Pete Edwards is Professor of Computing Science and Director of the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub. He has over 25 years experience in distributed information systems, including research on aspects of distributed problem-solving and data-mining. His current research interests are focused around intelligent information infrastructures, with particular emphasis on provenance, information quality, and trust; these are explored in the context of applications built using linked (open) data.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John D. Nelson
John Nelson is Professor of Transport Studies, Director of the Centre for Transport Research and leader for Intelligent Mobility in dot.rural. He is particularly interested in the application and evaluation of new technologies to improve public transport and current projects cover many aspects of mobility management including investigations of internet-based journey planners, flexible transport systems and Bus Rapid Transit. His research interests include: user requirements of both passengers and public transport operators and evaluating the impact of an enhanced information ecosystem on trip planning, activity patterns and longer-term behaviour change.Email: email@example.com
I hold a Chair in the School of Engineering within the College of Physical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, UK.
I participate in the teaching activities of the School, in taught courses, laboratory activities and undergraduate and postgraduate project supervision. Over the years, I have presented various undergraduate teaching courses (these include a popular web-based Communications Engineering course). I also teach on Internet Engineering and Digital Video Broadcast, and the DMX control protocol.
I conduct my research in Internet Engineering within the Electronics Research Group (a part of the School’s Communication and Imaging Research Group), where I specialise in transport, protocol design, satellite broadband and multicast transmission. I am a member of the transport directorate and currently chair the Transport and Services Working Group (TSVWG), responsible for oversight of IETF transport protocols and their interaction with the Internet.
Timothy J. Norman read Engineering at the University of Wales Swansea (1992), then graduated from University of London (University College) in 1997 with a Ph.D. in Computer Science. He worked as a postdoctoral research assistant at Queen Mary, University of London until 1999, at which time he was appointed as Lecturer in Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005, Reader in 2008 and in 2009 (at age 38) to a personal chair as Professor of Computing Science.
Professor Norman’s principal research field is multi-agent systems, with a focus on computational models of policies (or norms), trust, and argumentation. He is interested in how systems may be designed and analysed for policy compliance, and how these techniques can be applied to support for human decision making (e.g. in collaborative planning teams). Prof Norman’s interests in computational models of trust focus on assessment of (how much do I) and making decisions to (will I) trust in service/information providers. His interests in computational models of argumentation include dialogue strategy, empirical evaluation of models of reasoning and dialogue, and formal models of delegation.
Rene van der Wal
Claire Wallace is Professor of Sociology and has been Vice-Principal for Research and Knowledge Exchange since 2011. Professor Wallace was President of the European Sociological Association and has co-ordinated and participated in a number of European grants in the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Framework programmes as well as undertaking research for other parts of the European Commission and the UK Research Councils. She is currently on the ESRC Research Committee and chairs a panel at the Academy of Finland. Within dot.rural she is Head of the Enterprise and Culture theme. Claire was born in London and obtained her Bachelors and Doctoral degrees from the University of Kent.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Wilson studied physiology at Balliol College, Oxford, followed by a Wellcome Foundation doctoral studentship in the Department of Anatomy at Oxford, where he worked on serotonin metabolism in the hypothalamus and its interaction with the neuroendocrine system. He then went to Cambridge to become a clinical medical student. Three years after qualifying, he became a partner in a small practice in Battlefield, in South East Glasgow. In 1997 this practice became one of the first five CSO-funded research practices in Scotland.
In 1995, he began to work one day per week in the then Department of General Practice at the University of Glasgow. Between 1998 and May 2001, he was medical director of WestNet, the West of Scotland Primary Care Research Network. He was appointed a primary care career scientist by the Chief Scientist Office in October 2003, with a programme of research involving the role of primary care in improving the mental health of pre-school children. ?He was also clinical advisor to the Medical Research Coucil Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow between 2001 and 2012.
In August 2012 he was appointed University of Aberdeen Professor of Primary Care and Rural Health. Within the dot.rural Hub Prof Wilson is head of the Health theme.Email: email@example.com
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Mark Beecroft is a Lecturer in Transport Studies he is interested in the interactions between transport users, policymakers and service providers and new/emerging technologies which support transport. His broader research interests are intelligent transport systems, transport policy, transport history, personal security in transport and transport education.
