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School research in the field of informatics specialises primarily in distributed information management, informatics in a wide range of inter-disciplinary contexts and in strategic information systems. Several of our research projects are concerned with the exploitation of GRID based information for e-Science.

Our informatics research is embedded in a variety of application domains, where we work closely with end-users. We develop novel techniques for representing and processing information, to support knowlegeable decision-making. Increasingly, we are looking at informatics in a mobile and ambient context, able to support people in the field. We also study technology and systems to help people collaborate in a secure and resilient way.

Research student D Pizzocaro and his prototype application on a mobile device

Putting information in the field: multi-sensor task allocation applied to the highly dynamic sensor networks used in emergency response.

Embedded Informatics

Our main areas of focus are geoinformatics, biodiversity informatics, and health informatics. Examples include more human-friendly ways of representing and reasoning about the geographical world, improved management of species data for environmental management, and better coordination of care teams for patients.

Resilient Informatics

We study human organisations and systems involving people and technology working together. We aim to make organisations more agile - to cope better with change - but also more resilient, with more effective ways of handling privacy and security.

Ambient Informatics

People need access to information to support their activities anywhere, anytime. Examples include monitoring patients' health in their own homes, giving emergency responders in an earthquake the best-available picture of what is happening, and allowing environmental scientists in the lab and in the field to work together.


Research Expertise

Particular areas of strength and expertise in the School include:

  • Ambient information systems
  • Bioinformatics and biodiversity
  • Context-aware systems
  • Data/text/knowledge mining
  • Geoinformatics and spatial information systems
  • Grid-based distributed information management
  • Healthcare and medical informatics
  • Information quality
  • Information security and privacy
  • Linked data and the Semantic Web
  • Resilient information systems
  • Sensor information processing systems
  • Social computing
  • Spatial and temporal reasoning


  • The Catalogue of Life: keeping track of species in managing biodiversity
  • Improved management of cancer patients: the CANISC information system
  • Automated captioning of photo images: the TRIPOD geoinformatics system

Student Contributions

Recent successful PhD students have submitted the following theses:

  • M. Ali - Identifying and Comparing Opportunistic and Social Networks
  • S. Al Yahya - A Computer-Based Holistic Approach to Managing Progress of Distributed Agile Teams
  • E. Elgindy - Extracting Place Semantics from Geo-Folksonomies
  • R. Wright - Multiple systems thinking methods for resilience research
  • D. Pizzocaro - Instantaneous Multi-Sensor Task Allocation in Static and Dynamic Environments
  • G. Shercliff - Quality assessment of service providers in a conformance-centric service oriented architecture

Current Grants & Research Projects

Project information
HolderProject TitleSourceValue (£Ks)
Dr S. SchockaertApproximating markov logic theories in possibilistic logicThe Leverhulme Trust118.26
Professor R. Whitaker and Dr S. AllenGigamobile: Gigabit mobile networking using incentivised operator controlled device-to-device communicationsEPSRC (via Queens University Belfast)316.6
Dr J. Shao and Dr G. LoukidesPrivacy protection in event-based data sharing and analysisRoyal Academy of Engineering515.4

Recently Funded Research

The following projects have successfully completed:

  • After Woolwich: Social reactions on social media
  • Field experiment using the 'Sentinel' social media analytics tool developed by Cardiff University to inform the police and partner response to events surrounding Halloween and Bonfire Night in South Wales
  • ITA: International technology alliance in network and information sciences
  • Network of excellence in internet science
  • Soft Facts: Social medial and spontaneous community mobilisation: The role of rumours after major crime events
  • Tackling Radicalisation in Dispersed Societies
  • To develop an intelligent (predictive), automated, enterprise-wide service-oriented remote IT asset managment system to reduce downtime and improve customer reporting and trust