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    United Kingdom

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Dr Ian Cleland, is a Senior Lecture within the School of Computing at Ulster University, where he leads the research theme of Human Computer Interaction within the Pervasive Computing Research Centre. He received his BS.c in Biomedical Engineering in 2009 and a Ph.D in Computer Science in 2012, both from Ulster University. Ian’s research combines wearable, pervasive, and mobile computing with data science and artificial intelligence to produce innovative digital health solutions. Areas of particular interest include technologies for measuring and motivating healthy behaviours and the use of wearable and mobile computing for longitudinal measurement, specifically physical activity. Dr. Cleland has been Postgraduate Tutor within the School of Computing since 2018 where he oversees the academic processes for around 60 PhD Researchers.

Ian has published over 80 research papers and secured around £7.76M in funding. Most notably he is a Co-investigator on the Connected Health Innovation Center (CHIC-Phase 2 £3.36M). Ian is also a Co-investigator on the PwC Advanced Engineering and Research Centre (ARC £3.13M). Here he is leading the research stream on synthetic data generation. He has an extensive network of academic and industrial collaborators, with whom he has co-authored. In 2018, Ian was awarded Ulster University’s Early Career Research Excellence Award. He is a regular reviewer for scientific journals and conferences, including IEEE Computer, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics and MDPI Journal sensors. Dr. Cleland has served as Programme Committee Chair for the International Work-conference on Ambient Assisted Living (IWAAL 2015 and 2017). Ian is Track Chair for AmI for health & (A3L) (Ambient, Active & Assisted Living) at UCAmI2023. He is currently Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for the Alzheimer’s Association Technology and Dementia Professional Interest Area.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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