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Human-centred computing

Research Human-centred computing with The Open University

Human-centred computing (HCC) – or even more broadly, human-centred technology - is not just about user-centred design, but also about the relationship between technological developments and lifestyle transformations, and about how we record, collect and use information. Ubiquitous technologies are proliferating. The home, the crèche, public places and even the human body are now potential places to embed computational devices. The Centre for Research in Computing investigates the past, present, and future relationships between people and technology, embracing new frameworks, methods and approaches for studying and supporting people using new interaction technologies, including mobile, ubiquitous and web-based computing technologies. We are interested in social and philosophical perspectives, as well as in practical and theoretical concerns. We consider how technologies in general integrate with and extend existing social systems.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

  • Mobile, tangible and ubiquitous interaction
  • HCI and interaction design
  • Digital and augmented cities
  • Augmented reality and 3D virtual environments
  • Self-quantification and life-logging
  • Music computing
  • Animal-computer interaction
  • E-commerce and e-government
  • Design representations
  • New media systems and emerging technologies
  • Social computing and social networks
  • Technologies and information in their social contexts
  • Technology-enabled learning
  • Computing and technology education

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