Thesis Titles

Below are the theses titles from the 100 Horizon CDT students who have successfully passed their PhD vivas. Many congratulations to our CDT alumni on their achievements!

Around 50 students are currently studying or in the process of submitting their theses. As Horizon CDT students submit their theses and pass their PhD vivas, more titles will be added to this page.

Last updated: 31 January 2024

2019 Cohort – 

  • Dr Angela Thornton – Our Futures in Mind Uploading: Public Perceptions and Narratives.
  • Dr Rebecca Gibson – Using Digital Layers to Evoke Nostalgia in Hybrid Gifting
  • Dr Vincent Bryce – Exploring the business case for Responsible Research and Innovation

2018 Cohort – 8 alumni

  • Dr Harriet Cameron – Outdata-ed Museums: Creating Ethical and Transparent Data Collection Processes in Museums
  • Dr Jimiama Mafeni Mase – Context-Aware Intelligent Decisions: Online Assessment of Heavy Goods Vehicle Driving Risk
  • Dr Kadja Manninen – Sustainable business models for performing arts in the digital economy
  • Dr Matthew Yates – Accurate Detection Methods for GAN-generated Earth Observation Images Using Expert Visual Perception
  • Dr Natalie Leesakul – Robotics and the Law: Towards responsible and sustainable adoption of industrial collaborative embodied autonomous systems in the case of digital manufacturing.
  • Dr Neeshé Khan – A human-centric approach to unintentional insider threat: Development of a  sociotechnical framework
  • Dr Peter Boyes – Negotiating the Truth: Exploring the Influence of Metadata in Place-Related Group Decision Making
  • Dr Shazmin Majid – Integrating the use of sensing technology to detect early warning signs of relapse for those with lived experience of bipolar disorder.
  • Dr Stanislaw Piasecki – Complying with the GDPR When Vulnerable People Use Smart Devices

2017 Cohort – 9 alumni

  • Dr Alexa Velvet Spors –  Caring Systems: Making Relational, Gameful Self-Care Technologies for Mental Health
  • Dr Feng Zhou – Generative co-design & non-planar additive manufacture of aesthetic prostheses
  • Dr Joe Strickland – What opportunities for storytelling might bear future technologies offer creatives, and how might personal data affect this?
  • Dr Jose Gustavo Berumen Salazar – Digitally Enhanced Consumer Packaged Goods: A Data-Inspired Ideation Approach
  • Dr Keerthy Kusumam – Multimodal Analysis of Depression in Unconstrained Environments
  • Dr Laurence Cliffe – Audio-augmented objects and the audio-augmented reality experience
  • Dr Serena Midha – Understanding Mental Workload in Everyday Life and its Role in the Future of Personal Informatics
  • Dr Symeon Dionysis – Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies For Supply Chain Traceability: Industry Considerations and Consumer Preferences
  • Dr Vanja Ljevar  – Exploring the impact of socio-cognitive factors on adherence to asthma medication using traditional mixed methods and machine learning

2016 Cohort – 5 alumni

  • Dr Abigail Fowler – Human Performance in Rail: determining the potential of physiological data from wearable technologies
  • Dr Kate Green O’Leary  – Investigating Privacy Perceptions, Attitudes and Behaviours of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Online Health Communities
  • Dr Madeleine Ellis – Detection of Vulnerable Communities in East Africa via Novel Data Streams and Dynamic Stochastic Block Models
  • Dr Roza Vasileva – Exploring the Use of Open Data to Support Citizen-Led Initiatives for Sustainable Urban Development in the Global South
  • Dr Siyang Song  – Modelling Person-specific and Multi-scale Facial Dynamics for Automatic Personality and Depression Analysis

2015 Cohort – 8 alumni

  • Dr Andrew Moffat – Using English as a second language online: Digital interactions and their implications for language learning and teaching
  • Dr Judit Varga – Geocaching: Tracing Geotagged Social media Research Using Mixed Methods
  • Dr Neelima Sailaja  – Understanding the challenges of using personal data in novel media experiences
  • Dr Richard Ramchurn – Brain Controlled Film
  • Dr Rosa Lavelle-Hill – Big Data Psychology
  • Dr Shalaka Kurup  – Investigating the factors influencing information use during the process of rail travel
  • Dr Qing Li – An investigation into image-based indoor localisation using deep learning
  • Dr Ziyad Yehia – The VI Nav Cards: A Holistic Approach to Supporting the Design of Navigation Aids for the Blind and Visually Impaired

