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I am a Professor of Distributed Computing at the School of Computer Science and Engineering and Director of the University Research Centre for Parallel Computing. I hold a PhD in Distributed Computing, and MSc Degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering.

I have attracted over £30 Million research funding and have been leading national and European research projects related to enterprise applications of cloud computing technologies.I have been involved in several European and UK funded research projects as principal investigator or co-investigator. I have been acting as project director and scientific coordinator for the European CloudSME (Cloud-based Simulation Platform for Manufacturing and Engineering) project that developed a Cloud-based simulation solution for manufacturing and engineering SMEs. I am Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of CloudSME UG that has been established by ten European stakeholders to exploit the results of the CloudSME project. Currently I am leading the EU H2020 COLA (Cloud Orchestration at the Level of Application) project that investigates how a generic and pluggable framework that supports the optimal and secure deployment and run-time orchestration of cloud applications can be created. I am I also a member of the Executive Board and Coordinator of Application Experiments in the EU H2020 CloudiFacturing (Cloudification of Production Engineering for Predictive Digital Manufacturing) project that brings and progresses advanced information and communications technology in the field of cloud-based modelling and simulation, data analytics for online factory data, and real-time support to European manufacturing SMEs. Since December 2018 I am also Project Coordinator for the EU H2020 ASCLEPIOS (Advanced Secure Cloud Encrypted Platform for Internationally Orchestrated Solutions in Healthcare) project that focuses on secure cloud-enabled applications in healthcare. 

I have co-authored over 130 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals, high profile conference proceedings and as chapters of edited books.

Research grants

ASCLEPIOS - Advanced Secure Cloud Encrypted Platform for Internationally Orchestrated Solutions in Healthcare - European Commission H2020, 1 December 2018 - 30 November 2021, Grant Value: EUR 4,840,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 559,375, Role: Project  Coordinator, Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader

Cloudifacturing - Cloudification of Production Engineering for Predictive Digital Manufacturing - European Commission H2020, 1 October 2017 – 31 March 2021, Grant Value: EUR 8,712,520, Grant value for UoW: EUR 745,000, Role: Co-Principal Investigator, Work Package Leader, Member of the Executive Board 

COLA - Cloud Orchestration at the Level of Application - European Commission H2020, 01 January 2017 - 30 June 2019, Grant value: EUR 3,535,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 822,000, Role: Project Scientific Coordinator and Principal Investigator

CloudSME - Cloud based Simulation Platform for Manufacturing and Engineering - European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 July 2013 – 31 March 2016, Grant value: EUR 4,500,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 642,000, Role: Project Scientific Coordinator and Principal Investigator

IDGF-SP - International Desktop Grid Federation - Support Project, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 December 2012 - 28 February 2015, Grant value: EUR 860,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 133,000, Role: Co-Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader

ER-FLOW - Building an European Research Community through Interoperable Workflows and Data, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 October 2012 - 30 September 2014, Grant value: EUR 910,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 137,000, Role: Co-Investigator

SCI-BUS - Scientific Gateway based User Support, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 October 2011 - 30 September 2014, Grant value: EUR 3,750,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 334,000,  Role: Co-Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader

VENUS-C - Virtual multidisciplinary EnviroNments USing Cloud Infrastructures, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 June 2011 - 31 May 2012, Grant Value: EUR 26,650, Grant value for UoW: EUR 27,000,  Role: Subcontractor, Principal Investigator

Optimal Scheduling of Scientific Application Workflows for Cloud-augmented Grid Infrastructures, EPSRC JISC, 01 February 2011 - 30 July 2011, Grant Value: £57,000, Grant value for UoW: £57,000, Role: Co-Investigator

EDGI - European Desktop Grid Initiative, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 June 2010 - 31 May 2012, Grant Value: EUR 2,150,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 273,000, Role: Co-Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader 

DEGISCO - Desktop Grids for International Scientific Collaboration, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 June 2010 - 31 May, Grant Value: EUR 799,925, Grant value for UoW: EUR 85,000, Role: Co-Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader   

SHIWA - Sharing Interoperable Workflows for Large-Scale Scientific Simulations on Available DCIs, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 July 2010 - 30 June 2012, EUR, 1,800,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 313,000, Role: Co-Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader 

