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 was co-located with Computer Science. There has been another move since then, along with some parts of Computer Science to a recently refurbished building, just around the corner on Gower Street. Research, teaching and interactions with industry are all flourishing.
In 2011, we celebrated 10 years of UCLIC with a networking event for past and present students, workers and friends of UCLIC, that was aptly named 'UCLIC@10'. Rachel provided much entertainment on the night with her potted history of UCLIC! See also some more information about UCLIC and the Ergonomics Unit below as well as our most recent newsletters.
An informal history of the Ergonomics by Rachel Benedyk.
UCLIC newsletter 2014 - our next newsletter will be released in early summer 2016.