Swansea University's Human-Centred Computing Research Group is based in purpose-built lab, study and maker facilities in the Computational Foundry. Founded in 2006 as the Future Interaction Technology Laboratory (FIT Lab), the group has grown to become internationally recognised as a world-leading centre for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research.
The goal of our research is to put people at the heart of technological innovation – to create platforms, devices and services that are not just functional, but usable, efficient and enjoyable. Much of our research involves working directly with end-users to study, plan, co-design and create new interactions and devices appropriate for their contexts and lived experiences. HCI is a multidisciplinary field that spans beyond computer science into areas including psychology, sociology, health, ethnography, design, human factors, engineering and linguistics, and therefore our research involves a significant number of collaborations with other disciplines within the University and beyond, and longstanding partnerships with industry partners such as BBC, Google, IBM, Microsoft and NHS.
UK Research Councils and industry stakeholders have supported the majority of our work, including over £30M of EPSRC funding. These projects have enabled the group to make significant, recognised, world-leading impacts on the research community, ranging from theoretical frameworks to deep understandings of novel interactions.