Studies of the biology and psychology of human vision, hearing and other senses, to underpin design and implementation of human-computer interfaces.
This area encompasses basic studies of the biology and psychology of human vision, hearing and other senses (especially touch), to underpin design and implementation of human-computer interfaces.
Studies of human vision can inform not only the design of displays but also new thinking in image and vision research. Studies of hearing can inform the design of improved speech recognition systems and studies of touch can inform the design of haptic interfaces to virtual environments.
For research to be considered by EPSRC, rather than other research councils, it is essential to link aims and objectives to the underpinning of information and communication technologies (ICT) design.
We will continue to support key capability, with the expectation that researchers will communicate and collaborate with other research areas to ensure impact in the ICT portfolio. Our aims are set out below.
Links across research areas
Links should continue to be demonstrated with the following research areas:
- Image and vision computing
- Artificial intelligence technologies
- Human-computer interaction
- Natural language processing
- Speech technology
- Human communication in ICT
- Graphics and visualisation
- Assistive technologies
There will be stronger links between machine vision and human vision and perception researchers, to advance new insights into machine vision research.
Our portfolio will continue to contribute to scene understanding for robot vision (together with the Image and vision computing and Artificial intelligence technologies research areas) and in the development of haptic interfaces for robotics and for virtual environments
Vision and perception
Our portfolio will continue to strengthen links between Visualisation and Human-computer interaction, Psychology, and Vision, hearing and other senses, to inform and evaluate the way information is presented visually and in the multi-modal ways that humans have evolved to perceive.
We aim to have a portfolio where researchers make a strong contribution to healthcare with respect to development of Assistive Technologies for hearing and vision.
Contribution to cross-ICT priorities
Researchers in this area have a role to play in contributing to EPSRC’s cross-ICT priorities (especially the Cross-disciplinarity co-creation priority), in terms of shared identification and ownership of research challenges. They should also play a role in delivering the objectives of the Future intelligent technologies, People at the heart of ICT, and Data enabled decision making cross-ICT priorities.
Cross-council remit boundaries
We will maintain close internal and external communication about the remit of proposals at cross-research council boundaries, as this area crosses into the remit of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).