Dr Mike Hobbs

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Computing and Technology

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Computing and technology

Mike’s main area of expertise is in the application of computing technology in programming, software development, mobile application development and the application of artificial intelligence to real-world problems.



Mike has taught undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD research for over 20 years, with experience in higher education from the University of Kent, Essex University and the Open University, as well as Anglia Ruskin. His areas of interest change as technology changes but always focus on the desire to make computing a helpful and useful resource.

Mike’s research is in artificial intelligence (AI) and its application to real-world problems, such as the analysis and classification of large and complex data sets. Semantic data, ontologies and Big Data are also areas of interest as they provide both application areas and resources for AI development. Educational technology and the use of virtual and augmented reality are also areas of interest.

Research interests

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Virtual worlds and augmented reality
  • Application of mobile technology
  • Applications of computer game technology
  • User experience and interface design
  • Knowledge-based systems and ontologies

Mike is a member of our Usability & Educational Technology Research Area and our Semantic Web Technologies Research Area. Both form part of our Informatics, Computing and Electronics Research Group.

Areas of research supervision

  • First supervisor to Will Sawyerr: Usability and design language development for 3D virtual words
  • First supervisor to Ian Brown: An agent-based system for currency independent, multiple-commodity barter in a computer game environment
  • Second supervisor to Momammed Kettouch: Using semantic information to integrate and publish Open Link Data

Find out more about our Computer Science PhD including our exciting PhD project opportunities.


  • PhD Computer Science, University of Kent
  • MSc Computer Science, University of Kent

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Learning and Teaching Project Award 2014: Mike Hobbs, Debbie Holley, An Augmented Reality Framework, £3,500. Project Website: augmentedaru.org
  • ERASMUS teaching exchange with Salento University Italy (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Hobbs, M.H.W., Gordon, M. and Brown, E., 2007. Evaluation of a Virtual World Environment, Learning & Teaching Fellowship.

Selected recent publications

Hobbs, M., Luca, C., Fatima, A., Warnes, M., 2014. Ontological analysis for dynamic data model exploration. Electronic Journal of Applied Statistical Analysis: Decision Support Systems and Services Evaluation, 5.

Sawyerr, W., Brown, E. and Hobbs, M., 2013. Using a Hybrid Method to Evaluate the Usability of a 3D Virtual World User Interface. International Journal of Information Technology & Computer Science, 8(2), pp66-74. 

Holley, D., Hobbs, M., Howlett, P. and Sawyerr, W., 2013. The chaotic science lab? Supporting trainee science teachers a cross-departmental project. Anglia Ruskin University Networks, 16, pp51-58.

Recent presentations and conferences

Hobbs, M., Holley, D., 2016. Augmented, Assessed, Addressed: Re-framing the curriculum for first year STEM students, INTED 2016, 10th Annual International Technology Education and Development Conference Valencia 7th March 2016.

Hobbs, M., Holley, D., 2015 Using Augmented Reality to Engage STEM students with an authentic curriculum. 2nd International Conference on e-Learning e-Education and Online Training, Sept 16th, 2015.

Holley, D., Hobbs, M., 2015 Students as Partners: Developing Augmented Reality in the classroom. ALDinHE 2015, The Learning Development Conference, Southampton Solent University, March 30th 2015. 

Hobbs, M. and Sawyerr, W., 2014. Designing for Usability in 3D Virtual Environments. 2nd IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, August 2014, Karlskrona, Sweden.

Sawyerr, W., Brown, E. and Hobbs, M., 2013. Using a Hybrid Method to Evaluate the Usability of a 3D Virtual World User Interface. In: IISRC (Institute of Information Systems and Research Centre). Second International Conference on Human Computer Interaction & Learning Technologies, 5-6 March, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Holley, D., Hobbs, M. and Howlett, P., 2012. The Chaotic Laboratory: A Virtual World Simulation to support PGCE Science Teachers. ITTE conference, 5-7 July, St Anne's College, Oxford.

Hobbs, M., 2011. Cloud Based Content Control for Virtual Worlds, Creative Solutions for New Futures. ReLive11 Conference, Open University, Milton Keynes.