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Alistair Sutcliffe


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Alistair Sutcliffe (MA Cantab-Natural Sciences, PhD Wales) is Emeritus Professor of Systems Engineering, Schools of Computer Science and Business, University of Manchester, UK. Originally at ethologist, he has worked in the IT and finance industry, the civil service and City and Manchester Universities. His research spans software engineering, human computer interaction, cognitive and social science, with recent interests in scenario based design, methods for requirements engineering, analysis and modelling complex socio technical systems, visualisation and creative design . He is a leading authority on human factors in safety critical systems, requirements engineering and multimedia user interface design, has authored 6 books and 200+ publications on human computer interaction, requirements engineering, software and domain knowledge reuse. His recent books include: Multimedia and virtual reality: Designing multisensory user interfaces. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2003) User-Centred Requirements Engineering. Springer, (2002) and The Domain Theory: Patterns for knowledge and software reuse, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2002). He currently manages EPSRC projects ADVISES (E-science requirements analysis and visualisation) and ESRC/EPSRC Foresight project Developing Theory for Evolving Socio Technical Systems and was recently PI of EPSRC projects SIMP- Systems Integration for Major Projects, ISRE Immersive scenario based Requirements Engineering and CORK Corporate Knowledge Repository. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals in the software engineering and human computer interaction. He founded IFIP TC-13 Working Group 13.2 âMethodology for User Centred Design, is editor of the ISO standard 14915, on Multimedia user interface design, co-chaired the ACM conference Designing Interactive Systems 2002 and is co-chair of IEEE Requirements Engineering conference in 2007. He was awarded the IFIP silver core in 1999, is a reviewer for EPSRC college, INRIA cognitive engineering projects 2002 & 2006, NSF Science of Design program and made plenary keynote presentations at IHM03, HCI05, and CAiSE06, RE2009 conferences.

Research interests

Professor Sutcliffe investigates human-computer interaction (HCI) in knowledge representation, cognitive modelling, design methodologies for multimedia and VR systems, and visual HCI. He also researches into software engineering on issues including requirements engineering and analysis, software re-use, structured development methods and business process design. Industrial collaborators include ERA Technology and the Metropolitan Police, as well as Marconi Electronic and Naval Systems. His doctoral students work on design of visual HCI for information browsing and retrieval, and on architectures and models for re-usable user interfaces.

Recent projects include:

  • DUMAS: Dynamic Universal Mobility for Adaptive Speech interface
  • SIMP: Systems Integration for Major Projects
  • ISRE: Immersive Scenario-based Requirements Engineering

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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