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Open University Computing and Communications Department

Welcome to Computing and Communications at the Open University

Head of Department: Dr Mark Woodroffe

We are a large, thriving department with an active research programme and a deep commitment to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In keeping with the Open University's position as the world leader in distance education, we see the Department's development in the context of international excellence in research and teaching using Supported Open Learning and Distance Teaching techniques.

The Computing and Communications Department is part of the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, and comprises over 42 central academic members of staff and 10 academic staff based at regional centres around the UK. It is also home for a number of research fellows, visiting researchers and both full-time and part-time research students.

The main interests for both teaching and research currently lie in the areas of software engineering, human-computer interaction, intelligent systems, and informatics education and computational linguistics.

The Open University is more than just a place of learning - it is a community. As members of the community we have responsibilities to each other, responsibilities which, if we all meet them, will allow our student members to achieve their full potential. You can read more about how we work with you on the University's Student Charter website.

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27 November 2014
Perspectives on Software Visualization
Software visualization addresses the visual representation of software systems, their dynamic execution, and their development process.
11 December 2014
"Upside Energy — Opening up demand response to everyone"
The UK's electricity grid is under stress. At peak times, it runs very close to full capacity — creating risks of blackouts, increasing the cost of electricity, and driving up our use of dirty, carbon-emitting energy generation.
15 January 2015
Amy Isard
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29 January 2015
Dr David King
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