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Research in the School of Science, Technology and Engineering

We have a growing portfolio of research projects and specialisms, with partners and collaborators far and wide. From local businesses and Knowledge Exchange Partnerships (KTPs) to national projects and international collaborations, the common factor is that our research has impact and is a catalyst for change. Our work is focused on four cognate areas that span science, technology and engineering. We are always keen to share our expertise, explore new collaborations, and undertake new research, so please get in touch.

Computer Systems and Information Engineering

Computing and information technology is driving change across every aspect of life. Our research focuses on how computer science innovations in artificial intelligence, big data, information systems engineering, knowledge management, networking, parallel computation, and more can be used to generate beneficial advances in diverse application areas  including business processes, cyber security, engineering design, future microscopes, mobile applications, and smart cities.

Professors Nicholas Caldwell and Mohamed Abdel-Maguid are working with CISCO and regional local authorities on the 100% Connected Community to improve the quality of life of vulnerable and elderly citizens through technology-enabled solutions to deliver better care. Professor Caldwell leads the newly established Institute of Security at the University of Suffolk, which will be conducting research in cybersecurity and information warfare across socio-technical, organisational, and strategic dimensions, and is also the Technology Enablers lead for the Global Knowledge Research Network.

Professor Peter Cochrane and Professors Abdel-Maguid and Caldwell are actively recruiting PhD students to undertake industrially relevant research with partner companies. Please see individual webpages for recent publications and initiatives.

Computer Games and Creative Technologies

Computer games and creative technologies influence all our lives and a strong research theme is the development of games for the health, leisure and heritage sectors. Dan Mayers has an interest in alternative reality games, Dr. Steve Harris’ research focuses on games for the visually impaired and to assist in early years education, and Rob Kurta’s work focuses on developing products for the leisure and heritage sector. Modern computer games stem from a rich history of gaming which stems back millennia, and ancient games is a focus of Eddie Duggan’s research. How we interact with games, and how games affect us, has strong roots in behavioural psychology and Dave Pimm’s research is interested in the ways this influences the design of computer games.   

Chris Janes was the first person in the University to establish a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with a local company, Orbital Media, and NHS partners, to design and develop the world’s first augmented and virtual reality, educational asthma app which will help sufferers from the age of 5 and up better manage their symptoms. This is an excellent example of how our research in games can help benefit local businesses and the health of children nationally. We welcome further interactions with industry and please contact us to see how gaming may boost your company’s profile. Please see individual webpages for recent publications and initiatives.

Life Science

The Life Sciences cover a broad array of subjects and this reflects our research and enterprise interests. Dr Christopher Turner established the Heart Research Centre in 2016 in partnership with The Somerville Foundation, an international charity that supports patients with heart conditions, and focuses on finding more effective ways to treat and support individuals with congenital heart conditions;  his research reflects his interest in cardiovascular biology. Dr Federica Masieri has formed strong links to the UK Stem Cell Bank which supports our growing research interest in regenerative medicine and Dr Aida Rajic’s neurobiological research is helping map the neural connection of the mouse brain.

The establishment of the Suffolk Sustainability Institute (SSI) at the university is an exciting opportunity to forge greater links between our research, local businesses, conservation groups, such as the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, and the county council. Dr Nic Bury’s research investigating novel innovative ways to assess how contaminants affect biota and ecosystem functioning fits under the umbrella of the SSI, and the monitoring of environmental contaminants links to the Smart Cities research in Computing; an example of how research strands are integrated in the school.

Another growing area of research interest is in Nutrition:  the health implications of obesity and Food analysis. One area of expertise is in the functioning of the gut and nutrient uptake, with Dr Fandi Ibrahim having a long standing research interest in how gut microbiota influences health as well as Dr Suha Al-Naimi’s research on gut parasites and the functioning of adipocytes. 

We are actively recruiting PhD students and seeking research links with relevant industrial partners. Please see individual webpages for recent publications and initiatives.

Sport Science and Coaching

Research in the Sport Science and Coaching area is growing rapidly with new partnerships with leading companies in Sports Science, elite sporting clubs, national and international bodies. Our research interests include Applied Sports Physiology, Cardiovascular Health Sciences (with links to the Heart Research Centre in Life Sciences), Sports Psychology, Neuropsychology of Human Performance, Performance Analysis and Coaching. Dr Gavin Devereux and Dr Jane Black are currently leading studies in applied physiology on health and sports performance.

Aaron Tietjen is studying the efficacy of technology-based interventions in promoting physical activity and maturation in adolescents. Dr Alex Latinjak has a focus on goal-directed self-talk in elite sports and Dr Manos Georgiadis studies the application of neurofeedback and biofeedback for the optimisation of human potential and mechanisms for enhancing the quality of life in healthy and clinical populations. Dr Marco Beato is currently leading research studies in elite sports (GPS analysis and S&C training programmes) and sports for health (recreational football), while Dr Mikael Jamil has a research interest in performance analysis and sports economics.

The research in Sport Science and Coaching has several practical applications such as the improvement of amateur and elite athletes’ performances, the development of injury prevention strategies and innovative evidence in Sports Science for health, which has a key impact at international and national level (e.g. NHS).

We are always looking to increase our portfolio of collaborations with elite sport clubs, professional bodies and the sport science industry and welcome any interested parties to contact us directly. We are also recruiting PhD students. Please see individual webpages for recent publications and initiatives.

Heart Research Centre

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Suffolk Sustainability Institute

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