There are currently two sub-groups in ISE:
This group is concerned with the issues surrounding the development, deployment
and management of e-commerce systems and databases.
Systems and Software Processes:
This group conducts research into methodologies, processes and architectures
of information systems and software.
Research interest are in Business Process Modelling, Artificial Intelligence,
and Information Systems: methods for process elicitation, analysis and
modelling and studying different modelling paradigms and notations and
modelling tools currently in use. Currently she is investigating the possibility
of facilitating the process elicitation by automatic conversion of natural
language process descriptions to executable process models.
Research interest is mainly in the area of Software Specification Reuse.
This research looks at categorisation principles in cognitive science
and philosophy and their possible use in classifying Information Systems.
The research project that he is currently involved in, named Specification
reuse via Homogenous Interpretation Of Concepts (SPHINCs), pronounced
Sphinx, attempts to classify new system's requirements according to a
proposed set of Concepts. These concepts are linked to previously developed
specifications that can be used in new situations. Other research interests
include Electronic Commerce. Particularly, business activities re-structuring
to maximise the benefits of E-Commerce. He also maintains an active interest
in web-based learning.
Bryan's research interests are in two main areas: First, modelling organisational
knowledge development through the use of ontology and the relationship
between individual and organisational ontology. Second, the social, legal
and ethical impact of the development of web technologies.
Darren's primary research interest is in systems failures and forensic
engineering. The bulk of the work is concerned with systematic learning
from failures. This is facilitated through the collection and analysis
of software failures (and disasters) by utilising forensic software engineering.
research interests cover:
development life cycles with particular emphasis on evolution and feedback
systems enabling the creation of dynamic feedback models
management of very small to extremely large undertakings in a variety
of environments (including distributed and web-based projects) and the
shift towards value-driven projects
management and opportunity maximisation techniques, with subsidiary
interest in hazard analysis and the acceptability of risk
making, creativity and problem solving
and software engineering
- The application
of complexity, evolution and non-linearity to software development and
Dave's 'IS' research area is 'end user computing ' - modelling success
I am interested in software design in general trying to improve the current
practices and thereby make the software development process more reliable
and efficient. I have registered a PhD with the title Specification of
Distributed Object Systems with the aim to develop a distributed programming
method based on a general high level style that would make it possible
to specify the interactions among distributed components. The objective
is to create better designs, make it possible to analyse, evaluate and
verify designs and make informed choices among design alternatives. The
method will also make it possible to reverse engineer i.e. adapt applications
to ever changing requirements. The work concentrates on the use of Java,
the Java APIs that take the form of class libraries incorporating many
established design patterns including the more recently APIs for real-time
distributed object programming The API and execution environment of Java
will enable developers to correctly reason about the temporal behaviour
and execution of applications. I have published papers on my subject speciality
as well as curriculum development.
His research interests have been mainly involved with areas of database
and information systems where he has published over 50 papers and books.
He has been involved in a number of externally funded research projects
including the implementation of a parallel database machine. He has supervised
a number of PhD students in this field and currently has them working
in an area of database metrics and interface technology. The 'city' database
benchmark developed by his team has now been adopted by a large number
of database users and vendors both in the UK and elsewhere. He is currently
working with a number of European Universities and IT firms and supervises
PhD students in the area of database architectures and optimisation.
His primary research interests lie in Programming Language Design, Software
Design and Software Engineering Management. In Programming Language Design
he is currently looking at linking problems associated with distributed
code (so-called 'binary compatibility') whilst his Software Design interests
involve using 'signature analysis' to investigate liveness in distributed
software. In Software Engineering Management he is chiefly interested
in inter-project communications and methods of minimising the overhead
this involves, although he has not done much work in this area to date.
Chris has also done work on Software Methodology Evaluation and on cultural
influences on the effectiveness both of software development teams and
on IT take-up in more general commercial contexts.
Research interests focus on complex software, particularly object-orientated
systems. He also studies social and cultural aspects of software engineering.
An author of many articles and books, and a consultant on several TV programmes,
recent international articles focus on object technology and on process
improvement. He is Middlesex University's principle investigator on a
large European project on software components and process improvement.
He has also been heavily involved in international standards work as an
ISO convenor and was a BSI panel chair. He has been involved in distance
education for over twenty years and he has led projects for introducing
computing to several thousand students in the UK and overseas.