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Professor Blaine Price

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of Computing
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Computing & Communications
  • b.a.price

Professional biography

Blaine completed undergraduate studies in Mathematics and Computing & Information Science at Queen's University, Canada. His postgraduate work was at the University of Toronto where he also did an internship at Apple's Advanced Research Lab in Cupertino. In 1991 he came to the Open University as a Reseach Fellow in software visualization before being appointed as a Lecturer in the Computing Departement in 1994. He was a major contributor to the Open University's early Internet based teaching, including the design of the first large scale assignment handling system.

He was seconded to the OU's Knowledge Media Institute in 1997 for 2 years as the Senior Systems Stragegist, returning to chair the MSc dissertation module and begin research in IT Law and Privacy. Since then he has supervised a number of PhD students in the area of privacy and ubiquitous computing and been co-investigator and principal investigator on a number of grants relating to privacy, mobile and ubiquitous computing, and wearables.

Research interests

Blaine has always taken a human-centred approach to computing. He is interested in privacy in mobile and ubiquitous computing and in lifelogging technologies in particular, including both personal lifelogging and logging energy and resource usage. He is currently studying how invisible and automatic lifelogging data can be used by ordinary people to gain insights about their life. He supervises PhD students in the areas of privacy, sustainable computing and digital forensics.  He was principal investigator on a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects with industrial partners from 2009-2011 and a co-investigator on the £1.2M EPSRC PRiMMA (Privacy Rights Managment for Mobile Applications) from 2008-2011. He is currently a co-investigator on the 5 year ERC funded ASAP (Adaptive Security and Privacy)where he is looking at security and privacy issues in lifelogging.  He was also a co-investigator on the EPSRC funded Privacy Dynamics Project. He is principal investigator on two  EPSRC funded projects:


Teaching interests

Blaine's main teaching interests are in Ubiquitous Computing and Digital Forensics. He chairs M812 (Digital Forensics) and is a digital forensics accreditation assessor for the Chartered Society of Digital Forensics.

Impact and engagement

Blaine's research was featured in the BBC TV flagship science series Horizon  in a programme entitled 'Monitor Me' broadcast in August 2013. In November 2014 Blaine gave a TEDx talk in Cyprus enetitled 'Am I Normal? why self-quantifying is for everyone'.

External collaborations

Blaine works closely with clinicians and researchers at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CRC: Human Centred ComputingCentreFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology


Externally funded projects

SAUSE: Secure, Adaptive, Usable Software Engineering

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Apr/201831/Mar/2023EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
In the last decade, the role of software engineering has changed rapidly and radically. Globalisation and mobility of people and services, pervasive computing, and ubiquitous connectivity through the Internet have disrupted traditional software engineering boundaries and practices. People and services are no longer bound by physical locations. Computational devices are no longer bound to the devices that host them. Communication, in its broadest sense, is no longer bounded in time or place. The Software Engineering & Design (SEAD) group at the Open University (OU) is leading software engineering research in this new reality that requires a paradigm shift in the way software is developed and used. This platform grant will grow and sustain strategic, multi-disciplinary, crosscutting research activities that underpin the advances in software engineering required to build the pervasive and ubiquitous computing systems that will be tightly woven into the fabric of a complex and changing socio-technical world. In addition to sustaining and growing the SEAD group at the OU and supporting its continued collaboration with the Social Psychology research group at the University of Exeter, the SAUSE platform will also enable the group to have lasting impact across several application domains such as healthcare, aviation, policing, and sustainability. The grant will allow the team to enhance the existing partner networks in these areas and to develop impact pathways for their research, going beyond the scope and lifetime of individual research projects.

