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Christopher Bull, MRes

Ph.D Student, HighWire, Lancaster University
Lancaster, United Kingdom

Research field: Computer and Information Science - Software Engineering
Collaborative Software Development
Human Interactions in Programming
Human aspects of Software Engineering
Software Development Processes
Software Design
Agile Development
Software Quality


Biographical Information

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.


Professional Experience

2010 - Present
Ph.D Student at HighWire, Lancaster University
Lancaster, United Kingdom
2010 - Present
Undergraduate Practical Tutor at Lancaster University, School of Computing and Communications
Lancaster, United Kingdom
Classes taught:
C.Sc 152: Practical Web Technologies
C.Sc 153: Project
C.Sc 241: Computer Architecture and Operating Systems
Jul 2009 - Sep 2009
Developer at Cesagen, Lancaster University
Lancaster, United Kingdom

2009 - Present
HighWire, Lancaster University in Lancaster, United Kingdom
Sep 2009 - Sep 2010
HighWire, Lancaster University in Lancaster, United Kingdom
MRes - Innovation in the Digital Economy
Sep 2006 - Jul 2009
Lancaster Univeristy in Lancaster, United Kingdom
BSc (Hons) - Computer Science with Software Engineering
Sep 2004 - Jul 2006
Cricklade College in Andover, United Kingdom
BND - IT Practitioners (Software Development)

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