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About the Centre for Communication and Computing
The Centre for Communication and Computing (CCC) is a multi-disciplinary and cross-faculty initiative within the University of Copenhagen joining expertise from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities. It was established in 2011 as a joint venture of the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, and the Centre for Language Technology. In 2013 the Royal School of Library and Information Science merged with the University of Copenhagen and at the same time became a partner in CCC.
Computers and IT systems are key components of human communication and social collaboration in the 21st century. Different sectors of society – private business, public administration, education, health, leisure as well as personal and family life – are shaped, in important respects, by the use of IT. Diverse scientific fields, equally, de-pend on IT to study issues and problems arising from each sector, and to develop solutions and innovations for the future. Compared to past dreams of artificial intelligence and quick technological fixes to complex social problems, current research recognizes that IT, more than a separate tool, has become an integrated condition of both science and society.
The Centre for Communication and Computing (CCC) is dedicated to exploring the nexus between computing and human communication. The mission of the centre is to:
• Advance interdisciplinary research in computer-mediated communication, language technology and interaction design;
• Provide a physical and intellectual home for researchers who share a common interest in the study, design and innovative uses of information and communication technologies;
• Foster research partnerships with industry, government and other external stakeholders;
• Support the education of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students with a view to addressing real-life problems;
• Enhance the ways in which people communicate and collaborate in their working and everyday lives.
The vision of the centre is to be a world-class incubator for interdisciplinary research and innovation within the field of communication and computing. The ambition is to bring together computer scientists, humanistic researchers, students and external collaborators in a unique setting so that they may identify, address and help to solve key societal challenges such as enhancing health care and improving education.
The Centre for Communication and Computing joins computing sciences with communication studies and other humanities to produce cutting-edge interdisciplinary knowledge about the social uses and implications of IT as well as developing innovative designs and uses of IT. Centre projects are guided by three considerations:
• To provide theoretically grounded and empirically substantiated analyses of the uses of IT in various domains of practice, for example, organizational decision-making, translation services and computer game development;
• To translate scientific findings within these domains into innovative technological solutions and best practices for the design of computer-based information and communication systems;
• To share insights from research through collaboration with private business, the public sector and civil society.
A central aim is to promote research that combines conceptual-analytical approaches - typical of humanistic research - with constructive, experimental and design-oriented approaches typical of computing sciences and software engineering. Thus, the centre encourages mixed methods research - approaches that combine different data collection and analysis methods, typically with the aim of generating richer insights into real-world questions or problems.
Currently, the centre is engaged in research concerning interaction design, computer-supported cooperative work, medical informatics, participatory design, software development, information retrieval, social media, computer games, the aesthetics of ‘new' media, the digitalization of ‘old' media and communication theory.
The centre is dedicated to interdisciplinary education and contributes actively to teaching and developing several interdisciplinary programmes at the University of Copenhagen.
The centre's contribution to these programmes is premised on two principles: first, the coupling of research and teaching is the hallmark of university education; second, students' learning experience should include real-world problems throughout their education. Accordingly, problem-based study projects conducted in close collaboration with private and public organizations are a key component of the educational programmes in which centre faculty is involved.
The centre is committed to fostering collaboration and building relationships with external partners and stakeholders. These may include private companies and public institutions as well as non-governmental organisations, community and voluntary groups. The premise is that such collaboration provides opportunities not only for disseminating research findings, but also for gaining input from external stakeholders to inform and improve the centre's research activities.
Thus, collaboration with external partners constitutes a two-way street: disseminating scientific knowledge for societal use and incorporating practical knowledge and experience into research and education.
Current collaborative partners include: Microsoft, Autodesk, The Ministry of Health, Netminers, Interfazes, watAgame, Telenor, Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, Moesgård Museum and Kolding Libraries.
The centre hosts two experimental laboratories that provide researchers and students with resources to explore new technologies: an experience lab with state-of-the-art equipment for observing and monitoring users' behaviour and interactions with new digital media - and a visualisation lab equipped with various vertical and horizontal displays for studying how people interact with and understand large collections of data.
Faculty currently affiliated with the centre come from the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, the Centre for Language Technology, the Royal School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Computer Science. Faculty from other departments are expected to join the centre as it grows.