May 3, 2016


Dr. Eirik Årsand was found competent as Professor in eHealth by an international committee in 2014, and does research around how to use mobile technologies to improve diabetes self-management. He is currently involved in five projects having this aim. Årsand is the principal investigator of the Diabetes Diary project portfolio, which involves development of smartphone- and smartwatch-based self-help applications and systems for people with diabetes. This includes research around the technologies, user needs, user-perception, and medical outcomes of this mobile way of doing self-management for both people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. He currently is the main supervisor of one PhD candidate and co-supervise three other PhD candidates and several master students, and have supervised 35 students on the master/PhD level from 2001. His research projects have involved around 300 people with Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, using their mobile self-help and the research platform Diabetes Diary, which is downloaded by more than 4000 people in Norway. Årsand is affiliated with the Department of Clinical Medicine and the Medical Informatics & Telemedicine group at the Department of Computer Science, both at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. Link to his full list of 244 publications recorded in the Cristin system.


Dr Nick Dalton is a senior lecturer in computing at The University of Northumbria in Newcastle. He is a computer scientist with a specialization in human computer interaction. Previous to Northumbria, he has researched and taught in both UCL and at the Open University. The growth of ubiquitous technologies collecting more physiological information has given rise to problems of interpreting this personal ‘big data’. I am interested in the use of visualization and machine learning to support the cognition of personalized health information. I have worked with a number of different user groups from architects to office workers to create actionable information based on collecting data presented in a way that would permit increased situational awareness and evidenced based action.


Dmitri Katz is a PhD student at the Open University. His research focuses on ubiquitous computing for mobile health management.


Blaine Price has always taken a human-centred approach to computing. He is interested in privacy in mobile and ubiquitous computing and in lifelogging technologies in particular, including both personal lifelogging and logging energy and resource usage. He is currently studying how invisible and automatic lifelogging data can be used by ordinary people to gain insights about their life. He supervises PhD students in the areas of privacy, sustainable computing and digital forensics.  He was principal investigator on a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects with industrial partners from 2009-2011 and a co-investigator on the £1.2M EPSRC PRiMMA (Privacy Rights Managment for Mobile Applications) from 2008-2011. He is currently a co-investigator on the 5 year ERC funded ASAP (Adaptive Security and Privacy)where he is looking at security and privacy issues in lifelogging.  He is also a co-investigator on the EPSRC funded Privacy Dynamics Project.



Clare Martin is a principal lecturer in Computer Science at Oxford Brookes University. Most of her research has involved the use of formal methods to reason about programs and specifications but in recent years she has been conducting research into the usability of mobile applications in general with particular interest in those designed for diabetes management. She has also supervised Phd students on topics related to diabetes technology, including a formal development in Event B of a prototype mobile case-based reasoning application to assist with decision making for Type 1 Diabetes. Clare is the project coordinator for the three year Horizon 2020 PEPPER (Patient Empowerment through Predictive Personalised decision support) project to research a personalised decision support system to empower individuals with Type 1 diabetes.


Carl holds a PhD from the University of Limerick, Ireland, focusing on the potential mediating role of context-aware computing. He is now an Associate Professor of the Internet of Things and People Research Center at Malmö University, Sweden. There, he works extensively with applied research through industrial collaboration with e.g. Sony Mobile. Carl holds a particular emphasis on understanding and supporting user behavior patterns as they interact with self-tracking systems in their every-day life. He views designing for re-engagement as one of the key challenges for the area.

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Simon Holland is Founder and Director of the Music Computing Lab at the Open University. He was co-I on the ESRC Multi-disciplinary Seminar Series ‘Older People and Technology’, Co-chair of the 2016 CHI Workshop on Music and HCI, and Lead Editor of the Springer book ‘Music and Human Computer Interaction’. He has devised numerous innovations in Human Computer Interaction, including the Haptic Bracelets, the Haptic Drum Kit, AudioGPS, Harmony Space and Direct Combination. He has pioneered new approaches to gait rehabilitation using multi-limb haptic entrainment for neurological conditions, particularly stroke.