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A Model-Based Engineering Approach on Cyber-Physical Systems Dr Manuela L. Bujorianu, University of Strathclyde, 13 December 2017

Date: 13 December 2017 Time: 12:00
Location: Horton D, Room D0.26
Speaker: Dr Manuela L. Bujorianu, University of Strathclyde


Cyber-physical systems represent an evolving paradigm promoting a holistic view on engineered systems. The holistic view makes the formal verification look like a restrictive or specialised approach. In this way, a research challenge appears: How to leverage formal verification to cope with the holistic character of cyber-physical systems?
The holistic aspects include: emergent behaviours, complex faults (like hybrid discrete continuous), severe uncertainty, rich interactions, interdependence of critical components, potential disasters due to climate change.
In this talk, we will discuss about hyper-verification of cyber-physical systems and sketch the fundamentals of a suitable formal framework to investigate it.

Professional CV:

Manuela L Bujorianu (PhD in computer science, BSc in Mathematics) is a Research Fellow with Maritime Safety Research Centre, Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering, University of Strathclyde. Before she was affiliated with several universities: Leicester, Warwick, Manchester, Twente, Cambridge and Stirling.
Manuela’s research is at the border between computer science, applied mathematics, and systems engineering bridged by probability theory and statistics. The major focus is on modelling and analysis of complex systems. The considered application areas are: cyber-physical systems (maritime safety, air traffic management, intelligent transportation systems), complex systems (financial /social systems, swarms, complex networks), probabilistic risk assessment, resilience of critical infrastructures. A unique feature of Manuela publication record is that she published at the top conferences and journals in control engineering, computer science, and mathematics. She has single authored a monograph at Springer Verlag.

A Test Suite Generation Approach based on EFSMs using a Multi-objective Genetic Algorithm Ana Turlea, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, 09 November 2017

Date: 09 November 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.2
Speaker: Ana Turlea, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Using extended finite state machines for test data generation can be a difficult process because we need to generate paths that are feasible and we also need to find input data that traverse a given path. In this talk I will present a test suite generation algorithm for extended finite state machines. The algorithm produces a set of feasible transition paths that cover all transitions using a modified multi-objective genetic algorithm (deleting redundant paths and shortening the solutions). The multi-objective problem aims to optimize the transitions coverage and the path feasibility, based on data flow dependencies. Having a set of paths resulted from this algorithm, we can easily find input parameters for each path.

Ana Țurlea is a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, currently in the third year of PhD study in Software Testing under the supervision of Professor Florentin Ipate at the same university. Her main research area is model based software testing using evolutionary algorithms. She obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree (Computer Science Department) in 2013 and a Masters of Science (MSc.) Degree in Software Engineering in 2015 at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bucharest.

Formal Modelling of Cruise Control Using Event-B and Rodin Dr. Sorina-Nicoleta PREDUT, University of Bucharest, Romania, 09 November 2017

Date: 09 November 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.02
Speaker: Dr. Sorina-Nicoleta PREDUT, University of Bucharest, Romania

The present talk outlines design and verification using Event-B and Rodin platform for a cruise control system of an e-Bike case study. Formal modelling is essential for understanding and reasoning when designing complex systems. Our work uses the Event-B method, a formal approach for reliable systems specification and verification, being supported by the Rodin platform, based on theorem proving. We also use the ProB model checker for the verification of the B-Machine and iUML plug-in for Rodin to visualize our model.

Sorina-Nicoleta PREDUȚ is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Computer Science, University of Bucharest, Romania and a postdoc researcher in the Exploratory Research Project “Modelling and Analysis of Cyber-Physical Systems” working under the supervision of Professor Florentin Ipate. She graduated from University of Bucharest and obtained a PhD in Mathematics in 2013 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bucharest. She obtained a Master's degree in Mathematics in 2010 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bucharest, followed by a second Master's degree in Computer Science in 2010 from the same Faculty. Her main research interest is Formal specification methodologies including model based testing.

Smart sustainable cities: panacea or utopia? Dr PB Anand, University of Bradford, Faculty of Social Sciences, 08 November 2017

Date: 08 November 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: D0.26, Horton
Speaker: Dr PB Anand, University of Bradford, Faculty of Social Sciences


Smart cities are everywhere, perhaps, even in your hand, in the form of your smart phone (and the data it is leaking). Who wants to live in a city that is not smart anyway? In this talk, I want to share with you some findings from our research into inclusive, smart and sustainable cities under a three-year British Academy research grant supported project and further fieldwork I have recently done in Ghana, India, Indonesia and elsewhere too. I present a critique of the existing approaches and frameworks and offer some examples of how smart cities thinking can be done differently and (hopefully) better with alternative perspectives.


Dr Anand is a specialist in environmental economics and public policy with a focus on the interface of urban economy, environment and sustainability.

Dr Anand has held various leadership positions including as the Head of Centre for International Development at Bradford (2010-2015). Currently he is the PI of a three year British Academy funded project on 'infrastructure governance for inclusive, smart and sustainable cities' (jointly with Prof Rajan of IIT Madras, India). He was the team leader and principal author of the Mongolia National Human Development Report 2011 titled 'From vulnerability to sustainability' for UNDP.

Previously, he had co-organised and led two international workshops at Cambridge (2006 and 2009) and a major international conference at Bradford (2011). He serves as elected member of the Senate (2007-2010 and 2013-15) and elected member of senate on the University Council (2015).

Advancing IoT - Bradford Council's promotion of a smarter digital city Sydney Simpson and Yunus Mayat, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, 25 October 2017

Date: 25 October 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Sydney Simpson and Yunus Mayat, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council


The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council recognises the value of digital technologies both in the provision of public services and for businesses, communities and people across the District.
Pressure on public sector finances however creates challenges in adopting and promoting these technologies.
Through collaboration with multiple stakeholders and utilising a variety of funding opportunities the Council is increasingly investing in a digital infrastructure. Facilitating ‘The Things Network’ gateways and the use of IoT sensors to monitor flood risk is a modest but valuable example of Bradford’s smart city capacity.

PGR Publication Prize Faculty PGR Event, 17 July 2017

Date: 17 July 2017 Time: 10:00
Location: Faculty of Engineering and Informatics
Speaker: Faculty PGR Event

In order to improve the research culture and support REF 2021 in our faculty, the PGR committee has been approved to set up a PGR publication prize in 2017 to encourage our PGR students in writing high quality academic papers.

The total budget is £1000. The top 10 papers can win a prize of £100.

The director of RKT in schools will provide a list of journals for REF2021.

Further details are available in this PDF document.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Simulation and Optimization of KRPC FCC Unit Mr John Yakubu Mandafiya, 12 July 2017

Date: 12 July 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mr John Yakubu Mandafiya

Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) unit is an important unit of modern refineries and any improvement in the unit’s operations and design to increase yield and meet the ever-increasing demand for fuel brings about the overall profitability of the FCC. In this work, simulation of an FCC riser of varied diameter was carried out to improve the unit’s operations and design, and the results are compared with risers of different diameters. The riser with varied diameter produces 53.4 wt%, a 3.18% increased yield of gasoline at low catalyst to oil (C/O) ratio of 1.27 compared to 51.7 wt% from a 1 m diameter riser. At increased C/O ratio, more gases and coke are produced in the varied diameter riser. Larger diameter demands more catalyst but yields more gases. Process variables can be directly correlated with yield of gasoline, which can aid process design (John et al. 2017b).

The Riser of a Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) unit cracks gas oil to make fuels such as gasoline and diesel. However, changes in quality, nature of crude oil blends feedstocks, environmental changes and the desire to obtain higher profitability, lead to many alternative operating conditions of the FCC riser. The production objective of the riser is usually the maximization of gasoline and diesel. Here, an optimisation framework is developed in gPROMS to maximise the gasoline in the riser of an industrial FCC unit (reported in the literature) while optimising mass flowrates of catalyst and gas oil. A detailed mathematical model of the process developed is incorporated in the optimisation framework. It was found that, concurrent use of the optimal values of mass flowrates of catalyst (310.8 kg/s) and gas oil (44.8 kg/s) gives the lowest yield of gases, but when these optimum mass flowrates are used one at time, they produced the same and better yield of gasoline (0.554 kg lump/ kg feed) (John et al. 2017a).

A steady state detailed FCC riser process model is for the first time simulated with different compressibility (Z) factor correlations implemented on gPROMS software. A 4-lump kinetic model is used where gas oil cracks to form gasoline, coke and gases. The usual practice has been the assumption that the FCC riser gas phase is ideal gas at every point under any condition (varying C/O ratio, riser diameter, operating temperature and pressure, etc.). This work found that the Z factor varies at every point across the riser height depending on riser operating pressure and temperature, diameter and C/O ratio. It also shows that the magnitude of deviation of a gas phase from ideal gas can be measure over the riser height. Heidaryan et al., (2010a) Z factor correlation is found to be a suitable correlation predicting the Z factor distribution in the riser.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar): Radio-Location Techniques under Adverse Channel Conditions Miss Wafa Shuaieb, 21 June 2017

Date: 21 June 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Miss Wafa Shuaieb


A wide range of services and applications become possible when accurate position information for a radio terminal is available. These include: location-based services; navigation; safety and security applications and others. The commercial, industrial and military value of radio-location is such that considerable research effort has been directed towards developing related technologies, using satellite, cellular or local area network infrastructures or stand-alone equipment.

OFDM is a multi-carrier technique that has recently received considerable attention for high speed wireless communication and has been under study to achieve more accurate mobile stations positioning because OFDM robust the multipath channels and its high transmission rate in wireless communications networks. However, OFDM systems require high frequency and timing synchronization accuracy in order to be able to receive the signal correctly, which makes synchronization estimation a key issue in OFDM receivers.

