Matthew Chalmers


I’m a Reader in Computer Science at the University of Glasgow, UK. My work borrows from philosophy, biology and other disciplines in order to feed into the design and theory of computer systems, especially mobile and ubiquitous computing.

I lead the social/ubiquitous/mobile (SUM) group, and we work on theory, infrastructure and applications such as mobile multiplayer games and systems for health and fitness, for cultural tourism, and for ‘seamful’ awareness of the infrastructure one uses and may have ready-to-hand. My main projects are A Population Approach to Ubicomp Systems Design, an EPSRC programme that investigates a new treatment of software class as a varied and evolving population of instances, and EuroFIT, an EU FP7 project centred on using football fans’ club affiliation to encourage greater physical activity and less sedentary behaviour. Our collaborators include the Edinburgh festivals, the Glasgow City Council Future Cities Demonstrator, and a number of premier league football clubs in the UK, Portugal, Norway and the Netherlands. I’ve an interest in future cities, smart citizens and the like, and lead the SICSA Future Cities theme.

Also, I’m always on the lookout for good PhD applications. See my Projects page for more on what’s going on, and our departmental PhD application page for details and forms for studentship applications.

My work email address is matthew.chalmers at I also have a work phone but generally only check it for messages every few weeks... so please use email instead.