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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
Dr D Knight, Prof T Fitzpatrick, Dr J Evas and Dr I SpasicCorpws Cenedlaethol Cymraeg Cyfoes (The National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh): A community driven approach to linguistic corpus constructionESRC1829.88
Mr A Hardisty and Professor A PreeceEnvironmental research infrastructures providing shared solutions for science and society - ENVRI PLUSEuropean Commission (Horizon 2020)79.6
Professor R. Whitaker and Dr S. AllenGigamobile: Gigabit mobile networking using incentivised operator controlled device-to-device communicationsEPSRC (via Queens University Belfast)316.6
Mr A HardistyGLOBal infrastructure for supporting biodiversity researchEuropean Commission (Horizon 2020)95.8
Dr K Button, Prof R Van-Deursen and Dr I SpasicImplementation of TRAK to develop eRehab for knee conditions: A web based application suite to support self-management in rehabilitationHealth Foundation via Cardiff & Vale UHB55.04
Professor M Innes and Professor A PreeceOpen source communications, analytics and research (OSCAR) development centreHEFCE508.56
Dr J ShaoTo investigate how a computer based collaborative filtering system can be developed to offer self-serve investment options for retail investorsKTP & Equiniti & Welsh Government299.68
Dr K Button, Dr I Spastic and Professor A SmithUsing qualitative analysis of patient blogs to inform development of automated measurement of self-care with text mining and sentiment analysisWellcome Trust22.33
Professor D Linden, Professor R Whitaker and Dr S AllenUsing the smartphone to monitor mood statesWellcome Trust45.78
Professor A Preece together with colleagues from the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Healthcare Sciences and OptometryWales Centre for Primary and Emergency CareWelsh Government (NISCHR)2700

Recently Funded Research

The following projects have successfully completed:

  • After Woolwich: Social reactions on social media
  • Improving the consequence management of security events: A simulation exercise for policy and practice develpment
  • Privacy protection in event-based data sharing and analysis
  • 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