The People and Technology (PAT) research group is a collection of researchers interested in understanding, designing, and evaluating digital technologies through psychological and socio-scientific sensitivities. We contribute mainly to the disciplines of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Applied Psychology, and Computer-Supported Collaboration (CSCW and Social Computing).
The group is committed to experience-centred, participatory approaches to the design of digital technology, helping ensure that technological developments give people a chance for a richer life, include people who too often are excluded, and ensure everyone can express what matters to them.
PAT members have significant expertise in several areas:
- Technology for health, wellbeing and social care
- Ethics and responsibility in developing and deploying digital interactive tools and software systems
- Misinformation, disinformation, deepfakes
- Human cognition and the experience of digital tools and systems
- Digital technologies for community engagement and grassroots practices
- Games, play, serious games, and gamification
- Computer-supported collaboration and work practices
- The experience of participation and involvement of stakeholders in the co-design of technology
PAT faculty members are involved in teaching and supervising students, particularly as part of the BA in Psychology and Computing (in collaboration with the School of Computer Science & Information Technology) and of postgraduate research degrees.
Dr Irum Rauf
Dr Sarah Robinson