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Aston University

The team at Aston University, working within the Knowledge Engineering Group in Computer Science, and the Non-linearity and Complexity Research Group in Mathematics, is led by Dan Cornford and includes Lucy Bastin, Matthew Williams, Richard Jones, Alexis Boukouvalas and Remi Barillec. The Aston team will coordinate the project and has key roles in WP1, WP2 and WP3. Aston will also work with other project partners to implement the model web components in the case study workpackages.

Dan Cornford

Dr Dan Cornford is the coordinator of UncertWeb. He works across the boundaries of computer science, statistics and environmental modelling. He has particular interests in data assimilation, Bayesian methods, managing uncertainty in complex models, and interoperability in geospatial services. He is in charge of the overall running of the project and will contribute to the UncertML design and usage. He will work on the design of the tools within the project, in particular the work using emulators.

Alexis Boukouvalas

My research interests lie in the area of non-parameteric Bayesian modelling of random output computer models. In particular I am investigating the extension of the Gaussian Process formalism to model complex output distributions utilizing a sound experimental design strategy. Full list of publications available at my wiki page

Christiane Doering-Saad

Christiane Doering-Saad is the UncertWeb Project Manager. She holds an MPhil specializing in Plant Molecular Biology and has over 15 years of experience working as a research scientist in several countries, before taking on different coordinative and administrative roles in the HE sector. Until recently she has been Widening Participation Coordinator at the University of Birmingham, before joining the UncertWeb team in 2010.

Lucy Bastin

Dr. Lucy Bastin is a Senior Lecturer in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) at Aston University, Birmingham. She currently applies spatio-temporal analysis techniques to health, environmental and socio-demographic research challenges, with a particular focus on handling and visualizing uncertainty. Her qualifications include a BSc in Zoology, an MSc in GIS and a PhD in the population ecology of urban plants. She has worked as a researcher on fuzzy classifications of satellite imagery, and spent several years as a senior software developer at Tadpole-Cartesia (now part of ESRI UK).

Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams is a Research Fellow at Aston University. His background is in computer science and he will be primarily involved with work packages 1 & 2. His Ph.D was on quantifying and exchanging uncertainty via interoperable standards. An outcome of this work was the UncertML XML schema. People seem to like him because he is polite and rarely late.

Richard Jones

Richard Jones is a PhD student with a computer science background and experience in web service technology. He will work on chaining mechanisms and the use of emulators to improve chain efficiency within the project.


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The UncertWeb project has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [248488].