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Child Computer Interaction Group (ChiCI)

The internationally known Child Computer Interaction group is the largest group of its kind in the world.

The ChiCI group has attracted funding from national and regional schemes and from the European Commission (as FP7 and LLLP) and RCUK (via EPSRC). Since its inception in 2003, the ChiCI group has managed seven successful PhD completions, has completed five externally funded projects and has hosted two international conferences.

Previous funded projects included BEAM (Broadband Enabled Activities for Museums), which focused on the integration of digital technologies into real museum visits, and UMSIC (Usability of Music for Social Inclusion for Children) that investigated the use of mobile technologies and music creation in classroom environments.

Current projects include the investigation of designing for Cool in the context of teenagers, mobile devices and energy saving, the use of multi-touch surfaces in classrooms as programmable learning platforms, improving the efficacy of evaluation methods for children’s technologies and the investigation of text input and digital ink in the context of improving children’s writing.

The ChiCI group is the largest of its kind in the world and has been at the forefront in defining the field of Child Computer Interaction.

The best selling textbook in this field was co-authored by Prof Janet C Read and is used by researchers all across the globe.

Prof Read is the chair of the International IFIP TC13 SIG on Interaction Design and Children and editor in chief of the International Journal of CCI.

The ChiCI group has changed the way that research is done across the field by defining the methods used in design activities in schools, by producing a clear method for ethical work, by developing a toolkit of methods for measuring fun and by pioneering the teenagers as researchers in HCI approach. ChiCI methods have been used in over 30 research labs and with over 3000 schoolchildren.

In the recently completed UMSIC project, the ChiCI group demonstrated that children’s sociality can be improved with the use of mobile music technologies. Over 500 children participated in this research and improved sociality and less inclusion was reported in schools in the UK and in mainland Europe.

Through the SELEAG (serious games for learning) project and as a member of the international SEGAN (serious games network), the ChiCI group has demonstrated that young teenagers can engage in the design of their own serious games content – this work is now being continued in several high schools to improve pupil motivation.

A list of our publications can be found on the ChiCi website

HCI2014 – The ChiCi group will host the annual British HCI conference in September 2014.

  • Professor Janet Read
  • Dr Dan Fitton
  • Dr Gavin Sim
  • Dr Brendan Cassidy
  • Matt Horton

To find out more contact Prof Janet C Read on

  • Human Computer Interaction and Information Systems
  • Serious Games
  • COOL
  • BEAM

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