Mark’s research interests include: exploring issues related to the influence of individually tailored travel information upon travel behavior.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Caitlin Cottrill is a Lecturer in Geography & Environment, and has particular interest in applications of technology for improvement of access and mobility. Among her research interests, Caitlin is interested in crowdsourced data for more effective transport decision making, and in how this data can in turn be used for more effective transport planning on the part of operators.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dr Nir Oren is an associated investigator for the FITS project in the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub, and a lecturer at the department of Computing Science, with an interest in agreement technologies covering diverse areas such as norms, trust and argumentation. His roles include PhD student supervision and guiding the computer science related research within the FITS project.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Z. Pan
Jeff Z. Pan is a Senior Lecturer and the Deputy Director of Research in the Department of Computing Science. He has over 100 refereed publications and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Web Semantics (JoWS, impact factor 3.4) and the International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS). He is a key contributor to the W3C OWL2 standard and is widely recognised for his work on scalable and efficient ontology reasoning and query answering (see e.g. the TrOWL Tractable OWL2 reasoning infrastructure he leads, http://trowl.eu/).
Jeff’s research interests include: scalable and efficient ontology reasoning and query answering, in particular for trust and reputation management.Email: email@example.com
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Dr Lorna Philip is an investigator on the TOPS project. She is leading the observational fieldwork, working closely with research staff Alasdair Mort and Anne Roberts. She is the lead supervisor for Gillian Dowds, one of two TOPS PhD students. Lorna is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Aberdeen. Her research interests include exploring aspects of change in rural communities with a particular focus on ageing and population mobility. She is CI on the ESRC funded PolicyGrid II project and has recently completed another ESRC funded project exploring Retirement Transition Migration in remote rural areas of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.Email: email@example.com
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Alison Smart is Senior Lecturer in Management in the University of Aberdeen Business School. Alison read chemistry and completed a DPhil (also in Chemistry) at the University of York, before joining ICI and then Zeneca as an R&D Chemist. She has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and worked as a Research Fellow in innovation and technology management at the University of Edinburgh, before joining Manchester Business School as a Lecturer in Operations Management. Alison joined the University of Aberdeen in January 2009, and is currently head of the Management Studies Group.
Alison’s research is centred around process innovations, particularly those that happen at the interface of organizations. As well as being involved in the ASSURE project with dot.rural, she is also currently involved in research on the adoption of RFID for track-and-trace in supply networks, and in looking at different models for the delivery of glaucoma care.Email: Alison.Smart@glasgow.ac.uk
Yaji Sripada is a Lecturer in Computing Science. He is interested in developing computational techniques for generating linguistic descriptions of complex data. He is one of the founding directors of Data2Text Ltd, a university spin-off that builds software systems to automatically generate textual summaries of complex data.
Yaji’s research interests include: exploring the issues related to presentation of individually tailored travel information to passengers with the aim of achieving behavioral change.Email: email@example.com
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Accessibility & Mobilities
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Liang Chen is a research fellow for the SMiLE and TRUMP projects in the dot.rural Digital Economy Research Hub at the University of Aberdeen. Prior to this, he spent two months working as a postdoctoral researcher with the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he also completed his PhD in information security in 2011. His current research focuses on the interface between multi-agent systems and security with respect to norms/policies, and examines how those work can be applied into the dot.rural projects.Email: email@example.com
David Corsar is a computing science research fellow at the dot.rural Digital Economy Research Hub at the University of Aberdeen. He is interested in knowledge acquisition on the Semantic Web, employing Semantic Web technologies for knowledge representation, and reasoning with those models. He received his PhD in computing science from the University of Aberdeen, UK in 2009, on the topic of creating knowledge-based systems through the use of ontology mapping and ontology guided acquisition of rules for particular types of problem solvers.