This work studies and investigates various location techniques and OFDM systems. It then presents an implementation scheme for a wideband transmission and direction finding system. This approach takes advantage of delay discrimination to improve angle-of-arrival estimation in a multipath channel with high levels of additive white Gaussian noise. The simulation improves the performance of OFDM signal by mitigating the effect of frequency offset synchronization to give error free data at receiver, good angle of arrival accuracy and improved SNR performance. The system simulation uses MATLAB to explore optimum values for code parameters

Research in Progress (Invited Speaker) - Behaviour of Welded Joints subjected to High Cycle Fatigue Loading Dr Fidelis R. Mashiri, Western Sydney University, Australia, 07 June 2017

Date: 07 June 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Dr Fidelis R. Mashiri, Western Sydney University, Australia


Fatigue failure is a major concern in structures subjected to cyclic loading under service. Structural systems of equipment and infrastructure used in the road transport and agricultural industries such as trailers, swing ploughs, road sign supports and bridges are susceptible to fatigue failure under service. Mining equipment such as dragline structures also have structural systems that are subjected to a significant number of loading and unloading cycles. They are therefore also prone to fatigue failures under service.

This presentation will discuss some of the research undertaken to further understand the behaviour of welded connections applicable to structural systems in the road transport, agricultural and mining industries. This research focuses on high cycle fatigue behaviour of welded thin-walled connections made up of cold-formed high strength steel as well as dragline clusters.

Microservice plumbing Glynn Bird, Developer Advocate @ IBM Cloudant, IBM UK, 01 June 2017

Date: 01 June 2017 Time: 17:30
Location: DHEZ Ltd, The Digital Exchange, Bradford, BD1 5BD
Speaker: Glynn Bird, Developer Advocate @ IBM Cloudant, IBM UK

This event is sponsored by BCS West Yorkshire, Bradford BCS Student Chapter, the University of Bradford Computer Science and (refreshments from 17:30, and the talk and discussions from 18:00). Please use this booking link below to confirm your attendance:


"Microservices" is a word that means lots of things to lots of people. Building systems as a collection of microservices instead of large monolith can can make your IT systems more maintainable and scalable. We'll explore ways in which microservices can communicate and how work and configuration can flow through the system. We'll also look at the latest microservice buzzword: "serverless" computing.

Technologies addressed: RabbitMQ, Cloudant, Apache Kafka, Redis, OpenWhisk


Glynn started in research and development, creating sensors and control systems for the steel industry. He became a web developer for a business directory service, creating search technology, CRM systems and automated telephony. He is now a Developer Advocate for IBM's Watson Data Platform.

Twitter: @glynn_bird
Web: and

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Prediction of fibre length reduction during injection moulding of long fibre reinforced composites Mr. Millan-John Gilson, 24 May 2017

Date: 24 May 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mr. Millan-John Gilson


Fibre reinforcement of commodity polymers, such as polypropylene, is an established method for the manufacture of components with significantly increased mechanical properties compared to their unfilled counterparts. Glass fibre polymer composites incorporate short glass fibres, 250 mm, or long fibres, up to 12 mm in length, within a polymer matrix. The mechanical performance of any moulded component is highly dependent on the final fibre orientation, in the case of short fibres, alongside fibre length distribution and overall fibre dispersion, long fibres. In this presentation a 20 & 40 wt% long glass fibre filled PP has been used to investigate the effects of processing parameters, including nozzle geometry, on fibre degradation and dispersion during the injection moulding process. Results show that over 50% of 12 mm long fibres have reduced in length to between 0.25 and 1.25 mm by the time they enter the mould. Additionally, micro-CT images show a complex flow field within the nozzle section prior to the mould, which in some cases continues down the sprue.

CODIO: demonstrating improvements for programming and Computer Science courses. Freddy May, Founder and CPO of Codio, 24 May 2017

Date: 24 May 2017 Time: 13:30
Location: Horton D0.26 (TBC)
Speaker: Freddy May, Founder and CPO of Codio

An online solution to authoring student code tests of any complexity and IDE based tutorial content. Case studies from The University of Sheffield and Columbia University

The presentation will speak to recent case studies by Wright State University, Sheffield University, and Columbia University and demonstrate their improvements to current teaching methods for programming and computer science courses for both CS and non-CS majors. It will show how CS lecturers can author and publish a rich library of tutorial content (including re-purposing existing lecture materials) as well as both simple and highly complex auto-graded code tests. Everything is done with just a browser and without the need for any in-house infrastructure.

You will see how students are able to write everything from simple functions right up to highly complex projects using databases and any other components that might be required. This code can be tested and displayed to lecturers and assistants who can monitor their progress. We will be demonstrating seamless integration with all major LMS platforms, and how course leaders can significantly reduce wasted administration time and system administration overheads, as well as enhance the overall student experience.

As Codio's founder, Freddy believes it's possible to create a teaching and learning experience for students that reflects both a professional grade IDE and an experience that inspires learning and creativity.

The 1st Annual Innovative Engineering Research Conference (AIERC) Faculty PGR Event, 15 May 2017

Date: 15 May 2017 Time: 12:00
Location: Faculty of Engineering and Informatics
Speaker: Faculty PGR Event

The Faculty of Engineering and Informatics invites all the Postgraduate Research Students to participate to its 1st annual Innovative Postgraduate Research Conference at Bradford University on 17th July 2017.

The conference will draw together research students and their academic supervisors from different disciplines in the presence of the industry across all fields of Engineering and Informatics. The conference also accepts student's abstracts from other Faculties jointly supervised by academic staff from Faculty of Engineering and Informatics.

The postgraduate students at all levels of their research work are initially encouraged to submit their work in terms of abstracts for review and assessment by a Technical Committee members appointed across the schools.

The expected final technical programme includes papers presentations and poster sessions, will be addressed by the committee decision. All accepted papers will be published on the conference proceeding for internally use and the summarized abstracts will only be published on the Faculty web page.

  • Paper submission: 15/05/2017
  • Decision Notification: 15/06/2017
  • Final Submission: 1/7/2017
  • Conference: 17/07/2017

All the papers must be submitted through the easychair system ( To help ensure formatting, please use the IEEE conference paper template

More information is available in this PDF document.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Bond Behaviour of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) re-bars in Concrete Mrs. Najia Saleh, 10 May 2017

Date: 10 May 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mrs. Najia Saleh


Bond mechanism between FRP re-bars and concrete is a critical design parameter that controls the performance of reinforced concrete members at serviceability and ultimate limit states. Therefore, several research investigations have taken place to investigate the bond properties of FRP re-bars embedded in concrete.

Publishing with IEEE Faculty PGR Event, 09 May 2017

Date: 09 May 2017 Time: 10:00
Location: B1.31, Chesham Building
Speaker: Faculty PGR Event

Are you thinking of publishing your research? New/relatively new to publishing your work? Not sure where best to submit your manuscript?

The IEEE, in partnership with the University of Bradford's Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, is hosting a 'Publishing with IEEE' Workshop at the University on Tuesday 9th May 2017.

IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology and publishes a third of the world's technical literature in electrical engineering, electronics and computer science.

This practical workshop, aimed at new and early career researchers and postgrads in engineering, computing, medical and technology related areas, will provide an overview of publishing with the IEEE.

Both the IEEE and the University of Bradford would be delighted if you could join us for this practical workshop.

Please register your attendance at the following page, (the tickets are limited).

The BCS 2017 Lovelace Lecture: Machines that learn to see Professor Andrew Blake, BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, 08 May 2017

Date: 08 May 2017 Time: 17:45
Location: DHEZ Ltd, The Digital Exchange, Bradford, BD1 5BD
Speaker: Professor Andrew Blake, BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

Event details:
The 2017 Lovelace Lecture-‘Machines that learn to see’ is being delivered in London by Professor Andrew Blake. BCS West Yorkshire and the University of Bradford are pleased to show this live streamed event and you are invited to join us.

Machine vision works nowadays. Machines can: navigate using vision; separate object from background; recognise a wide variety of objects, and track their motion. One general question about intelligent systems is whether they will be dominated by “generative” models which explain data as a sequence of transformations, or by black-box machines that are trained on data at ever greater scale?

It is also fascinating to speculate what other new paradigms in learning might transform the speed at which artificial perception can develop.

Professor Andrew Blake is an engineer whose innovative work on image analysis has helped make it possible for computers to react to the world around them, based on the visual data they receive. His research has focused particularly on the accurate tracking of motion and the reconstruction of visible surfaces.

5:45pm - Arrive, Registration, Refreshments
6:20pm - Introduction
6:30pm - 8:30pm - Lecture (streamed live from London)

Booking Link: with more information

Cost: Free to both BCS and Non-BCS Members

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - The Design and Development of a Knowledge-Based Lean Six Sigma Maintenance System for Sustainable Buildings Jasim Saleh Said Al Dairi, 26 April 2017

Date: 26 April 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Jasim Saleh Said Al Dairi


The complexity of sustainable building maintenance environment requires managers to define and implement appropriate standardised quality management system suitable for this function. The contribution of the current research approach is in the use of a Knowledge-Based (KB) System to decision-making in a Lean Six Sigma (Lean6) Sustainable Building Maintenance (SBM) environment, through a) developing the KB Lean6-SBM model and conceptual framework; b) designing the KB System structure based on the conceptual framework; and c) integrating Gauging Absence of Pre-requisites (GAP) and Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) methodologies in the hybrid KB Lean6-SBM.

The KB Lean6-SBM model develops six major perspectives in three stages. Planning Stage (Stage 1) incorporates Organisation Environment (Level 0), Organisation Business Perspectives (Level 1), Organisation Resources Perspective (Level 2), and LSS Readiness for Change (Level 3). Designing Stage (Stage 2) consists of LSS Sustainable Building Maintenance Perspective (Level 4). Implementation Stage (Stage 3) includes DMAIC Implementation (Level 5). Each of these perspectives/modules are composed of sub-modules and dimensions that correspond to specific areas of improvement in the Lean6-SBM development. These perspectives were transformed to the KB System structure based on the conceptual framework. The KB System is then, embedded with the GAP and AHP methodologies to optimise the recommendations for further improvements.

