Raian Ali, Emily Arden, John McAlaney, Keith Phalp

Raian is an Associate Professor in Computing in the Department of Computing and Informatics, Faculty of Science & Technology, Bournemouth University, UK. Raian has a keen interest in studying Digital Addiction which he defines as a problematic relationship with digital media characterized by properties such as being excessive, obsessive, compulsive, impulsive and hasty. He focuses on the principles, methods and tools needed to engineer addiction-aware technology able help people to predict, realize and combat addictive usage styles. Emily Arden-Close is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Bournemouth University. Emily's research focuses on assessing and improving health and quality of life in chronic illness, including developing digital interventions to improve health. She is a co-applicant on the EROGamb project, funded by GambleAware and Bournemouth University. This aims to use intelligent and real-time behavioural awareness techniques to prevent and combat problem gambling, which has been classified a public health issue. John is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Stirling, his MSc at the University of Strathclyde and then his PhD at the University of West of Scotland in 2007. His PhD was on the topic of social psychology and substance use, looking particularly at misperceptions of peer norms. Following this, he worked on an AERC funded post-doc position at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before moving onto a lecturing post at the University of Bradford in 2008. He joined the Department of Psychology at Bournemouth University in 2014. Keith Phalp is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University, and Professor of Software Engineering. Previous leadership roles have included Head of Software Systems and Psychology, Head of Computing and Informatics, and Deputy Dean for Education and Professional Practice. His research foci cover software engineering, particularly the early phases of software projects and the relationship between business and software models, model driven development, applications of AI, and, in recent years, social computing, which encompasses digital addiction and on-line gambling. He has extensive project leadership expertise, having led major successful EC funded projects, as well as Knowledge Transfer Projects, and his research has brought tangible and financial benefits to the organisations involved.

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