2014 Cohort – 9 alumni

  • Dr Alexandra Young – A Qualitative Study of Internet Use Comparing the Experiences of People with Physical Disabilities and Early Onset Dementia
  • Dr Gregor Engelmann – Understanding urban behaviour from mobile phone event series
  • Dr Iona Fitzpatrick – Exploring ‘Place’ Through Twitter Text: An investigation into the use of ambient data for furthering geographic understandings of cities
  • Dr Matthew Voigts – Privacy and Agency in Refugees’ Digital Communication
  • Dr Md Shadab Mashuk – Indoor Positioning as a Contribution to Building Occupant Modelling
  • Dr Obrien Sim – Smart packaging, engagement, and fast-moving consumer goods
  • Dr Pepita Barnard– Young Adults’ Considerations for Whole Genome Sequencing
  • Dr Tatiana Styliari – Digitial Identity at the Movies: Understanding and Designing the Contemporary Cinema-going Experience.
  • Dr Yitong Huang – Internet of Things enabled sedentary behaviour change in officer workers: development and feasibility of a novel intervention (WorkMyWay)

2013 Cohort – 8 alumni

  • Dr Anna Clarke – Supporting pro-amateur composers using digital audio workstations
  • Dr Christopher Ellis  – Dynamic Music Recommendation: A User-centric Approach to the Personalisation Problem
  • Dr Georgiana Nica-Avram – Habit: An exploration of shopping behaviours from transactional data
  • Dr Hanne Wagner – Engagement through play? The relationship between video games and political engagement
  • Dr Martin Porcheron – Understanding Collaborative Action and Technology Use in Casual-Social Settings
  • Dr Panagiotis Koutsouras – Crafting Content: The Discover of Minecraft’s Invisible Digital Economy
  • Dr Roma Patel – The Makers of Imaginary Worlds – Interactive Scenography in Theatre for Early Years
  • Dr William Darler – A Life Course Approach to Analysing Consumer Behaviour

2012 Cohort – 10 alumni

  • Dr Dimitrios Darzentas – The lives of Objects: Designing for Meaningful Things
  • Dr Horia Maior – Real-time physiological measure and feedback of workload using Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS)
  • Dr James Burnett – Constructing a feedback loop between social behaviours and content delivery at large public displays
  • Dr Lachlan Urquhart -Towards user-centric regulation: Exploring the interface between Information Technology Law and Human Computer Interaction
  • Dr Liz Dowthwaite – Crowdfunding Webcomics: The Role of Incentives & Reciprocity in Monetising Free Content
  • Dr Peter Craigon – It is not down on any map; true places never are.’ – How do social maps produce truth and knowledge of place?
  • Dr Richard Brown – An investigation of performative interaction and embodiment on an augmented stage
  • Dr Richard James – Does mobile gambling attract or create problem gamblers?
  • Dr Sam Howard – Exploring perception towards Electronic Monitoring Devices for Asthma management
  • Dr William Knight – Can Hacktivism be understood as the performance of collective digital identity?

2011 Cohort – 9 alumni

  • Dr Chrisminder Hare – Designing for Naturalistic Decision-Making
  • Dr Daniel Ratzinger – The impact of University Education upon Digital Start-ups
  • Dr Jacob Chapman – Multi-Agent Stochastic Simulation of Occupants in Buildings
  • Dr James Sprinks – Designing Task Workflows to ensure the best Scientific Outcomes in Citizen Science
  • Dr Lesley Fosh – Designing Personalised Visiting Experiences for Groups in Museums
  • Dr Martin Kruusimägi – Designing the user experience of spatiotemporal automated home heating system: A holistic design an implementation process
  • Dr Matthew Terrell – Utilising Virtual Communities for Innovative Consumer Identification
  • Dr Michaela Murphy (Nee Hoare) – Lost in the Noise: DIY Amateur Musical Practice in a Digital Age
  • Dr Paul Brindley – Generating Vague Geographic Information through Data Mining of Passive Web Data