STRETCH: Socio-Technical Resilience for Enhancing Targeted Community Healthcare

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Apr/201731/Mar/2020EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
The aim of this project will be to build a dynamic and resilient socio-technical system that sustains care for people with chronic illnesses in old age. Its principle novelty will be the integration of human and technical resources into a single system that will have resilient care at its heart. Resilience will mean both social resilience and technical resilience. To deliver social resilience we will explore how technology can help to harness existing social support as well as building wider social capital around older people. To deliver technical resilience we will design systems that integrate existing technological capacity in novel configurations as well as integrating new sensing / Internet of Things capability. However, the key innovation will be that the integrated socio-technical system will allow for the interchange between human assets and technological assets in the delivery of a resilient care architecture for older people. The system will not seek to replace human resource with a technology derived alternative, but to harness the capacities of all elements of the system in a way that serves the needs of the older person. Sometimes the system will respond to need through mobilising human resources, at other times the same need could be met through technological capability. In that sense, the system will have the needs of the older person at its core.


Logging you, Logging me: A Replicable Study of Privacy and Sharing Behaviour in Groups of Visual Lifeloggers (2017-06)
Price, Blaine A.; Stuart, Avelie; Calikli, Gul; Mccormick, Ciaran; Mehta, Vikram; Hutton, Luke; Bandara, Arosha K.; Levine, Mark and Nuseibeh, Bashar
Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive Mobile Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, 1, Article 22(2)
Wearables: has the age of smartwatches finally arrived? (2015-01)
Rawassizadeh, Reza; Price, Blaine A. and Petre, Marian
Communications of the ACM, 58(1) (pp. 45-47)
Placing computer security at the heart of learning (2008)
Richards, Mike; Price, Blaine A. and Nuseibeh, Bashar
Progress in Informatics, 5(2008) (pp. 91-98)
Keeping ubiquitous computing to yourself: a practical model for user control of privacy (2005-07)
Price, Blaine A.; Adam, Karim and Nuseibeh, Bashar
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 63(1-2) (pp. 228-253)
Using robotics to motivate 'back door' learning (2004-06)
Petre, Marian and Price, Blaine
Education and Information Technologies, 9(2) (pp. 147-158)
Developing Robotics e-teaching for teamwork (2003)
Price, Blaine A.; Richards, Mike; Petre, Marian; Hirst, Anthony and Johnson, Jeffrey
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-long Learning, 13(1-2) (pp. 190-205)
Remote electronic examinations: student experiences (2002-11)
Thomas, Pete; Price, Blaine; Paine, Carina and Richards, Michael
British Journal of Educational Technology, 33(5) (pp. 537-549)
Data Privacy: Users’ Thoughts on Quantified Self Personal Data (2018)
Spiller, Keith; Ball, Kirstie; Bandara, Arosha; Meadows, Maureen; Mccormick, Ciaran; Nuseibeh, Bashar and Price, Blaine A.
In: Ajana, .Btihaj ed. Self-Tracking: Empirical and Philosophical Investigations (pp. 111-124)
ISBN : 978-3-319-65378-5 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Cham
Complexity science and representation in robot soccer (2004)
Johnson, Jeffrey and Price, Blaine A.
In: Polani, Daniel; Browning, Brett; Bonarini, Andrea and Yoshida, Kazuo eds. RoboCup 2003: Robot Soccer World Cup VII. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (pp. 67-76)
ISBN : 978-3-540-22443-3 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Berlin
Software Visualization: Programming as a Multimedia Experience (1998)
Stasko, John; Domingue, John; Brown, Marc H and Price, Blaine eds.
ISBN : 262193957 | Publisher : MIT Press | Published : Cambridge, Mass
