Dr Lydia Lau

Dr Lydia Lau


Lydia has contributed to a number of projects involving the extraction of infrastructural characteristics of knowledge sharing in learning and research communities and the design and adoption of innovative collaborative systems and social computing for research and learning; has over 60 publications in journals, books, and refereed conferences.

Funded projects:

  • One of investigators in “STRAPP: Trusted Digital Spaces through Timely Reliable and Personalised Provenance"; Trusted Services, Collaborative R&D and Fast-Track Funding, 2010, Technology Strategy Board. (Apr 2011 - Mar 2014)
  • Principal investigator (Leeds) in "Dicode - Mastering Data-Intensive Collaboration and Decision Making"; EU FP7 - 4.3: Intelligent Information Management; co-ordinated by Nikos Karacapilidis, Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Patras. (Sept 2010 - Aug 2013)
  • Co-investigator (Leeds) in "ImREAL - Immersive Reflective Experience-based Adaptive Learning"; EU FP7 - 4.2: Technology Enhanced Learning; co-ordinated by Vania Dimitrova, School of Computing, Leeds. (Oct 2010 - Sept 2013)
  • Co-investigator in "AWESOME Dissertation Environment (ADE): Realising benefits for HEA Subject Centres - Philosophy case study", Emerge Widening Stakeholder Fund, JISC.
  • Co-investigator in "Academic Writing Empowered by Social Online Mediated Environments (AWESOME)", JISC.
  • Principal investigator in "Integration of Human Factors into the Design of Virtual Project Management Software", KTP.
  • Co-investigator in "A methodology for distributed information management within an intranet environment", Industrial funding.


  • International Lead for Computing

Research interests

Lydia's research interests involve taking a business/people viewpoint on the application of advanced IT. This can be mapped onto the following areas:

  • Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): including how ICT can offer effective support for teamwork; focusing on the underlying processes in teamwork. Research work includes studies on issues relating to the applications of intranets, knowledge sharing environments, GRIDs, and learning.
  • Knowledge Management (KM) and Business Process Reengineering (BPR): including the methods for facilitating communications and understanding of the situation and requirements for improvement; the relationships between IT, KM and BPR, the application of process view and supporting tools.
  • The above activities also cover issues in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), methodologies for requirements elicitation and analysis, and semantics for collaboration activities.

Recent work examines the use of semantics and social computing for Technology Enhanced Learning - capturing and sense making of experiences for learning. 


  • PhD Information Systems, 1987, Leeds.
  • BSc (Hons) Computational Science and Management Studies, 1981, Leeds.

Professional memberships

  • Member of the British Computer Society
  • Chartered IT Professional of British Computer Society
  • Member of UK Academy of Information Systems
  • Member of the International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society
  • Member of Special Interest Group in Human Computer Interaction, Association for Computing Machinery

Student education

Information Modelling covering data and process views, and semantic web. Novel approaches to Systems and Architectures for knowledge sharing and collaborative work. Human computer interaction and user adaptiveness.

Research groups and institutes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Distributed Systems and Services