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I am a member of the Database and Knowledge Management Research Group with primary focuses on Database theory, design and technology including Relational and NoSQL databases, Classic information theory and semantic information flow theories, Complex alignment and interoperability between systems, and Approaching ill-strucutured problems with Soft sysems thinking. This research group has established collaborations with Beijing Union University China and Donghua University China for over a decade. I am a Visiting Professor at both the Chinese institutions.

Some Highlights of my Research Track Record

Submitted to Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2001 and REF 2014 - Research Excellence Framework


I have produced 228 publications so far (including 66 conference presentations), 129 of which are refereed research papers.

External Funded Projects:


Technical Coordinator for the NCEC (Network collaboration between Europe and China) project: EU funded 1m Euro.

2013 -2014

Some £25k for a Post-doc Research Fellow post:

DBaaS: Cloud-Assisted Real-Time Applications with DataBase as a Service

PhD Supervision to successful completion since 2008:

•As Director of Studies: 6

•As Second Supervisor: 2

•Currently supervising: 3, including 1 whose PhD thesis was submitted in March this year.

Examined 3 PhD Theses in the UK: 2 as External Examiner, 1 as Internal Examiner
MSc Supervision to successful completion so far: 38


Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Database theories, design, and technology including Relational and NoSQL database, e.g., Oracle, SQL Server and MongoDB;
  • Shannon’s information theory and contemporary information flow theories and their application in information systems;

  • Complex alignment and inter-operability between systems;

  • Soft systems thinking for approaching ill-structured and complex problematic situations.


Current research activities

  • Big live data including the use of NoSQL databases;

  • Complex alignment and inter-operability between systems for worldwide ‘Factory of the Future’ movement (also known as Smart Manufacturing in US or Industrie 4.0 in Germany);

  • Transformation of databases into information channels and conceptual knowledge discovery from databases based on information channel;

  • Soft systems thinking for approaching complex problematic situations in Teaching, Learning and Assessment Management.

Target collaborative companies

  • Fraunhofer IPA, Germany

  • The James Hutton Institute, UK

  • Tantrum XYZ London

Target collaborative organisations

  • University of Portsmouth, UK

  • University of Reading, UK

  • Beijing Union University, China

Desired research direction

  • Use of NoSQL databases for Big Data

  • Data Science in general

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

  • Application development with Oracle DBMS, SQL*Plus, PL/SQL and Oracle Developer;
  • Application development with MongoDB, Phython and Bottle;
  • Rader signal processing.


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