Simon Harper

Professor of Computer Science

University of Manchester (Computer Science)


My work is centred on understanding, predicting and influencing a user’s behaviour in the real-world and through interfaces and information, while taking into account cognitive, behavioural, perceptual and technological factors. My contributions lie in the development of adaptive user models of extreme users and/or extreme environments. Current work involves longitudinally sensing Parkinson’s Disease progression in the wild collaborating with Docobo (SME); and, on the Sentient Tracking Of Parkinson’s project (funded by the Academy of Finland ICT 2023 programme) Along with the University of Oulu Medical Faculty (Dr. Jani Katisko), Carnegie Mellon University (Prof. Anind Dey, Julian Ramos), and the University of Oulu (Prof. Denzil Ferreira). I am also working on coversational interfaces for people with mental health conditions (funded by the EPSRC). In addition, I am a named investigator on the EPSRC - NIHR HTC Partnership Award: Partnership with the MindTech HTC; and I currently lead the NeuroD Network via an EPSRC Connect Health Grant.


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Information Retrieval


  • PhD in Computer Science, 2001

    University of Manchester

Recent Posts

Shell GO+, Offsetting and Sequestration

It’s better not to use the carbon. But, if you are going to use the carbon then it’s better to use as little as possible; and, offset …

Funded PhD Available In: Accurate Prediction of Glucose Absorption from Food

You will investigate how we might understand the importance of ingredients; portion size, weight, and composition; carbohydrate …

Retrospective 2019 CO2 Audit

I consumed 4.613 tonnes of CO2 which is the target amount for 2020; and, I think I need to set my 2020 target to 3.5 tonnes.

Transportation and its Carbon Footprint

Everything up to 400km is probably better travelled on the surface as much as possible excluding CO2 consuming motorised transport. …

Towards a Parallel CO2 Currency

One size fits all is not going to work; The most energy efficient thing you can do is have one child only; Population has a massive …


The Friday Night Experiments

Experimental science that doesn’t necessarily linked to my day job.

Type 1 Diabetes

Help people with Type 1 Diabetes better manage their condition. Better management reduces clinical risks.

The Bedtime Projects

The bedtime projects are those thoughts and ideas that come to us before our brain switches off for sleep.