How can rhythmic haptic cueing using wearable haptic devices help gait rehabilitation for stroke survivors: a longitudinal pilot study (2018-05-01)
Islam, Riasat; Georgiou, Theodoros; Holland, Simon; Price, Blaine and Mulholland, Paul
In : 2nd Digital Health & Wellbeing Conference 2018 (01 - 03 May 2018, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)
Feel My Pain: Design and Evaluation of Painpad, a Tangible Device for Supporting Inpatient Self-Logging of Pain (2018-04-21)
Price, Blaine; Kelly, Ryan; Mehta, Vikram; Mccormick, Ciaran; Ahmed, Hanad and Pearce, Oliver
In : CHI 2018: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (21-26 Apr 2018, Montreal, QC, Canada)
A longitudinal rehabilitation case study for hemiparetic gait using outdoor rhythmic haptic cueing via a wearable device (2018-04-11)
Islam, Riasat; Holland, Simon; Georgiou, Theodoros; Price, Blaine and Mulholland, Paul
In : 27th European Stroke Conference (11 - 13 April 2018, Athens, Greece)
Gait rehabilitation by outdoor rhythmic haptic cueing using wearable technology for neurological conditions: a case study (2018-03-19)
Islam, Riasat; Holland, Simon; Georgiou, Theodoros; Price, Blaine and Mulholland, Paul
In : ACPIN International Neurophysiotherapy Conference (19 - 20 March 2018, Manchester, UK)
Data, Data Everywhere, and Still Too Hard to Link: Insights from User Interactions with Diabetes Apps (2018)
Katz, Dmitri S.; Price, Blaine A.; Holland, Simon and Dalton, Nicholas Sheep
In : CHI 2018: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (21-26 Apr 2018, Montreal, QC, Canada)
Designing for Diabetes Decision Support Systems with Fluid Contextual Reasoning (2018)
Katz, Dmitri S.; Price, Blaine A.; Holland, Simon and Dalton, Nicholas Sheep
In : CHI 2018: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (21-26 Apr 2018, Montreal, QC, Canada)
Learning to Share: Engineering Adaptive Decision-Support for Online Social Networks (2017)
Rafiq, Yasmin; Dickens, Luke; Russo, Alessandra; Bandara, Arosha; Yang, Mu; Stuart, Avelie; Levine, Mark; Calikli, Gul; Price, Blaine and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : 32nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (30 Oct - 3 Nov 2017, Chicago, IL)
The Role of Ethological Observation for Measuring Animal Reactions to Biotelemetry Devices (2017)
Paci, Patrizia; Mancini, Clara and Price, Blaine
In : Proc. Fourth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, ACI2017 (21-23 November 2017, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom)
Designing for Wearability in Animal Biotelemetry (2016-11-17)
Paci, Patrizia; Mancini, Clara and Price, Blaine A.
In : ACI'16 (16-17 Nov 2016, Milton Keynes)
Privacy-by-Design Framework for Assessing Internet of Things Applications and Platforms (2016-11-07)
Perera, Charith; Mccormick, Ciaran; Bandara, Arosha; Price, Blaine and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : International Conference on the Internet of Things (IOT 2016) (7-9 November 2016, Stuttgart, Germany)
Verifiable Limited Disclosure: Reporting and Handling Digital Evidence in Police Investigations (2016-09-12)
Tun, Thein; Price, Blaine; Bandara, Arosha; Yu, Yijun and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : iRENIC: 1st International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Investigating and Countering Crime (12th September 2016, Beijing, China)
Wearables for Physical Privacy (2016-09-12)
Mehta, Vikram; Price, Blaine; Bandara, Arosha and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : UbiComp 2016 (12-16 Sep 2016, Heidelberg, Germany)
Questioning the Reflection Paradigm for Diabetes Mobile Apps (2016-06-15)
Katz, Dmitri; Dalton, Nick; Holland, Simon; O'Kane, Aisling and Price, Blaine A.
In : EAI International Conference on Wearables in Healthcare (14-15 June 2016, Budapest)
Privacy Dynamics: Learning Privacy Norms for Social Software (2016-05-14)
Calikli, Gul; Law, Mark; Bandara, Arosha K.; Russo, Alesandra; Dickens, Luke; Price, Blaine A.; Stuart, Avelie; Levine, Mark and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : 11th International Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems (16-17 May 2016, Austin, Texas, USA) (pp. 47-56)
