Summer of Good News

Picture of Qianru on her graduation day

This has been a good summer, not just because the British weather has been somewhat more summery than usual.

Qianru’s Graduation

In June, my first PhD student graduated. Dr Qianru Zhou investigated the use of an ontology to enable a software defined network. Her PhD thesis is “Ontology-driven knowledge based autonomic management for telecommunication networks: Theory, implementation and applications”,


As of today (1 August 2018), I am now an Associate Professor (equivalent to Senior Lecturer in traditional British universities).

Grant Success

Today saw the start of a collaboration with VisionWare, a company based in Glasgow who specialise in record linkage, and is funded as an Interface Voucher. We are investigating combining the data corruption framework that Ahmad has been developing with the synthetic data that VisionWare have been generating. The purpose is to enable us to evaluate, and thus improve, record linkage.



Today, the Semantic Web Lab hosted the 6th Scottish Linked Data Interest Group workshop at Heriot-Watt University. The event was sponsored by the SICSA Data Science Theme. The event was well attended with 30 researchers from across Scotland (and Newcastle) coming together for a day of flash talks and discussions. Live minutes were captured during the day and can be found here.

I gave a talk on the successes and challenges of FAIR data. My slides are embedded below.

Congratulations Qianru Zhou

This morning Qianru Zhou successfully her PhD thesis “Ontology-driven knowledge based autonomic management for telecommunication networks: Theory, implementation and applications”, receiving minor corrections. Congratulations!


External examiner: James Irvine (University of Strathclyde)

Internal examiner: Mauro Dragone (Engineering and Physical Sciences)


UK Ontology Network 2018

This week I went to the UK Ontology Network meeting hosted at Keele University. There was an interesting array of talks in the programme showing the breadth of work going on in the UK.

I gave a talk on the Bioschemas Community  (slides below) and Leyla Garcia presented a poster providing more details of the current Bioschema Profiles.

The UK Ontology Network is going through a reflection phase and would like interested parties to complete the following online survey.


Bioschemas Samples Hackathon

Last week the Bioschemas Community hosted a workshop. The focus of the meeting was to get web resources describing biological samples to embed mark up in their pages. The embedded mark up will enable the web resources to become more discoverable, and therefore the biological samples also.

I was not able to attend the event but Justin Clark-Casey has written this blog post summarising the event.