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Experienced practitioner and leader in both the commercial and academic sectors. Commercial experience includes a range of industries from computer-aided design in shipbuilding, through software engineer at a global technology firm, and culminating in software consultancy and project management in the financial services sector. Subsequently, I have maintained a commercial outlook to my work through consultancy, knowledge-transfer and applied research projects in manufacturing, software, oil and gas, and engineering companies. 

Area of academic expertise - outline

Improvements in software processes; decision support systems; professional and ethical issues; and information systems management.  

Current research activities

Recent research includes: 

  • understanding how agile methods are tailored in high-maturity environments. 
  • decision support for the management of hydrates in oil and gas pipelines and visualisation of project planning and control information. 
  • managing change and security management. 
  • processes and factors related to cloud adoption.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Process Improvement; Change Management; Project Management; Strategic planning; Educational Management; Company Skill Developemnt and Management. 

Target collaborative organisations

Multinational IT Companies

External positions

Board Member, Centre for Engineering Education & Development

1 Apr 2015 → …

Board member , ScotlandIS

1 Jan 2009 → …


  • QA76 Computer software
  • software engineering
  • Information systems

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Research Output 1996 2018

ODYSSEY: software development life cycle ontology

Olszewska, J. I. & Allison, I. K., 2018, Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (IC3K 2018): September 18-20, 2018, in Seville, Spain. Aveiro, D., Dietz, J. & Filipe, J. (eds.). SciTePress, Vol. 2. p. 303-311 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Life cycle
Software engineering
Autonomous agents
Intelligent agents

Cloud computing: adoption issues for Ethiopian public and private enterprises

Seifu, S. D., Dahiru, A. A., Bass, J. M. & Allison, I., Jan 2017, In : The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. 78, 7, p. 1-17

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cloud computing

Design and test (D&T) of an in-flight entertainment system with camera modification

Leonard, S. R., Allison, I. K. & Olszewska, J. I., 23 Nov 2017, 2017 IEEE 21st IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Engineering Systems (INES). IEEE, p. 151-156 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Man machine systems
Touch screens

Assembling cloud-based geographic information systems: a pragmatic approach using off-the-shelf components

Akmal, M., Allison, I. & Gonzalez-Velez, H., 22 Jan 2015, Cloud Computing with e-Science Applications. Terzo, O. & Mossucca, L. (eds.). CRC Press, p. 141-159

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Geographic information systems
Highway accidents
Information use
Web services