ChiCI Hosts HCI Conference






The British HCI Conference has been organised this year by the Child Computer Interaction Group (ChiCI) at UCLan and will bring together global experts who study how computers and computer technology can be made more useful to humans.

HCI relates to all kinds of users, from children to the elderly, and technologies, from mobile apps and social networking to Google Glass. It is down to HCI that the letters on an iPhone keypad expand to allow for easier typing and it explains many human irritations such as when the ‘done’ button on a phone’s screen changes sides and the user can’t find it. Read more.



ChiCI Sustainability Day


250 Pupils from St Michaels CE High School in Chorley have visited the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to take part in a sustainability day as part of a wider study into teenage energy consumption.

The year nine pupils worked with UCLan’s ChiCi (Child Computer Interaction) Group to share their ideas on ways that future technology can reduce our impact on the environment; this included a straw that can successfully filter any type of water, phones made from recycled plastic bottles and shoes that can charge a mobile phone. They also tested out apps developed by the ChiCi team that assess their domestic energy use and their understanding of it. Read more.