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
the CRA Computing Research Association, USA
United Kingdom Computing Research Committee,
and Microsoft's 2020 vision for HCI
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
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.