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October 30-31.

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30 October, 6.15 PM.

Sydney Design Lab exhibition opening of “Make Code Play”
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edit Welcome to CHAI
The School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney

CHAI aims to create new technologies for personalised, pervasive interaction. We are building the theoretical foundations, technical infrastructure and new interfaces to support new forms of interaction to improve our lives in many contexts.

We are creating systems and new interfaces that address central human needs. So, for example, one strand of our research creates new systems that elderly people can use effectively. One of the core areas for our work is creating personalised lifelong learning systems, matching a Grand Challenge recognised by peak bodies such as the USA National Academy of Engineering (2008), the CRA Computing Research Association, USA (2003), United Kingdom Computing Research Committee, UKCRC (2008) and Microsoft's 2020 vision for HCI (2008). We are working to create new advanced learning technologies for lifelong learning, with the goal to enable people to learn precisely when and where they need to, with learning resources delivered just for them, taking account of their existing knowledge and preferred ways of learning.

Another dimension of CHAI research is in novel pervasive computing interfaces. Our tabletop research is creating the interaction of the future, so that we will be ready to make the best of touch interaction as it becomes increasingly available. We are creating pervasive appliances that are embedded in the environment to serve very specific functions. These work towards creating new ways to support people in their most important, everyday activities, by exploiting increasing availability of low cost computers that are connected to the net. Connecting our personalisation research with new ways to interact, we are exploring new ways to make use of personal carried devices, like mobile phones, to interact with other devices in the environment and to manage personalisation.

The following video highlights some of our research on interactive surfaces.

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Honours projects for 2013

CHAI has many interesting projects available for Honours students. We tailor these to meet the particular background, expertise and aspirations of the individual student. Look at our project pages for the broad areas of our work and indications of our projects.

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Important News: Smart Services CRC

CHAI is a key partner in the successful Smart Services bid under the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres. The Smart Services CRC has been awarded a $30.8 million grant from the Department of Education, Science and Training. The grant comes under the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme.

A further $120 million co-investment will be provided by Smart Services' industry, government and research partners. The total investment will be used by the new CRC to deliver outcomes aimed at returning at least $250 million to the Australian economy by 2016. Smart Services is a successor to the very successful Smart Internet Technology CRC which has been operating since 2001.