At the Knowledge Lab we pursue research into the ways in which digital technologies and digital information are transforming how people learn, work and communicate. Our research is centred on three key questions:



What is the potential for new technologies to inform the pedagogies and practice of learning and to transform education?

Learning takes place in formal and informal contexts, in the workplace, in transitions between education and work, and throughout life Informed by pedagogic theory and practice, we investigate critically the roles and influences of digital technologies in individual, group, community and organisational learning.

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How can digital systems be designed so as to foster equality of opportunity, social inclusion and well-being?

We pursue participatory design methodologies to build innovative mobile and pervasive computing systems, working in collaboration with user stakeholders, educationalists, scientists, businesses and other public and private organisations. We work to understand how people and technology interact, and how digital technologies can enable members of society to participate fully in cultural activity, business and e-government.

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How can innovative computational methods and technologies be leveraged to support individuals and communities in information searching and understanding, and in knowledge creation?

The ubiquity of digital technologies is making available increasing volumes and varieties of data and information, presenting new opportunities for creating, assimilating, critiquing and sharing knowledge. Applying advanced computational techniques from big data, information integration, information management, information retrieval, knowledge representation and logical reasoning, we design and evaluate tools to support users in finding, combining and visualising information and in creating, assimilating, critiquing and sharing knowledge. We explore the use of social network analysis to understand how people collaborate with and influence each other and how knowledge diffuses through such networks.

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