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Dr John Mariani

Formerly at Lancaster University


One of the main drivers of my research is an intense interest in HCI for database systems, for users ranging from novice to expert. The use of data visualisation to display data and its interrelations, and in CSCW work, to display users and their activities, is an on-going fascination. The provision of highly graphical query languages is another.

Career Details

Academic Qualtifications:

PhD (1984),  Strathclyde University

BSc Second Class Upper Honours Degree in Computer Science (1978), Strathclyde University.


Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, Lancaster University (1994 -- present)

Lecturer in Computer Science, Lancaster University (1984 - 1994)

Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Strathclyde (1983 - 1984)

SERC-funded Research Fellow, Distributed Computing Project . University of Strathclyde ( 1981 - 1983)

SERC-funded Research Assistant,  Database project, University of Strathclyde (1980 -  1981)

Visiting Researcher, Department of Computer Science, University of Nottingham (2001 – 2002)

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of Nottingham (June 1993 - August 1993)

Visiting Scientist, GMD (Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung MBH : German National Research Center in Computer Science), Schloß Birlinghoven, Bonn (October 1992 - March 1993)

Research overview

In a long career I have found research in a number of areas, but my fundamental passion is for HCI applied to databases. I have been involved in 2 ESPRIT projects, one on CSCW (where my interests in database technology and in data visualisation combined in the problem of capturing and presenting collaboration in a shared space) and on software reuse. More recently I have worked on electronic patient health records, PIMs, and the use/adaption/creation of database technology to support linguistic activities.

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