Collective Human-Information Interaction (CHI2)

Initiator Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Peter Johnson
University of Bristol: Alex Bentley
Cardiff University: Alun Preece
University of Exeter: Roger Maull

Project outcomes
Advances in information and communication technologies – including human-computer interaction, intelligent information processing, “big data” and social media – have led to new possibilities for how people and machines can live and work collectively: making best cumulative use of each other’s strengths and ameliorating each other’s weaknesses.

The emerging area of Collective Human-Information Interaction requires rich interdisciplinary study and integration. Opportunities exist to produce ground-breaking research outputs with significant potential for impact, including defence and security, economics, health and wellbeing, and social policy.

This project has enabled the creation of a multi-disciplinary community of nearly 50 researchers, providing critical mass for synergistic new research. The community has engaged with external partners, for example Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). This has begun a process of strategic partnering potential able to access additional and new funding.