Dr Ken Scott-Brown specialises in human visual perception, specifically the effectiveness of CCTV technology surveillance systems. The findings will affect policy and practice for the police and, in the longer term, could be used to aid public understanding of CCTV and its strengths and limitations.
The research team are concerned with the human interface for CCTV, the actual observer of the information. Issues such as ‘change blindness’ demonstrate how attention can be misdirected and people can fail to spot dramatic changes, illustrating that there is a lot more going on than viewers can actually take in. The researchers are looking at the effect of additional distractions, observation patterns through eye movement, search strategies, and decision-making conducted under conditions of uncertainty.
Dr Andrea Szymkowiak's research combines the disciplines of Psychology and Industrial Engineering. She has a firmly grounded track record at the interface between psychology and computing, and is working on industry-facing research projects in this area. Her interests cover the investigation of human performance (interface design, and traffic psychology) and how non-typical user populations make use of assistive technology systems. In addition, she is part of an interdisciplinary research group investigating (emotional) biometrics applications in an ehealth context.
Two of the most recent industry-facing projects (NCR Discovery Centre Dundee) investigate the consumer experience within retail, making use of task-based performance measures, as well as ethnographic methods to capture the consumer experience. The outcome of these findings may impact on design decisions for self-service technology, but also lead to generic design principles regarding the interfaces of such technologies.
Researchers from the School of Computing & Engineering Systems are researching the area of data information and knowledge management. This is an extremely large research area which covers everything to do with how we control and manage information. Abertay’s researchers are interested in knowledge and information engineering, which is about how we build and maintain information repositories as a means of supporting intelligent querying and providing personalised information to users. Essentially this means developing systems that are smart and adaptive so that they change representation relative to the user, the environment and the situation.
Dr Colin Cartwright is researching usability of displays, specialising in those used in unusual situations, primarily outdoors. These can range from handheld portable devices to displays in a jet fighter’s cockpit. Dr Cartwright, working with other UK researchers, is attempting to create a scale of usability, to help determine accurate specifications and therefore costs, for any type of display. The scale would consider many different aspects such as the age of the user, severity of conditions, whether or not the users need to be trained, and what kind of information will be displayed. This research is unique in that the group hope to produce a scale that covers activities rather than a specification determined for a particular industry. Dr Cartwright’s current research project, Endview, is co-ordinated by GE Electronics.
There are numerous challenges facing energy systems globally, including generation diversification, optimal deployment of expensive assets, demand response, energy conservation, and reduction of carbon emissions. Such critical issues cannot be addressed with the technological capabilities of the present day electricity grids. The concept of a smart grid offers one solution. With its pervasive control and monitoring, the smart grid paradigm is emerging as a convergence of digital information and communication technology with power system engineering. Such architectures offer pervasive/distributed control over network assets and services. Ideally such grids will be self-healing, resilient to system anomalies and secure from malicious attempts at disruption and damage. They will enable their stakeholders to define and realise new interfaces and new frameworks for engaging with each other and performing energy transactions across the system. They in essence offer the promise of Intelligent Power Systems.
Researchers from the School of Computing & Engineering Systems are working in the area of Intelligent Power Systems. The work is being led by Dr Süheyl Özveren. Dr Özveren’s background is in Electrical Engineering. He has held various engineering posts in both the private and public sector, including research fellow at Durham and Brunel universities’ Power Systems Research groups, and at the University of Abertay Dundee. Dr Özveren’s expertise includes planning and assessment of grid impacts associated with Renewable Energy Technologies, Energy and Power Supply & Distribution Systems. Dr Özveren acts as a consultant to energy companies in the UK and overseas (notably Turkey, Nigeria, Indonesia) and has published extensively, mainly in relation to policy making and analysis and the application of Artificial Intelligence to Electrical Power Engineering problems in operation and analysis
The focus of the Intelligent Living group is the development of innovative technologies based on the user being at the centre of the process. By developing and employing novel approaches to user-centred design techniques, we aim to produce relevant technologies (systems and devices) that are inclusive, usable and accessible. Our significant expertise and interests lie within the areas of assistive living, particularly telecare and mobile healthcare, biometrics, affective computing, usability and accessibility, usable security, design methods and future technology. Working and researching within these areas, the Intelligent Living group contributes to the development of exciting and useful technologies suitable for all.
The group is led by Professor Simeon Keates who obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge on “Computer access for motion-impaired users” in 1997, after which he founded and led the Usability and Inclusive Design Group in the Engineering Design Centre at Cambridge, where he was appointed the Royal Mail Research Fellow. Simultaneously, he held a position as Supervisor of Studies at Fitzwilliam College, teaching mathematical methods and information engineering. On leaving Cambridge in 2003, Simeon joined the Accessibility Research Group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York and later worked at ITA Software (now part of Google) in Cambridge, MA. At ITA, he led the design and testing of the user interface for Air Canada’s new airport Departure Control System. Simeon also founded the Cambridge Workshops on Universal Access and Assistive Technology (CWUAAT) and chaired the ACM SIGACCESS ASSETS conference in 2006. He joined ITU Copenhagen as Associate Professor in the Innovative Communication Group in 2008.