Ulster University


Ulster University is an innovative research and learning institution. It has an international reputation for research excellence, innovation and regional engagement. This proposal involves collaboration between two of Ulster’s research institutes: Computer Science Research Institute (CSRI) and Nursing and Health Research Institute (INHR).

CSRI at Ulster conducts internationally excellent and world-leading research in intelligent systems, assistive technologies, next generation networks, and semantic analytics. Research throughout CSRI is predominantly interdisciplinary and collaborative with national and international partners in academia, research institutions, industry, and user-facing professions. Through 12 EU-funded projects since 2008, formal collaborations across Europe have been established with 39 universities or research institutions and with 42 industry/professions partners. Collaborations with UK academic and industrial partners are supported substantially by major RCUK-funded projects. Inter-disciplinary research pervades these partnerships, including engineers, cognitive and neuro-scientists, clinicians, healthcare managers, therapists and other professionals, economists, social scientists, textile and garment designers, and legal-ethical practitioners. Specific CSRI’s expertise relevant to this project includes (medical) image analysis, pattern matching and comparison, and case based reasoning; and in general data mining, machine learning, intelligent decision support systems.

INHR at Ulster delivers research where 96 % is regarded as of international excellence or world leading (according to the most recent UK REF2014 national research assessment exercise). INHR’s aim is to enhance the knowledge, expertise in health by carrying out high quality strategic and applied research within Healthcare. INHR contributes to the development of models, conceptual frameworks and theories relevant to policy, practice and education and educating and training high calibre research students. INHR is based in a new state-of-the-art Centre for Rehabilitation Research which provides a purpose built facility for a range of diagnostic and interventional activities. The high standard of research output is also aided by a number of successful collaborations with local, national and international centres of excellence.