Raian is an Associate Professor in Computing in the Department of Computing and Informatics, Faculty of Science & Technology, Bournemouth University, UK. He received his PhD in Software Engineering from University of Trento, Italy. He worked as a post-doctorate research fellow at the University of Trento and then Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research, University of Limerick, Ireland. His research is focused on the engineering of social technologies, i.e., the systematic design of software-based solutions for social requirements and the governed and responsible integration of such solutions into their usage environment.
Examples of particular topics of interest include the engineering of digital motivation solutions (Gamification, Persuasive Technology, Incentive Centred Design, etc.) within a business information system, the engineering of transparency requirements in enterprises as well as the design of systems which are receptive and responsive to the feedback of their users, preferably called citizens.
Raian has a keen interest in studying Digital Addiction which he defines as a problematic relationship with digital media characterized by properties such as being excessive, obsessive, compulsive, impulsive and hasty. He focuses on the principles, methods and tools needed to engineer addiction-aware technology able help people to predict, realize and combat addictive usage styles.
As a social responsibility for software and technology engineering, he is advocating a policy change in the production of digital media so that it helps people to make informed decisions about their usage. He would also like to see more public awareness of the potential reasons and side-effects of the obsessive usage of technology and ability for self-assessment exercises around it.
He has been a holder of a European FP7 Marie Curie Grant on the Engineering of Socially-Adaptive Systems (the SOCIAD Project 2013-2017) and is now leading the EROGamb project funded by GambleAware and Bournemouth University and meant to enable more intelligent and real-time behavioural awareness techniques to prevent and combat problem gambling. Raian is a founder and coordinator of the Engineering and Social Informatics Research Group (ESOTICS) at Bournemouth University.