Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies
University of the West of England
Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY, United Kingdom
I am an Associate Professor of Big Data in the Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies at UWE Bristol. My current research interests are centred around Data Science (Web/social media data extraction and integration; social media/network analysis; graph mining and network analysis; information extraction and text analysis; record linkage and reduplication; recommender systems) and Intelligent Autonomous Systems (online planning and BDI-based multi-agent systems).
Prior to joining UWE Bristol, I was a senior lecturer in the Knowledge and Data Engineering (KDE) research cluster in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen's University Belfast, where I led research on the Data Science theme. My research has been funded, as PIs/Co-Is, by EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, EU Horizon 2020, Invest NI, Innovate UK, Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and industry. I have acted as the PC/OC chairs of several international conferences and served on the PCs of more than 50 international conferences. I have regularly acted as peer reviewers for UK councils and international funding bodies, and top international journals. I have served on the editorial boards or as guest editor of several international journals. I have acted as external PhD examiner at a number of universities in the UK and other countries.
I teach databases and data mining techniques for data analytics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
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Anomaly Detection System for Insurance Claim and Point of Sale Fraud Detection, 04/2016 - 12/2018, Invest NI and Allstate, Co-PI, £677,097 to Queen’s, RFs: Partha Basuchowdhuri, Ryan McConville.
Development and commercialisation of advanced big data analytics for optimisation of emotional analysis, 04/2016 - 03/2019, with Adoreboard, Innovate UK, PI, £127,499, Associate: Vu Le Huy.
Can Twitter sentiment help us design better mass communication interventions for public health (2015 - 2016), MRC, Co-I, £147,723, RF/RA: Anna Jurek, Oluwaseun Ajao.
Administrative Data Research Centre, Northern Ireland (2014 - 2019), ESRC, Co-PI, £4,935,220, RFs: Anna Jurek, Ethan Chi.
Development of an integrated anomaly detection system to identify fraudulent claims and point of sale fraud, (2014 - 2016), with Allstate Northern Ireland Ltd, Innovate UK, PI, £127,966, Associate: Niamh Murphy.
Telematics data analytics and driver behaviour profiling for motor insurance underwriters (2014 - 2016), with Autoline Direct Insurance Consultants Ltd, Innovate UK, PI, £127,966, Associate: Duy Bui.
PACES: Providing Autonomous Capabilities for Evolving SCADA (EPSRC, 2012 - 03/2016), Co-I, £623,033 (In collaboration with Prof Lluis Godo and Prof Carles Sierra at IIIA in Barcelona), RFs: Kim Bauters, Kevin McAreavey, Ivan Palomares Carrascosa, Yingke Chen.
TEI@I Framework for Forecasting and Decision Making (The Royal Academy of Engineering 2012-2013).
Approaches to Merging/Revising Prioritized knowledge and their Applications to Multiple Viewpoints based Requirements Engineering (2009 - 2011), jointly funded by Royal Society and Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Modelling and Managing Inconsistent Software Requirements (2006-2008), jointly funded by Royal Society and Chinese Academy of Sciences.
CSPT: Centre for Software Process Technologies (2002-2005), funded by EC Peace II - IRTU RTD Centre of Excellence, £732,744 (£435,650 from EU).
MISSION: Multi-agent Integration of Shared Statistical Information over the (inter)Net (2000-2003), funded by the European Commission Framework V, Information Societies Technology (IST) Programme, £137,602.
Research into Planning Graph Algorithms Based Intelligent User Interfaces and Their Implementation (2000-2002), joint project with Northeast Normal University of China, funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China, 120,000Yuans.
RECALL: Repairing Errors in Computer Assisted Language Learning (1995-1997), funded by the European Commission Framework IV Telematics programme (LE1-1615), 450,000 ECUs.
PC Co-Chair of STA 2012, Publicity Co-Chair of STA 2013.
Program Co-Chair of BNCOD 2006, the 23rd British National
Conference on Databases, 18 - 20 July 2006, Belfast, UK.
Organizing Co-Chair of AICS 2006, the 17th Irish conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, 11 - 13 September 2006, Belfast, UK.
PC members of KSEM 2015, FSKD 2015, KSEM 2014, APWEB 2014, FSKD 2014, ICCCI 2014, DEOS 2014, APWeb 2013, BNCOD 2013, KSEM 2013 ICEIS 2012, ZOCO 2012 , LISS 2012 , BNCOD 2011, ICEIS 2011, KSEM 2011, LISS 2011, ICNC'11-FSKD'11, ZOCO 2011, WWW 2010, APWeb 2010, BNCOD 2010, ICEIS 2010, DTA 2010, KSEM 2010, BNCOD 2009, ICEIS 2009, KSEM09, ICNC'09, DTA 2009, BNCOD 2008, ICEIS 2008, DTA 2008, CIS 2008, ICEIS 2007, BNCOD 2007, KSEM'2007, BNCOD 2006, AICS 2006, ICEIS 2006, P2PIM'06. ICEIS 2005, ICEIS 2004
Kevin O'Hare - Administrative data linkage (2015 - )
Chris Spratt - Social network analysis (2015 - )
Liam Watson - (2015 - ), co-supervisor with Dr Brian Murphy
Oluwaseun Ajao - Location-based event detection from social media (2014 - )
Ronan Killough - Robotics and autonomous systems (2014 - ), co-supervisor with Prof. Weiru Liu
Tomáš Ptáek - Sentiment analysis on social media (2013 - 2014, Erasmus research student)
Colm Sweeney: Entity extraction and sentiment analysis for enterprise applications (2012 - )
Yasser Salem: Recommender Systems (2012 - 2016)
Sarah Cadlerwood: Multi-agent Systems over Sensor Networks (2012 - ), co-supervisor with Prof. Weiru Liu
Neil Anderson: Data Extraction and Annotation from Query Result Pages (2010 - 2016)
Daiyue Weng: Query Result Extraction for Web Data Integration (2008 - 2016)
Jianhan Zhu: Mining Web Site Link Structure for Adaptive Web Site Navigation and Search (1999 - 2003), PhD, first job as a research fellow in the Department of Computer Science, University College London.
Qingyuan Bai: Query Reformulation for Data Integration from Multiple, Distributed, Heterogeneous Data Sources (2000-2005), PhD, now a professor in the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Fuzhou University, China
Zhining Liao: Query Processing for Data Integration from a Multitude of Data Sources over the Internet (2000 - 2005), PhD, first job as a research associate in the Department of Computer Science at Loughborough University.
Jin Pei: Schema Matching and Mapping for Peer to Peer Data Sharing (2005 - 2006), now software developer, JPMorgan Chase.
Zhongtian He: Query Interface Matching for Deep Web Data Integration (2006 - 2010), PhD, now software developer, Citigroup.