Dr. Paolo Missier, Lecturer

School of Computing Science,
Newcastle University,
Room 7.04, Claremont Tower
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
United Kingdom

paolo dot missier at newcastle dot ac dot uk

This is a self-maintained site. Please also visit my official staff page
I hope this page won't give you the false perception that I am a Computer Scientist.
I am really a photographer

Recent News

  • 2/2015: Future Generation Computer Systems -- new Special Issue on Scalable Workflow models and technology Long time coming, and a lot of work, but at last our FGCS special issue on Advances in Scalable Workflow models and technology is finally ready: http://www.sciencedirect.com ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2015, 3:07 PM by Paolo Missier
  • DataONE receives a $15M second round of funding, proud to be personally involved From the NSF news piece: "DataONE: the Data Observation Network for Earth (www.dataone.org) is a distributed cyberinfrastructure that meets the needs of science and society for open, persistent ...
    Posted Oct 24, 2014, 2:55 AM by Paolo Missier
  • Springer releases download figures for our DILS'09 proceedings eBook Nice of Springer to release download figures to volume editors -- that does not seem to include hardcopy purchases, but really, who orders hard copies these days.This is for the ...
    Posted Jun 11, 2014, 1:21 AM by Paolo Missier
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Research interests, teaching, and brief bio

I am a Lecturer in Information and Knowledge Management with the School of Computing at Newcastle University. My core expertise is in Information Management, with applications mainly to e-science. Specific interests: 

scientific workflow technology and its applications (Taverna, e-Science Central); provenance of data; bioinformatics; data analytics for HAR (Human Activity Recognition).

Current and recently completed research projects:

Bioinformatics: exome-based genetic testing: 

  • PI, Cloud e-Genome (2013-2015). Large-scale cloud-based deployment of 2nd Gen Sequencing analysis pipelines for exome variant analysis and interpretation. Funded by the NIHR/BioMedical Research Council, in collaboration with the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University;

Learning and data analytics

  • CO-I, Hazard perception study (2013-2014). Pilot project aimed at developing models of drivers' behaviour using a variety of body and car sensors, with a view to enable personalized interventions for safer driving, aimed specifically at older/more vulnerable drivers.
Pervasive Computing (a much more recent interest):
  • Online learning for Human Activity Recognition (with Mr. Tudor Miu, 3rd year PhD student)

Data provenance:

  •  Generation of large synthetic provenance graphs for benchmarking provenance management systems (with Mr. Hugo Firth, PhD student)
  • Abstraction in provenance: PI, "Trusted Dynamic Coalitions" project (EPSRC/DSTL), 2012-2013, investigating provenance-based policies for information exchanges amongst partners with limited trust.
  • Member, W3C Working Group on Provenance on the Web, 2011-2013.
  • Co-lead, Scientific Workflow and Provenance Working Group, DataONE project (NSF, 2010-2014).

Undergraduate teaching:  Database technology

Postgraduate teaching: Big Data Analytics 

Past history, in brief: 

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK (2007), M.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Houston, Tx., USA (1993), B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from Universita' di Udine, Italy (1990).
  • From 1994 to 2001 I was a Research Scientist at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) Applied Research, NJ, USA
  • From 2001 to 2004 I worked as a freelance consultant in Italy on Information Management, including contracts with the Ministry of Finances on Data Quality and research contracts on Italian and EU research grants.

Research Projects ‎‎‎‎[Last updated: June 2014]‎‎‎‎

  • Past, current, upcoming research projects
  • June 2014 -- Fully funded PhD opportunity on a new research project Starting Sept. 2014One studentship available for 4 years, funded by Newcastle University. Here is a description of the research project. For info on how to apply, please get in ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2014, 7:20 AM by Paolo Missier
  • Cloud e-Genome, started Sept. 2013 Cloud-based data analysis and clinical interpretation of high throughput genomics sequences.Sponsored by the Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre and Microsoft Research. In collaboration with the Institute of Genetic Medicine ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2013, 8:32 AM by Paolo Missier
  • Trusted Dynamic Coalitions -- EPSRC funded, 1 year project May 2012 - May 2013.In collaboration with the DSTL.Co-investigators: Jeremy Bryans and John Fitzgerald, NewcastleEssential info from the executive summary:In a virtual organisation, partners need to ...
    Posted May 28, 2013, 12:39 AM by Paolo Missier
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Publications seem to be what we live and die for. Not right, and perhaps not inevitable, but since you ask, here they are:
  • my own list. Uses BibBase. Up-to-date, accurate, with bibtex entries
  • The official School of Computing list. Normally mirrors the former, but no bibtex or pdfs. Terribly hard to maintain so the first list above is more authoritative
  • The Google Scholar list - lags behind but has encouraging citation counts. It includes Tech reports, which are not in the lists above.
  • The DBLP list: lags behind and generally incomplete unless you only publish in DBLP space