University of York

The University of York was founded in 1963 with 200 students. Since then it has expanded to 11,000 students and has over 30 academic departments and research centres. York was rated 7th in the country in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and was awarded “University of the Year” in the 2010 Times Higher Education awards for the UK. The Department of Computer Science is one of the leading departments in the UK, being in the top ten for research power (RAE grade point average times the number of submitted staff) in the 2008 RAE, and having received the highest rating of 5* in the 1996 and 2001 Research Assessment Exercises conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE).

The Human-Computer Interaction Research Group in the Department of Computer Science pursues research on interactive systems for both work and leisure.  This interdisciplinary group has extensive research records in the areas of accessibility, in particular for people with disabilities using the web.  The group also has an interdisciplinary approach looking at key issues regarding user requirements, measurement of usability and user experience and evaluation methodologies.

In relation to the i2Web project the University of York is leading the work on user requirements, focusing on the experiences of users with Web 2.0 technologies on different platforms.  The HCI Research Group has at its disposal a suite of modern, state-of-the-art usability laboratories, including a Home Lab, which consists of a kitchen and two living spaces furnished as a domestic environment. In this space users will experience Web 2.0 through television and on their mobile phones in a naturalistic environment.

The team from University of York will also be leading the evaluation efforts of the project, looking specifically at whether the interactive systems produced by the project will be accessible, usable and acceptable to web developers, designers and practitioners.