To ensure the KB Lean6-SBM System consistency and reliability, the research model validation was conducted for three maintenance Oman-based organisations, and one published case study for a UK-based organisation. The research concludes that the developed KB Lean6-SBM System is consistent and reliable for assisting decision-makers in designing, planning, and implementation of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) in terms of business organisation, building maintenance aspects and practice.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - The effect of PEEK, PEEK-glass composite and silicone surface properties on cellular behavior Miss. Ramisha Ur Rehman, 29 March 2017

Date: 29 March 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Miss. Ramisha Ur Rehman


The aim of this work was to evaluate material characterisation of six materials significant to cell-surface interactions. In this regard four key areas were identified i) What mechanical characteristics of Polyether ether ketone (PEEK) and Polyether ether ketone 30% glass fibre composite (PEEK-GL) can be investigated through the usage of a Nano-Indenter. ii) How the surface roughness of PEEK patterned compares to PEEK-GL patterned iiiii) What are the wettability characteristics of PEEK, PEEK patterned, PEEK-GL, PEEK-GL patterned, Silicone and Silicone 10wt% Anti-microbial. iiii) Can HaCat cells successfully interact with above materials surfaces. Study 1 evaluated the stiffness, hardness and reduced elastic modulus of PEEK and PEEK-GL through the usage of Nano-indentation. The incorporation of glass fibres was found to significantly (p<0.05) reduce the stiffness and hardness however, the addition of GL fibres significantly (p<0.05) increased the reduced elastic modulus of PEEK-GL in contrast to PEEK. These findings highlight that these materials have comparative characteristics, which could be significant when assessing cell-surface interaction. Study 2 involved AFM analysis of the patterned topography of PEEK and PEEK-GL to evaluate the groove dimensions and to assess surface roughness. It was found that the addition of GL fibres (16.59nm) had reduced the surface roughness in relation to PEEK (30.00nm). Study 3 the wettability characteristics of PEEK, PEEK patterned, PEEK-GL, PEEK-GL patterned, Silicone and Silicone 10wt% antimicrobial were investigated using Water, PBS and media . The findings identified Silicone and Silicone 10wt% antimicrobial to be hydrophobic and PEEK, PEEK-GL patterned and un-patterned to be hydrophilic in respective to all fluids used. Finally after material characterization was complete, cells were cultured onto the substrates to observe cell behavior when seeded on these materials if the materials were biocompatible. Study 4 involved the culture of HaCaT cells onto PEEK, PEEK-GL, patterned and un-patterned, Silicone and Silicone 10wt% Anti-microbial and a glass cover slip as a control. HaCaT cells were cultured and stained using DAPI and F-Actin staining kits to image with a Zeiss LSM 710 SCLM. An ANOVA test of the cell-surface area determined significant (p<0.05) cell-surface coverage for PEEK patterned, PEEK-GL patterned and silicone respectively. These findings facilitated study 5 to observe better cellular alignment towards the patterned surface for PEEK-GL patterned and un-patterned, establishing HaCaT cells to significantly (p<0.05) align towards the grooved topography in a laddered arrangement.
In conclusion, findings of this report highlight the material characteristics of PEEK, PEEK patterned, PEEK-GL, PEEK-GL patterned, Silicone and Silicone10wt% Antimicrobial. These findings also highlight the biocompatibility of PEEK-patterned, PEEK-GL patterned and Silicone due to apparent cell-surface interaction using HaCaT cells.

A Heuristic Feature Based Quantification Framework for Efficient Malware Detection -- Measuring the Malicious intent of a file using anomaly probabilistic scoring and evidence combinational theory wit Anitta Patience Namanya, 29 March 2017

Date: 29 March 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Anitta Patience Namanya


Malware is still one of the most prominent vectors through which computer networks and systems are compromised. A compromised computer system or network provides data and or processing resources to the world of cyber-crime. With cyber-crime projected to cost the world $6 trillion by 2021, malware is expected to continue being a growing challenge. Statistics around malware growth over the last decade support this theory as malware numbers enjoy almost an exponential increase over the period. This work proposes advancing automation of the malware static analysis and detection to improve the decision making confidence levels of a standard computer user in regards to a file’s malicious status. We introduce a framework that relies on two novel approaches to score the malicious intent of a file. The designed approaches are validated using a dataset of “clean” and “malicious” files. The results obtained show that the framework achieves true positive – false positive detection rate “trade-offs” for efficient malware detection.

Health and Social Care — Challenges and Opportunities Andy McGelligot (Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust), Ian Sharp (Digital Health Enterprise Zone), Professor Rami Qahwaji, Professor Daniel Neagu (University of Bradford), Bernard Lanigan & Yunus Mayat (Bradford Council), 23 March 2017

Date: 23 March 2017 Time: 18:00
Location: Bradford Digital Exchange Enterprise Zone
Speaker: Andy McGelligot (Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust), Ian Sharp (Digital Health Enterprise Zone), Professor Rami Qahwaji, Professor Daniel Neagu (University of Bradford), Bernard Lanigan & Yunus Mayat (Bradford Council)

This event will introduce the social challenges faced by the care system and the academic research areas that could help to change the way that social care is delivered in the UK. With a backdrop of shrinking budgets, increased demand due to an ageing population and a shortage of skilled carers it is estimated that the UK will need an additional 1million carers by 2025. Find out how service modernisation, redesign and technology assistance could help to improve the lives of those needing care. This event will provide practical information about the experimental networks in Bradford and how we are working together in partnership to make Bradford one of the leading Health and Social Care cities in the world.

Who should attend? Professionals, researchers/students, businesses & general public interested in medical/social care issues. There will be an opportunity to discuss ideas, projects and areas of interest with the speakers after the event.

18:00 - Refreshments
18:30 - Lecture

Continuing Professional Development: this event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

This is a research event organised jointly by the UK - Yorkshire IET local network and the University of Bradford.

Medical Imaging for Eye Disease Diagnostic Rania Alzubaidi, 15 March 2017

Date: 15 March 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Rania Alzubaidi


The presentation aims to demonstrate our recent work on the development of medical imaging technologies identifying the visual signature of Acanthamoeba disease in a sequence of confocal corneal microscopy images and extracting the main biomarkers for the disease. This system is a diagnostic system which aims to help ophthalmologists clinically and assess the patient's response to treatment. Data and clinical expertise for this work are provided by the NHS Manchester Eye Hospital.


Rania AlZubaidi, is a PhD student at University of Bradford, and she belongs to the medical imaging research group at the university of Bradford. She earned her MSc in 2007 and BSc in 2004, and both of them in computer science from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). She has worked as full-time lecturer at Philadelphia University in Jordan for four years teaching computer science modules (for example, algorithms and data structures in C++, introduction to Web Programming using PHP, and computer Skills in using Microsoft Office and Internet). Before that, she has worked as a computer teacher at high school in Jordan for three years. Rania also worked as a technical assistant and Arabic teacher for foreign at Middlebury College in USA in summer of 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011. She became Zend certified engineer in PHP 5.3 in 2012. She has passed learning and teaching in Higher Education (GTAs & P/T Tutors) module. She has attended many conferences, workshops, and seminars related to her work. Her research interests include data mining, information retrieval, text classification and clustering, and recently her focus on medical image processing.
Rania has published a review study summarising the diagnosis of most common corneal diseases by presenting their biomarkers (visual signatures). She started her research with the infectious keratitis and she developed an automatic diagnostic system for Acanthamoeba and Fusarium diseases at the request of corneal consultant of Manchester Eye Hospital. Her ultimate goal is to develop an automatic corneal diagnostic system that can handle most common corneal diseases.
She can be contacted at:


Alzubaidi, R., M. S. Sharif, R. Qahwaji, S. Ipson & A. Brahma (2015) In vivo confocal microscopic corneal images in health and disease with an emphasis on extracting features and visual signatures for corneal diseases: a review study. British Journal of Ophthalmology.
Sharif, M. S., R. Qahwaji, E. Shahamatnia, R. Alzubaidi, S. Ipson & A. Brahma (2015) An efficient intelligent analysis system for confocal corneal endothelium images. Computer methods and programs in biomedicine, 122, 421-436.
Sharif, M. S., R. Qahwaji, S. Hayajneh, S. Ipson, R. Alzubaidi & A. Brahma. 2014. An efficient system for preprocessing confocal corneal images for subsequent analysis. In Computational Intelligence (UKCI), 2014 14th UK Workshop on, 1-8.
Duwairi, R. M. & R. Al-Zubaidi (2011) A hierarchical K-NN classifier for textual data. Int. Arab J. Inf. Technol., 8, 251-259.

A Refinement Method to Improve Ontology Quality based on a Comparison of Concept Hierarchies Takeshi Masuda, Osaka University, Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, 08 March 2017

Date: 08 March 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.02
Speaker: Takeshi Masuda, Osaka University, Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering


Ontologies are currently constructed in various fields, such as life sciences, medical information, and sustainability science. These ontologies are used as knowledge bases and knowledge models for application systems. However, it is difficult to build high quality ontologies due to the necessity of having both knowledge of ontology and expertise in the target domain. Therefore, ontology construction and maintenance costs considerable time and effort. To reduce such costs, we developed an ontology refinement support method. To test and confirm this refinement method, we focused on the guideline for building well-organized ontologies that“ Each subclass of a super class is distinguished by the values of exactly one attribute of the super class. ”Then, we discovered that there is a similarity
between is-a hierarchies when an ontology is built following this guideline and made the hypothesis that, if subclasses are not classified by one attribute, there are consistency errors in the ontology that can be automatically fixed by a comparison method of is-a hierarchies.


