About

Oliver is currently working as a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University.

Motivated by growing environmental impact and social injustice my research focuses on how computing and data science can be utilised to promote environmental and social justice. I look to promote environmental and social justice through research-led teaching that promotes responsible computing in the modern computer science curriculum. Currently I am collaborating closely with industry and policy makers to encourage digital technology as the enabler of collaborative and low-carbon freight deliveries in urban environments, developing digital technology that promotes social justice for gig-economy parcel delivery workers and designing decision support tools that leverage big, heterogeneous data in smart cities and campuses that promote reductions in energy consumption and pollution.

Throughout my research career I have applied a mixed methods approach grounded in data science and human-computer interaction. To develop high impact research that speaks to a variety of stakeholders (e.g. consumers, workers, policy makers, industry) my research leverages large quantities of quantitative heterogenous data collected from sensor deployments, logged device data, delivery manifests, field trials and data feeds with qualitative photo-ethnography, home technology tours, focus groups and semi-structured interviews. I have used these methods to work closely with key stakeholders to understand the interconnectivity between infrastructure (e.g. logistics, energy, environment), digital technology and practices.
Through this work, I have gained a holistic understanding of the following areas: urban freight traffic and parcel generation, environmental and social impact of ICT, energy consumption and management on campus, senior citizens and ICT. I am currently using these understandings to help run ethical and secure smart cities trials across the EU and Japan and develop new decision support and analytical tools with policy makers and energy experts in Central London and on Lancaster University’s campus.

He is currently involved in the following projects:

  1. Freight Traffic Control 2050: transforming the energy demands of last-mile urban freight through collaborative logistics (EPSRC EP/N02222X/1) – Urban freight is contributing significantly to an increasing level of air pollution and an expansion in the carbon footprint of last mile deliveries. My role is to design, implement and co-create a platform which serves as a hub to enable explorations and experimentation with sustainable collaborative last mile logistics. Leveraging mixed-methods (both qualitative and quantitative) and data science approaches, and driven by competitors and our close industry partners (TNT, Transport for London, Gnewt Cargo), the hub will bring together domain expertise, new analytics of novel data sets (delivery manifests, stopping points, GPS traces of walking and driving, air pollution, congestion) to develop a set of interactive tools and visualisations that can help reduce congestion, minimise environmental externalities and encourage collaborative logistics. I have played a key role in developing a data handling policy, which establishes a well-defined process for collecting, storing and using sensitive corporate data. I have also been instrumental in the data analysis and aggregation, enabling new visualisations for data exploration and engagement with corporate stakeholders. This work has resulted in a number of early publications, including a workshop paper, a late breaking work paper, input into a government select committee on urban congestion and the submissions of three public policy consultations. I have presented findings from this data analysis at conferences and to industrial partners and key stakeholders (e.g. Transport for London, City of London).
  2. Energy Information System (EIS) (Faculty Funded) – Lancaster University has targeted significant reduction in energy consumption by 2020. Contributing towards Lancaster University’s “Living Lab”, I have been instrumental in the development of the Energy Information System (EIS). EIS leverages existing building management systems, IoT technology and energy sensing infrastructure to create a data platform for energy research, reduction and education.
    This role has included: design and implementation of a system for the large scale collection of campus wide energy data; installation and maintenance of a data hub for data storage and exposing the data; engagement on data input and output with a large set of stakeholders and researchers from Lancaster University; working closely with the energy and building teams in facilities; and, providing oversight as the institutional ICT services of Lancaster University incorporate the system into their critical infrastructure to support innovations in Digital Lancaster and the “Living Lab”. Currently I am advising an intern in the design and implementation of a decision support dashboard for the Energy Manager, Building Manager and Campus Manager.
  3. BigClouT (EU H2020 723139) – With cultural, societal and geographical differences, smart city applications across the globe need to be designed and trialled in a secure and ethical manner in order to protect citizens and their data. BigClouT aims to develop strong citizen engagement between IoT, smart cities applications and citizens in the EU and Japan. My role on this project is to aid in the leadership of the workpackage overseeing the design of field trials at 4 cities (Bristol, Grenoble, Fujisawa, Tsukuba), and ensuring ethical treatment of citizens and their data by aiding in the development and delivery of a coherent trial plan across all four trial cities. My role has required me to lead workpackage telco’s, manage project partners and present workpackage updates at EU/Japan face-to-face meetings.

Oliver completed his PhD at the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University under the supervision of Dr. Mike Hazas in 2016. The focus of my research is on understanding the impacts of media and IT in the home and understanding how these impacts vary dependant on configurations and use of digital technology in social practices. THESIS

Affiliations:

Lancaster University Pure Profile

Previous projects:

  • Mobile Age – Co-design, co-creation, and  participatory design to encourage the engagement of senior citizens with digital technology, open data and open government services. Through the project Lancaster University look to engage with stakeholders in Cumbria and across the North West and build new methods for co-creation as well as use data science techniques to provide digital services and technology that empower senior citizens.
  • Recall – Understanding the role of digital technology and pervasive display in the role of increasing cognitive recall.

Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University, UK