The project is led by Cardiff University in collaboration with the Universities of: Edinburgh; Essex; Lancaster and Nottingham. Click on any name to view profile.
Prof Pete Burnap
I am a Professor in Data Science & Cyber Analytics in the School of Computer Science & Informatics, and Social Computing research priority area lead in the Complex Systems research group. I have developed a reputation for data-driven, innovative, and interdisciplinary research that broadly contributes to the growing field of Data Science, working closely with the Cardiff School of Social Sciences and School of Engineering. I am an applied computer scientist with a principal focus on data and computational methods to improve understanding, operations and decision making outside of academia, while contributing to the academic fields of Social Computing, Web Science and Cybersecurity.
These three fields are integrated within my research through the analysis and understanding of Web-enabled human and software behaviour, with a particular interest in emerging and future risks posed to civil society, business (economies) and governments. I achieve this using computational methods such as machine learning and statistical data modelling, and interaction and behaviour mining, opinion mining and sentiment analysis to derive key features of interest.
My research outcomes, which include more than 60 academic articles – stemming from funded research projects worth over £10million, are organised and disseminated via two research units:
The Social Data Science Lab, within which I am a director and the computational lead. The Lab’s core funding comes from a £450k ESRC grant and it forms part of the £64m ‘Big Data Network’. Core funding runs between 2017 and 2020, during which time the Lab will host 6 post-doctoral researchers and 9 PhD students, all studying topics related to Risk, Safety & Human/Cybersecurity.
The Airbus Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics, within which I am the director. The centre works across industry, academia and government to provide a focus for cyber security analytics in the UK. Cyber security is a priority research area at Cardiff University, supported with strategic investment. Since 2012 we have established an interdisciplinary research team of technical and social researchers. Our collaborative projects have received more than £5m in funding from UK Research Councils (EPSRC, ESRC), Welsh Government (Endeavr Wales) and Industry (Airbus).
ACM Keywords: Security and Protection; Human-centered computing; Modeling structured, textual and multimedia data; Data mining; Machine learning.
Dr Dave Murray-Rust
His artwork relates to the research questions, and explores interactions between people, matter and computational systems. His work has been shown internationally, in particular Lichtsuchende, which has been exhibited at ZKM (Exo-evolution exhibition, 2016), the New Technology Art Awards (Ghent, 2015), Edinburgh Science Festival (2017).
Previously, Dave has worked on several large FP7 and EU projects on modelling and simulating human/environment interactions around land use and climate change (PLUREL, ECOCHANGE, VOLANTE), and produced several agent based modelling frameworks (Aporia, CRAFTY, ABMLand). He was a postdoc on the SociaM project, looking at the theory and practice of social machines, including using process calculus to model online interaction, developing ideas of pro-social deception and applying wayfaring to social machines
Prof John Preston
Dr Daniel Richards
Dr David Branson III
Nicola Edwards née Dowds
I have a background in policy development and worked as senior policy advisor and operations manager at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Whilst at HEFCE I also undertook the role of Secretary to committees established by central government, including the Better Regulation Review Group for Higher Education. After leaving HEFCE I worked as an independent contractor for a few years doing small research and evaluation projects in the higher education sector. Later I took on a general management role in the third sector before joining Cardiff University.
I am a social scientist with an M.Sc. in social policy from Bristol University. Prior to moving into the area of policy development I worked as a research officer on an ESRC funded project at the University of Bath and as a research assistant at the Home Office’s Research and Planning Unit.
Outside work I like family, friends, food, and walking – but not necessarily in that order.
Dr Mike Lakoju
My PhD research was focused on developing a Big Data Strategy Framework that can help Organisations Identify Value before implementing a Big Data project. I am an alumna of Brunel University London where I got a masters’ degree in Business Systems Integration with SAP Technology.
With a unique blend, I have more than twelve (12) years of work experience, nine (9) of which were spent in industry. I am a professional member of the British Computer Society and a certified SAP consultant with skills in SAP BI/BW, SAP ABAP and SAP Terp10. I am also certified in SAS Base v9.
I have particular interest in Big Data, Cyber Security, Machine Learning and Data Visualization.
Dr Katerina Gorkovenko
Within the Chatty Factories project, I will be exploring real-time sensing through ethnographic studies. The work will explore ways to collect data through embedded sensors in contextually rich but not intrusive ways, how it relates to the experiences of people and can it be used for the re-design of products, and the ethics and perceptions around collecting data from people through products.
Dr Rhiannon Firth
After her doctoral studies Rhiannon was granted a postdoctoral bursary with the Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Nottingham, then a Research Fellowship at the University of East London. In these posts which she developed her research and methodology through a dialogue with the tradition of critical pedagogy which has led to interests in alternative cosmologies and epistemologies, particularly utopian theories and movements around sociotechnical frameworks like time and temporality, critical cartography, and human-machine relationships. She is currently based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex and current research with Chatty Factories focuses on radical perspectives, prefigurative movements and emerging futures in industrial technology, examining the social, ethical and ecological imaginaries behind emerging epistemological perspectives on automation including robots/co-bots, AI and algorithms. She is particularly interested in uncovering implicit utopian aspects and speculative futures in stances taken by a variety of scholarly approaches, social actors and movements.
Dr Dan Burnett
Dr Mojtaba Ahmadieh
Dr M. Ahmadieh Khanesar is a research fellow with the Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK. He has held research and teaching positions in the Denmark, Turkey, Iran and United Kingdom. His primary research focus has been on intelligent nonlinear control system design and intelligent optimization methods. More specifically, he has worked on sliding mode fuzzy controllers, model reference adaptive fuzzy control systems and back-stepping based nonlinear control methods. On the other hand, in the case of optimization algorithms, he has done some works on swarm based optimization techniques. Current and previous projects include: human-machine collaboration and reskilling robots to be able to perform new tasks in a factory with continuously changing products; design of a fast industrial dynamic weighing system.