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Our research is focused in three major areas:
Human-centred computing is an emerging interdisciplinary field that focuses on the human aspects of technology, including HCI, interaction design, software design and the sociology, anthropology and psychology of computer use.
At the Open University, we are a group of researchers who are concerned with the development of theory, practice and systems that move beyond the ‘old’ HCI paradigm. We embrace new frameworks, methods and approaches for studying and supporting people using mobile, ubiquitous and web-based computing technologies.
Animal-Computer Interaction | Digital Economy and Digital Society | Empirical Studies of Software Development | Music Computing | New Media Systems | Social Software | Technology-Enhanced Learning | Ubiquitous Computing
Language Multimedia and Knowledge Technologies
Our research in Language, Multimedia and Knowledge Technologies focuses on four key areas, each with a strong research group: semantic web, natural language generation, natural language understanding, and multimedia & information systems. A distinguishing characteristic of our research is that many of our techniques are 'hybrids' – we develop innovative solutions that bring together results from two or more of the four areas. For example, much of our work on the semantic web builds on the integration of semantic and language technologies.
Knowledge Management | Multimedia Information Retrieval | Natural Language Generation | Natural Language Processing | NeXt Generation Multimedia Technologies | Semantic Web And Knowledge Services
Software Engineering and Design
Our research interests in software engineering are broad, covering both early and late development activities, and drawing upon a wide range of multi-disciplinary techniques and tools, to better engineer software-intensive dependable systems.
Aspect-Oriented Software Development | Automated Software Engineering | Empirical Studies of Software Development | Requirements Engineering | Security and Privacy | Software and Engineering Design | Software Architecture | Software Evolution