University of Dundee

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University of Dundee


The University of Dundee has nine academic Schools covering a variety of subject areas, and has been ranked top in Scotland for research in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. The University has around 11,000 students, 60 researchers in Computing, in the School of Science and Engineering and 500 scientists and clinicians in the School of Medicine.

The Centre for Argument Technology (ARG-tech) is located in the Discipline of Computing at the University of Dundee. This group is committed to developing the vision, academic theory and commercial exploitation of an Argument Web – an interconnected network of opinions, arguments, debates and discussions – having attracted funding of over £5m, and has over 150 refereed papers in print. The group’s freely available software tools such as OVA (for performing argument analysis) have tens of thousands of users, members have pioneered robust new standards such as the AIF and they have the largest freely accessible corpus of analysed argumentation anywhere in the world in AIFdb. The group also hosted the editorial office for the journal, Argument and Computation from its inception in 2010 until 2016.

Human Centred Computing is one of two research themes in Computing at the University, focusing on Accessibility, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and Social Inclusion research. We specialise in the design, implementation, deployment and evaluation of technology with and for specific groups, including the socially disadvantaged, older users, those in long-term or intensive care, and those with disabilities. Research is informed through direct interaction with a wide community of older adults with diverse need and abilities helping researchers evaluate usefulness and usability of technologies. The research group hosts a number of user groups who meet in our User Centre, allowing students and researchers the opportunity to engage with older adults and people with disabilities on a regular basis.

The Division of Population Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee has a large programme on diabetes as part of its Epidemiology of Common Conditions, as well as a focus on changing health behaviour in its Public Health Research.

Relevant publications
Pease, A., Lawrence, J., Budzynska, K., Corneli, J. and Reed, C. — Lakatos-style collaborative mathematics through dialectical, structured and abstract argumentation (2017).
Lawrence, J. Snaith, M., Konat, B., Budzynska K. and Reed C. — Debating Technology for Dialogical Argument: Sensemaking, Engagement, and Analytics (2017).
Bex, F., Lawrence, J., Snaith, M. and Reed C. — Implementing the argument web (2013).
Cunningham, S.G., Brillante, M., Allardice, B., McAlpine, R.R., Wilson, L., Walker, J., Emslie-Smith, A., Richards, H., Tucker, L. and Wake, D.J. — My Diabetes My Way: Providing online support for diabetes self-care in Scotland (2014).
Wake, D.J. and Cunningham, S. — ‘Digital Diabetes’- Looking to the Future (2013).
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