Home > Research > Researchers > Christopher Bull
View graph of relations

Dr Christopher Bull

Senior Research Associate

Christopher Bull

InfoLab21

LA1 4WA

Lancaster

Research overview

My research interests lie in exploring software engineering for society, in particular, systems and healthcare technologies (including assistive, diagnostic, or therapy systems) for healthy ageing through the use of digital sensing, IoT, and mobile devices. My current work is on supporting older adults with independent living (Mobile-Age; H2020), through reducing social isolation and loneliness. My previous work looked at the early detection of Alzheimer's disease (SAMS; EPSRC). I have an interest in the ethical challenges of healthcare technologies, and I also have a strong interest in applying mixed methods to complex problems in the digital healthcare field.

Profile

I am a Software Engineering and Digital Health Researcher with core competencies in software engineering, participant engagement/HCI, and data science.

My research interests lie in exploring software engineering and pervasive/ubiquitous computing for society, in particular, systems and healthcare technologies (including assistive, diagnostic, or therapy systems) for healthy ageing through the use of digital sensing, IoT, and mobile devices. My current work on the Mobile Age project focuses on supporting older adults with independent living, through reducing social isolation and loneliness. My previous work on the SAMS project focused on the early detection of Mild Cognitive Impariment and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, through text and data mining of day-to-day computer usage. I have a particular interest in the ethical challenges of healthcare technologies, and I also have a strong interest in applying mixed methods to complex problems in the digital healthcare field.

Another passion is teaching. My PhD research explored the education of software engineers using a studio-based approach, a hands-on project-based teaching method, providing several benefits to the students. This research was instrumental in the introduction of the software engineering studio at Lancaster University, and I have been involved every year since its inception. This work was grounded in transferring knowledge of design/architecture education into a software engineering context, promoting (cross discipline) collaboration, soft skills, reflective practice, and numerous other benefits. I am committed to high-quality teaching and I promote studio education.

Web Links

Qualifications

Lancaster University:

PhD Digital Innovation, HighWire DTC (School of Computing and Communications)

  • 2010 – 2015 

MRes Digital Innovation, HighWire DTC (Computing, Managment & Design)

  • 2009 – 2010
  • Grade: Distinction

BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Software Engineering, Computing Department

  • 2006 – 2009
  • Grade: First-class honours

View all (16) »