Computing, Data and Tech

Gain insight and help drive sustainable growth in your industry

The Institute for Sustainable Futures (iSF) is one of our three Innovation Institutes at Birmingham City University.

iSF can help businesses and organisations (both public and private) drive innovative regional and international projects, addressing the need for finding sustainable solutions to challenges that affect your organisation. We are currently working with partners in the UK, India and the USA.

Computing, Data and Tech

With the recent rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), we now have the ability to collect and measure data to monitor and regulate temperature, air quality and traffic in order to better improve urban development for smarter cities.

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  • Andrew Aftelak

    Head of the School of Computing and Digital Technology

    Andy is an experienced engineer and senior executive, with over 25 years’ experience in industrial research and advanced product technology. He holds 23 patents and has been an active participant in international standards bodies and forums. He has held a  series of technical leadership positions with Motorola, including...

  • Ron Austin

    Associate Professor

    Ron has 17 years of industrial experience, working for Telewest, Energis, and Cable and Wireless. He  managed and built the Freeserve network before moving to Cable and Wireless, where he managed the network management systems, Operational Systems Support, for the Voice Over IP (VOIP) network.

  • Rehan Bhana

    Senior Academimc - Strategic Academic Alliances

    Rehan is the founder of Innovation Fest, formulating a community of practice, servicing the regional economy and international partners with creative digital mind-sets and the next generation of technology. Rehan has sparked a productive ecosystem in teaching and learning for contemporary research, with 20 years of...

  • Peter Bull


    Peter has worked as a research engineer on a collaborative project with BAE Systems, working on an industrial sub-contract for BAE investigating the application of a safety critical Ethernet concept to an OpenFlow based switch. A member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Peter’s current research...

  • Jerry Foss

    Subject Leader

    Jerry has over 30 years’ experience in telecommunications research and development in intelligent networks, data communications protocols, interactive services, media distribution, broadband access and services development. 

  • Mohamed Gaber

    Professor in Data Analytics

    Mohamed is Professor in Data Analytics, the Centre Lead of the Centre of Enterprise Systems and the leader of the Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (DAAI) Research Group. He has published over 150 papers, co-authored two books, and edited/co-edited six books on machine learning and data mining.

  • Erika Pärn

    Architectural Technology Lecturer

    Erika gained first-hand industrial experience while being employed by several architectural practices. She worked on a range of international commercial projects, and was an early advocate of project implementation through building information modelling (BIM).  Erika is currently working on a case study of impact for REF2020...

  • Mathew Randall

    Programme Leader, Film and Image

    Mathew has been working with computer graphics since the mid-1990s and has been involved in moving image production for over 10 years. He has extensive experience in real-time computer graphics and rendering, designing and developing user interfaces, games, systems for visualising data and signals, video systems for concerts...

  • Mak Sharma

    Professor in Computer Science Education. Centre Lead, Cloud Computing.

    Mak has an international reputation, having worked with some of the world’s largest IT companies – including Cisco, Microsoft, SAS and Oracle – to create courses that are engaging and industry-focused. While Head of the School of Computing, he provided leadership and strategic direction for a business worth in excess of £10...

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