Short Bio.

Raian Ali

Raian is a Principal Academic in Computing and the Head of Research in the Department of Computing and Informatics, Faculty of Science & Technology, Bournemouth University, UK. He received his PhD in Software Engineering from University of Trento, Italy. He worked as a post-doctorate research fellow at University of Trento and then Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research, University of Limerick, Ireland. His research is focused on the engineering of social informatics, i.e., the systematic design of software-based solutions for social requirements and the governed and responsible integration of such solutions into the overall socio-technical system. Examples of particular topics include the engineering of software-based motivation (Gamification, Persuasive Technology, Incentive Centred Design, etc.) within a business information systems, the engineering of transparency requirements in enterprises as well as the design of systems which are receptive and responsive to the feedback of their users, preferably called citizens.

Raian has a keen interest in studying Digital Addiction which he defines as a problematic usage of digital devices characterized by properties like being excessive, obsessive, compulsive, impulsive and hasty. He focuses on the principles, methods and tools needed to engineer addiction-aware technology able to combat, autonomously or semi-autonomously, addictive usage styles. As a social responsibility, he is advocating  a policy change in the production of digital media so that it helps people to make informed decisions about their usage. He would also like to see more public awareness of the potential reasons and side-effects of the obsessive usage of technology, or at least encourage a user to make a software-supported self-assessment exercise around it. For more information, visit our Digital Addiction Research project page.

He is currently a holder of a European FP7 Marie Curie Grant on the Engineering of Socially-Adaptive Systems (the SOCIAD Project) and the coordinator for the Engineering of Social Informatics Research Group (ESOTICS) and Computing and Informatics Research Centre (CIRC) at Bournemouth University.

Contact: Office: +44 (0) 1202 966 682; Email: rali at bournemouth.ac.uk

Twitter: @bu_esotics

Please consider submitting to, and attending:

PT’17: the 12th International Conference on Persuasive Technology. PERSUASIVE 2016 (PT-16). April 3-6, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

RESACS 2017: The 3rd Intl. Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Self-Adaptive and Cyber Physical Systems (RESACS), to be held at REFSQ’17, 27-Feb to 02 Mar 2017 in Essen, Germany.

REFSQ’17:  the 23rd Intl. Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundations of Software Quality, Posters and Tool Track. 27-Feb to 02 Mar 2017, Essen, Germany

ACM SAC RE-Track’17: the 10th edition of the Requirement Engineering Track (RE-Track’17) of the 32nd ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2017).  March 27-31, 2017. Marrakesh, Morocco.

SSE’16: the 8th International Workshop on Social Software Engineering (SSE),  co-located with FSE’16, November 14, 2016 in Seattle, WA, USA.