I am interested in distributed systems in general, and distributed storage, peer-to-peer systems and middleware in particular.
I am involved in the ESRC-funded Digitising Scotland project, which aims to construct a linked genealogy of Scottish historical records, with Chris Dibben and Lee Williamson at Edinburgh and Alan Dearle and Masih Hajiarab Derkani here in Computer Science. So far we have focused on automatic classification of certain fields within the records (cause of death and occupation); now we are starting to experiment with various probabilistic linkage approaches. This work also includes Eilidh Garrett and Alice Reid at Cambridge, and Peter Christen at ANU.
I also lead a work package on linkage methodology within the ESRC-funded Administrative Data Research Centre - Scotland (funding), with Alan Dearle, Masih Hajiarab Derkani, Peter Christen and Alasdair Gray at Heriot-Watt.
I am second supervisor for Simone Conte, who is doing his PhD on user models for managing distributed data.
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