EDGeS - Enabling Desktop Grids for e-Science, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 January 2008 - 31 March EUR 2,450,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 307,000, Role: Co-Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader 

ProSim - Protein Molecule Simulation on the Grid, JISC 01 October 2008 - 31 March 2009, Grant Value: £50,000, Grant value for UoW: £50,000, Role:Co-Investigator

CoreGrid - European Research Network on Foundations, Software Infrastructures and Applications for Large-Scale Distributed, Grid and P2P Technologies, European Commission FP6, 2004 – 2008,  Grant Value: EUR 9,200,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 48,000, Role: Researcher 

ePerSpace - Towards the Era of Personalisation at Home and Everywhere, European Commission FP6, 2004 – 2006,  Grant Value: EUR 8,689,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 375,000, Role: Researcher 

GT3 OGSA Testbed - Evaluation of GT3/OGSA on a UK Multi-Site Testbed, EPSRC, 2003 – 2004,  Grant Value: £119,272, Grant value for UoW:  £15,000, Role: Work Package Leader, Researcher 

Teaching

Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

I have 25 years experience in teaching computer science and mathematics at all levels of education. The areas of my current teaching interest are focused around cloud/distributed computing, business computing, and information systems. I have extended experience in teaching modules related to the following areas: 

- Cloud computing  

- Electronic commerce 

- Enterprise information systems 

- Service oriented architectures 

- Distributed systems - Database systems 

- Information modelling and requirements analysis 

- Information systems development methodologies 

I am currently module leader of the following modules: 

  • 6BUIS002 - Information Driven Entrepreneurship and Enterprise: This module will support major developments and issues in entrepreneurship and enterprise, underpinned and supported by information communication technologies. It will also encourage a mind set in creative thinking in seeking opportunities for new information driven start-ups and provide a critical assessment of their impact.
  • 7BUIS027 - Cloud Computing Applications: The module focuses on the principles of cloud computing and the opportunities this new computing paradigm can deliver for modern enterprises. It gives an overview of the underlying concepts and technologies of clouds, such as its business and service provisioning models, outsourcing, and virtualization. It covers cloud deployment models, cloud application areas, and new challenges that are raised regarding quality of service, security, and trust.

PhD Supervision

I supervise(d) the following PhD students:

Dr Faye Bowker - Completed in 2015, Thesis: Molecular docking and geographical information systems as tools to assess the potential impact of veterinary medicines in the environment, Role: Second Supervisor

Dr Damjan Temelkovski - Completed in 2019, Thesis:Conceptual Framework and Methodology for Analysing Previous Molecular Docking Results, Role: Director of Study

Deepika Dua - Active, Topic: Disruptive Technologies Implementation Framework: An innovative approach leading a business towards competitive edge, Role: Director of Study

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • cloud computing
  • application level orchestration of cloud computing services
  • cloud application description templates and approaches
  • academic and industry applications of cloud computing
  • cloud-based high performance computing
  • big-data processing in the cloud
  • cloud-based business models

Research

My research interest is in parallel and distributed computing technologies, more specifically in cloud and grid computing, high performance computing, and big data processing. I am Director of the University Research Centre for Parallel Computing. I have attracted over £30 Million research funding and have been leading national and European research projects related to enterprise applications of cloud computing technologies.I have been involved in several FP7 European research projects such as CoreGrid, EDGeS, EDGI, SHIWA, SCI-BUS, CloudSME and COLA, and FP7 support action projects such as DEGISCO, ER-flow and IDGF SP as principal investigator or co-investigator. I have been acting as project director and scientific coordinator for the European CloudSME (Cloud-based Simulation Platform for Manufacturing and Engineering) project that developed a Cloud-based simulation solution for manufacturing and engineering SMEs. I am Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of CloudSME UG that has been established by ten European stakeholders to exploit the results of the CloudSME project. Currently I am leading the EU H2020 COLA (Cloud Orchestration at the Level of Application) project that investigates how a generic and pluggable framework that supports the optimal and secure deployment and run-time orchestration of cloud applications can be created. I am I also a member of the Executive Board and Coordinator of Application Experiments in the EU H2020 CloudiFacturing (Cloudification of Production Engineering for Predictive Digital Manufacturing) project that brings and progresses advanced information and communications technology in the field of cloud-based modelling and simulation, data analytics for online factory data, and real-time support to European manufacturing SMEs. Since December 2018 I am also Project Coordinator for the EU H2020 ASCLEPIOS (Advanced Secure Cloud Encrypted Platform for Internationally Orchestrated Solutions in Healthcare) project that focuses on secure cloud-enabled applications in healthcare. 

