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Christopher Bull

  • PhD
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Lancaster University
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My research interests lie in exploring software engineering for the betterment of society, in particular healthy ageing. My current focus is on the early detection of mild cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, to enable earlier treatment and better quality of life. This is achieved through passive, opportunistic monitoring of computer users. Software captures participants’ interactions with their computers, for example collecting: mouse movement and key presses, application interactions, text analysis etc. Detecting dementia earlier can lead to improving the long term outcome of (e.g.) Alzheimer disease, and earlier treatment of other disorders such as depression, anxiety and other underlying medical conditions. Going forward I will be exploring the broad area of healthy ageing, specifically from a computer science and software engineering perspective. I have a strong interest in applying various techniques to complex problems in the Healthy Ageing field, and thrive in collaborative scenarios. My PhD research explored the education of software engineers using a studio-based approach. This thread of research was grounded in transferring knowledge of design education (architecture, product design, art etc.) into a software engineering context. This also relates to a broad interest of collaboration in software development teams. I am a digital innovation researcher (Ph.D. student), and part of the first cohort of the HighWire DTC. My background is in Computer Science and Software Engineering, and I have been immersed in cross-discipline research during the PhD and research positions since. I have a wide and varied interest in computer science and software engineering including healthcare technologies, healthy ageing, HCI, collaborative technologies, interactive systems, and software engineering education.

Recent publications

  • StammerApp: Designing a Mobile Application to Support Self-Reflection and Goal Setting for People Who Stammer

    • McNaney R
    • Bull C
    • Mackie L
    • et al.
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  • Mobile Age: Open Data Mobile Apps to Support Independent Living

    • Bull C
    • Simm W
    • Knowles B
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Senior Research Associate

Lancaster University

September 2016 - Present

Research Associate

Lancaster University

October 2014 - Present

Undergraduate Practical Tutor

Lancaster University, School of Computing and Communications

October 2010 - Present


Cesagen, Lancaster University

July 2009 - September 2009(2 months)



Lancaster University

September 2010 - December 2015(5 years)

MRes - Innovation in the Digital Economy

HighWire, Lancaster University

September 2009 - September 2010(a year)

BSc (Hons) - Computer Science with Software Engineering

Lancaster Univeristy

September 2006 - July 2009(3 years)

BND - IT Practitioners (Software Development)

Cricklade College

September 2004 - July 2006(2 years)

Co-authors (39)

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