2010 Cohort – 15 alumni

  • Dr Abdur Rahman – The influence of Social Identity when digitally sharing location
  • Dr Adrian Hazzard – Guidelines for Composing Locative Soundtracks
  • Dr Annika Hupfeld – Designing the Social Life of Books and E-Books
  • Dr Anthony Brown – Domesticating Home Networks
  • Dr Christopher Carter – Understanding the Professionally Risky Behaviour of Young Adults upon Social Media
  • Dr Edward Anstead – Many Screen Viewing: Collaborative consumption of Television Media across Multiple Devices
  • Dr John Harvey – An Economic Anthropology of Computer-Mediated Non-Monetary Exchange in England
  • Dr Jianhua Shao – Strategic Signals in the App Economy
  • Dr Julian Rosser – Constrained modelling of building interiors
  • Dr Lorena Macnaughtan – Coping with Complex Environments: The Case of Digital Healthcare Technology Producers
  • Dr Mark Iliffe – The Praxis of Community Mapping in Developing Countries
  • Dr Mercedes Torres – Automatic image annotation applied to habitat classification
  • Dr Min Zhang – An Investigation of Query-by-Drawing Image Search on Mobile Devices.
  • Dr Olga Fernholz – Innovating for today while innovating for tomorrow: A test of Innovation Ambidexterity Theory in a leading technology company
  • Dr Paul Holmes – Towards a Person-Centric Interface

2009 Cohort: 15 alumni

  • Dr Antony Cousin – A study of principles for Attendee Mobile Applications in venue-based experiences
  • Dr Claudia Krehl – In Search of a Multimodal Mobile Interface that Supports Multitasking on the Move
  • Dr Emily Webber – Strategy Differences in the use of Mobile Devices for Navigation
  • Dr Ewa Luger – Consent Reconsidered: Reframing ‘Consent’ for Ubiquitous Computing Systems
  • Dr Gilad Rosner – Identity Management Policy and Unlinkability: A comparative case study of the US and Germany
  • Dr Jimmy Chim – An Interpretive Investigation of Trust and Workflow in Advertising
  • Dr Jo Cranwell – Inhibition Training using Smartphone Technology
  • Dr Mark Dimond – Journey Extraction for Route Prediction
  • Dr Mark Selby – Experimental Manufacturing: Designing Digitally Augmented Objects to Support Personal Reflection on the Past
  • Dr Mike Golembewski – Modelmaking and Process Activities, Artists Tools and Models of Art
  • Dr Rachel Jacobs – The Artist’s Footprint: Investigating the Distinct Contributions of Artists Engaging the Public with Climate Data.
  • Dr Ragad Al-lwihan – Investigating Methods of Capturing and Sharing Experience during Field Trip to Support Students Activity
  • Dr Robert Mitchelmore – The usefulness of case in building plastic user interfaces
  • Dr Sam Meek – Line of Sight Modelling for Query and Annotation of the Remote Landscape
  • Dr William Preston – Attack Points for Pedestrian Navigation in Augmented Reality

Thesis submissions:
Students that have submitted their PhD thesis and are awaiting viva dates/examination/corrections:

  • Ahmed Al-Talabany – Using Personal Data to Configure Navigation Support for Blind and Partially Sighted People
  • Ana Rita Pena – A Sociotechnical Evaluation of Differentially Private Rish Assessment Models in Consumer Credit
  • Cecily Pepper – Exploring the Impact of Social Media on Care-Experienced Young People’s Self-View and Mental Wellbeing: Implications for Social Media Design and Policy
  • Chloe Jackson – Now where are we going? Mapping drivers’ changing navigational requirements in increasingly automated future driving contexts
  • Christian Tomakloe – The Quantified Traveller: Applying Self-tracking Towards More Worthwhile Rail Journeys
  • Christine (Li) Cain – Exploring the potential of personalized VR bodily learning systems
  • Elizabeth Dolan – Diagnosing Disease with Shopping Data
  • Melanie Wilson – When the world went online. New ACEs potential from the pandemic and digitally disadvantaged Children & Young People