University of Sheffield


Project Coordinator

The University of Sheffield (USFD) is a member of the Russell Group, the twenty institutions who receive two-thirds of universities’ research grant and contract funding in the UK. It is a major contributor to research, being the UK’s sixth most highly rated research university. It was selected as University of The Year 2001 and 2011 by The Times Higher Education USFD is participating with two departments. Organization, Information and Knowledge Group (OAK) in the Department of Computer Science do research on Semantic Technologies with a particular focus on their application to Knowledge Management and the Future Web. Since 2005, current members of the group have published hundreds of papers, given 13 invited keynote speeches at international and national conferences and 12 tutorials at summer schools and international conferences. Research funds since 2005 exceed £4m from the European Commission, EPSRC, AHRC, JISC, industry and government. In 2007 they created a spin-out company, K-now Technologies Ltd, to commercialise some of their Knowledge Management Technologies. The Department of Landscape is the UK’s premier centre for landscape research. In the latest 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) all of the research was assessed as being “Internationally Recognised” and 75% of the research of the Department of Landscape was assessed as “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”. Research in the Department of Landscape has received support from a wide range of funding sources across the range of the UK research councils as well as European funding (FW programmes, Interreg, Marie-Curie) addressing e.g. design, participatory decision-making and VR as well as mobile AR visualisation of Urban River Landscapes (EPSRC URSULA-project)


Key personnel:

Professor Fabio Ciravegna (Project Director)
Dr. Vita Lanfranchi
Dr. Stuart Wrigley
Professor Eckart Lange