“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
(George Bernard Shaw)
Our research is in the broad area of Pervasive, ubiquitous or invisible computing. This looks to the future where computers are widely distributed throughout our environment serving our needs – to adapt the world to our individual needs. We aim to invent and explore future technologies which can dramatically enhance our lives, and showing that they do this in important areas of human activity such as learning, work, supporting social connections and health. We want to continue our track record of research that moves beyond the lab into real world use.
CHAI is exploring personalisation that enables the user to scrutinise and control the whole personalisation process. This is particularly important in pervasive computing where devices and services recede into the environment, becoming invisible. It is key to effective management of privacy and security in pervasive and personalised environments. CHAI has created a layered set of theories and tools for personalisation. These tools support knowledge representation and reasoning, data mining, machine learning and user interfaces.
Another dimension of CHAI research is in novel pervasive computing interfaces such as tabletop interaction and pervasive appliances that are embedded in the environment to serve very specific functions. Potential application areas are vast. CHAI has explored testbeds in ubiquitous, pervasive computing as well as intelligent teaching systems. The latter reflect the group’s work in teaching computer science and in building teaching systems that help develop reflective, deep learners.