About the HIKER Group

The HIKER Group is a computing research group that is based at Massey University (MU), the University of Montana (UMontana) and collaborates with researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).   The group investigates theoretical research problems in Computer Science, Information Technology and Software Engineering, however such work usually directly related to and inspired  by the practical application domain problems whose solutions may be commercialisable.

Research in Knowledge Engineering within the HIKER Group focuses on investigating formal ways of representing knowledge that is normally published as natural language documents such as scientific research publications, guidelines and protocols, laws and regulations, and standards with the aim of incorporating this knowledge in computational paradigms and formalisms for solving specific problems in the application domains mentioned above.

Research in Computer Security and Privacy and the Cloud within the HIKER Group focuses on investigating new security and privacy approaches, paradigms, metaphors and mechanisms for personal and sensitive information, particularly the electronic healthcare records (EHR), within the context of an increasingly connected world within environments such as mobile computing, the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing. Projects include new security and privacy protection methods based on graph theory applications within the Cloud context and mechanisms for supporting domain-specific security and privacy metaphors.

Research in the emerging domain of the Internet of Things (IoT) combined with the Cloud (Cloud IoT) focuses on security and privacy and on new applications of IoT to the domains of Agriculture and Healthcare. Projects investigate new methods of Cloud IoT-based plant and animal care and securing privacy of health information in the context of Mobile Computing that uses Cloud IoT.

The HIKER Group is also working on projects focusing on modelling, formal representation and computerisation of Clinical Practice Guidelines, recently focusing on Caremap modelling and on the problem of generating the realistic synthetic Electronic Healthcare Record for certain kinds of secondary uses.

The HIKER Group welcomes students, researchers, industry practitioners and domain experts as members. The Group values both local and international research collaboration involving both researchers and domain experts. To join the HIKER Group from any where in the world contact Kuda Dube (Massey University) or Tom Gallagher (University of Montana) or Scott McLachlan (Queen Mary University of London, UK).