Takeshi Masuda is a PhD student in the Graduate School of Engineering Osaka University. Division of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering. He has researched ontology refinement from 2009. He focuses on consistency of ontologies and develop the system that can find inconsistent part and propose refinement methods to system users.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Punching Shear of Concrete Flat Slabs Reinforced With Fibre Reinforced Polymer Bars Mr. Abdulhamid Al Ajami, 01 March 2017

Date: 01 March 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mr. Abdulhamid Al Ajami


Fibre reinforcement polymers (FRP) is one of non-corrodible materials used instead of conventional steel and had been approved to be an effective way to overcome the corrosion problems. FRP in most cases can have a greater tensile strength, but a lower tensile modulus of elasticity. This study was aimed to examine flat slab specimens reinforced with glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP) and steel bars materials for punching shear behaviour. Six full scale two way slab specimens measuring 1700×1700 mm with a thickness of either 150 or 250 mm were constructed and tested under concentric load up to failure. One of the main objectives is to study the effect of reinforcement spacing with the same reinforcement ratio on the punching shear strength. In addition, other two parameters were considered, namely, slab depth, and compressive strength of concrete. The test results showed that increasing the slab depth resulted in a large increase of punching shear capacity and significantly reduced deflections. Moreover, the test results obtained in the present investigation and a comprehensive database collected from the open literature are used to assess the current equations for the prediction of punching shear capacity of RC flat slabs.

5G / IoT - Enabling Smarter Cities Prof Raed Abd-Alhameed and team (University of Bradford), Caroline Gorski (IoT UK), Prof Rami Qahwaji (University of Bradford), Dr Dhaval Thakker (University of Bradford), Mark Harop (BT), Yunus Mayat (Bradford Council), 23 February 2017

Date: 23 February 2017 Time: 18:00
Location: Bradford - Digital Exchange Enterprise Zone
Speaker: Prof Raed Abd-Alhameed and team (University of Bradford), Caroline Gorski (IoT UK), Prof Rami Qahwaji (University of Bradford), Dr Dhaval Thakker (University of Bradford), Mark Harop (BT), Yunus Mayat (Bradford Council)

The 5G systems is the key for the development of future mobile and wireless networks, and thus different innovative research areas towards the next generation wireless systems are emerging. This event will talk about creating the networks for IoT, understanding 5G and applications that could run on 5G and how having devices feeding us real time data will change the way we use data and how it might affect our daily lives. Interesting recent national and regional developments will be presented at this event. This talk will also cover practical information about the experimental networks in Bradford and how we are working together in partnership to make Bradford one of the leading connected and smart cities in the world.
Who should attend? Businesses and professionals wanting to learn more about IoT and its potential and researchers/students who wish to find out more about IoT & 5G as research areas.
There will be an opportunity to discuss ideas, projects and areas of interest with the speakers after the event.
18:00 - Refreshments
18:30 - Lecture

This is a research event organised jointly by the UK - Yorkshire IET local network and the University of Bradford.

Mutually Unbiased bases and their application in quantum computing Tominiyi Olupitan, 22 February 2017

Date: 22 February 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Tominiyi Olupitan


Mutually unbiased bases have diverse applications in, cryptography, quantum key entanglement and numerous areas of quantum information science. It is a set of bases, for which the absolute value of the overlap of any two vectors in two different bases is 1/√d. The only known results are for quantum systems in prime dimensions ’d’, in which the number of complete sets is‘d+1’.

Mutually unbiased bases in higher dimensional systems (when‘d’ is no longer prime) has numerous applications in quantum information sciences. These applications include enhancing cryptographic securities, it corresponds to the optimal choice of measurements to be performed in order to obtain a full reconstruction of density. Systems in higher dimensional Hilbert space can store more information per carrier. Protocols using higher MUBs also result in higher generation rate of secure keys bit.

This motivates the research for a complete set of mutually in higher (non-prime dimensions.

Our work combines quantum physics and discrete mathematics. In our research we derive an alternate approach to mutually unbiased bases by studying a weaker concept which we call weak mutually unbiased bases. We then compare three different structures, (1) weak mutually unbiased bases; (2) their analytic representation in the complex plane based on Theta functions, and their zeros; (3) finite geometries in the Z(d) x Z(d) phase space and we establish a correspondence which is a triality.

In this talk, I will present an overview of research in quantum computing and the application of mutually unbiased bases. I will then proceed to present our contributions and results in this research area.


Tominiyi is a postgraduate researcher in the applied mathematics and quantum computing group in the electrical engineering and computer science group at the University of Bradford. She is also a recipient of the 2013 PhD studentship grant offered by the University. She is also a junior member of the Isaac Newton mathematical institute. She has attended several conferences which includes the White rose meeting in quantum information technology. Her research interest lies in theoretical research in quantum information science and its applications especially areas of finite quantum systems and analytic functions in quantum systems.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Finite Element Simulation of Ventilated Brake Disc Hot Spotting Mr. Cipher Tang, 15 February 2017

Date: 15 February 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mr. Cipher Tang


Hot spotting is a thermal localisation phenomenon in which multiple hot regions form on a brake disc surface during high energy and/or high speed braking events. As an undesired problem, hot spots can result in high order brake judder, audible drone and thermal cracking. This work presents a finite element model for hot spot modelling which introduces the classical axisymmetric assumptions to the brake pad in both 2D and 3D by scaling the material properties combined with a subroutine to simulate the heat generation instead of modelling the rotation of the brake pad. The results from the initial feasibility models showed significant improvement in computing efficiency with acceptable accuracy when compared to a traditional FE model without such simplifications. It also revealed that appropriate representation of the contact pressure distribution is essential to thermal localisation simulations. This method was then applied to the 2D and 3D simulations of hot spotting on a realistic ventilated brake disc/pad pair and the results showed good correlation with experiments. In order to improve the understanding of the hot spotting mechanism, parametric studies were performed including the effects of solid and ventilated disc geometry, rotational speed and energy, pins, disc run-out, and brake pad length. Based on the analysis of the results, it was identified that the vents and pins affected the hot spot distribution. Speed was shown to be more important on the hot spot generation time and distribution than either the pressure or total energy input. Finally, increasing the brake pad length generated fewer hot spots but the temperature of each hot spot increased.

Operation and Planning of Distribution Networks with Integration of Renewable Distributed Generators Rana Zubo, 08 February 2017

Date: 08 February 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Rana Zubo


Distributed generators (DGs) have been proposed as a possible solution to supply economic and reliable electricity to customers. It has been adopted to overcome the challenges that are characterized by centralized generation such as transmission and distribution losses, high cost of fossil fuels, and environmental damage. It is necessary to allocate DGs optimally (size, placement and the type) to obtain commercial, technical, environmental and regulatory advantages of power systems. Firstly, this work presents the basic principles of integrating renewable DGs in low voltage distribution networks and particularly focuses on the planning of DG installations and the impact that DGs may have on active and reactive power. A detailed review of the important aspects of previous researches on DGs, the general information of the methods which are used in uncertainty modelling and the optimal methods that are used to solve the DGs planning problem are presented.
Secondly, a stochastic method is proposed to assess the amount of active and reactive power that can be injected/absorbed into/from the grid by wind turbines. The impact of wind power penetration on the social welfare and on active and reactive distribution-locational marginal prices within a distribution market environment is studied considering uncertainties associated with load demand and wind speed.


Rana Zubo was born in Iraq and received the B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Electrical Engineering from The University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq in 1998 and 2006, respectively. She has worked in Kirkuk Technical College, Iraq as a Lecturer from 1999 to 2015 and received a scholarship from the Iraqi government to do her PhD.
Currently, She is working towards her Ph.D in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science under supervision of Dr. Geev Mokryani. Her current research includes operation and planning of distribution networks, electricity markets, uncertainty theory, and smart grids.

She has published two papers in the Elsevier journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, and IEEE International Conference on Control, Decision and Information Technologies (CoDIT'17).

Computational Intelligence Techniques for Design Optimisation of Microwave Devices Dr Bo Liu, Wrexham University, 01 February 2017

Date: 01 February 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Dr Bo Liu, Wrexham University


Design parameter optimisation is essential in many microwave design problems. The commonly used solution methods are: (1) using the “trial and error” method based on design experience, (2) using a local optimiser from a starting point derived by analytical models/equivalent circuits. Due to the discrepancy between designer’s intuition/simplified models and full wave electromagnetic (EM) simulations, these methods are facing significant challenges in design quality.

Evolutionary computation, which performs global optimisation, has been introduced to EM device design automation/optimisation since the last decade. While high quality designs without using any starting point have been obtained, its weakness is becoming clear: the intractable optimisation time when using computationally expensive full wave EM simulations. For example, a single EM simulation of an antenna may cost dozens of minutes to more than one hour, and standard evolutionary algorithms usually need several thousands of such simulations to obtain the optimum. An impractical optimisation time is therefore induced, although high quality designs can at last be obtained.

This presentation will introduce state-of-the-art efficient global optimisation-based microwave design automation/optimisation methods, with the advantages on optimisation quality, efficiency, generality and robustness. The following topics will be included: (1) simulation-driven design automation and a brief review of optimisation methods for microwave design; (2) evolutionary computation, machine learning and surrogate modelling; (3) surrogate model assisted evolutionary algorithm (SAEA): frameworks and model management methods; (4) efficient antenna, filter and mm-wave IC design automation methods based on novel SAEAs; (5) novel SAEA-based efficient antenna design optimisation methods using multi-fidelity simulation models. The targeted audiences are researchers focusing on microwave design and other electronic/semiconductor design using computationally expensive simulations as well as researchers focusing on computationally expensive optimisation.


