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IT Innovation

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We develop new information technologies and their use in industry and commerce. We focus on ways in which this technology can inform areas like secure systems, risk management, cyber security and social media analysis.


Our group explores information technologies, and their use in industry and commerce. We work in industry sectors including:

  • ecology
  • health
  • media
  • e-government
  • oil and gas exploration
  • marine systems
  • education
  • transport

We collaborate with other organisations on funded research projects, through directly-funded contract research and development and through specialist consultancy.

This covers work in areas like:

  • secure systems
  • risk management
  • cyber security
  • crisis management
  • social media analysis
  • social behaviour in complex human-machine networks

Research highlights

Empowering young people to make positive health choices during the COVID-19 pandemic

Helping young people to make positive lifestyle choices has never been as important as it is now. LifeLab is working to ensure young people have a voice, and that they understand the choices they can make to reduce the impact COVID-19 on their lives.

People, projects and publications


Dr Adriana Wilde PhD


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Professor Age Chapman

Professor of Computer Science
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Dr Al Edwards

Associate Professor

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Dr Arturo Vazquez Galvez

Engineering Research Fellow
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Dr Brian Pickering MA, PGCert, MSc, DPhil, MBPsS, MBCS

Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • My focus is on how human agents interact with technology, especially the online world, to achieve their goals. Most of the work I do is informed by Actor Network Theory and tussle analysis, but also the social psychology of group interactions. This also involves the development of agency and increased self-efficacy.
  • Trust: The social science construct of trust as an ongoing negotiation between trustor (who is willing to expose themselves to vulnerability) and the trustee (who must demonstrate their trustworthiness through their actions) is an underlying theme to much of the work I am involved in. I do not conflate trust with a cognitive assessment of cost versus benefit since there is definitely both a social and an emotional component. With regard to technology, trust is an "organising principle" for much technology-mediated interaction. It also relates to constructs like self-efficacy and agency in technology adoption.
  • Cyberpsychology: I bring together many years of experience with computer technologies (especially speech- and language-enabled applications) with a broader psychological perspective. I'm interested primarily in the Internet as a tool to be adapted for user needs, rather than an independent environment, and therefore uncovering the social and network processes which help individuals engage.

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Dr Chengchen Zhang PhD


Research interests

  • Disease Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Nanomaterials (Liquid Metals and Polymers based) 
  • Enviromental Monitoring

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Dr Chris Duckworth PhD, MSci

Senior Enterprise Fellow

Research interests

  • Artificial Intelligence for Health and Wellbeing
  • Explainable Machine Learning
  • Human Centred Interactive Systems
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Professor Chris Freeman PhD, BEng, BSc, CEng, FIET


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Dr Dan Burns

Senior Enterprise Fellow
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My current project portfolio advances data-driven healthcare, 5G media service delivery and security in industry 4.0.
Professorial Fellow in Information Techn