Horizon Research

Horizon Research

As technology advances throughout our digital age, society is becoming increasingly reliant upon digital technology use and functionality for everyday life. Researching and understanding how digital technology is designed and used, is crucial in ensuring it delivers both economic and societal benefit to all.

Horizon is specifically interested in the “lifelong contextual footprint”:

The footprint – the digital traces we create explicitly and implicitly as we go about our everyday lives at home, at work and at leisure.

The contextual – these digital traces enable personal technologies to infer our activities and provide appropriate services.

The lifelong – an inclusive digital society must consider how these digital footprints are handled throughout our lives, literally from cradle to grave.

Horizon’s research into the Digital Economy is highly interdisciplinary – including computer science, engineering, psychology, business, geography, design, english, film & tv. We bring to bear expertise in a broad range of technologies: mobile and ubiquitous computing, cloud and internet services, and positioning and location.

We are engaged in a portfolio of projects ranging from initial pilot projects of a few months duration to multi-year projects having numerous parallel work packages. Within a single project, Horizon aims to answer specific aspects of the broad research challenges; details are available on the individual project pages.

  • 16/07/2015Horizon receives additional funding for a further 5 years

    Great news - Horizon Digital Economy Research has received an additional £4M to support our work until 2020! Read the full press release, and learn more about the impact already generated from Horizon research.  Like to...
  • 03/07/2015A brief history of Digital Health – Part 2

    On Tuesday the Digital Catapult posted Part 1 of Lorena Macnaughtan’s brief history of digital health. For Part 2, they have created a timeline infographic to summarise Lorena’s ideas. 
  • 01/07/2015Creative Visiting Masterclass

    Are you interested in the opportunities that new consumer technologies – including mobiles, wearables, iBeacons, NFC and visual markers – can bring to your business or practice? Would you like to know more about how to engage...
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