Bo Liu received the B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, P. R. China, in 2008. He received his Ph.D. degree at the MICAS laboratories of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, in 2012. He was a Humboldt research fellow, working with the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, till 2013, he took up a post as a lecturer at Glyndwr University, Wales, UK. He is currently a Reader in Computer-aided Design at the same university. His research interests lie in evolutionary computation, machine learning and design automation methodologies of electronic devices, circuits and systems. His book “Automated Design of Analog and High-frequency Circuits: A Computational Intelligence Approach” (Springer) is the first book which systematically introduces novel electronic design automation methods based on computational intelligence techniques. He was an invited speaker of IMEC, University of Southampton, Newcastle University, The University of Birmingham, etc on similar topics. URL:

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Structural Behaviour of Concrete-Filled Elliptical Column to I-Beam Connections Mr. Jie Yang, 01 February 2017

Date: 01 February 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mr. Jie Yang

Concrete-filled tubular (CFT) columns have been widely adopted in building structures owing to their superior structural performance, such as enhanced load bearing capacity, compared to hollow tubes. Circular, square and rectangular hollow sections are most commonly used for CFT columns in the past few decades. Currently, a new cross-section, Elliptical Hollow Section (EHS), is available and has been introduced to building industry due to its attractive appearance and improved structural efficiency. However, there is a lack of design rules to ensure safety and economy of using them in construction. Though effort has been taken on structural response of concrete-filled elliptical columns, behaviour of beam to column connections, the essential parts of framed structures, are unexplored and thus needs to be investigated urgently.

The structural behaviour of elliptical column to I-beam connections under bending is investigated to fill the research gap. Overall ten specimens with various joint assemblies were tested to failure to highlight the benefits of adopting concrete infill and stiffeners in the columns. A three-dimensional finite element model was developed by using ABAQUS software and validated against obtained experimental results. Parametric studies were performed to access the main parameters that affecting the bending behaviour of the connections. A simple hand calculation method in terms of ultimate moment capacity is proposed according to experiments conducted for connections with concrete-filled columns, which could be a reference in design work. In this talk, the above contributions to the area will be presented.

Advances in MulSeMedia = Multiple Sensorial Media Dr. George Ghinea, Department of Computer Science, Brunel University, London, 20 January 2017

Date: 20 January 2017 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Dr. George Ghinea, Department of Computer Science, Brunel University, London


Traditionally, multimedia applications have primarily engaged two of the human senses the audio and the visual out of the five possible. With recent advances in computational technology, it is now possible to talk of applications that engage the other three senses, as well: tactile, olfaction, and gustatory. This integration leads to a paradigm shift away from the old multimedia towards the new mulsemedia : multiple sensorial media. In his talk, Dr. Ghinea is going to focus on the issue of the perceptual experience of multimedia and how research in the area has opened new and sometimes challenging opportunities for mulsemedia applications.


Dr George Ghinea is a Reader in Computer Science at the School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics at Brunel University in the United Kingdom. His research activities lie at the confluence of Computer Science, Media and Psychology. In particular, his work focuses on the area of perceptual multimedia quality and the end-to-end communication systems incorporating user perceptual requirements. His area of expertise involves eye-tracking, telemedicine, multi-modal interaction, ubiquitous and mobile computing. He has authored over 250 publications and co-edited two books on Digital Multimedia Perception and Design, and Multiple Sensorial Media Advance and Applications. He consults regularly for both public and private institutions within his research area and is currently the lead Brunel investigator of NEWTON - Networked Labs for Training in Sciences and Technologies for Information and Communication, an H2020 project.

An Industry View of the Agile Mindset Jonathan Kessel-Fell, Agile Coach and Scrum Master, Capgemini UK, 09 December 2016

Date: 09 December 2016 Time: 13:30
Location: Horton D01.27 (The Barn) Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Jonathan Kessel-Fell, Agile Coach and Scrum Master, Capgemini UK

Abstract: The Agile Mindset; an industry view and worldwide perspective.
A key component for any Agile Transformation or Agile Delivery is that the team has the right Agile Mindset and the right Management support to put it into action. This sessions looks at what an Agile Mindset is, why is it so important and what are the main blockers to bringing it into an organisation.

Jon has worked in the IT Development sector for over 25 years, 13 of which have been in the world of Agile. This experience spans Investment, Retail and Online Banking, Business Intelligence and Government projects. He is a Certified Agile Coach, Scrum Master and Product Owner, as well as being a facilitator for Capgemini University, guest lecturer at UK Academic Universities and keynote speaker.
Jon has extensive hands-on experience of implementing and maintaining Agile Transformations at a CIO / Portfolio level within large scale organisations. He also has hands-on delivery experience for complex projects with co-located and distributed teams. Jon’s coaching covers Agile, Agile@Scale, Scrum, Kanban, XP practices and Lean, and training through 1-2-1 sessions, classroom based sessions and large scale virtual sessions, all across international locations.

Verification Tool DIY Professor Georg Struth, University of Sheffield, 07 December 2016

Date: 07 December 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Professor Georg Struth, University of Sheffield


I present a principled modular approach to the design of program verification and correctness tools that yields a clean separation between the control flow and the data flow of programs. The aim is to find simple algebraic semantics for the control flow and combine them with detailed set-theoretic models for data and memory domains. The approach is implemented in the Isabelle/HOL theorem prover, and its principles will be illustrated through two example tools, both of which are correct by construction. The first one is a program verification and refinement tool for simple while-programs, which uses modal Kleene algebras for the control flow and a standard predicate transformer semantics for the data flow. The second tool implements separation logic using a novel algebraic semantics for the control flow and an extended relational model for the data flow on store and heap. Time permitting I will show these tools at work on a number of algorithmic verification and refinement examples.


Professor Struth works mainly on logical and algebraic methods in computer science, formalised mathematics with interactive theorem provers and program verification and correctness. His interests range from foundational work on the axiomatisation and semantics of sequential and concurrent computing systems to applications in the design and implementation of program verification software.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Design and operation of multistage flash (MSF) desalination: advanced control strategies and impact of fouling Mr. Salih Alsadaie, 30 November 2016

Date: 30 November 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mr. Salih Alsadaie


The rapid increase in the demand of fresh water due the increase in the world population and scarcity of natural water puts more stress on the desalination industrial sector to install more desalination plants around the world. Among these desalination plants, multistage flash desalination process (MSF) is considered to be the most reliable technique of producing potable water from saline water. However, the MSF process is confronting many problems to cut off the cost and increase its performance.

Among these problems are the non-condensable gases (NCGs) and the accumulation of fouling which they work as heat insulation materials and consequently decrease the performance of the plants. Moreover, improved process control is a cost effective approach to energy conservation and increased process profitability. Thus, this study is motivated by the real absence of detailed kinetic fouling model and implementation of advance process control (APC).

This project aims to use gPROMS (general PROcess Modeling System) model builder to develop a dynamic mathematical model of MSF, study the design of venting system, implement advance control strategies and finally develop a dynamic fouling model to predict fouling inside the condensing tubes.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Relationship between Design Structure Matrix and Multidisciplinary Optimization Mr. Abhishek Mishra, 16 November 2016

Date: 16 November 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mr. Abhishek Mishra


First paragraph gives a brief introduction about design structure matrix which is followed by introduction of Multidisciplinary Optimization techniques. The last paragraph gives detail about their implementation in the project.

A familiar tool to support the visualization of the disciplinary dependencies upon variables is the design structure matrix. Various algorithms such as Petri Nets, IDEF, Genetic Algorithm, COPE etc. have been used in the literature to adjust a DSM according to the design needs. Project aims to develop a new technique to decompose engineering problems effectively.

The basic aim of Multidisciplinary Optimization methods is to combine general multidisciplinary engineering systems, such as automotive or aerospace, whose design is controlled by a number of disciplines The basic goals of MDO formulations are to:

1. Compress design cycle time;
2. Yield substantive product quality;
3. Improve design knowledge to support more informed decision making;
4. Reduce time to market.

The project aims to utilise a DSM for optimal decomposition of an engineering problem and thereby solving it using an appropriate MDO technique.

Social Media Mining for Crime Intelligence Haruna Isah, PhD Commonwealth Scholar, 16 November 2016

Date: 16 November 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Haruna Isah, PhD Commonwealth Scholar


The use of the Internet for exploitative or malicious purposes has become a serious global issue. Over the years, the Internet is seen to be attracting disruptive entities who engage in cyber-crime and antisocial behaviours. The growing incidents of counterfeit/illegal product sale and other crimes over the Internet necessitate the development of automated surveillance systems for the effective governance of the content layer of the Internet.

Our research goal is to develop innovative data mining techniques to improve the understanding, intervention, and policy-making on cyber crime. We employ a variety of machine learning and graph mining methods on social data to characterise and combat cyber-crime on the Web. We are specifically interested in learning from data to identify, measure, and detect deceptive and low quality entities (such as brands, accounts, ads, social updates, reviews) on the Web.

In this talk, we will first present a review of the state of the art methods for sentiment analysis and graph mining, we will then highlight some of the contributions and results of our published work and ongoing projects, and finally, we will give an overview of our propose future work.


Haruna Isah is a Commonwealth Scholar and the outgoing chair of the University of Bradford ACM Student Chapter. He is currently rounding up his 3rd year PhD study in the Artificial Intelligence Research Group of the University of Bradford under the supervision of Professor Daniel Neagu and Dr. Paul Trundle. He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) Degree from the department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Maiduguri in 2008; Masters of Science (MSc.), Software Engineering in 2012 from the then School of Computing Informatics and Media (SCIM) University of Bradford.

Haruna is a recipient of NITDEF MSc. Scholarship Award, Commonwealth PhD Scholarship Award, and WAW2015 School on Complex Networks and Graph Models travel award. He has made several research presentations and also attended several major research training's including International Winter School on Big Data in Tarragona Spain, Machine Learning: A Computational Intelligence Approach (MLCI-2015) in Genova Italy, WAW2015 School on Complex Networks and Graph Models in Eindhoven in The Netherlands, and Development Module Road Map for Commonwealth PhD Scholars at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor.