Privacy Itch and Scratch:
 On Body Privacy Warnings and Controls (2016-05-07)
Mehta, Vikram; Bandara, Arosha; Price, Blaine and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (7-12 May 2016, San Jose, CA)
Towards a Wearer-Centred Framework for Animal Biotelemetry (2016)
Paci, Patrizia; Mancini, Clara and Price, Blaine A.
In : Proceedings of Measuring Behaviour 2016 (25-27 May 2016, Dublin)
Harvesting green miles from my roof: an investigation into self-sufficient mobility with electric vehicles (2015-09)
Bourgeois, Jacky; Foell, Stefan; Kortuem, Gerd; Price, Blaine; van der Linden, Janet; Elbanhawy, Eiman and Rimmer, Christopher
In : 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2015) (7-11 September 2015, Osaka) (pp. 1065-1076)
Understanding and Supporting Emerging Domestic Energy Practices (2015-07-14)
Bourgeois, Jacky; Kortuem, Gerd; Baudry, Benoit; van der Linden, Janet; Bourcier, Johann and Price, Blaine A.
In : British HCI Conference - 'Sustainable HCI in the UK' workshop (13 - 17 July 2015, Lincoln)
Failing the challenge: Diabetes apps & long-term daily adoption (2015-02-18)
Katz, Dmitri; Dalton, Nicholas and Price, Blaine
In : 8th International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD 2015) (18-21 Feb 2015, Paris)
Understanding the social practice of EV workplace charging (2015)
Elbanhawy, Eiman and Price, Blaine A.
In : PURBA2015: The 4th International Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (7 September 2015, Osaka, Japan) (pp. 1133-1141)
Personal Informatics for Non-Geeks: Lessons Learned from Ordinary People (2014-09-13)
Calikli, Gul; Andersen, Mads Schaarup; Bandara, Arosha; Price, Blaine A. and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : Ubicomp Adjunct 2014 (September 13-17, 2014)., Seattle, WA, USA) (pp. 683-686)
Energy Demand Shifting in Residential Households: The Interdependence between Social Practices and Technology Design (2014-09-03)
Bourgeois, Jacky; Kortuem, Gerd; Bourcier, Johann; van der Linden, Janet; Price, Blaine A. and Baudry, Benoit
In : Behave 2014 (3-4 Oct 2014, Oxford)
Conversations with my washing machine: an in-the-wild study of demand-shifting with self-generated energy (2014-09)
Bourgeois, Jacky; van der Linden, Janet; Kortuem, Gerd; Price, Blaine A. and Rimmer, Christopher
In : 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2014) (13-17 September 2014, Seattle, Washington, US) (pp. 459-470)
Participatory Data Analysis: A New Method for Investigating Human Energy Practices (2014-08-24)
Kortuem, Gerd; Bourgeois, Jacky; van der Linden, Janet and Price, Blaine
In : ICT4S-WS 2014: A social practice perspective on the smart grid (24-27 August 2014, Stockholm, Sweden) (pp. 35-37)
Using participatory data analysis to understand social constraints and opportunities of electricity demand-shifting (2014-08)
Bourgeois, J.; van der Linden, J.; Kortuem, G.; Price, B. A. and Rimmer, C.
In : 2nd International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S 2014) (24-27 August 2014, Stockholm, Sweden)
Distilling Privacy Requirements for Mobile Applications (2014-05-31)
Thomas, Keerthi; Bandara, Arosha K.; Price, Blaine A. and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : 36th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2014) (31 May-7 June, 2014, Hyderabad, India)
Pedagogic Challenges in Teaching Cyber Security – a UK perspective (2014)
Price, B.A.; Janicke, H.; Lallie, H.S.; Sinclair, J.E.; Joy, M.S. and Howley, R.
In : International Conference on Communication and Computing, Computer Networks and Security (12-14 June 2014, Bangalore, India) (pp. 605-615)
Technology probes: experiences with home energy feedback (2013-04-27)
Bourgeois, Jacky; van der Linden, Janet; Price, Blaine and Kortuem, Gerd
In : Methods for Studying Technology in the Home (27 Apr 2013, Paris)
When looking out of the window is not enough: informing the design of in-home technologies for domestic energy microgeneration (2013-02-14)
Price, Blaine; van der Linden, Janet; Bourgeois, Jacky and Kortuem, Gerd
