Members of the Centre for Research in Computing (CRC) research the practical problems of what software is, how it is developed, how it is used and spoken about, and how it is taught. Our diverse research community spans the OU, encompassing software, systems, knowledge media, human-centred, social and educational perspectives. We have a mixed research portfolio, embracing science and engineering approaches. Our active themes include: software engineering and design, natural language engineering, interaction design, multimedia, social computing, semantic web services, mobile and ubiquitous systems, music computing and networks. Our vibrant community of over 70 research students enjoys an infrastructure of seminars, research groups, conferences, labs and other resources.
We offer three research degree programmes: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and an online Virtual MPhil.
We have a wide range of powerful computing resources, and an infrastructure for development and prototyping. We have a variety of configurable lab spaces for technical and human studies, and development resources for new technologies.
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