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Hani Hagras [Director]

Prof. Hani Hagras is the Head of the Intelligent Environments Group, University of Essex, UK. His major research interests are in computational intelligence, notably type-2 fuzzy systems, fuzzy logic, neural networks, genetic algorithms, and evolutionary computation. His research interests also include ambient intelligence, pervasive computing and intelligent buildings. He is also interested in embedded agents, robotics […]

Michael Gardner

Michael Gardner, is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Digital Lifestyles Centre at the University of Essex, Colchester, UK. This centre explores future lifestyles based around the technical vision of ambient and pervasive computing. He has over 25 years experience in knowledge media both within the industrial research environment and academia. During that time he […]

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Vic Callaghan

At Essex University Vic is an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, Deputy Director of the Digital Lifestyles Centre and a member of both the Intelligent Environments and Immersive Education groups. Beyond Essex University Vic is a Director of the Creative Science Foundation, founding member of the Intelligent Environments and iCampus conferences and CEO of FortiTo […]

Anasol Peña-Rios

Anasol obtained her PhD at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex. Her project was related to Mixed Reality Lifestyles and investigated how decomposed software and hardware can be combined to create a type of educational cross reality object that can be constructed using end-user programming to support collaborative learning […]

Idham Ananta

Idham is a lecturer and researcher at Computer Science and Electronics Department, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. It is one of the biggest University in South East Asia, located at Yogyakarta, Central Java Island. His major research interests are Software Architecture, Collective Intelligence and Pervasive Computing. He obtained both of his Bachelor and Master Degree from Universitas Gadjah […]

Malcolm Lear

Malcolm’s main research interests concern embedded systems, especially hardware architecture. He is currently researching architectural issues relating to low-level high-speed communication between microcontrollers in structured arrays. Possible applications are scalable intelligent surfaces. Other interests include robotics employing embedded operating systems and CPLD/FPGA design.

Marc Davies

Marc’s PhD investigated how computer games and related technologies can be exploited to create high-level simulations of pervasive environments. The intention is to allow a game-based simulator to provide a realistic alternative to real-world testing, when developing pervasive agent programs.

Aysenur Bilgin

Aysenur Bilgin

Aysenur obtained her PhD at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex, UK. The aim of her research was to investigate the learning and adaptation concepts/techniques for intelligent embedded agents within intelligent environments. Her research interests include computing with words, type-2 fuzzy logic theory and applications, fuzzy logic as a methodology […]

Bernard Horan

Bernard works as a member of the +Spaces EU Project as a researcher investigating the use of Virtual Worlds to engage with policy makers. Prior to joining the University of Essex, Bernard was a Senior Staff Engineer for Sun Microsystems Laboratories, where he was the Principal Investigator for the Meeting Echoes project, collaborating closely with members of the Open […]

Bo Yao

Bo received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. degree in computer science from Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Guilin, China, and obtained his Ph.D. at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex.  He obtained full Ph.D scholarship from University of Essex for his doctoral research and M.Eng scholarship from Guilin University of Electronic Technology for […]

Christian Wagner

Christian completed his PhD in 2009, producing novel important work in the field of type-2 fuzzy systems. He has published several high quality publications in leading international journals and conferences, including the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and about 11 conference papers, which included the IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and the IEEE International […]

Dana Pavel

Dana was a Research Officer within the PAL project and obtained her PhD in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. Prior to coming to University of Essex, Dana was for 8 years with Nokia Research Centre in Boston (USA) and in Helsinki (Finland), where, as a principal level researcher, she was involved in […]

Elias Tawil

Elias has been awarded his PhD degree at University of Essex in 2009. He has a great interest in intelligent agents. He has been working on multi-embedded-agent coordination by learning what to communicate using multi-objective and multi-constraint evolutionary systems. He also assisted the classes and laboratories of the 3rd year course CC361:Machine Vision, postgraduate course […]

Enrique Leon

For years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods such as Fuzzy Systems, Genetic Algorithms (GA), Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs), and Knowledge-Based Systems (KBSs) have been employed to make computational devices that can adapt their operation to match changing environment needs. At Essex University we are especially interested in applying such techniques to pervasive computing to create, so-called […]

Faiyaz Doctor

Faiyaz has obtained his PhD and Masters degrees in Computer Science at University of Essex and his undergraduate degree also in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham. His main research interests are in computational intelligence, fuzzy logic, applications of type-2 fuzzy logic, hybrid systems using fuzzy logic with genetic algorithms and neural networks, ambient […]

Fernando Rivera-Illingworth

Fernando obtained his PhD degree in Computer Science at University of Essex in 2009. During his PhD, he developed novel neuro-fuzzy systems for abnormality detection in Ambient Intelligent Environments. This has several applications, including in domestic environments, elderly care and healthcare. Fernando has published several papers in international journals, books and conferences.