I co-authored one book and more than 130 scientific papers in journals, conference proceedings and as book chapters.

My main areas of interest

 - Cloud orchestration at the level of applications

 - Cloud computing solutions for science and industry

 - Interoperability of cloud/grid resources, services and data solutions at the level of computational workflows 

- Graphical user interfaces for service and desktop grid systems and clouds 

- Porting computation and data intensive applications onto clouds and service and desktop grid platforms 

- Interoperability of cloud/grid workflow solutions

Research grants

ASCLEPIOS - Advanced Secure Cloud Encrypted Platform for Internationally Orchestrated Solutions in Healthcare - European Commission H2020, 1 December 2018 - 30 November 2021, Grant Value: EUR 4,840,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 559,375, Role: Project  Coordinator, Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader, Major achievements (ongoing): Leading the investigation and development of three cloud-based real-life healthcare demonstrators to improve stroke acute care, inpatient and outpatient sleep medicine treatment, and antibiotics prescription patterns.

Cloudifacturing - Cloudification of Production Engineering for Predictive Digital Manufacturing - European Commission H2020, 1 October 2017 – 31 March 2021, Grant Value: EUR 8,712,520, Grant value for UoW: EUR 745,000, Role: Co-Principal Investigator, Work Package Leader, Member of the Executive Board, Major achievements (ongoing): Coordination of 21 application experiments involving over 50 industry partners showcasing the results of the project; leading the design and development of a digital marketplace for European SMEs in the manufacturing/engineering sector; leading the further development and commercialization of the CloudSME simulation platform.

COLA - Cloud Orchestration at the Level of Application - European Commission H2020, 01 January 2017 - 30 June 2019, Grant value: EUR 3,535,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 822,000, Role: Project Scientific Coordinator and Principal Investigator, Major achievements (ongoing): Leading the conceptualisation, design, development, industry-level prototyping and potential commercialisation of a novel and innovative framework for the application level orchestration of cloud applications (MiCADO – Microservices-based Cloud Application level Dynamic Orchestrator).

CloudSME - Cloud based Simulation Platform for Manufacturing and EngineeringEuropean Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 July 2013 – 31 March 2016, Grant value: EUR 4,500,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 642,000, Role: Project Scientific Coordinator and Principal Investigator, Major achievements: Leading the conceptualisation, design, development, industry-level prototyping (involving 24 companies), and commercialisation (setting up of successful start-up company CloudSME UG) of a cloud-based simulation platform (CloudSME Simulation Platform) to support manufacturing and engineering SMEs.

IDGF-SP - International Desktop Grid Federation - Support Project, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 December 2012 - 28 February 2015, Grant value: EUR 860,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 133,000, Role: Co-Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader, Major achievements: Leading and coordinating the activities to broaden the user communities of desktop grid infrastructures on local, national and European levels; design and develop novel technologies and methodologies to support the development, operation and validation of desktop grid applications.

ER-FLOW - Building an European Research Community through Interoperable Workflows and Data, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 October 2012 - 30 September 2014, Grant value: EUR 910,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 137,000, Role: Co-Investigator, Major achievements: Contributing to supporting four research communities (helio-physics, astrophysics, computational chemistry and life sciences) to apply and develop interoperable workflows and meta-workflows, and tackle computation and data intensive challenges.

SCI-BUS - Scientific Gateway based User Support, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 October 2011 - 30 September 2014, Grant value: EUR 3,750,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 334,000,  Role: Co-Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader, Major achievements: Leading and coordinating the investigation of technologies and methodologies to support various academic and industry user communities (over 30 communities have been supported by gateway development activities) to apply science gateways when tackling challenges of computation and data intensive applications.

