The ChiCI Group is based in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences within the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
The ChiCI Group is made up of a team of individuals who share a common belief that the usability of technology for children is worth special consideration. Most of the members of the group have offices in the Computing & Technology building which is in the main Preston campus at UCLan.
The group’s main purpose is to provide a lively and supportive environment for the pursuit of research into the design and evaluation of interactive products for children. Within this broad remit, a special emphasis is placed on usability and fun, the design of technologies for literacy and the design and evaluation of novel technologies.
This work includes postgraduate research, postdoctoral research and development projects. These activities rely on internal funding (from the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences and the Faculty of Science and Technology) as well as on external grants and tenders.
The group is active in the organization of conferences, events and seminars, the supervision of research students and the provision of dedicated postgraduate courses.