Lancaster University

Participants from Lancaster:

Lancaster University is among the leading Research Universities in the UK, and in the Top 100 of Europe’s Universities according to both Shanghai and QS rankings. Lancaster participates with two academic departments, Computing and the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA), that both have received outstanding recognition for their research excellence in the UK’s 2009 Research Assessment Exercise (in both departments, 80% of the research was classified as internationally excellent, 20% of which marked as world-leading).

The Computing Department has a long-standing track record of successful European collaboration, including leadership and coordination of consortia in FET and other programme areas, and is a hive of research activity with over 120 research staff and a portfolio of close to 50 ongoing Research Council- and EU-funded projects. The Department has a world-class reputation of relevance to the PD-Net project in networking, distributed systems, HCI and mobile and ubiquitous computing (the latter an area in which the Lancaster team is counted among the pioneers). A distinctive strength of Lancaster¹s research environment is the close collaboration across academic departments to tackle multidisciplinary research challenges. In PD-Net, we will leverage this to bring both computing- and design-led perspectives to the project.