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Professor Adrian Friday

Head of Department, Professor of Computing and Sustainability

Adrian Friday




Tel: +44 1524 510326

Research overview

Adrian Friday is an active researcher with 18+ years experience in mobile and ubiquitous computing systems. Over the past 18 months, he has assembled a new team of five researchers, and coordinates work on the application of ubiquitous computing to mitigating climate change. He is well known for his longitudinal ‘in the wild’ studies of ubicomp systems: since 2006, creating a unique testbed of over 30 situated public displays, still in daily use by end-users and now part of PD-NET international testbed with nodes in UK, US and Europe. He has extensive experience of collaborative multi-disciplinary research, as a PI (Equator GR/N15986/01, a high-impact IRC, 2001-7), and latterly, as PI of “Informing energy choices using ubiquitous sensing” (EP/I00033X/1): bringing several disciplines together to study the GhG impact of our daily lives using a mix of ethnographic fieldwork and ubicomp probes. He is widely published and cited: with over 100 peer-reviewed articles and his 5 highest cited publications attract over 2,000 citations. He has been recognised as TPC chair of the leading Ubicomp & Pervasive conferences, and is general co-chair of Ubicomp 2014.

PhD supervision

Interests in applying ubicomp sensing to conduct real world empirical experiments to uncover how everyday practices contribute to carbon externality and global warming, and how we might transform these using technological ubicomp interventions.

Career Details

Academic Qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy (1996)

1st Class B.SC. Hons in Computer Science (University of London, 1991)


Reader in Ubiquitous Computing and Sustainability (School of Computing and Communications), 2013-present.

Professional Role

Administrative Role:

Part 2 Tutor, Computer Science and Communications Undergraduate Programmes.

Professional Service:

  • Ubicomp Joint Steering Committee 2006-2013

  • Programme co-chair Ubicomp 2006, Pervasive 2009, Ubicomp 2014.

  • International expert panel member Ubiquitous Oulu UBI-Challenge Dec 2010-present

  • EPSRC college of peers, proposal reviewer 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 

  • Invited programme committee member for numerous conferences and workshops, including ACM MobiHoc 2005, ACM MobiSys 2006; ACM Ubicomp 2007-8, 2010-11; Pervasive 2007; PerCom 2006, 2011

  • Expert reviewer: CHI 2007, 2009-13; ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI); IEEE Pervasive Magazine; ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing; IEEE Computer; International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI); ACM Transactions on Mobile Computing; Journal of Software and Systems Modeling (SOSYM); Journal of Concurrency and Computation; IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine; Journal Networked Applications; IEEE Communications Letters

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