Translate: Realising medical technologies innovation in the Leeds City Region (joint event with DHEZ) Drs Sean Clarkson & Danielle Miles, Technology Innovation Managers, Translate, University of Leeds, Translate, 02 November 2016

Date: 02 November 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: D0.26 Horton Building
Speaker: Drs Sean Clarkson & Danielle Miles, Technology Innovation Managers, Translate, University of Leeds, Translate


Translate is a project funded by HEFCE, establishing a new partnership of five universities in the Leeds City Region with world-class expertise in the development of new medical technologies. Translate provides sector-specific expertise to complement University Business Development teams, supporting academics by accelerating the translation of their research into effective commercial opportunities and real-life clinical applications. We work closely with clinicians and companies to identify the current needs of the sector, forming sector-inspired collaborative research to address key clinical challenges or areas of potential development. Translate also develops cutting-edge innovation skills development programmes, seeking to enhance and embed academic capability in successfully translating medical technology research. The seminar will give an overview of the Translate programme, the range of support available to academics for project progression and personal skills development, and case studies of previous support and activities. There will be time for group questions, and confidential one-one discussions regarding specific projects.


Dr Sean Clarkson is a Technology Innovation Manager within the Medical Technologies Innovation team at the University of Leeds. He mainly works on the HEFCE funded Translate programme, providing sector-specific expertise to support the development and translation of early stage medical technology research in five partner universities across the Leeds City Region. His role involves the development and identification of new technology opportunities through technology scouting activities and running unmet clinical need innovation workshops. He also provides sector-specific expertise, support, and management for projects to accelerate their progression towards commercialisation and investment readiness- assisting with areas such as proof of market/concept, business case development, regularity issues, external funding, and access to partners. Sean has a PhD in Sports Engineering, and a background in Electronics and IT. He has previously worked as a researcher at Sheffield Hallam Universities’ world leading Centre for Sports Engineering Research, developing new technology innovations for use in the UK elite sport programme, private health clinics, and the national healthcare system. Sean has experience in research translation, development of commercialisation strategies, and establishing collaborations with governing bodies, clinicians, and companies, having successfully translated a number of projects and IP assets which are now licensed to international companies and actively used within the NHS.

Dr Danielle Miles is a Technology Innovation Manager working in the Medical Technologies Innovation team on the Translate Programme. Her role involves supporting medical technology research translation and embedding innovation capability in the Leeds City Region. She complements the activities of knowledge and technology transfer staff at partner institutes by providing sector specific expertise to support the generation, evaluation and development of potential project opportunities. She builds consortiums to address un-met clinical needs through running innovation workshops, brokering relationships and carrying out technology scouting activities. Finally she provides support with external funding, market and regulatory requirements, risks and barriers to commercialisation, and IP strategy. Danielle comes from a research background, gaining a PhD in chemistry on self-assembling peptides. This led to her becoming a Research Fellow specialising in hydrogels for biomedical applications, where she was actively involved in shaping and implementing project IP and commercialisation strategies, as well as creating clinical collaborations. Danielle also brings industrial experience, having spent time in both the pharmaceutical and the medical devices industries, where she gained experience in evaluating early stage technologies and regulatory pathways, in particularly for advanced therapeutic medicinal products.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Centre of Mass Dynamics and Control during Gait Termination in Trans-Femoral Amputees: Impact of Combined Microprocessor Control of the Knee and Ankle Zahra Abdul Hassan, 02 November 2016

Date: 02 November 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Zahra Abdul Hassan


The general aim of this thesis is to investigate the biomechanical adaptations used by transfemoral amputees during gait termination when descending a ramp. The main focus is to evaluate the effectiveness of an above the knee prosthetic that uses combined/coordinated micro-processor control at the-knee and ankle- with ‘stop and lock’ feature (mode). The ‘stop and lock’ feature (mode) is designed to automatically control knee and ankle flexion for stable standing following a gait termination event. This feature increases resistance to flexion at the knee as soon as the foot is stationary (ankle static acceleration drops to zero) and essentially makes knee/ankle locked when terminating gait on declined surface. In turn it provides secure, comfortable weight distribution on both prosthetic and intact sides. In order to introduce a fair and objective assessment about the LiNX efficacy, it has been decided to investigate its biomechanical effects compared to using a TF prosthesis with passive hydraulic knee and ankle (i.e. LiNX with microprocessor inactive).
In this thesis, I aspire to promote a deep comprehension of gait termination task and present an objective scientific evaluation of the impact on gait biomechanics of using a LiNX limb system. Different studies were conducted through various experimental setups; a pilot study involved the participation of one able bodied individual, which was followed by data collection of a control group of nine able-body participants. The core studies included participation of a number of transfemoral amputees who were asked to perform gait termination on a ramp and overground using the LiNX when the microprocessor was switched off (inactive) and switch on (active).
To determine how use of a LiNX active compared to inactive effected the biomechanics of gait termination when walking down ramps and overground. The specific aims were to determine:
1. The percentage/relative contribution of the intact limb (penultimate step) and prosthetic limb (final step) in reducing the centre of mass forward velocity during the two steps of gait termination
2. The postural adjustment and centre of mass dynamics during the two steps of gait termination.
3. The relative contribution of ankle, knee and hip kinematics and kinetics during the two steps of gait termination.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Drying Shrinkage Strains Behaviours of Self-Compacting Concrete Mrs. Jamila Abdalhmid, 19 October 2016

Date: 19 October 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mrs. Jamila Abdalhmid


The main aims of this PhD project is to investigate the free and confined drying shrinkage behaviour of SCC compared that of normal conventional concrete (NCC) and develop a computer model using ANN for prediction of drying shrinkage strains of SCC, using collected comprehensive database from different sources in the literature, and to analyse the effect of key parameters considered in this study on the dying shrinkage of SCC
As well as, more rational computational model will be also developed based on equations available in literature for drying shrinkage.

Non-additive probabilities and Choquet integrals in Computing and Engineering Professor A. Vourdas, 12 October 2016

Date: 12 October 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Professor A. Vourdas


An introduction to non-additive probabilities and Choquet integrals, will be discussed. These ideas have been used in Artificial Intelligence, Game theory, Mathematical Economics, decision theory, etc, and the intention is to extend their applications into the general area of Science and Engineering. The presentation will be general aiming to motivate researchers to use these ideas in their own field.


A.Vourdas is a Professor in Computing at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His area of Research is Quantum Computing.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Behaviour of Continuous Concrete Beams Reinforced with Hybrid GFRP/Steel Bars Mr. Almahdi Araba, 05 October 2016

Date: 05 October 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mr. Almahdi Araba


A hybrid system consisting of both FRP and steel reinforcement is proposed. Such reinforcement system shows improved serviceability and ductility, and enhancement of load-carrying capacity compared to traditional reinforcement.

Research in Progress (PhD Seminar) - Behaviour of Demountable Shear Connectors in a Composite Beam Mr. Naveed Rehman, 21 September 2016

Date: 21 September 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Chesham Building – C4.02
Speaker: Mr. Naveed Rehman


The project is about to check the feasibility of demountable shear connectors as an alternative to welded shear connectors through push off tests and a full scale composite beam test. This project will explore the strength, ductility and stiffness of demountable shear connectors. This new form of demountable shear connector would allow the steel beam to be reused after dismantling the composite floor structure.

IoT Laboratory MSc Student Project presentations Drs Dhaval Thakker and Prashant Pillai & the IoT Laboratory MSc Students, 14 September 2016

Date: 14 September 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: D0.26 Horton Building
Speaker: Drs Dhaval Thakker and Prashant Pillai & the IoT Laboratory MSc Students

The weekly/fortnightly research seminar series is used to present MSc projects completed by our IoT lab students. Several speakers will present their findings, each for 10 minutes, each followed by a short Q&A session.

Discovering "Unknown Known" Security Requirement Professor Awais Rashid, lead of head the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research , Lancaster University, 08 September 2016

Date: 08 September 2016 Time: 09:30
Location: Horton D0.24
Speaker: Professor Awais Rashid, lead of head the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research , Lancaster University

Donald Rumsfeld’s three permutations of knowns and unknowns are often quoted in the context of cyber security. We have the Known Knowns: the well-understood attacks such as SQL injection; the Known Unknowns, e.g., the theoretical and practical limitations of certain protocols; and the Unknown Unknowns, i.e. zero days. In this talk, I will talk about a fourth variation, that of Unknown Knowns. These represent the tacit knowledge often implicit within or across a variety of security incidents. This knowledge is “Unknown” in that it is not immediately captured in widely recommended models such as the Top 20 Critical Security Controls. Yet it is “Known” in that it is tacit in existing security breaches. I will discuss how an inter-disciplinary methodology enables discovery of such Unknown Knowns in order to identify gaps in existing security models and plug such gaps.

Bio: Professor Awais Rashid

Tracking Time-Evolving Data Streams and an Application to Short-Term Urban Traffic Flow Forecasting Professor Francesco Masulli, University of Genova (Italy), 26 August 2016

Date: 26 August 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.23
Speaker: Professor Francesco Masulli, University of Genova (Italy)


Associate Professor of Computer Science with the Dept of Informatics, Bioingengering, Robotics and Systems Engineering (DIBRIS) of the University of Genova (Italy) and Adjunct Associate Professor at Center for Biotechnology of Temple University-Philadelphia (PA, USA). Lecturer of the courses on Fundamentals of Computer Science, Well-Being Technologies, and Machine Learning at the University of Genoa. Recipient of the 2008 Pattern Recognition Society Award for the paper "A survey of kernel and spectral methods for clustering". Author of more than 200 scientific papers in Clustering, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems and Bioinformatics. Vice-Chair of the Italian Chapter of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, Co-Chair of the Special Interest Group on Bioinformatics of the International Neural Network Society.


