School of Computing


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Dr Matt Dennis

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Internet Information Systems, PhD in Intelligent Tutoring Systems
  • Role Title: Lecturer
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth PO1 3HE UK
  • Telephone: +44(0)23 9284 6664
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  • Department: School of Computing
  • Faculty: Faculty of Technology


I am a lecturer in Web Technologies. I have a BSc (hons) in Internet Information Systems from the University of Aberdeen. My PhD (also from the University of Aberdeen) is in adaptive systems/intelligent tutoring systems, where I investigated how different types of feedback affect learner motivation. Before joining the University of Portsmouth, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen, working on the ASICA project, which investigated how those previously treated for melanoma could be supported when checking their skin, and the WhatIf project, which investigated how natural language dialogue can be used to aid the creation and modification of ontologies.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am unit coordinator for Mobile Application Design And Development. I am co-lecturer on Web Foundations 1 and Web-Script Programming.


My research interests lie in designing and developing intelligent systems which adapt to user characteristics, particularly personality and affect. My PhD investigated how feedback given by an intelligent conversational agent could be tailored to learner personality and prior performance. I have also collaborated with projects in the healthcare domain, such as emotional support for Community First Responders and the personalization of reminders for melanoma skin checking.