David’s research interests include: exploring issues regarding the integration of multiple sources of linked open data, crowdsourcing linked data and representing both the data and its provenance in order to support reasoning about trust, quality, reliability, reputation about users placed within the context of their explicit and also implicit social networks.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt is a part time Research Fellow on the ASICA project, which aims to support those suffering from melanoma.Email: email@example.com
Chukwuemeka David Emele
Dr. Chukwuemeka David Emele is a Research Fellow for both Flexible Integrated Transport Services (FITS) and Agent and Semantic Support for Rural Enterprise (ASSURE) projects in dot.rural hub. Dr. David Emele is a computer scientist, and he is currently investigating how novel technologies involving agents, semantic matchmaking, social media, argumentation and other coordination mechanisms can be exploited to reduce the wide digital divide between rural and urban areas, and to deliver value-added services to people in rural areas of Scotland. David was awarded PhD in Computing Science in 2011 from the University of Aberdeen. David’s PhD explored how argumentation-derived evidence could be utilised to learn policy constraints of others in a collaborative setting and to facilitate the development of strategies for future interactions. David holds a Bachelors degree (firstclass hons) in Computer Science, and a Masters degree in Electronic Commerce Technology.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Gault is a computing science research fellow. Paul studied for is PhD at the School of Computing, University of Dundee. Paul’s background in Interactive Media Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. His interest lay in exploring how an ethnographic understanding of people’s lived experience can be brought into design and business. This is concerned with the emerging field of design ethnography focusing on how experience research can help deliver value and be effectively deployed across a large organization. His current work involves developing frameworks to support the gathering of fieldwork data across large groups of non-specialists and providing platforms for cross-disciplinary creative thinking to flourish.
Paul’s research interests include: Design ethnography, mixed-method approaches to experience research, tools to support fieldwork in large public settings; Citizen journalism, crowd sourcing, collaborative creativity; and understanding intersection of research, design & business.Email: email@example.com
Xiwu Han is a Computing Science Research Fellow focussing on Natural Language Generation. His research involvement in the wikiRivers project is to investigate the relationship between river level knowledge and possible corpuses that people use to describe river levels. He aims to improve the communication effectiveness between water users and water databases.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Alasdair Mort is a Research Fellow for the MIME and TOPS Healthcare projects in dot.rural. A human physiologist by training, Alasdair is interested in digital methods of sensing health-related data from the human body and how these can be interpreted and presented for the benefit of users and healthcare providers. Alasdair was awarded his PhD in public health in 2010 from the University of Aberdeen – his thesis explored the potential of novel electronic health sensors in remote and rural search and rescue. Alasdair’s first degree was in Physiology and Sports Science from the University of Glasgow (1999), following which he undertook a Masters in Human and Applied Physiology at King’s College London (2001). Alasdair also spent almost six years (2001-2006) in commercial research working for QinetiQ ltd.Email: email@example.com
Dr. Leanne Townsend is a Research Fellow working within dot.rural, the RCUK-funded Digital Economy hub at the University of Aberdeen. Leanne works across two projects. “Agent and Semantic Support for Rural Enterprise” (ASSURE) explores how online social networking technologies can be appropriated for use by rural businesses in order to strengthen their networks and improve collaborative behaviours. “Satellite Internet for Rural Access” (SIRA) studies the rural-urban digital divide and explores connectivity solutions and the impact of broadband for businesses and communities living in remote areas. Leanne’s research interests include: online social and business networking; participatory design; Internet psychology; digital habitats; online identities; identity and place.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gemma Webster is a Research Fellow on the CURIOS and MinkApp projects at dot.rural. Within dot.rural, Gemma’s research focus is Natural Language Generation (NLG) and how digital rural interventions will communicate with and be used by people. Gemma completed her undergraduate degree in computing (2008) and PhD (2011) at the School of Computing, University of Dundee before moving to Lancaster University as a Research Assistant. Gemma’s research interests include HCI, assistive technology, older adults and dementia.
In her PhD ‘Multimedia Profiles as External Personalities to Support People with Dementia and their Carers’ Gemma researched and develop software that could act as a communication bridge between carers and people with dementia through the use of simple but effective ‘Portraits’. The Portrait project is now continuing through funding from the Research Councils UK ‘Telling Tales of Engagement’ competition. This further development is focusing on three areas: installation and use in care homes, software development, and technology transfer.