Graham Clarke

Graham has been working in computing since 1970. For some years he has had a strong interest in AI and has participated in a number of research projects, collaborating with Nikola Kasabov on connectionist approaches to classification and Jim Doran on simulating societies. Graham’s first degree was in (building) Architecture, and his MSc was in the […]

James Dooley

James worked as a senior research officer in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE) at the University of Essex, UK. As a member of the Intelligent Environments Group (IEG), James managed and developed several “living labs” for educational and research purposes whilst also developing ideas into projects and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students. […]

Jeannette Chin

Jeannette holds a Diploma in Civil Architecture (Polytechnique Ungku Omar, Malaysia), a Bachelor of Science in Internet Computing (University of Essex, UK) and a Doctorate in Computer Science (University of Essex, UK). Her PhD investigated the development of end-user programming for digital home environments. The work addressed the challenge of how ordinary non-technical people would […]

Joy van Helvert

Joy van Helvert was a Senior Research Officer at the IEG group.

Kenneth Guild

Ken Guild was a Reader in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. He was member of the Future Networks Research group. His main interests are in: multi-layer switch/router architectures, control and management of hybrid electro-optical networks, high-capacity data transport networks, photonic circuit and packet-switched networks.

Liping Shen

Liping is a full-time member of teaching staff at Shanghai Jiao Tong University but visits and works closely with the IEG. Her research interests are  emotion based context awareness and, inparticulr, the application o these techniques to ubiquitous learning technologies. Liping’s research aims at presenting ubiquitous learners their courses materials based on their learning context and providing […]

Liu Yun

Liu Yun is a visiting scholar from the Research Centre for Learning Science, Southeast University in China. Her research interests concern the design of physiological and physical movement sensor systems to recognize emotion and movement related activity based on wireless sensor network for education based applications.

Luke Whittington

Luke worked as a postgraduate researcher within the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at The University of Essex. The aim of this research was to take intelligent environments in their existing format, and scaling them up to monolithic sized environments (think campus, city sized intelligent environments). His research was part of the Scale Up […]

Martin Colley

Martin Colley is a Senior Lecturer at University of Essex. His main research interest is in parallel computing systems for use in fault-tolerant and robotics applications. Associated with this is the development of distributed simulation systems to allow accurate modelling of robots prior to their construction. His other areas of research interest are local area […]

Martin Henson

Martin is currently the Dean of International Development and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Essex — and has a responsibility, working with others, to develop and implement the University’s International Strategy. His academic interests lie in the area of Formal Methods for software engineering, in particular the design and use of […]

Matt H Ball

Matt Ball

Matt obtained his PhD at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE) at the University of Essex, UK.  Matt’s major research interests are Ambient Intelligence, Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, Adjustable Autonomy, and Autonomous Systems. Matt’s PhD research is entitled “Adjustable Autonomy in Intelligent Environments”. It asks the question of how much autonomy (control and […]

Mohammad Al-Mullah

Mohammad obtained his PhD at University of Essex. His main interests are in pervasive computing, signal analysis, AI, data mining, evolutionary computation, Localized Muscle Fatigue.

Muneeb Shaukat

Muneeb Shaukat started PhD in Computer Science at University of Essex in 2009. He is exploring product design and innovation in ubiquitous computing using virtual prototyping. He is investigating future Human Computer Interaction trends, stakeholder evaluation and Virtual Reality environments to enhance collaboration in designing processes.

Rob Stacey

His research involves multi-agent systems and sensor networks and it’s focused on how sensor networks can use the agent paradigm to group themselves together logically, thus enabling the power saving and information aggregation that is common place in such networks. Rob’s work  was aimed at the industrial plant environment and  it’s supported by an EPSRC […]

Simon Egerton

I am a senior lecturer at Monash University in Malaysia and, having obtained my PhD from Essex, remain a visiting member of the IEG collaborating on research. I am interested in most aspects of Artificial Intelligence and intelligent systems research. I have particular interests in intelligent robotics and smart device ecologies, especially those applied to […]

Victor Zamudio

Victor Zamudio was awarded his PhD degree at University of Essex in 2009. Prior to this he was lecturer at ITESM Campus Leon (Mexico). Victor’s PhD was entitled “Understanding and Preventing Periodic Behaviour in Ambient  Intelligence”. In this work, he investigated an instability phenomenon that had been observed (but not understood) in ambient intelligence and […]

Xiao Xia Xen

At Essex University I studied e-commerce and have a strong interest in the use of technology for supporting the creative aspects of business. I currently combine my business and technology interests by running a London based Chinese Medical Company, and applying computers to the design of creative artwork. I put these skills to use by […]

Xristos Kalkanis

Xristos research interests are in pervasive computing and pattern recognition. He holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Embedded Systems and Robotics from the University of Essex. His research explores ways of modelling user context in a pervasive environment with emphasis on user preferences. In particular, he is very interested in the […]

Yevgeniya (Jenya) Kovalchuk

For me, science, creativity and spirituality always go along with each other. Having completed a high school specializing in mathematics and physics, Bachelor diploma in economics and entrepreneurship, MSc in economic cybernetics and PhD in computer science, I always tend to analyse things and understand them from the scientific point of view. At the same […]