Current Research

Our current research can be grouped into three main areas: (i) Architecture, Security and Dependability; (ii) Performance and Quality of Service; and (iii) Collaboration in Distributed Environments. These have been applied in a wide range of domains including engineering, e-science, social science, business, health, technology-enhanced learning, and transport; nationally and internationally.

Theme 1 Architecture, Security and Dependability: This involves architecting and developing dependable and secure large-scale distributed systems. For examples, fault-tolerance, transactions, access control and dependable storage, with a focus on real-world cloud computing systems.

Theme 2 Performance and Quality of Service: This focuses on quality of Grid/Cloud-based services to enable organisations to efficiently manage their high-end computing resources. For examples, performance modelling, performance evaluation, trust, risk management, and service level agreements.

Theme 3 Collaboration in Distributed Environments: This builds on the semantic web which provides an additional layer of intelligence and interoperability for systems over the Internet. For examples, techniques to transit from requirements to semantics, models of collaborative working, and use of provenance as a means to reinforce trust.

Current projects

PSI – Programme for Simulation Innovation (2013-2017). Investigators at Leeds: Jie Xu. Funding: Jaguar Land Rover and EPSRC. (£10m)

TANGO – Transparent heterogeneous hardware Architecture deployment for eNergy Gain in Operation. (2016-2018). Investigators at Leeds: Karim Djemame, Richard Kavanagh, James Dyer, Vasilis Kelefouras, David Duke. Funding: EU H2020-ICT-04-2015. (€3.19m)

Previous projects

ASCETiC – Adaptive Service lifeCycle towards EffcienT Clouds (2013-2016). Investigators at Leeds: Karim Djemame, Django Armstrong, Richard Kavanagh. Funding: EU FP7 Call 10. (€4.4m)

AWESOME – Academic Writing Empowered by Social Online Mediated Environments (2008-2009). Investigators at Leeds: Vania Dimitrova, Lydia Lau, Rebecca O’Rourke (Education), Aisha Walker (Education). Funding: JISC.

AssessGrid – Advanced Risk Assessment and Management for Trustable Grids.

BROADEN – Business Resource Optimisation for Aftermarket & Design on Engineering Networks.

COLAB – Collaboration with Beihang University in China to develop the dependable Grid middleware CROWN-C.

DAME – Distributed Aircraft Maintenance Environment.

Dicode – Mastering Data-Intensive Collaboration and Decision Making (2010-2013). Investigators at Leeds: Lydia Lau, Vania Dimitrova. Funding: EU FP7 – 4.3: Intelligent Information Management(€3.5m).

e-Demand – A Demand-Led Service-Based Architecture for Dependable e-Science Applications (April 2002 – April 2005) – (Grant No.: THBB/C008/00112C) – The EPSRC/DTI e-Science Core Programme

EKT-SLA – Enterprise Knowledge Transfer – Service Level Agreements Investigators at Leeds: Adriano Galati, Karim Djemame Funding: University of Leeds / Cybula.

ELN – Electronic Laboratory Notebook for the community in EUROCHAMP-2 – European Simulation Chambers for Investigating Atmospheric Processes 2010-2012. Investigators at Leeds: Zulkifly Mohd Zaki, Mohammed Haji, Lydia Lau, Peter Dew, Jennifer Young (Chemistry), Andrew Rickard (Chemistry), Mike Pilling (Chemistry).

GENESIS – Generative e-Social Science.

Grid PPT – Grid Applications Performance Prediction Tool (2008-2009) Funding:DTI.

IBHIS – Provision of an integrated broker that enables coherent use of a set of distributed, heterogeneous data sources in the UK Health and Social care domain, whilst ensuring trustworthiness and audit.

ImREAL – Immersive Reflective Experience-based Adaptive Learning (2010-2013). Investigators at Leeds: Vania Dimitrova, Lydia Lau, David Allen (LUBS), Alistair Norman (LUBS). Funding: EU FP7 – 4.2: Technology Enhanced Learning(€4.2m).

ISQoS – Intelligent Scheduling for Quality of Service (2009-2013). Investigators at Leeds: Karim Djemame, Richard Kavanagh, Natasha Shakhlevich, Anastasia Grekioti. Funding: EPSRC.

NECTISE – Network Enabled Capability Through Innovative Systems Engineering (April 2005 – April 2009) – (Grant No.: EP/D505461/1)

OPTIMIS – Optimized Infrastructure Services (2010-2013). Investigators at Leeds: Karim Djemame, Ming Jiang, Tom Kirkham, Django Armstrong. Funding: EU FP7-ICT (€10.5m).

STRAPP – Trusted Digital Spaces through Timely Reliable and Personalised Provenance (2011-2014). Investigators at Leeds: Jie Xu, Lydia Lau, Karim Djemame, Vania Dimitrova. Funding: Rolls Royce Plc, Technology Strategy Board (£1.37M).