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Lekshmy V. Gopal
Lekshmy V V is a PhD student working under Prof. Nagendra Rao Velaga at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Her research topic is titled “Multi-modal Real-time Passenger Information and Trip Planning System Using GPS Enabled Smartphone”.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiona Ashmore (née Heesen) is a PhD student working with the DEAR project. Her thesis is investigating the ways in which community-led broadband initiatives in the UK can enhance rural community resilience, through both the process of acquiring as well as using superfast Internet services. Her supervisors are Prof. John Farrington, Dr Sarah Skerrat and Prof. Peter Edwards. She has an MSc in Rural Planning and Environmental Management from the University of Aberdeen and an Honours Bachelor degree in Economics and Geography from Queen’s University, Canada.Email: email@example.com
Gillian is a PhD student working with Dr. Lorna Philip, Dr. Judith Masthoff and Dr. Margaret Currie as part of the TOPS project. Her project ‘Keeping in Touch and Taking Part’, focuses on creating opportunities for older adults who suffer from chronic pain and live in rural Scotland, to participate in social activities and events. The first phase of her project is designed to find out the types of activities that older adults with chronic pain enjoy, how they keep in touch with others and their involvement with the local community. The second phase will involve informing the design of a technology to create more opportunities for participation in social activities and to improve the quality of life for older adults suffering from chronic pain. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology (Hons) and an MSc in International Health and Management (both from University of Aberdeen).Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Danilo Giglitto is a PhD student working with Professor Claire Wallace, Dr. David Beel and Dr. Gemma Webster as part of the CURIOS project. He has a Master’s degree in Social, Economical, and Cultural Developmental Processes’ Analysis and Planning (2011) and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociological Sciences (2008), both from University of Catania, Italy.Email: email@example.com
Daniel Heptinstall is a PhD student working within the Natural Resource Conservation theme’s “Digital Conservation” project, supervised by Dr Rene van der Wal, Dr Advaith Siddharthan, Prof Steve Redpath and Dr Jeremy Wilson (RSPB Scotland). He is studying the ecology of the recently reintroduced Red Kite Milvus milvus and the information gathered is used to enrich Natural Language Generation narratives. Danny has a BSc in Ecology from the University of Aberdeen.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Milan Markovic is a PhD research student at the dot.rural Digital Economy Research Hub at the University of Aberdeen. His research topic is entitled “Linked Open Data and the Crowd”
Milan’s research interests include: crowdsourcing of linked data, provenance and linked data streams.Email: email@example.com
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Mr Nirwan Sharma is a Research Assistant for ASSURE and MIMKAPP in the dot.rural Digital Economy Research Hub. His work involves developing User Interfaces across different projects in dot.rural. Before working at dot.rural he was a masters student in University of Nottingham. Mr Nirwan Sharma has a MSc in Interactive Systems Design from University of Nottingham,UK and Bachelors of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ramona Statache is a PhD student doing research on the use of social media. She is focusing on rural communities and Small & Medium Enterprises, assessing the extent to which their social media use is based on shared social and cultural capital and is conducive to mutual growth. Her work is supervised by Dr. David Watts (Human Geography) and Dr Ernesto Compatangelo (Computing Science) from the University of Aberdeen and Prof Colin Hunter (Geography & Sustainable Development) from the University of St. Andrews. Ramona Statache has a MA in Translation Studies and a BA in Modern Languages from the Lower Danube University in Galati, Romania. During 2007 – 2011 she has worked closely with Small & Medium Enterprises within various EU funded projects.Email: email@example.com
John Paul Vargheese
John Paul Vargheese is a PhD student working with Dr Yaji Sripada, Professor Pat Schofield, Professor Vicki Hanson and Professor Pete Edwards on Assistive Technology for maximising personal and social interaction for older adults with chronic pain who live in rural areas. Prior to this, John Paul worked as a Research Associate on the Mobiserv project (an integrated intelligent home environment for the provision of health, nutrition and mobility services to older adults) at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory while completing his MSc dissertation titled “Enhancing voice interaction by providing visual feedback for an assistive robot.”Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Audrey Verma is a PhD student at dot.rural Digital Economy Research Hub. Under the supervision of Dr René van der Wal, Dr Anke Fischer (The James Hutton Institute), Professor Chris Mellish and Professor Claire Wallace, her thesis examines the role of digital technology in the development of human-nature relationships. Audrey’s background is in qualitative Sociology, and she has a M.Soc.Sci and B.Soc.Sci (Hons) from the National University of Singapore.Email: email@example.com
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Training & Outreach Officer
Dr Jennifer Holden is Training and Outreach Officer for the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub. Her role involves co-ordinating internal dot.rural training, along with dot.rural public engagement and outreach activities. Previous to working for dot.rural she was Science Communications Postdoctoral Fellow for the European Geosciences Union. Dr Holden has an intersdisciplinary PhD in Environmental Hazards from the Department of Geography, King’s College London.Email: j.a.Holden@abdn.ac.uk