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Academic Background

Jeannette obtained her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Essex in 2009. She joined UEA in June 2019 as an academic. Privously she worked at ARU Cambridge, and prior to that she was a member of ISER (Institute of Social and Economic Research), working on various projects for the Understanding Society (US). Before that, she was a Senior Research Officer working on a project funded by the UK government in collaboration with BT at University of Essex.

Jeannette's expertise lies in ubiquitous computing and the development of real-time End User Programming systems in areas such as smart environments and the Internet of Things (IoT), a concept she explored back in 2003 when it was known as the "Embedded Internet". Her work also involves cloud computing, secure distributed systems, HCI, semantic data and databases, and applications within: personalised services, assisted living/healthcare leveraging everyday artefacts and connectivity. Most recently, her work involves applying ML techniques on big data to solve problems. Jeannette has a strong interest in rapid prototyping. She teaches UG and PG programmes at UEA. She has authored over 45 peer-reviewed research papers including journal articles and book chapters. Jeannette's work on helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 in early pandemic has recieved UEA Innovation & Impact Awards. Currently she is a member of the editorial team for the Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments (JAISE), Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments (AISE), and IET Smart Cities Journal. She is also a reviewer for EU funding bodies, IEEE journals and conferences. Jeannette is a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and Fellow of British Computer Society (FBCS). She has led three funded projects (UK and EU), as the principal investigator, into successful completion, attracting over £200,000 in funding.


Current Projects:

  • Enhancing teacher agency with technology: creating an ecological model through a place-based study of teaching and learning in Norfolk, 2022 - 2025 (Co-Applicant; ESRC £544393)
  • Teaching and Learning Industry AI, 2022-2023 (Google, $15,000)
  • Adaptive UI and Recommendation Engine, myEvolution phase 2, 2022-2023 (PI, FMH ADI £9,952)
  • Enhancing the Employability of students in the new digital transformation world, UK-Viet Nam Partnerships for Quality and Internationalisation, (British Council ) 2021-2024
  • myEvolution, March 2021 (ongoing, UEA & URI, £6k)

Selected previous projects:

  • Covid-Webapp 2.0, Norwich Testing Initiative (NTI) Covid-19 mass Testing, September 2020 – May 2021
  • Norwich Testing Initiative: Covid-19 mass testing evaluation in NRP, (UEA £9.5k) June – August 2020
  • Increase productivity, performance and quality in UK construction, "Adaptive Learning for Zero Defects in Building Construction", (co-investigator, InnovateUK £193k, £63k for ARU), 2019-20
  • Innovation Bridge, ‘Advise the company on technological aspects needed in order to get their product "smarter" for its users’ with Jordan Leisure Systems Ltd (PI, EU European Regional Development Fund £1,000), 2019
  • Urban Living: Integrated Products and Services CR&D, "Hyperlocal Rainfall" (PI, InnovateUK, £230,566.00, £33,810 for ARU) ref 52301-399159, 2015-2017
  • SmartLink: South-east-west Mobility for Advanced Research, Learning, Innovation, Network and Knowledge, (Co-Investigator; Principal Investigator Prof Alamgir Hossain; funded by EU Erasmus Mundus Action 2, REF: 552077-EM-1-UK ERA MUNDUS EMA21, €3,050,000), 2014-2018
  • Low carbon Document Management System, to support the digital record keeping in the healthcare sector in advance of the ‘Paperless by 2018’ NHS agenda. (PI; EU Low Carbon KEEP £112,367.66) 2014-2015

Key Responsibilities

Director of Admissions

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Essex

Award Date: 1 Jul 2009

External positions

External Examiner , Coventry University

1 Sep 201631 Aug 2020


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