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University of Birmingham

Founded in 1900 by the citizens of Birmingham, the University of Birmingham is a world leading higher education institution, both nationally and internationally, which offers high-standard teaching and research in most major disciplines.

The University ranked 67th in the QS world university (2011) and 99th in Shanghai Jiao Tong University World Rankings (2010). The University of Birmingham has academic staff of distinction, many recognised as international leaders in their fields and attracts students of high ability.

The University is also one of the leading research-based universities in the United Kingdom. The last UK Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 confirmed that 90% of the University’s research has global reach, meaning it is recognised internationally in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. The University also ranked 12th in the UK overall (out of 159 institutions) in the Research Fortnight University Power Ranking, based on the quality and quantity of UK university’s research output.

The School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering undertakes research across a wide range of disciplines, including computer vision and activity recognition, multimodal human-computer and human-robot interaction, social signal processing, adaptive learning environments, affective computing.

The Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Centre is a cross disciplinary centre of excellence within the University and undertakes research in core HCI and especially in the fusion of HCI and Artificial Intelligence techniques to build intelligent user interfaces and novel forms of interaction.

The centre leads the development of our understanding of how people interact with technologies, and how one transforms the other. Undertaking fundamental and applied work, its mission is to create and remain at the leading edge of research, producing science and applications of significant social and economic impact. The centre has been a partner in a wide range of research projects funded by UK research councils, EU R&D programmes, industry and others.