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As Director of the Institute of Coding (IoC), Rachid leads a national Institute announced by the Prime Minister in January 2018. He has broad experience leading the teaching of coding, digital skills and entrepreneurship within the University of Bath, Department of Computer Science at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He also led efforts to have the Bath placement scheme professionally certified (the first such certification in the country) and to launch digital Degree apprenticeship provision at the university.

For fifteen years prior to his involvement with the IoC, Rachid’s research interests have been in the field of human computer interaction. His research involves knowledge and information exchange between individuals, groups and combinations of the two. This research has involved working closely with industrial and public sector partners in both secure domains e.g. autonomous systems, defence (SEAS DTC I and II) and civilian contexts e.g. emergency response (HASCC), aviation (EPSRC funded Flight Deck Safety Project) and agriculture (the EU funded CLAFIS project).

He is not, however, a career academic, having run national and international teams in the financial domain before returning to academia. His ten years of industrial experience took him to France, Switzerland and the USA before taking up his first post at Bath.

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Projects 2012 2016


Johnson, P. & Hourizi, R.

European Commission


Project: EU Commission

Information management
Carbon footprint
Plant shutdowns

Distributed Management Coherence Engine

Hourizi, R.

Innovate UK


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Decision making

Research Output 2008 2015

Situation Awareness and Home Energy Consumption Feedback

Ren, G., Hourizi, R. & O'Neill, E., 2015, (Accepted/In press) The 5th World Sustainability Forum, 2015.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Energy utilization
Human computer interaction
Military operations

Situation awareness and home energy reduction: a study

Ren, G., Hourizi, R. & O'Neill, E., 2015, (Accepted/In press) Situation Awareness and Home Energy Reduction: A Study.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Human computer interaction
Sustainable development
Energy utilization
149 Citations (Scopus)

Does the internet change how we die and mourn? Overview and analysis

Walter, T., Hourizi, R., Moncur, W. & Pitsillides, S., 2011, In : Omega: Journal of Death & Dying. 64, 4, p. 275-302 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A framework for managing collaboration and conflict in complex systems

Carrigan, N., Forbes, N., Hourizi, R. & Johnson, P., 2010, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on Collaborative Technologies 2010,CT, IADIS Int. Conf. Web Based Communities 2010, Part of the MCCSIS 2010. Lisbon: IADIS, p. 37-44 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Large scale systems
1 Citation (Scopus)

A framework to manage the complex organisation of collaborating: Its application to autonomous systems

Johnson, P., Hourizi, R., Carrigan, N. & Forbes, N., 29 Jan 2010, In : Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science. 16, p. 51-63 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Dataset for 'How smart do smart meters need to be?'

Mogles, N. (Creator), Walker, I. (Creator), Ramallo Gonzalez, A. (Creator), Lee, J. (Creator), Natarajan, S. (Creator), Padget, J. (Creator), Gabe-Thomas, E. (Creator), Hyniewska, S. (Creator), Lovett, T. (Creator), Ren, G. (Creator), O'Neill, E. (Creator), Hourizi, R. (Creator), Coley, D. (Creator), University of Bath, 1 Oct 2016