Director of Postgraduate Research and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, and previously Director of Learning & Teaching. Chartered IT Professional Fellow (FBCS CITP) and member of the EPSRC Peer Review College. Research interests include Cloud Computing, Ontology Learning, Information Retrieval and Information Extraction. Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Journal of Cloud Computing Advances, Systems and Applications (JoCCASA), an editor of a Springer book on Cloud Computing, and member of the Cloud Pro expert panel. Currently a CI on the EPSRC/JLR CARMA project for Cloud Connected and Edge Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Previously, PI on the successfully completed TSB project (IPCRESS), collaborative with Jaguar Land Rover, to create a private search capability and PI on an EPSRC Project about Fair Benchmarking for Cloud Computing Systems, a co-author of two reports for EPSRC/JISC on Cloud Computing (Research Use Cases, and Costs) and a keen user and proponent of various Cloud infrastructures with several small grants received in support of this work. A key line of investigation in this work relates to service level agreement (SLA) driven Cloud brokerage. Participant in international research competitions (securing 4th place in the External Plagiarism Detection Task of the 2011 Uncovering Plagiarism, Authorship, and Social Software Misuse (PAN) competition, and addressing various tasks of other PAN competitions including for author identification, author profiling, and predator detection). Two patent filings (U.S. Patent filing US13/307,428, filed 30th November 2011; PCT/GB2012/000883, filed 30th November 2012). Has been responsible for software architectures for a number of systems developed for research projects supported by the EU's IT Research and Development programmes - TRANSTERM, POINTER, INTERVAL, ACE, SALT , GIDA, and PI on the eContent project LIRICS - and the UK EPSRC and ESRC - SAFE-DIS, SOCIS and FINGRID.
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