Research Themes act as a way of
gathering, analysing and recording the lasting knowledge that
comes out of all DIRC research. One of the motivations in selecting
the themes was that it should be possible (and interesting) to
look at them from both a technical (system) and human (user) viewpoint.
Furthermore, some of our hopes to make progress on these difficult
themes was that we might be able to deploy ideas from say, the
psychological or sociological research to the technical issues
(and, of course, vice versa).
Most of the early effort in DIRC
focused on Activities which addressed particular objectives and
normally got involved with one or more external applications.
Each activity involved partners from more than one site and more
than one discipline. This demonstrates the collaborative and interdisciplinary
policy of the DIRC project.
Activities acted as units of work
within the overall programme of DIRC; they are more of internal
than global interest but a listing of them can be seen here.
In particular, we operate in a way which ensures that we achieve
the long term technical objectives embodied in the Research Themes
and be in a position to react more flexibly to outside engagements.