Pervasive Systems

The Pervasive Computing group at Lancaster conducts world-class research into the the design, development, deployment and evaluation of mobile and pervasive computing systems. Our work is characterised by a focus on understanding the socio-technical aspects of systems in the real-world so that we can usefully contribute to both technology itself and to debates about important societal issues, and technology's relevance and role in these. Our work spans a number of pervasive computing application areas including augmented cognition, energy and sustainability, pervasive displays and analytics, transport information and support for trusted working practices. We work closely with partners that provide real-world settings for our studies and we receive financial support from a wide range of sources including EPSRC, TSB, EU and directly from industry.

Members and Interests

Prof. Nigel Davies (Group Leader)

Models and patterns of trust, Pervasive memory capture and augmentation.

Dr Lynne Blair

- Human aspects of Computing such as personal and social implications of our digital economy on community values and integrity, wellbeing, and environmental implications regarding sustainability in digital innovations.

- Values and frames – applied to digital technologies; and specifically the integration of values into design through the HCI field of Value Sensitive Design.

- Interactions occurring in software systems (feature-oriented development), aspect-oriented software development and formal verification techniques.

Dr Keith Cheverst

My research over the last decade has focused on exploring the obdurate problems associated with the user-centred design of interactive systems (typically systems that utilise mobile and/or ubicomp technologies) in complex or semi-wild settings and the deployment and longitudinal study of these systems in order to gain insights into issues of user adoption and appropriation. Current projects include ‘SHARC’ which is supporting the co-design of technology for the Shared Curation of local history in a rural community.

Dr Adrian Friday

Adrian Friday is an active researcher with 18+ years experience in mobile and ubiquitous computing systems. Over the past 18 months, he has assembled a new team of five researchers, and coordinates work on the application of ubiquitous computing to mitigating climate change. He is well known for his longitudinal ‘in the wild’ studies of ubicomp systems: since 2006, creating a unique testbed of over 30 situated public displays, still in daily use by end-users and now part of PD-NET international testbed with nodes in UK, US and Europe. He has extensive experience of collaborative multi-disciplinary research, as a PI (Equator GR/N15986/01, a high-impact IRC, 2001-7), and latterly, as PI of “Informing energy choices using ubiquitous sensing” (EP/I00033X/1): bringing several disciplines together to study the GhG impact of our daily lives using a mix of ethnographic fieldwork and ubicomp probes. He is widely published and cited: with over 100 peer-reviewed articles and his 5 highest cited publications attract over 2,000 citations. He has been recognised as TPC chair of the leading Ubicomp & Pervasive conferences, and is general co-chair of Ubicomp 2014.

Dr Mike Hazas

In brief, my research is concerned with everyday practices and technologies, and how they can be related to sustainability.

These include practices like playing, working or doing the laundry, and their connection to energy demand and wider impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions. I apply multidisciplinary observational approaches which juxtapose quantitative measures of demand and impact, and qualitative/quantitative data from everyday life (e.g. room occupancy, appliance times-of-use, routines of practice, and social meanings and expectations). Specific empirical sites have included cooking, thermal comfort and digital media and entertainment.

Dr Mark Rouncefield

Mark's research covers various different aspects of the empirical study of work, organisation, human factors and interactive computer systems design. This work is strongly inter-disciplinary in nature and has led to extensive and continuing collaborations with colleagues in Sociology, Computing, Informatics and Management departments both in the UK and abroad. His empirical studies of work and technology have contributed to critical debates concerning the relationship between social and technical aspects of IT systems design and use. He is particularly associated with the development of ethnography as a method for informing design and evaluation.

Dr Corina Sas

My research interests include human-computer interaction, interaction design, user experience, designing tools and interactive systems to support high level skill acquisition and training such as creative and reflective thinking in design, autobiographical reasoning, emotional processing and spatial cognition. This work explores and integrates wearable bio sensors, lifelogging technologies and virtual reality. Analytical orientations: ethnographic and experimental studies, design thinking and design rationale.

Dr Joe Finney

My research revolves around the investigation of network and system support for mobile, embedded and ubiquitous computing. I typically employ an experimental methodology in my research. Through the prototyping of novel and emerging applications, I work to discover new requirements, architectures, protocols and techniques for future networks and systems. I find adopting such a pragmatic and experimental approach not only provides accurate research results and insights, but also enables more direct dissemination of research results into both the academic and industrial research communities. As an example of this, previous work I undertook around the Mobile IPv6 protocol was later adopted by Microsoft and integrated in their Windows XP and CE operating systems, and have developed patented and licensed technology for the creation of emergent displays.