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Projects

We work on a range of projects in collaboration with external academic and professional partners. This collaboration boosts the incoming and outgoing knowledge transfer and makes our research environment more vibrant, enjoyable and able to yield a timely research with a socio-economic impact. Below are examples of projects in ESOTICS.

EROGamb: Enabling Responsible Online Gambling

This project is hosted by The Engineering and Social Informatics research group (ESOTICS) in the Department of Computing and Informatics and funded jointly by GambleAware and Bournemouth University. The project is titled “Empowering Responsible Online Gambling with Predictive, Real-time, Persuasive and Interactive Intervention” and led by Dr. Raian Ali. The overall cost of the project is £118,136 and it is match-funded by Bournemouth University.

In this project we will design software and research facilities which retrieve the gambling history of subscribed gamblers and help them visualise this in various forms to inform their decisions on their gambling behaviour. It will also implement various software-assisted behaviour change mechanisms to try and reduce problem gambling. To this end, it will enable gamblers to establish plans to manage their gambling and enforce these plans though different persuasive techniques including goal setting and self-monitoring. We will also analyse historical gambling data and responses to performance feedback and complement that with qualitative research to derive gambling profiles and behavioural patterns. This will help an informed decision on which goals and plans to recommend to a particular subscribed gambler and predict their acceptance level.

We will also organise a national workshop involving responsible gambling representatives from a wide range of gambling operators and charities as well as gambling experts aiming to produce a manifesto for a policy change in relation to online gambling and the necessity of offering software facilities to enable a more informed decisions of gamblers via the gambling site or third party applications networking with it.

The project will be conducted through a close collaboration with GambleAware and a range of charities and responsible gambling offices in the UK.

EROGamb is part of our Digital Addiction initiative meant to enable a healthier and well-informed usage of technology.

SOCIAD (Social Adaptation: When Software Gives Users a Voice)

Adaptation is a desirable feature of software systems to respond autonomously to changes so that human time and effort are minimised. The ultimate goal is that users' dynamic requirements are met correctly and efficiently. Adaptation is triggered and guided by certain drivers, such as context changes and quality assessment of its execution. Traditional adaptive systems engineering assumes a system's ability to monitor adaptation triggers autonomously. This assumption, however, is not always possible due to limitation of technology and also to the lack of infrastructure needed to do that in certain uses of the system. SOCIAD advocates that users’ quality feedback at runtime empowers software adaptation.

This project is supported by a European FP7 Marie Curie CIG grant awarded to Dr. Raian Ali. The project team includes Professor Keith Phalp and Dr. Jacqui Taylor and a number of PhD students partially funded by this grant.

E-Addict (Digital Addiction: Engineering Addiction-Aware Software)

The Digital Addiction problem is currently articulated in a way that makes the solution entirely belong to other disciplines, such as psychology, sociology and healthcare. We advocate that software engineering should take part of the problem by designing software which is addiction-aware and help addicts to handle their compulsive and impulsive use of the technology.

The investigation team includes Dr. Raian Ali, Professor Keith Phalp and Dr. Jacqui Taylor, and the project is conducted collaboratively with Streetscene Addiction Recovery and involves one match-funded PhD, a number of BSc and MSc students’ projects and an outreach programme.

Foundations for Inter-Disciplinary Research on Digital Addiction

This project will enable an interdisciplinary research on Digital Addiction (DA). It will facilitate an exchange of visits, seminars and joint research among a consortium of eight partners. The topics to be explored include:

Software-based behaviour change towards healthier usage style
The socio-cultural effect in perceiving DA and its treatment
Morality and accountability in the cyber-behaviours of addicts
Safe internet and vulnerability of digital addicts
Software development for “addiction-free” software and the balance and trade-off between different business and health-related requirements.

The investigation team includes colleagues from the UK (Bournemouth University, University of Birmingham, University of Leeds, Streetscene Addiction Recovery), Greece (Greek Saferinternet Helpline, University of Athens) and the United Arab Emirates (Khalifa University, National Rehabilitation Centre in Abu Dhabi).

This project is funded by the Fusion Investment Fund of Bournemouth University and coordinated by Dr. Raian Ali, Professor Keith Phalp, Dr. John McAlaney, and Professor Vasilis Katos.