VENUS-C - Virtual multidisciplinary EnviroNments USing Cloud Infrastructures, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 June 2011 - 31 May 2012, Grant Value: EUR 26,650, Grant value for UoW: EUR 27,000,  Role: Subcontractor, Principal Investigator, Major achievements: Investigating how the cloud computing platform developed by the European Venus-C project can be applied to support large scale molecular docking simulations to support drug discovery.

Optimal Scheduling of Scientific Application Workflows for Cloud-augmented Grid Infrastructures, EPSRC JISC, 01 February 2011 - 30 July 2011, Grant Value: £57,000, Grant value for UoW: £57,000, Role: Co-Investigator, Major achievements: Contributing to the investigation how the performance of desktop grid infrastructures can be improved by bursting out to clouds; this investigation was one of the first studies regarding the applicability of cloud computing infrastructures for scientific computation.

EDGI - European Desktop Grid Initiative, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 June 2010 - 31 May 2012, Grant Value: EUR 2,150,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 273,000, Role: Co-Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader, Major achievements: Leading and coordinating the investigation how desktop grid technologies, supported by cloud computing infrastructures, can be utilised in diverse academic and industry application areas to support computation and data intensive tasks (25 user communities supported, including astrophysics, discrete event simulation, animation rendering, and high energy physics).

DEGISCO - Desktop Grids for International Scientific Collaboration, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 June 2010 - 31 May, Grant Value: EUR 799,925, Grant value for UoW: EUR 85,000, Role: Co-Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader, Major achievements: Leading and coordinating the investigation how worldwide user communities (in Ukraine, Russia, China, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Brazil and Malaysia) can be supported with desktop grid applications; as a result of this activity utilisation of this affordable computing resource has increased significantly in the above listed countries.

SHIWA - Sharing Interoperable Workflows for Large-Scale Scientific Simulations on Available DCIs, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 July 2010 - 30 June 2012, EUR, 1,800,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 313,000, Role: Co-Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader, Major achievements: Leading and coordinating the investigation, design and development of the SHIWA Workflow Repository and Submission Service, as parts of the SHIWA Simulation Platform, to solve the coarse-grained interoperability of scientific workflow systems.

EDGeS - Enabling Desktop Grids for e-Science, European Commission FP7 Capacities, 01 January 2008 - 31 March EUR 2,450,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 307,000, Role: Co-Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader, Major achievements: Leading and coordinating the investigation, design and development of technologies and methodologies how scientific applications can be ported to and run on desktop grid infrastructures; a new methodology has been developed and tested on 12 application areas, as a result of this activity the take-up of desktop grid technologies in Europe increased significantly. 

ProSim - Protein Molecule Simulation on the Grid, JISC 01 October 2008 - 31 March 2009, Grant Value: £50,000, Grant value for UoW: £50,000, Role:Co-Investigator, Major achievements: Co-leading the design and development of a complex scientific workflow to model molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulations for carbohydrate recognition on grid computing resources; this work was the first bioinformatics collaboration that led to several high profile publications and further funding.

CoreGrid - European Research Network on Foundations, Software Infrastructures and Applications for Large-Scale Distributed, Grid and P2P Technologies, European Commission FP6, 2004 – 2008,  Grant Value: EUR 9,200,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 48,000, Role: Researcher, Major achievements: Leading the Legacy Code Deployment Research Group within the project and significantly contributing to facilitate the utilisation of legacy code applications on grid computing infrastructures; this work resulted in my first high profile publications in impact factor journals and provided a solid basis for further research projects and collaborations.

ePerSpace - Towards the Era of Personalisation at Home and Everywhere, European Commission FP6, 2004 – 2006,  Grant Value: EUR 8,689,000, Grant value for UoW: EUR 375,000, Role: Researcher, Major achievements: Contributing to the design and development of the ePerSpace platform to support innovative personalised value-added networked services at home and anywhere. 

GT3 OGSA Testbed - Evaluation of GT3/OGSA on a UK Multi-Site Testbed, EPSRC, 2003 – 2004,  Grant Value: £119,272, Grant value for UoW:  £15,000, Role: Work Package Leader, Researcher, Major achievements: Leading the conceptualisation, design and development of GEMLCA – Grid Application Management for Legacy Code Applications that became a widely utilised solution to port and execute legacy code applications on grid computing platforms.

