Horizon Research

As technology advances throughout our digital age, society is becoming increasingly and evermore reliant upon digital technology use and functionality in 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’s interest in the “lifelong contextual footprint” has extended with a specific focus on new opportunities in personalised and adaptive products taking on board the challenge of growing public concerns around personal data use.  

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. 

Our research into the Digital Economy is highly interdisciplinary – including computer science, engineering, psychology, lawbusiness, geography, design, english, art and media. We have expertise in a broad range of technologies: mobile and ubiquitous computing, cloud and internet services, positioning and location, artificial intelligence and robotics. 

Our research portfolio is vast, ranging from short pilot projects to larger programmes of work having numerous parallel work packages. We aim to answer specific aspects of the broad research challenges and embed a responsible research and innovation approach into our work. Take a look at our individual project pages