This research area covers the study of how humans interact with each other and how an understanding of these interactions can improve the design and development of information and communication technologies (ICT).
This research area covers the study of how humans interact with one another – via spoken and written language, gesture, posture and touch, for example.
This research area explores how an understanding of such interactions can inform and improve the design and development of new information and communication technologies (ICT), including those designed to enhance social interactions. Research typically draws on methodologies from psychology, sociology, linguistics and related social sciences.
To maintain the discipline’s long-term health, this area should be balanced between underpinning and more application-driven work. Researchers should engage with challenges associated with the development of novel interaction technologies which underpin key areas such as social inclusion, and health and social care. In particular, the research community should have made substantial contributions to the development of collaborative, socially aware and socially acceptable intelligent technologies, as described in EPSRC’s future intelligent technologies cross-ICT priority.
To maximise the impact of research and address the identified priorities, research in this area must involve collaboration both within and outside ICT research. Researchers should address EPSRC’s cross-disciplinarity and co-creation cross-ICT priority and continue to develop and strengthen links to research throughout the ICT and the wider EPSRC portfolios.
This area’s close affiliation with psychology and the social sciences is also beneficial and increasingly important in many domains, including:
- interaction design
To address the identified challenges, researchers should demonstrate clear interactions and collaborations with researchers and stakeholders across this interface.