the Geoffrey Crowther data capture suite and this provided proof to the University that better, more extensive facilities were needed which now exist in the new Jennie Lee Research Labs.

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