The Interactive Systems Research Group (ISRG) at Nottingham Trent University focuses on the development of new technologies for cognitive and physical rehabilitation, and the promotion of users’ mental wellbeing. The main research focus of the group has always been on developing technologies for social inclusion.  

This is a multi-disciplinary endeavour bringing together researchers, educationalists, psychologists and clinicians in virtual environments, serious games, games-based learning, assistive technologies, location-based services, mobile applications, robotics, health psychology and computational intelligence. Recently a strong focus has been on the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for the benefit of health and society.  

The ISRG has expertise in the analysis and use of methods from the fields of artificial intelligence and data analysis to solve real-world problems. The Research Group has access to state-of-the-art research facilities, including high-performance computing, a variety of sensors, actuators and communication devices, different assistive robotic platforms, a Virtual Reality lab equipped with a multitude of Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies, and a smart home facility. 

The group’s expertise is in:

  • Using sensor data and machine learning to determine personalised learning pathways for students with cognitive impairments and autism;
  • Applying and deriving user sensitive inclusive design methods for working with excluded groups;
  • Developing accessibility and design guidelines for cognitive impairments;
  • The use of interactive technologies to combat impairments;
  • The design and evaluation of novel ICT for the work preparation of people with disabilities and those at risk of social exclusion;
  • Designing and co-designing serious games to promote inclusion.
  • Designing user centred interfaces for robots and other technologies for use in education.