In the age of AI, computational systems are becoming deeply integrated into the fabric of people’s lives.

Human Centred Computing is a group of researchers who examine the impacts that contemporary computing systems have on individuals, communities and societies, and to identify ways that these innovations can be ethical and better support human flourishing. We seek to understand the implications of emerging advancements in technology on both micro and macro scales, and highlight opportunities, challenges and risks in innovation.

We use a range of research methods and our findings promote various forms of positive impact, such as: fostering responsibility in the design, building, implementation and evaluation of new forms of computer systems; education and engagement; and frameworks for policy and governance. Our work is committed to the support of human autonomy and well-being, the promotion of human values, and the protection of the natural environment. Under this broad remit we focus on several key themes and topic areas. These include:

  • Ethical AI: transparency and accountability of algorithms in data-driven systems
  • Responsible Innovation: governance and guidelines for the development of quantum computing, social robotics, ethical training for computational researchers and professionals
  • User empowerment: age appropriate design, protection for children and vulnerable citizens
  • Ethical data architectures: autonomy and democracy of information sharing and access
  • Digital well-being: privacy and security, attention economy, self-regulation

Considering applying to the MSc or DPhil programme, or looking for a postdoc? Get in touch if you have any questions by e-mailing any of the faculty PIs.