Context, Intelligence and Interaction (CIIRG)


Sensing, monitoring, conceptualisation and modelling for context aware applications within pervasive smart environments.


Knowledge and semantic enrichment, representation, classification, reasoning and inference for intelligent systems.


Multimodal interaction, intelligent interfaces, personalisation and adaptation for user-centred applications within pervasive smart environments.


Developing Smart Technologies and Solutions for Real World Problems

CIIRG undertakes inter/multi-disciplinary research through integration, synergy and innovation to address diverse problems closely related to the society and economy. These include, for example, enabling personalised healthcare systems to cope with demographic change, or engineering resilient and sustainable cyber physical smart infrastructure, or supporting smart transport and efficient energy for future smart cities, which all involve to build and analyse complex smart systems comprising sensing devices, interacting agents, including people and other organisms, embedded systems, robots and autonomous software agents within open, pervasive environments. 

The research in CIIRG covers both fundamental theoretical aspects, e.g. developing underlying models, mechanisms and methods, and practical aspects, e.g. implementing tools, prototypes and applications, in a wide range of real world application scenarios.  


  • Advance smart technologies and solutions for real world problems that impact society and economy.
  • Become a nationally and internationally recognised centre of excellence for inter-disciplinary research on context, intelligence and interaction.


  • Adopt an integrated and inter-/multi-disciplinary approach
  • Aligned with the national and European initiatives of research and development programme.
  • Focus on real world problem-solving, industrial innovation and maximum societal and economic impact.  



Research Areas

CIIRG will develop smart technologies and solutions using the latest emerging technologies, including advanced sensing technologies, mobile computing, Internet of Things, pervasive computing, semantic technologies, cloud computing, to support the new wave of applications, including smart homes, smart cities, intelligent transport, smart cyber-physical systems, to name but a few.

CIIRG is centred on the following three broad research themes:

  • Context modelling and inference, context-aware systems, activity modelling and recognition, computational behaviour analysis, pattern recognition.
  • Cognitive modelling (speech acts), semantic /knowledge based intelligent processing, autonomy and learning, e.g. agents and robots, data analytics, emergent intelligence.
  • Multi-modal human machine interactions (e.g. touch screen, gesture, speech), personalisation, adaptation, user-centred design

CIIRG places special research emphases on:

  • The combination, synergy and integration of inter- / multi- disciplinary technologies, methodologies and approaches.
  • The application of the aforementioned inter- / multi-disciplinary research to address real world societal challenges and support academic and industrial leadership by developing innovative solutions for the new wave of applications.

CIIRG has focused on the following application areas: 

  • Activity modelling and recognition in pervasive smart environments
  • Computational behaviour analysis 
  • User modelling, personalisation and adaptation
  • Smart Homes, Ambient assisted living
  • Intelligent transport


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