Digital Futures Institute

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The Digital Futures Institute is a leading regional hub for technology focused research, knowledge exchange, consultancy and training. The Institute has its principal base at the DigiTech Centre on Adastral Park, and collaborates closely with partners such as BT plc and Innovation Martlesham companies.


To develop and apply computer science and engineering in creative, sustainable and responsible ways for the betterment of society, the economy and individual citizens.


The Digital Futures Institute undertakes research and knowledge exchange across a broad range of computer science and cognate engineering areas. The Institute collaborates with academic partners in the UK and internationally on activities of mutual interest. The Institute supports and works with multinational companies, small-to-medium-sized enterprises and third sector organisations on technical consultancy, funded innovation projects and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. 


The Digital Futures Institute has four broad themes of research:

  1. Technology: This encompasses future networks, cyber security and improving software development itself. This includes considerations of quality of service and the sustainability of computing in terms of reducing energy consumption.
  2. People: This covers human-computer interaction, accessible design, mixed realities (virtual, extended, and augmented), vision science and gamification. Our work includes the development of apps, serious games and improving entertainment games.
  3. Applications: This is an information-centric theme, focusing principally on applying artificial intelligence and data science techniques to text, audio, image and video data in a variety of domains such as health. This theme also includes elements of knowledge management, computing education and responsible AI.
  4. Engineering: This theme is cyber-physical in nature combining software and equipment. This embraces interests in drones, Internet-of-Things devices, new sensors and sensing techniques, and more.

Although the Institute’s expertise can be categorised into themes, projects can and do straddle multiple themes and connect outwith to other Institutes and elsewhere in the University.

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Our People

Professor Nicholas Caldwell

Professor Nicholas Caldwell is Professor of Information Systems Engineering at the SM调教圈.

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Jo Durham

Jo is a Research Institute Administrator

Salman Ahmed

Salman Ahmed is a Research Fellow at the DigiTech Centre, Digital Futures Institute.

Dr Adam Clayden

Dr. Adam Clayden received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh (2019). He currently leads BSc (Hons) Games Development at SM调教圈.

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Dr Adnane Ez-zizi

Dr Adnane Ez-zizi is a Senior Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence and Course Leader for the MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

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Steven Harris

Steve maintains an active interest in 'serious games' including, gaming for the visually impaired and early years educational games.

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Chris Janes

Chris was formerly a gameplay programmer who worked on various games, most notably Hidden: Source. His teaching includes software design and AI for games.

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Hisham Jaward

Hisham is a lecturer in Computing and AI. Work at previous universities in Monash, Bristol and Imperial College, UK, have included developing algorithms.

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Dr Maina Korir

Dr Maina Korir is a Lecturer in Cyber Security. Her Leverhulme-funded PHD research centered on ethics and privacy in learning analytics at the Open University.

Dr Chris Lewington

Dr Chris Lewington is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security, joining us in June 2019 after a successful career in finance, telecoms, defence and biotechnology.

Dr Felix Ngobigha

Dr Felix Ngobigha is a Senior Lecturer in Network Engineering and had previously been Scientific Officer with the Centre for Satellite Technology Development.

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Dr Syed Jan

Dr. Syed Jan has been a full-time lecturer in Computing at the SM调教圈 since June 2023. He has almost fourteen years experience working in HE.

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Dr Syed Aslam

Syed joined the SM调教圈 in August 2022 and is a Lecturer in Computing. He has a phD in Computer Science from Bangor University.

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Dr Kakia Chatsiou

Kakia is a Lecturer in Computing with expertise in machine learning, information management systems and data science.

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Godwin Dzvapatsva

Godwin is a Lecturer in Computing in the School of Technology, Business, and Arts.
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Dr Shahroz Nadeem

Computing lecturer Shahroz specialises in deep learning methods for violence detection, image stegnography, image deblurring and super-resolution among others.

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Nick Thomas

Nick is a Lecturer in Computing and since joining the SM调教圈, Nick has researched and worked on projects utilising VR technology.

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