International recognition

Editorial positions:

Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Grid Computing, from Grids to Cloud Federations, since 2019.

Guest editor of Concurrency and Computation, Practice and Experience, Special Issue on Science Gateways, 2014

Guest Editor of the Journal of Grid Computing, Special Issue on Science Gateways, 2012.

Conference chair:

IWSG 2017, 9th International workshop for Science Gateways, 19-21 June 2017, Poznan, Poland

IWSG 2014, 6th International workshop on Science Gateways, 3-5 June 2014, Dublin, Ireland

IWSG 2013, 5th International Workshop on Science Gateways, 3-5 June 2013, Zurich, Switzerland

IWSG-Life 2011, 3rd International Workshop on Science Gateways  for Life Sciences, London, 8-10 June 2011 

Conference Programme Committee member

Gateways 2017 - The 12th Gateway Computing Environments Conference, October 23–25, 2017, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

WORKS 2017 - 12th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science, 13 November, 2017, Denver, USA

PEARC 2017 - Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing 2017 Conference, 9-13 July, 2017, New Orleans, USA

IWSG 2017, 9th International workshop for Science Gateways, 19-21 June 2017, Poznan, Poland

Gateways 2016 - The 11th Gateway Computing Environments Conference 2-3 November  2016, San Diego, USA

ICPADS 2016 - The 22nd IEEE International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 13-16 December, 2016, Wuhan, China

WORKS 2016 -11th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science 14 November 2016, Salt Lake City, USA

IWSG 2016 - 8th International Workshop on Science Gateways, 8-10 June 2016, Rome, Italy

WORKS 2015 - The 10th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science, 15 November 2015, Austin, USA

IWSG 2015 - 7th International Workshop on Science Gateways, 3-5 June 2015, Budapest, Hungary

ACM SIGSIM PADS 2015 - ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation

GCE 2014 - GCE: The 9th Gateway Computing Environments Workshop

WORKS 2014 - The 9th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science, 16 November 2014, New Orleans, USA

IWSG 2014, 6th International workshop on Science Gateways, 3-5 June 2014, Dublin, Ireland

WORKS 2013 - The 8th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science, 17 November 2013, Denver, USA

SGIW2013 - Science Gateway Institute Workshop 2013

IWSG 2013 - 5th International Workshop on Science Gateways, 3-5 June 2013, Zurich, Switzerland

WORKS 2012, The 7th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science (in conjunction with Supercomputing 12), 12 November 2012, Salt Lake City, USA

IWSG-Life 2012, 4th International workshop on Science Gateways for Life Sciences, 23-25 May, 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

HealthGrid 2012, 21-23 May, 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

20th Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and network-based Processing (PDP 2012), Munich, Germany, 15-17 February 2012,

WORKS 2011, The 6th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science (in conjunction with Supercomputing 11)

HealthGrid 2011 Conference, 27-28 June 2011, Bristol, UK.

IWSG-Life 2011, 3rd International workshop on Science Gateways for Life Sciences, London, 8-10 June 2011

PUCOWO 2011, 2nd P-GRADE portal community workshop, 7-8 June, 2011, London UK

WORKS 2010, The 5th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science (in conjunction with Supercomputing 10), November 13-19, 2010, New-Orleans, USA

19th Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and network-based Processing (PDP 2011), Ayia Napa, Cyprus, 9-11 February 2011,

EGI Technical Forum 2010, 14-17th September 2010, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

PUCOWO, 1st P-GRADE Portal User COmmunity Workshop, Zurich, Switzerland June 10-11, 2010.

3rd Grid Experience workshop - Desktop Grid Applications for eScience and eBusiness, 30th March 2010, Almere, The Netherlands.

IWPLS’09, International Workshop on Portals for Life Sciences, 14-15 September 2009, Edinburgh.

18th Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and network-based Processing (PDP 2010), Pisa. Italy, Special Session on "Virtualization in Distributed Systems"

17th Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and network-based Processing (PDP 2009), February 18-20 2009 Weimar, Germany, Special Session on "Virtualization in Distributed Systems"

16th Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and network-based Processing (PDP 2008), February 13-15 2008 Toulouse, France, Special Session on "Virtualization in Distributed Systems"

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.