SmartWeb Expansion of Research Base

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Oct 15, 2013 (3 years and 10 months ago)

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SmartWeb
’s

Expansion of Research Base

Research Infrastructure

A

new purpose
-
designed and built £1.2M Comp
uting
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:



AmbieSense

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



e
-
Thesis projects (1RA) funded by JISC;



ProfileSkim

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



Obje
ct
-
oriented development of
eLearning

software
(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.

Rese
arch Development and Innovation

The RDG funding has enabled us to develop and
strengthen the research base within the School
of
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,
a
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.

AmbieSense

is a collaborative R&D project (IST
-
2001
-
34244) funded by Information Society Technologies (IST)
Programme of the European Commission. The projec
t
focuses on delivering personalised and context
-
sensitive
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
a
prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise
Fellowship to pursue commercialisation of AmbieSense
technology.


ProfileSkim

is
an
internall
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

as
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
concentra
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
uts,
and shared the cost of a further four buyouts with the
University.



Dr Lin Shang



Digital Image Watermark



Dr Ayse Goker


ContextualWeb:Designing
information applications f
or user contexts and
situations



Dr Stuart Watt



The Further Adventures of Un
cle
Derek:

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



Dr John McCall


The Oncology Workbench
-

An
Intelligent Web
-
Based C
ancer Informatics System



Dr Chris Bryant


Smart Web Pages which Refine
Netw
orks



D
r Andrei Petrovski




Decision
-
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
Applications
Sem 2



Dr Fran
k Herrmann




SmartData Repositories: A
Concept Study



Dr Ines Arana


Dynamic, configurable
constraint
satisfaction systems

Inter
-
Disciplinary and Multi
-
D
isciplina
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

called
sector int
erest groups (SIGs), and organized a number of
1
-
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
2003)



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
-
based
reasoning to a range of problems in the pharmaceut
ical
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
inte
raction with external researchers, and external user
organizations and technology companies.

Opportun
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
-
term

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
and
research fellows in intelligent web technologies. Although
highly rated by the EU, this proposal was unfunded.