Data streams have arisen as a relevant topic during the last decade. In this work we consider non-stationary data stream clustering using a possibilistic approach. The Graded Possibilistic Clustering model offers a way to evaluate “outlierness” through a natural measure, which is computed directly from the model. Both online and batch training scheme are considered, to provide two different trade-offs between stability and speed of response to change. The proposed approach is evaluated on a synthetic data set, for which the ground truth is available. Moreover, a real-time short-term urban traffic flow forecasting application is proposed, taking into consideration both spatial (road links) and temporal (lag or past traffic flow values) information. To this aim, we introduce a Layered Ensemble Model (LEM) which combines Artificial Neural Networks and Graded Possibilistic Clustering models obtaining an accurate forecast of the traffic flow rates with outlier detection. Experimentation has been carried out on two different data sets. The former was obtained from real UK motorway and the later was obtained from simulated traffic flow on a street network in Genoa (Italy). The proposed LEM model for short-term traffic forecasting provides promising results and given the its characteristics of outlier detection, accuracy, and robustness, it can be fruitful integrated in traffic flow management systems

Kernel P systems modelling, verification and testing - Sorting case study Professor Marian Gheorghe, 29 June 2016

Date: 29 June 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.24
Speaker: Professor Marian Gheorghe


This talk has two parts: an introduction to P systems & a presentation of some research topics prepared for CMC Conference. The first part is meant to give a short overview of the field, called P systems, the subject of the main presentation. The main talk will focus on a specific P systems model, called kernel P systems. In this talk it will be illustrated its capacity to model various sorting problems as well as its relationships with formal verification based on model checking and testing. This talk will be given to the main conference dedicated to P systems topics, CMC, in July 2016.


Professor Marian Gheorghe got a BSc and a PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Bucharest, Romania. After some years in industry he moved to academia, initially as a lecturer with the University of Bucharest and then, after a short spell with the University of Pitesti, Romania, he moved to the University of Sheffield, in 2000, as a lecturer. He was promoted up to a readership position and became head of the Verification and Testing Group. He recently joined the University of Bradford as a Professor of computational models and software engineering. He has taught a large variety of topics, including formal methods, discrete mathematics, formal grammars and automata, software engineering group projects, systems analysis and design, programming languages (Haskel and Java) etc. He was working in Sheffield, together with other colleagues, in building one of the most popular modules, called Genesys, highly praised by students and acknowledged by employers as a unique real-life experience provided by the University to their Computer Science graduates. His research is rooted in core computer science, more precisely, he is studying various classes of computational models - automata, formal grammars, multiset rewriting systems, Petri nets, process algebra -, their formal properties and connections with other computational models. His research includes also significant applications of these modelling approaches in software engineering, formal verification and testing, simulations, systems and synthetic biology and others. Professor Gheorghe is equally interested in developing the core part of his research in theoretical computer science as well as in collaborating broadly across the whole spectrum of applications of computational models.

Modelling and Computational Analysis of Synthetic Biology Systems Dr Savas Konur, Department of Computer Science, University of Bradford, 22 June 2016

Date: 22 June 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Dr Savas Konur, Department of Computer Science, University of Bradford

Synthetic biology, allowing scientists to engineer unconventional biological systems that do not naturally exist in nature, is a rapidly growing field with promising potential in building new synthetically constructed devices and systems. In this talk, we will discuss a software platform developed to model and analyse synthetic biology systems using various computational techniques, such as simulation, verification and biocompilation.

Dr Savas Konur is a Lecturer in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Bradford. His research interests involve Formal Methods (mainly modeling, verification and analysis of complex, concurrent and stochastic systems) and design/development of software systems/tools/methods facilitating Formal Methods in various application areas, including Systems and Synthetic Biology, Ubiquitous Systems, Real-time Systems, Safety-critical Systems, Autonomous Systems and Multi-agent & Systems.
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Identifying Knowledge Anchors in Big Data Graphs Marwan Al-Tawil, Leeds University, 01 June 2016

Date: 01 June 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Marwan Al-Tawil, Leeds University

Abstract: The recent growth of the Web of Data has brought to the fore the need to develop intelligent means to support user exploration through big data graphs. It has been acknowledged that, to be effective, approaches for data graph exploration should take into account the knowledge utility of exploration paths – how useful the trajectories in a data graph are for expanding users’ knowledge. Motivated by an earlier controlled user study investigating nudging strategies for exploration, which has suggested that paths which start with familiar and highly inclusive entities and bring something new are likely to have good knowledge utility, we propose here an approach to identify knowledge anchors in a data graph. We call such anchors basic level entities in a data graph, following an analogy with basic level objects in domain taxonomies that underpin our approach. Several metrics for extracting basic level entities in a data graph, and the corresponding algorithms, have been developed. The performance of the metrics is examined using benchmarking sets obtained from an experimental study involving free naming tasks by humans. Based on quantitative and qualitative analysis of the individual metrics, a hybridization approach is proposed.

Bio: Marwan Al-Tawil is a third year postgraduate researcher in the Artificial Intelligence Group in the Computing Department at the University of Leeds. His research interests lie in the field of graph databases, particularly in developing computational methods and algorithms to support users exploration over big data graphs.

Big Data — The View From Space Prof Rami Qahwaji, EECS, University of Bradford, 25 May 2016

Date: 25 May 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Prof Rami Qahwaji, EECS, University of Bradford


Space data are big, complex, multi-dimensional, multi-wave length and could be challenging in terms of noise, consistency, etc. This makes them fascinating for data and computer scientists. The potential for efficient space data exploration is huge for space, satellites, medicine and variety of other sectors. These issues and more will be discussed at this talk.

Rami Qahwaji is Professor of Visual Computing and is the Academic Director for the Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire (DigiCatYorks). His research interests include: visualisation, big data analytics, machine learning, and the design of machine vision systems with proven track record in the fields of medical imaging, space/satellite imaging, data visualisation and applied data mining working with medical and industrial collaborators such as NASA, European Space Agency, National Health Service (England), etc. His research was funded by EPSRC, EU FP7, NHS National Innovation Centre, ERDF, European Space Agency (ESA), NASA, TSB, Yorkshire Forward, and more. He has over 130 refereed publications, tens of invited talks at different UK and International meetings and has supervised 20 completed PhD projects. Rami is Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), Charted Engineer (CEng - Engineering Council, UK), IET Technical Assessor and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
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Knowledge Engineering with Semantic Technologies: From domains of Culture to Internet of Things (IoT) Dr Dhaval Thakker, Department of Computer Science, University of Bradford, 11 May 2016

Date: 11 May 2016 Time: 12:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Dr Dhaval Thakker, Department of Computer Science, University of Bradford

For the last 15 years or so, semantic technologies have provided a successful and pragmatic way of carrying out knowledge engineering (KE) tasks in a bigger scale, and many will argue, in a more successful manner. In this talk, I will highlight my research in this area that includes methodologies and techniques for knowledge capture, enrichment, and building knowledge-enriched systems for exploration and decision support. I will conclude by highlighting the role of semantics in building an Internet of Things (IoT) middleware for event monitoring.

Short Bio:
Dr Dhaval Thakker is a Lecturer in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Bradford. He has over ten years of experience in the European Union(EU) and industrial projects delivering innovative solutions. Prior to joining Bradford, Dr Dhaval Thakker worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds from 2011 to 2015 and was leading semantic web related research in several EU projects like the EU FP7 NeTTUN, ImREAL and DICODE. Before Leeds, Dhaval worked in the industry with UK's national news agency (Press Association) as a Research & Development Consultant to provide strategic and technical leadership in implementing Semantic Web and Linked data related projects to improve access to their media repositories.

Principles of Agile Software Development Methodology Anthony Shaughnessy, Software Architect at, 04 May 2016

Date: 04 May 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Anthony Shaughnessy, Software Architect at

Agile development methods are now accepted and commonplace in the
mainstream of commercial software development. Many organisations have
switched to agile methods successfully but a frustrating number are still
reluctant or make a half-hearted switch with limited or no success. This
lecture will introduce the basic framework of agile software development,
contrasted with the older style of waterfall development, but also discuss
common failure modes and how these can be addressed. In particular we will
look at the organisational challenges as well as how to adapt the project
delivery process to different types and scales of project. We'll briefly
touch on tool support and the move towards dev-ops and continuous

Anthony Shaughnessy has specialised in agile development methods for the
last 14 years of his 27 year career as developer, architect, project
manager, head of development and consultant. He has led projects to
deliver new systems for Vodafone Group, Allianz Insurance, William Hill,, and Arcadia Group among many others. He was one of the
co-authors of his consulting employer's agile development framework and
advises on the adoption of agile methods for clients such as Yorkshire
Building Society and Capital One Bank.

Designing and Performance Evaluating Satellite Network Layer Protocols Dr Xuzhe Feng, National University of Defense and Technology, Changsha City, China, 27 April 2016

Date: 27 April 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: D0.26 Horton Building
Speaker: Dr Xuzhe Feng, National University of Defense and Technology, Changsha City, China


A satellite network refers to the data communication network across satellites or between satellites and ground stations, which is different from a terrestrial network. A satellite network works in an unfavourable and changeable space environment, showing the characteristics of being topologically complex and dynamic, therefore it is difficult to maintain a stable connection between different network nodes. The method of how to design efficient and reliable data transmission protocols based on a satellite network has become the bottleneck problem of satellite network data transmission. In this talk, we will focus on the satellite network based on Inter-Satellite Links.


Feng Xuzhe is an Associate Professor at National University of Defense Technology, China. He received the Ph.D. degree in Measuring and Testing Technologies and Instruments from National University of Defense Technology in 2008. He has been an academic visitor in University of Bradford since October,2015. His research focuses on space instruments, designing and performance evaluating satellite network layer protocols.

