Equator is a six-year Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) supported by EPSRC that focuses on the integration of physical and digital interaction.
The IRC brings together researchers from eight different institutions and a variety of disciplines that address the technical, social and design issues in the development of new inter-relationships between the physical and digital.
A series of experience projects engage with different user communities to develop new combinations of physical and digital worlds and how explore these may be exploit enhance the quality of everyday life.
A series of research challenges explore new classes of device that link the physical and the digital, research into adaptive software architectures and new design and evaluation methods that draw together approaches from social science, cognitive science and art and design. Now in its third year, it involves over 60 researchers, with a range of expertise that encompasses computer science, psychology, sociology, design and the arts.