Research course

Human-Centred Computing

Institution
Open University · Department of Computing
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry

October

Course content

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.

Department specialisms

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

Fees and funding

See website for current details: http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding

Qualification and course duration

PhD

distance learning
variable months
part time
variable months
full time
variable months

MPhil

part time
variable months
full time
variable months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

Name
Lucia Rapanotti
Email
crc-phd-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+ 44 (0)1908 653846