I am a Senior Lecturer in Pervasive Informatics in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London, UK, where I lead a modules on Digital Design Methodology and Social Media Analysis.  Previously, I led a group module on mobile device development and innovation. I am a member/affiliated to several simulation and design groups at Brunel – Institute of Environment, Health and Societies, Cumberland Initiative, The Human Centred Design Institute & Data-Driven Design Lab.

I hold a PhD in Computing from Brunel University London where my research investigated the use of grid and semantic technology to enable the dynamic (re-)use of software services.  Prior to undertaking my PhD and Lecturing at Brunel I worked in a number of software engineering roles – ranging from Programmer to Technology Director (in the most part within Global Investment Banking where I worked in and manged internationally dispersed teams that built Web based trading,  risk management and operational support systems).  Earlier qualifications include a BSc(Hons) in Computing Science with Electronics from Swansea University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Warwick Business School.  I have undertaken a number of consultancy positions at both large and small organisations utilising and advising on simlation, semantic web and data analysis.

Research Interests – Fluid Software Platforms and Devices

The realisation of a “liquid” network of software services and mobile, web-connected devices requires new engineering approaches in order to create appropriate software platforms; intelligently integrating future internet technologies with a web of pervasive data and devices. My research interests lie at the interface of software, ubiquitous hardware and the users in the development of new forms of data-driven interaction (and simulation).  I typically use design science methods and simulation to:

1. Identify software architectures that (re-)combine data, hardware and software “on-the-fly” to perform requested tasks and dynamically adapt to the “place” of use.
2. Uncover and react to contextual indicators extracted from underlying software in use, devices in motion and data trails as users and systems collaborate, collide and interact.
3. Design new forms of interaction able to support dynamic decision making; utilising computational approaches with an embedded awareness of associated social/machine interactions.

Contact Details

David Bell, Senior Lecturer in Pervasive Informatics

St Johns – Room SJ128C
Department of Computer Science,
Brunel University London, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH, UK.

Telephone +44 1895 265845, Fax +44 1895 251686


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