Pervasive Systems

Pervasive Systems

Group Leader

Corina Sas

Institute for Social Futures Fellow, SCC (Pervasive Systems)

C55, C - Floor, InfoLab21

Group Members

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Digitally transforming deliveries and collections in the gig-economy: fairer and more sustainable last mile parcel logistics
01/09/2019 → 30/11/2021

DSI: Collaborative research on Human Memory Augmentation with Earables
01/04/2019 → 31/03/2020

The social future of intelligence
06/03/2019 → …

Qualified Selves: Co-Creating Meaning Post-Big Data
01/01/2019 → 31/10/2020

01/05/2018 → 31/08/2019

DSI: Energy in Schools
01/03/2018 → 30/01/2020

EnvChain - Exploring the viability of using blockchain-based approaches to build trust in the creation, audit and use of synthesised data products to support a broad range of environmental data use cases
01/02/2018 → 31/03/2018

Child Proofing the Internet of Things
01/11/2017 → 31/10/2018

Resolving Conflicts in Public Spaces - ReCoPS
01/10/2017 → 31/08/2019

TrackWater: Supporting High-Value, Low-Cost Rail Network Drainage Asset Management
01/10/2017 → 31/03/2019

Digital Threads : Towards Personalised Craft Production in Malay Cottage Industries
14/02/2017 → 13/02/2019

H2020: AffecTech - Personal Technologies for Affective Health
01/01/2017 → 31/03/2021

Ox-Chain: Towards secure and trustworthy circular economies through distributed ledger technologies
01/09/2016 → 31/10/2020

PACTMAN: Trust and Consent in Future Pervasive Environments (DSI)
01/09/2016 → 28/02/2020

FST Research Impact Fund
31/07/2016 → 31/07/2017

Freight Traffic Control 2050: transforming the energy demands of last-mile urban freight through collaborative logistics
01/04/2016 → 30/08/2019

Cyber Security of the Internet of Things
29/02/2016 → …

Cyber Security of the Internet of things
28/02/2016 → 31/08/2019

Mobile Age
01/02/2016 → 31/01/2019

Data-Driven Precision Surface Water Management for Urban Environments
01/09/2015 → 31/05/2017

Institutional Sponsorship 2015
01/06/2015 → 31/03/2016

Behaviours that Stick: Exploring emotional design of sustainable behaviours that stick
01/04/2014 → 31/12/2014

Research Activity

We research the design, development, deployment and evaluation of mobile and pervasive computing systems and their applications.

Our work is focused on understanding the socio-technical aspects of systems in the real world. With this understanding, we can usefully contribute to both technology itself and debates about critical societal issues, and technology's relevance and role in these.

Our work spans many pervasive computing application areas, including:

  • smart health and wellbeing
  • augmented cognition
  • energy and sustainability
  • pervasive displays and analytics
  • transport information
  • support for trusted working practices

We work closely with partners that provide real-world settings for our studies. We receive financial support from a wide range of sources including EPSRC, TSB, EU and directly from industry.

Research Areas

Professor Corina Sas

Human-Computer Interaction and Digital Health

I enjoy interdisciplinary research and lead large-scale interdisciplinary projects. 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, life-logging technologies and virtual reality.

Professor Adrian Friday

Ubicomp for sustainability, systems support for ubiquitous computing, the Internet of Things

Interested in applying ubicomp sensing to conduct real-world empirical experiments to uncover how everyday practices contribute to carbon externality and global warming, and how we might transform these using technological ubicomp interventions. Recent work has explored energy in the home, time-shifting energy demand, adaptive thermal comfort, sustainable food choice, and promoting sustainable last-mile freight services.

Professor Nigel Davies

Nigel Davies is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Co-Director of Data Science Institute at Lancaster University. His work is in the area of pervasive computing including systems support for new forms of data capture and interaction and is characterized by an experimental approach involving large-scale deployments of novel systems with end-users.

Professor Sumi Helal

Digital Health, the Internet of Things, Pervasive Systems

As Chair of Digital Health, I lead interdisciplinary research and initiatives in digital health in both the School of Computing and Communications (Faculty of Science and Technology) and the Faculty of Health and Medicine. My active areas of research focus on architectural and programmability aspects of the Internet of Things (systems research), and on pervasive/ubiquitous systems and their human-centric applications with special focus on smart spaces, proactive health/wellness, patient empowerment and e-coaching, and assistive technology in support of personal health, ageing, disabilities, and independence.

Professor Richard Harper

Originally trained as a sociologist but now a computer scientist, I am concerned with how new technologies shape us and how we, in turn, shape our technologies - in the space that is often known as Human-Computer Interaction or HCI.

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 explores the obdurate problems associated with the user-centred design of interactive systems that utilise mobile and/or ubicomp technologies and feature context-aware/place-based locative media content. I am particularly interested in the deployment and longitudinal study of technology prototypes and probes in complex or semi-wild settings in order to gain insights into issues of user adoption and appropriation. I follow an iterative development approach with strong elements of co-design and the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Notable past examples of deployments which involved longitudinal study (over several years) include the Hermes office door display system and the Wray display deployment. A current research focus is to explore the potentially positive role that digital technologies can play in mediating and facilitating the nature experience. Indeed, given the widespread concern over society’s growing disconnect with nature (and the scientific evidence showing the health and wellbeing benefits associated with time spent in nature) there is a societal urgency to investigate ways of realising this potential. 

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 interdisciplinary 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 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 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 on their Windows XP and CE operating systems, and have developed patented and licensed technologies for the creation of emergent displays.

Dr Bran Knowles

Bran Knowles is a Lecturer in Data Science, focusing on trust, privacy and ethical considerations surrounding data and data systems. Her background is multidisciplinary, spanning the psychology, sociology, anthropology, and design, and her PhD is in Digital Innovation. Her research explores different aspects of trust through ethnographic case studies, develops conceptual models of trust that help in understanding a research agenda for developing trusted data systems, and develops practitioner guidelines for creating trusted data systems. She approaches the development of socio-technical systems from a human perspective, applying an understanding of how people come to trust one another in the real world towards understanding how to design systems that people trust.