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Human Centred Technology Research Centre

The Human-Centred Technology Research Centre endeavours to perform world-class research that puts the human user at the centre of the technology development. Researchers at HCT undertake fundamental and applied research into the nature, creation and use of technology that enables people in all walks of life to take knowledgeable, well-informed and responsible actions. The HCT Research Centre focuses on technology research that assists humans in their life and learning, that supports them in their health and well-being, that enables them to perform and communicate better, that allows them to be more secure, and that empowers them to achieve their goals.

Our core research strengths are along the information processing pipeline from sensors, to data analysis, to modelling, to prediction and classification, leading to knowledge discovery. A particular focus lies on pattern recognition, signal processing, data analytics, computational intelligence and telecommunications, in combination with related areas such as artificial intelligence, computer vision, data mining, human-computer interaction, image processing, speech analysis, machine learning, multimodal fusion, robotics, and wireless sensor networks.

HCT Winter Research Scholarships  (WRS-2016)

The HCT Winter Research Scholarships  (WRS-2016) are offered to third or final year undergraduate and postgraduate students (including current Honours students) more

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    University of Canberra HDR student Neelu Gurung’s study is looking into how communication can be impacted by a robot with a face.

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    The University of Canberra’s research disciplines deemed to be above and well-above world class has more than doubled in less than three years, according to a recent government assessment of research excellence.

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    UC research will teach computers to better understand human moods

    A project, led by the University of Canberra, will look at teaching computers to better understand the complexity of human emotions.

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  4. Photo of Dr Lakmal Seneviratne from Khalifa University Robotics Institute, Scott Russell from Tactical Research, and Dr Damith Herath and Dr Roland Goecke from the University of Canberra.

    Project tests robots’ readiness for regional Australia

    A new partnership between Tactical Research and the University of Canberra will explore how robotic technology can be used in the Snowy Mountains

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News Archive

UC robot goes to school

28 October 2013: With pencils freshly sharpened and rulers at the ready, the Year 2 students from Brindabella Christian College couldn't wait to do some maths.
Perhaps their eagerness to crunch numbers had to do with a special visitor from the University of Canberra.
He is only 60 centimetres tall, but very charming, his name is Ardie … and he's a robot. 


UC teams 'imagine' solutions for competition

11 April 2013: A novel tool to help young children with autism develop their social and communication skills and a system to help blind people recognise signs in public places using their mobile phone are two University of Canberra projects that will compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup national finals today. 

Software success for Stuart

3 April 2013: For Stuart Anderson, graduating with a Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) is the next step in an exciting journey, as he begins his PhD looking at virtual representations of reality at the University of Canberra.