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UCLIC is a successor to the Ergonomics Unit, which was founded in the mid-1960s as an intercollegiate organisation with its UCL roots in Engineering. The concerns at this time were focused on the physical environment (heat, lighting, stress). As interests shifted more towards the cognitive, the Ergonomics Unit moved to be associated with the Psychology Department, under the leadership of John Long, and flourished until John’s retirement in 2001.
As interests shifted more to interaction with computer systems, so the focus of research and teaching shifted towards HCI. So it was a natural development, on John’s retirement, for Computer Science to become involved. And so in 2001, UCLIC was born, initially under the Directorship of Harold Thimbleby. Ann Blandford took over as Director in 2004 and then Yvonne Rogers took over in 2011. UCLIC moved, physically, from a leased office block near Tottenham Court Road to the main campus in 2008, where it is co-located with Computer Science. Research, teaching and interactions with industry are all flourishing.
A history of the Ergonomics Unit and UCLIC written by Ann Blandford for The Ergonomist.
An informal history of the Unit by Rachel Benedyk.
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