Computer Science

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Dr Russell Lock

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Senior Lecturer

Dr Russell Lock is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Loughborough University, and associate member of the Centre for Information Management. He is also the theme lead for Sensing & Analysis, under the Loughborough University challenge Secure and Resilient Societies.

Following completion of his PhD at Lancaster University, in 2005 Russell moved to St Andrews University, taking a research post on the EPSRC INDEED project. As part of a team of researchers from St Andrews & Edinburgh Russell performed observations of complex socio-technical systems, including the Scottish Elections in 2007, to examine how changes in approach can affect training, trust and problem solving activities. In 2010 Russell took a permanent position as a lecturer at Loughborough University within the department of Computer Science.

His current research interests include socio-technical systems design/modelling/analysis, and sensor data gathering and analysis. The research Russell completes is applied with an emphasis on bridging the gap between academic theory and industrial practice. Along these lines a number ofongoing projects are detailed below to give a flavor of the research contribution Russell makes to the Computer Science Department

  • Russell is currently running a Innovate UK KTP project with SmartRoof, a factory based roof construction business alongside Dr Sergio Cavalero, within the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering. The project involves process optimisation within their room-in-roof building product.
  • Russell currently has recently completed an Innovate UK KTP project with ICE-Creative, a design agency in Winchester alongside Dr Andrea Soltoggio. The project involves using Augmented Reality and AI to visualise virtual objects in real world settings to improve marketing and sales for a major furnishings company.
  • Russell is also working with the ENB (English National Ballet) alongside academics in the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering School (Prof Max Zecca), and the School of Arts, English and Drama (Dr Arianna Maiorani) to improve the software applications available for the archival and choreographic development of ballet. In this project Russell is making use of sensor suits to capture and interpret the semantic meaning of ballet dance movement. The research is working towards the establishment of a new area of research, Kinesmiotics, the meaning of movement, which has potential applications across the arts, training and healthcare.
  • Socio-technical Software Engineering
  • System of System design, modelling and analysis
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Risk Management
  • Sensor technology
  • Information Modelling

My approach to research is interdiscplinary, socio-technical and above all pragmatic. If I need to interview a 100 people to understand a problem, or apply knowledge from completely different disciplines to solve it I will. I work in a broad set of areas, and industry sectors. For me the challenge is developing, applying, and modifying appropriate technology and processes to solve real world problems. 

  • EPSRC College Reviewer 
  • Journal paper reviewer
    • IEEE Technology and Society
    • Elsevier International Journal of Project Management
    • Elsevier International Journal of Information Management
    • Bentham Open Cybernetics & Systemics Journal
    • Indo Science IJEG - International Journal of Electronic Governance
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • PhD/EngD Examiner (internal/external)
  • Chair & Organiser of BCS SQM 2015
  • Programme committee: INNS-CIIS 2014, CAiSE 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (International Workshop on Enterprise & Organizational Modeling And Simulation), SDOT 2015, INNS-CIIS workshop 2014, IEEE CBI 2016 


I welcome PhD applications based on the research areas listed above. I recommend contact by email before submission of proposals to the department.