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Department of Computer Science and Technology


The Learning & Human Intelligence Group (LHI) aims to provide equitable and effective learning for all by bringing together experts in education, cognitive science, and computer science. 

At the core of the group is the established expertise of the Cambridge Institute for Automated Language Teaching and Assessment (ALTA), the Ada Computer Science project (creators of the technology behind Isaac Computer Science and Isaac Physics) and the Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre.

With Artificial Intelligence proliferating in many aspects of society, the group’s emphasis on Human Intelligence is purposeful. Our focus is on optimising and exploiting technologies including AI to facilitate human learning and to support the acquisition of critical human thinking; the essential skills required to navigate a world overwhelmed with automatically generated and potentially fallacious information.

Major research themes of the group include the psychology of learning, longitudinal learning outcomes, human-computer interaction, the application and theoretical underpinning of large language models and the ethics of AI in education technology.


  • To research technologies that assist learning and promote human intelligence;
  • To reduce the ‘disadvantage gap' in schools and universities (Longfield 2020, European Commission 2021);
  • To ground new initiatives in learning; providing scale, impact, and innovation through the sharing of resources and expertise.


  • Join the LHI group by editing your personal profile (see instructions here)
  • Join the LHI mailing list here:
  • Contact us about research collaboration or project supervision (lhi-admins 'at'
  • Lunchtime meet ups for networking and discussion (join the mailing list to find out more)


  • 2nd July 2024: LHI Expo posters & talks, Dept of Computer Science & Technology
  • 19th March 2024: LHI talks & lunch event, Dept of Computer Science & Technology
  • 14th November 2023: LHI launch lunch event, Dept of Computer Science & Technology
  • 17th October 2023: news article on the department website about the LHI group.