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Department of Computer Science

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Human computer systems

The Human Computer Systems Group focuses on understanding how users interact and behave in relation to complex technology systems and how these systems, through their design, technology and infrastructure, enable users to interact with them.

The HCS is an interdisciplinary group made up of a variety of academics, researchers and students (accounting for around 50 members), all of which have differing skills and research interests, but all of whom are interested in human interaction in real and virtual worlds in domains ranging from the health service and the animation industry to the humanities. We collaborate with industry (the BBC, AstraZeneca), the public sector (NHS, museums and councils) and charities. To support the work conducted within the group, several facilities, such as a User Lab and library are provided. We actively engage with the scientific community through our membership of conference committees (e.g., The Web Conference), and journal editorial boards such as ACM TACCESS, ACM TWEB, the International Journal of Human Computer Studies, IEEE Pervasive and PACM IMWUT.

Further details about the Human Computer Systems group can be found in the research explorer.

Our research focuses on the following areas and their intersections:

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  • Graph data representing digital health
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