Large Deviation Theory and Applications in Communication Outages and Resource Allocation Dr Taufiq Asyhari, Department of Computer Science, University of Bradford, 20 April 2016

Date: 20 April 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Dr Taufiq Asyhari, Department of Computer Science, University of Bradford

Analytical performance evaluation is often challenging for systems experiencing random fluctuations where the probability distribution cannot be precisely obtained. In this talk, we will review Large Deviation Principle (LDP) as a generic tool to characterize the (asymptotic) limiting behavior of certain probability distribution in terms of a rate function. The LDP is then applied to characterize the asymptotic behavior of communication outages where both the channel and channel state information are randomly varying with time. We will demonstrate how the LDP allows analytical characterization of asymptotic performance metrics, which reveals a number of new design criteria for communication systems.

Dr Taufiq Asyhari has been a Lecturer in Computing at the University of Bradford since February 2014. He is a Member of IEEE and holds a PhD in Engineering (Information Engineering) from the University of Cambridge, UK. His research interests are in the areas of information theory, communication theory, coding theory, queueing theory and signal processing techniques with applications in wireless and nano-molecular networks.

Autonomous Self Drive Vehicles — The Opportunities for Engineering and Informatics at Bradford Dr. John Baruch, 13 April 2016

Date: 13 April 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Dr. John Baruch


At the seminar the case will be made for self-driving vehicles as the next big technology breakthrough that will change the world even more than smart phones. The reasons why the big sponsors Google, Apple and Microsoft are pushing them will be discussed and the question asked whether it is just the value of the time of people with money that is driving the project. Google, Apple, Microsoft and others see car drivers as an immense untapped market. George Osborne in his recent budget said that he wanted the UK to be a world leader in self driving vehicles.
The basic software systems are well known, there are issues of responsibility under the law and software validation which are the last hurdles. The University of Bradford is very well placed to house a centre for self –driving vehicles. We already have the Automotive Research Centre and 20 years of experience of operating the first autonomous robot working 3000km from its base. We organised the first public discussion on Driverless vehicles at the British Science Festival in 2015 and worked with the initiatives at Heathrow, Milton Keynes, Bristol and Greenwich to use self-driving vehicles in urban environments. The law department has a section specialising in autonomous systems and we have an active psychology department.
Dr Baruch will discuss the problems and opportunities for those who might wish to join an autonomous vehicles software validation research centre focussed initially on how such software can be validated, what systems are required to ensure it can work effectively and what would be required to set up an international test centre for such software and their systems.


John Baruch received the BSc, and PhD degrees from the University of London in 1965 and 1973 respectively. He worked as a research fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Leeds from 1965 to 1990 and then at the University of Bradford until 1997 in the Departments of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Industrial Technology. He was then made Head of the new Department of Cybernetics a post which he held until 2006. He is now a Senior Lecturer in the School of Informatics. His areas of interest have been based in astrophysics and astronomy instrumentation including robotics, artificial intelligence and data mining. His interests extended to Knowledge Transfer and he has worked over many years with local companies in knowledge transfer programmes. He generated the first of the UK research councils’ knowledge transfer programmes in astronomy and has run over 20 such programmes. His interests have extended to education and e-learning and he runs the only freely available autonomous robot on the web dedicated to e-learning. He has argued that Astronomy has a unique place in the new world of the Knowledge Economy since it is the only practical science that can be delivered over the web to educate both teachers and learners in the philosophy and methods of practical science regarded as the key to developing the skills of innovation and creativity at the heart of the Knowledge Economy. He will be delivering a keynote address to the All China Conference on Education for the Knowledge Economy in Nanjing May 2016. He has published over 100 research papers in these and associated fields.

Data Mining BBC News Dr Ian Knopke, Data Scientist, BBC News Audience and Engagement / News Labs / BBC Monitoring, 08 April 2016

Date: 08 April 2016 Time: 14:00
Location: Richmond JS Bell Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Dr Ian Knopke, Data Scientist, BBC News Audience and Engagement / News Labs / BBC Monitoring

The nature of journalism is changing. As with many aspects of media, the traditional print models that were earlier moved on to the web are proving insufficient, and new modes of audience interaction are becoming prevalent. I'll be discussing some recent work towards understanding the relationships between the BBC and the News audience, as well as some work we have towards developing newer models. Most of this work is based on data mining work on a year's worth of News story and audience data, as well as previous work on News recommendation systems.

Dr. Ian Knopke is a data scientist with BBC. He has worked extensively on software engineering, metadata, personalisation, audience measurement and machine learning problems across most areas of the BBC, and has written recommendation systems for iPlayer, Radio and BBC News. He is currently part of the audience engagement team in BBC News, and is also working with BBC Monitoring on content analysis, topic assignment and named entity extraction problems. Ian holds a Ph.D. in Media and Computing Science from McGill University (Montreal) and has worked in research labs in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Connected Health: A revolution in healthcare? Dr John Ainsworth, Senior Lecturer & Deputy Director, Centre for Health Informatics & Health eResearch Centre (HeRC), University of Manchester, 06 April 2016

Date: 06 April 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Dr John Ainsworth, Senior Lecturer & Deputy Director, Centre for Health Informatics & Health eResearch Centre (HeRC), University of Manchester

Abstract: The advent of pervasive connectivity and ubiquitous computing in modern telecommunications networks and devices introduces a new source of data to healthcare. This data is generated by the individual, is about the individual and their interaction with their environment. This is potentially revolutionary for healthcare, as it will provide for the first time high-resolution longitudinal data about an individual and their health. This truly will be a new age of high resolution healthcare. However, despite the promise, the revolution is yet to arrive. This talk will examine where we are now, where we could potentially be, the technology that will drive this development and the barriers that stand in the way.

Dr John Ainsworth is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester where he is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Informatics. He is the Deputy Director of the Farr Institute @ HeRC, and chairs the Farr Institute eInfrastructure working group. He is involved in numerous research projects, but with one common aim – how can we use computing and information technology to improve the health of the population. His current research focuses on the mobile health technologies and the use of routinely captured healthcare data for research.
MRC Health eResearch Centre
http://The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research

Models in Engineering Design Professor Claudia Eckert, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University, 09 March 2016

Date: 09 March 2016 Time: 13:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Professor Claudia Eckert, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University

Engineers interact with their products and processes largely through models, however rarely reflect about the nature of these models and how technical possibilities and actions are affected by the properties and characteristics of the models. Models in engineering describe the product and process, but also at the same time shape and create them. This talk reflects on what we can learn from the research in the philosophy of science community on modelling, but also analyses the differences between scientific models and engineering models.

Short Bio:

Professor Claudia Eckert is a Professor of Design at the Open University. Her research interests lie in process modelling. She is interested in design as a professional practise in different domains. She has studied design processes of complex incremental products in industry through interviews and observations to identify problems to address them through tools, methods and the development of design theory. This brought her in touch with a broad range of topics from process management, processes planning, collaboration, sustainability and energy. The main focus of research has been engineering design, fashion design and in recent years also construction, which has led to a long standing interest in comparisons between design domains.

Professor Eckert is a co-chair of the Design Society’s "Modelling and Managing Engineering Processes" Special Interest Group and a member of the Advisory Board of the Design Society. She is an area editor of the Springer Research in Engineering Design.

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Big Data Science and Technology to enable Smart Businesses Prof Rami Qahwaji, Dr Yonghong Peng, Prof Daniel Neagu, IET and SEECS, University of Bradford, 08 March 2016

Date: 08 March 2016 Time: 18:00
Location: Horton D0.26
Speaker: Prof Rami Qahwaji, Dr Yonghong Peng, Prof Daniel Neagu, IET and SEECS, University of Bradford

We are currently living in the era of big data. Extracting meaningful information and knowledge from the large amount of increasingly available data to gain insight and guide strategic planning is becoming critical to ensure the success of businesses.
This event is intended for SME representatives, academics, young professionals, students, and all parties interested in using big data to improve current business practices, create new ideas and business opportunities. The activities of this event include:
(1) introduction to Big Data Science and Technology and recent research and trends
(2) interactive session discussing big data for smart businesses
(3) networking.

Professor Rami Qahwaji
Dr Yonghong Peng
Professor Daniel Neagu

This is a research event organised jointly by the UK - Yorkshire IET local network and the University of Bradford

IEEE Student/Researcher Event - University of Bradford Kristen MacCartney and Paul Henriques, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 23 February 2016

Date: 23 February 2016 Time: 09:00
Location: Chesham Building Room B1.31
Speaker: Kristen MacCartney and Paul Henriques, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Join the IEEE and the University of Bradford as they host a unique event for Engineering, Computing and Technology Students, PostGrads and Researchers at the University.

IEEE's University Partnership Program Manager - Kristen MacCartney and IEEE's Client Services Manager - Paul Henriques will provide attendees an insight into how IEEE can help students whilst in education and beyond into their professional career.

The event will provide an insight into how attendees make the transition from student to young professional. It will discuss how attendees can use IEEE information and opportunities to understand market trends, employment demands, build powerful networks and distinguish yourself in an academic, industry or government career.

The event will also cover IEEE support for students including awards, scholarships, opportunities, networking opportunities, jobs, skills development, how to get the most from IEEE and much more.

Find out how you could win prizes of between $2,500 and $10,000 from the IEEE!!!

PLUS: Tea/coffee and breakfast will also be provided.

Both the IEEE and the University of Bradford would be delighted if you could join us for this practical session.

Register now - seats are limited!

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, 23rd February 2016
Time: 9am to 11am
Room: Room B1.31 (note the room has been changed)
Building: Chesham Building, Faculty of Engineering & Informatics

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From Research to Standardisation of ICT Dr Hermann Brand, Vice-President New Initiatives and Market Development, European Telecommunications Standards Institute, Sophia Antipolis, 08 February 2016

Date: 08 February 2016 Time: 15:00
Location: Richmond E59
Speaker: Dr Hermann Brand, Vice-President New Initiatives and Market Development, European Telecommunications Standards Institute, Sophia Antipolis

European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose more than 700 member companies and organizations, drawn from 63 countries across 5 continents worldwide, determine its work programme and participate directly in its work.

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