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Professor Adrian Friday

Professor of Computing and Sustainability

Adrian Friday




Tel: +44 1524 510326

Research overview

Adrian Friday is Professor of Computing and Sustainability, and Head of School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University. He has an extensive track record of developing and studying infrastructure for real world ubiquitous systems, from the early origins of mobile computing in the 1990s through to his longitudinal ’in the wild’ studies of open public display networks. His recent work has focused on conducting field experiments of ubiquitous systems to understand energy demand in the home, leading a series of collaborative and multidisciplinary research programmes in this area. Recent examples include: fine-grained accounting for energy use in the home (EP/I00033X/1); new algorithms for achieving thermal comfort using less energy; systems for promoting more sustainable food shopping (EP/K012738/1); and advancing sustainable transport infrastructure maintenance (EP/K012614/1, with Carillion PLC). In the last 2 years this work has led to 9 publications in 3-4* venues: 6 in CHI, 1 in ICSE, 2 in Ubicomp and won a CHI best paper award (top 1% of submissions).

If you're interested in the systems or human factors concerning ubicomp, energy demand or computational sustainability, please do make contact. We're always looking for talented potential PhD students and RAs to join our team.

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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