SmartWeb Expansion of Research Base

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Oct 15, 2013 (4 years and 9 months ago)



Expansion of Research Base

Research Infrastructure


new purpose
designed and built £1.2M Comp
Technologies Centre (CTC) was estabblished

at the St
Andrew Street site of The Robert Gordon University. The
Centre was opened in January 2003.

The Centre was
funded by a combination of SHEFC/SRIF Research Initiative
funding (£400K), SHEFC RDG funding (£100K), and
University funding (£700K), and securing this funding was
enabled by the RDG SmartWeb grant.

SmartWeb occupies approximately half t
he space provided
by the CTC. The CTC provides two open
plan research
spaces, offices for senior researchers, academics and
visitors, and conference rooms for hosting research
meetings. The RDG grant was also used to furnish
SmartWeb and the shared confer
ence rooms and to
provide workstations and servers for researchers working
within SmartWeb.

During the period of the RDG funding, we have employed
research staff on the following projects, with funding
sources as indicated:


project (1RF, 2RAs
, 3RSs
) funded by EU
Framework 6;

Thesis projects (1RA) funded by JISC;


project (1RF, 1RS
) funded by SmartWeb
RGU and Scottish Enterprise

oriented development of

(1VR), self
funded by the visitor; and

Participation in Hard track of the TREC (Text
Retrieval Conference), and annual International
benchmarking experi
ment in Inf
ormation Retrieval.
Joint project with

U. Rutgers

funded by the
University Research Development Initiative and
SmartWeb RDG.

arch Development and Innovation

The RDG funding has enabled us to develop and
strengthen the research base within the School
Computing, in general, and specifically within the field of
intelligent web technologies. As a consequence of the ten
buyouts we have supported for academic staff, they are
now bidding for, and securing, research funding for
projects. SmartWeb has also

assisted all staff and research
students in developing strong links with industry and our
targetted sectors. SmartWeb (and the CTC) have also
strengthened the research ethos and culture within the
School, through the provision of shared research space,
nd through the increased research activity within
SmartWeb projects and by researchers (fellows, assistants
and students) and academic staff associated with
SmartWeb. Undoubtedly, the effect of SmartWeb on the
research ethos and culture of the School is a

tangible and
enduring legacy of the RDG funding.


is a collaborative R&D project (IST
34244) funded by Information Society Technologies (IST)
Programme of the European Commission. The projec
focuses on delivering personalised and context
information to mobile citizens. This project was completed
in September 2004, and delivered innovative hardware and
software, which was extensively tested in comprehensive
user trials. The project

was highly rated by the European
Commission. The Principal Investigator (Goker) and Watt
(School of Computing) received funding from Scottish
Enterprise Grampian to produce a business plan for a
potential spin
out company. Goker has also been awarded
prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise
Fellowship to pursue commercialisation of AmbieSense


y funded project led by Harper.
The project develops

a novel t
ool to enable users to locate
relevant passages of text within long documents. Using
funding obtained from Scottish Enterprise Grampian, we
have produced a "proof of concept" software plug
in for the
Adobe Acrobat family of products, and this was released

a commercial product in May 2005. This project
is a
medallist in the
BCS IT Professional 2005 Awards

in the

Technology/Application category.

Active Groups

is a generic platform for building information

systems that enable large email and document archives to
be used as long
term organisational memory for discussion
groups. This system is being used by BP to scan large
email and document archives, and automatically link them
into a web
browsable archive

that can be used by
communities of BP engineers worldwide, to help them
identify and address well engineering problems.

Researcher Buyouts

A buyout scheme was established by SmartWeb, which
enabled academics from the School of Computing to
te on research for a period equivalent to six
months full
time. During this time, the academic can
devote themselves to research, and develop project
concepts and proposals. During the course of the RDG
project, the SmartWeb project fully funded six buyo
and shared the cost of a further four buyouts with the

Dr Lin Shang

Digital Image Watermark

Dr Ayse Goker

information applications f
or user contexts and

Dr Stuart Watt

The Further Adventures of Un

Intelligent software infrastructure for web
based and email
based kn
owledge sharing

Dr John McCall

The Oncology Workbench

Intelligent Web
Based C
ancer Informatics System

Dr Chris Bryant

Smart Web Pages which Refine

r Andrei Petrovski

making modul
e for
Oncology Workbench

Dr Robert Noble

A web based intelligent
visualisation tool to aid medical diagnostics of
kinematic patient data

Prof Susan Craw

Machine Learnin
g for SmartWeb
Sem 2

Dr Fran
k Herrmann

SmartData Repositories: A
Concept Study

Dr Ines Arana

Dynamic, configurable
satisfaction systems

Disciplinary and Multi
ry Research

One of the aims of SmartWeb was to provide a forum in
which the targeted sector
s, e
commerce, health &
medicine, teaching & learning, and government, could
investigate requirements for, and develop visions of,
intelligent services and products for their respective user
communities. We establish
ed flexible groupings

sector int
erest groups (SIGs), and organized a number of
day conferences, targeted at these groups.

Envisioning an Intelligent e
Future for Health and
Education (May 2002);

Envisioning an Intelligent e
Future for Business and
Government (March 2003);

Getting the
Picture: Understanding and Applying
Information Retrieval Technologies (November

Research Open Day: SmartWeb and School of
Computing (May 2004);

Telemedicine Forum (November 2004).

Within the School of Computing, we apply research on
intelligent com
puting technologies to a range of problems
in eHealth and eMedicine. SmartWeb has heavily invested
in this research through buyouts for Craw, Hermann,
Bryant, McCall and Petrovski. Craw applies case
reasoning to a range of problems in the pharmaceut
industry. McCall and Petrovski are exploring intelligent
workbenches for providing clinical support to oncologists,
and other clinical specialists. Hermann is investigating
smart web interfaces for clinical decision support. Bryant
is investigating

intelligent analysis of protein sequences.

The SmartWeb physical infrastructure was designed to
encourage inter

and multi
disciplinary team working by
providing shared open plan research spaces, and by
providing meeting/conference space to encourage
raction with external researchers, and external user
organizations and technology companies.

ities for Postgraduate Research

Research students are located within the Computing
Technologies Centre, and within SmartWeb. Specifically,
we have resear
ch students working in a number of our
projects including AmbieSense and ProfileSkim. By basing
the research student in open
plan areas, we have
strengthened the research ethos, and encouraged
interaction between the students, and other researchers
based i
n the Centre. The research students have been fully
engaged in the SmartWeb conferences, and have benefited
from interaction with users of our research.

Summer Studentships and Exchanges SmartWeb has
hosted a number of students undertaking both short

Summer studentships, where these have been variously
funded by Carnegie grants and by grants from the
University Research Development Initiative. Students
have also visited on short
term research exchanges from
other institutions, e.g. Trinity College Du
blin and
Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

In 2003, we submitted a proposal to the EU FP6 Marie
Curie Programme to establish SweetNet (SmartWEb Early
stage Training NETwork), which was intended to provide
training opportunities fro both research students
research fellows in intelligent web technologies. Although
highly rated by the EU, this proposal was unfunded.