Launch of our Human Centred Technology Research Group

13 December 2013

University of Sydney IT research joins international collaboration
University of Sydney IT research joins international collaboration

University of Sydney Information technology experts are among the members of a pioneering British research Centre that will train the next generation of digital researchers.

Judy Kay, Professor of Computer Science, in the School of Information Technologies said members of the Computer Human Adaptive Interaction Research Group (CHAI) will contribute to The Newcastle Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), a £350 million funded partnership between the UK's Newcastle University, local councils, NGOs, international technology companies such as Microsoft , IBM Research, Philips Research, and other world leading tertiary institutions including, Stanford, Tsinghua, Peking universities.

Britain's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded the Newcastle CDT that will train more than 60 PhD students over the next nine years and include an exchange program for PhD candidates studying in the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney.

Professor Kay said she was delighted to be part this international collaboration.

"It will provide a unique opportunity for a rich international collaboration to investigate how digital technology can be used to promote public participation in the design and delivery of local services, including education, public health and social care, and planning local government services to better meet the needs of their communities," said Professor Kay.

The funding announcement comes ahead of the official launch of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies' Human Centred Technology Research Group next week at the University of Sydney.

Professor Patrick Olivier, who is to lead the Newcastle CDT, said Centre members will be involved in research that connects to key industries and important technologies, which will aid global innovation and growth

Professor Olivier leads the Digital Interaction Group in Culture Lab, Newcastle University's centre for interdisciplinary practice-based research in digital technologies. He will visit Australia for the launch of the Human Centred Technology Research Group, delivering the keynote address to both IT researchers and industry guests.

His Newcastle University group specialises in human centred interaction design, particularly the development, theory and methods for experience-based design, interaction techniques and technologies, and ubiquitous computing. These are applied across a wide range of domains including education, health and wellbeing, and the creative industries.

Event details

What: Human Centred Technology Research Group Launch - Building Human Centred Technology research, challenges, celebrations, pragmatics
Where: SIT Board Room, Room 124
School of Information Technologies
Darlington Campus
The University of Sydney
When: Tuesday 17 December
12pm - 5pm
Cost: Free

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