In : First International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability (14-16 February 2013, Zurich, Switzerland)
Privacy arguments: analysing selective disclosure requirements for mobile applications (2012)
Tun, Thein Than; Bandara, Arosha K.; Price, Blaine A.; Yu, Yijun; Haley, Charles; Omoronyia, Inah and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : 20th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (24-28 September 2012 , Chicago, Illinois) (pp. 131-140)
In the best families: tracking and relationships (2011)
Mancini, Clara; Rogers, Yvonne; Thomas, Keerthi; Joinson, Adam; Price, Blaine; Bandara, Arosha; Jedrzejczyk, Lukasz and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : 29th International ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM CHI 2011 (07-12 May 2011, Vancouver, Canada) (pp. 2419-2428)
“Privacy-shake”: a haptic interface for managing privacy settings in mobile location sharing applications (2010-09)
Jedrzejczyk, Lukasz; Price, Blaine A.; Bandara, Arosha and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : MobileHCI '10: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (7-10 September 2010, Libon, Portugal) (pp. 411-412)
On the impact of real-time feedback on users' behaviour in mobile location-sharing applications (2010-07-14)
Jedrzejczyk, Lukasz; Price, Blaine A.; Bandara, Arosha K. and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : SOUPS '10: Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (14-16 July 2010) (pp. 1-12)
Contravision: Exploring users' reactions to futuristic technology (2010-04-10)
Mancini, Clara; Rogers, Yvonne; Bandara, Arosha; Coe, Tony; Jedrzejczyk, Lukasz; Joinson, Adam; Price, Blaine; Thomas, Keerthi and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Human factors in computing systems (10-15 April 2010, Atlanta Georgia, USA) (pp. 153-162)
ContraVision: presenting contrasting visions of future technology (2010-04)
Price, Blaine A.; Mancini, Clara; Rogers, Yvonne; Bandara, Arosha K.; Coe, Tony; Joinson, Adam N.; Lay, Jeffery A. and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : 28th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (10-15 Apr 2010, Atlanta, GA, USA) (pp. 4759-4764)
Studying location privacy in mobile applications: 'predator vs. prey' probes (2009-07)
Thomas, Keerthi; Mancini, Clara; Jedrzejczyk, Lukasz; Bandara, Arosha K.; Joinson, Adam; Price, Blaine A.; Rogers, Yvonne and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : Proceedings of the 5th Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (15-17 July 2009, California) (pp. 1-1)
From spaces to places: Emerging contexts in mobile privacy (2009)
Mancini, Clara; Thomas, Keerthi; Rogers, Yvonne; Price, Blaine A.; Jedrzejczyk, Lukazs; Bandara, Arosha K.; Joinson, Adam N. and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : Proceedings of the 11th International conference on Ubiquitous computing (30 Sept - 3 Oct 2009, Orlando, Florida, USA) (pp. 1-10)
A multi-pronged empirical approach to mobile privacy investigation (2009)
Mancini, Clara; Rogers, Yvonne; Jedrzejczyk, Lukasz; Thomas, Keerthi; Price, Blaine; Joinson, Adam; Bandara, Arosha and Nuseibeh, Bashar
In : Workshop on Mobile User Experience Research: Challenges, Methods & Tools. 27th ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM CHI 2009 (4-9 Apr 2009, Boston, USA)
Robotics and the meaning of life: a practical guide to things that think (2005)
Rosewell, Jonathan; Johnson, Jeffrey; Hirst, Tony and Price, Blaine
In : CAL '05 'Virtual Learning?' (4-6 April 2005, Bristol, UK)
Representing Patterns of autonomous agent dynamics in multi-robot systems (2003)
Johnson, Jeffrey and Price, Blaine
In : The Eighth International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics (AROB-8) (24-26 Jan 2003, Beppu, Oita, Japan) (pp. 228-253)
Teaching programming through paperless assignments: an empirical evaluation of instructor feedback (1997-09)
Price, Blaine and Petre, Marian
In : 2nd Conference on Integrating Technology into Computer Science Education (ITiCSE '97) (1-5 June 1997, Uppsala, Sweden) (pp. 94-99)

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