Ulster University

Ulster is a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. It makes a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland and plays a key role in attracting inward investment. Ulster’s has a positive impact on the economy and community in Northern Ireland and employ over 3000 staff with an annual turnover of more than £200 million. In the recent UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) Assessment Exercise the University confirmed its international reputation with 86% of all outputs judged to be world leading or internationally excellent. Ulster is in the top 25% of all UK Universities for overall research.

Smart Environment research Group: The Smart Environments Research Group (SERG) at Ulster University has a national and international reputation for undertaking and leading high-quality research in the area of Ambient Assisted Living. It has competencies in the design, development and evaluation of smart homes, assistive technologies and pervasive and mobile computing solutions. In addition to UK and Internationally funded projects, the Group has an established profile in the involvement of European funded Projects.




Prof Chris Nugent received a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Systems and DPhil in Biomedical Engineering both from the University of Ulster. He currently holds the position of Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University.

His research within biomedical engineering addresses the themes of the development and evaluation of Technologies to support ambient assisted living. Specifically, this has involved research in the topics of mobile based reminding solutions, activity recognition and more recently technology adoption modelling. He has published extensively in these areas with the work spanning theoretical, clinical and biomedical engineering domains.

He has been a grant holder of Research Projects funded by National, European and International funding bodies. Amongst these projects he was the Scientific co-ordinator of the European Union MEDICATE consortium, Technical co-ordinator of the European Union CogKnow consortium and Technical co-ordinator of the ESRC New Dynamics of Aging Well Consortium.

At present he is the Acting Director of the Computer Science Research Institute and the Group Leader of the Smart Environments Research Group.  He is also the co-PI of the Connected Health Innovation Centre at Ulster University.

Email: cd.nugent@ulster.ac.uk


Dr Ian Cleland is a Research Fellow in Computer Science within the Northern Ireland Connected Health Innovation Competence Centre (NI-CHIC) at Ulster University.  Ian received his B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering in 2009 from the Ulster University. He was subsequently awarded a studentship from the UK's ESRC to support his PhD in Computer Science, also at the Ulster University, which he completed in 2012. Before joining NI-CHIC, Ian worked as a Research Associate on a number of connected health and Ambient Assisted Living projects, including, mobile reminder technologies for people with dementia, modelling adoption of assistive technologies and technology platforms to support self-management in chronic conditions.

Currently his research interests include activity recognition, pervasive computing, the quantified self, self-management and behavior change. Ian has extensive expertise in the application of pervasive computing technology, specifically wireless sensor networks and mobile technology, to support ambient assisted living. Ian is a reviewer for scientific journals including the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, MDPI Journal sensors, Pattern Recognition Letters and Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging. He also regularly participates in scientific conferences and will serve as the 2015 PC Chair for the International Work-Conference on Ambient Assisted Living (IWAAL). Dr Cleland has an extensive network of collaborators, including academic and industry partners, with whom he has co-authored research publications.

Email: i.cleland@ulster.ac.uk


Dr Paul McCullagh received a BSc (1979) and a PhD (1983) in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University of Belfast. He is a Reader in the School of Computing & Mathematics at the Ulster University and is a Member of the Computer Science Research Institute. He specializes in the teaching of data communications, computer networking and health informatics. His research interests include Biomedical Signal and Image Processing, Data Mining, Brain Computer Interfaces, and Assisted Living applications. He is interested in advancing the education and professionalism of biomedical engineering and health informatics. Grants include EU FP7 BRAIN project for e-inclusion using the brain-computer interface, EU FP7 Michelangelo for assessing autistic children in a smart environment, EPSRC SMART 2 for self management of chronic disease, TSB NOCTURNAL for assisting people with dementia, and ESRC New Dynamics of Ageing, Design for Ageing Well funded projects. He is a member of the British Computer Society, European Society for Engineering and Medicine and the UK Council for Health Informatics Professionals. He sits on the Faculty of Computing and Engineering Ethics Filter Committee.

Email: pj.mccullagh@ulster.ac.uk