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Dr Helen Gibson

Principal Research Fellow


Summary

I am a Principal Research Fellow and Operational Lead within the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research (CENTRIC). I currently work across a number of CENTRIC's Horizon 2020 projects as well as supporting activities and external engagements of the centre with the security community. Prior to working at CENTRIC, I completed my PhD at Northumbria University in graph and network visualisation. My main research interests lie in data analysis and visualisation.

About

I am a Principal Research Fellow and Operational Lead within the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research (CENTRIC). I joined CENTRIC in 2014 as a Researcher on the FP7 Athena project on crisis communications and subsequently the Unity project on community policing. I then went on to hold the position of Lecturer (in the department of Computing) and Senior Research Fellow in CENTRIC before taking up my current position.

I am currently contributing to a number of H2020 projects that seek to understand how technology can be applied to different areas of security including combatting crime and terrorism, cybersecurity, and border security. I also contribute to CENTRIC's research and applied solutions for open-source intelligence for law enforcement agencies. As Operational Lead, I am coordinate several aspects of CENTRIC's activity related to income generation, knowledge transfer, project management and delivery and external engagement with the security sector in the UK and in Europe.

My main research interests lie in data analysis and visualisation and I completed my PhD at Northumbria University in graph and network visualisation exploring how different properties of the information in a network can be used to create meaningful and useful layouts to improve the understanding of the relationships within the network. Before undertaking a PhD, I also completed a Masters in Computing at Northumbria and BSc in Mathematics at Edinburgh University.

Data Analysis and Visualisation

Teaching

Business, Technology and Enterprise

Unity, Athena

Publications

Journal articles

Hancock, P., Gibson, H., & Akhgar, B. (2019). AEsOP: Applied Engagement for Community Participation. . http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-29926-2_13

Angelova, M., Ellman, J., Gibson, H., Oman, P., Rajasegarar, S., & Zhu, Y. (2018). User activity pattern analysis in Telecare Data. IEEE Access, 6 (1), 33306-33317. http://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2847294

Domdouzis, K., Akhgar, B., Andrews, S., & Gibson, H. (2016). A social media and crowd-sourcing data mining system for crime prevention during and post-crisis situations. Journal of Systems and Information Technology, 18 (4), 364-382. http://doi.org/10.1108/JSIT-06-2016-0039

Andrews, S., Gibson, H., Domdouzis, K., & Akhgar, B. (2016). Creating corroborated crisis reports from social media data through formal concept analysis. Journal of Intelligent Information Systems, 47, 287-312. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10844-016-0404-9

Gibson, H., & Vickers, P. (2016). Using adjacency matrices to lay out larger small-world networks. Applied Soft Computing, 42, 80-92. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.asoc.2016.01.036

Gibson, H., Faith, J., & Vickers, P. (2013). A survey of two-dimensional graph layout techniques for information visualisation. Information Visualization, 12 (3-4), 324-357. http://doi.org/10.1177/1473871612455749

Gibson, H., & Vickers, P. (n.d.). graphTPP: A multivariate based method for interactive graph layout and analysis. .

Conference papers

Davri, E.-.C., Darra, E., Monogioudis, I., Grigoriadis, A., Iliou, C., Mengidis, N., ... Farah, M.A.B. (2021). Cyber Security Certification Programmes. 2021 IEEE International Conference on Cyber Security and Resilience (CSR). http://doi.org/10.1109/csr51186.2021.9527974

Mitzias, P., Kompatsiaris, I., Kontopoulos, E., Staite, J., Day, T., Kalpakis, G., ... Akhgar, B. (2019). Deploying Semantic Web Technologies for Information Fusion of Terrorism-related Content and Threat Detection on the Web. IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence on - WI '19 Companion, 193-199. http://doi.org/10.1145/3358695.3360896

Akhgar, B., Bertrand, P., Chananouli, C., Day, T., Gibson, H., Kavallieros, D., ... Williamson, U. (2017). TENSOR: retrieval and analysis of heterogeneous online content for terrorist activity recognition. Proceedings Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, 16 : From Research to Security Union, 33-82. https://digiriiul.sisekaitse.ee/handle/123456789/2001

Wells, D., & Gibson, H. (2017). OSINT from a UK perspective: considerations from the law enforcement and military domains. Proceedings Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, 16 : From Research to Security Union, 84-113. https://digiriiul.sisekaitse.ee/handle/123456789/2001

Saunders, J., Gibson, H., Leitao, R., & Akhgar, B. (2017). AUGGMED: developing multiplayer serious games technology to enhance first responder training. Proceedings Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, 16 : From Research to Security Union, 223-253. https://digiriiul.sisekaitse.ee/handle/123456789/2001

Gibson, H., & Akhgar, B. (2017). Towards an enterprise architecture framework for community policing. In Jahankhani, H., Carille, A., Emm, D., Hosseinian-Far, A., Brown, G., Sexton, G., & Jamal, A. (Eds.) Global security, safety and sustainability - the security challenges of the connected world : 11th International Conference, ICGS3 2017, London, UK, January 18-20, 2017, Proceedings, (pp. 106-112). Cham: Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51064-4_9

Akhgar, B., & Gibson, H. (2015). Processing social media data for crisis management in Athena. In Jahankhani, H., Carlile, A., Akhgar, B., Taal, A., Hessami, A.G., & Hosseinian-Far, A. (Eds.) Global Security, Safety and Sustainability: Tomorrow's Challenges of Cyber Security, (pp. 3-14). Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23276-8_1

Gibson, H., Akhgar, B., & Domdouzis, K. (2015). Using Social Media for Crisis Response : The ATHENA System. In Mesquita, A., & Peres, P. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Social Media 2015: ECSM 2015, Porto, Portugal. Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited: http://www.academic-bookshop.com/ourshop/prod_3918422-ECSM-2015-2nd-European-Conference-on-Social-Media-Porto-Portugal-ISBN-9781910810316-ISSN-20557213.html

Gibson, H., Andrews, S., Domdouzis, K., Hirsch, L., & Akhgar, B. (2014). Combining Big Social Media Data and FCA for Crisis Response. In 2014 IEEE/ACM 7th International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing, (pp. 690-695). The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: http://doi.org/10.1109/UCC.2014.112

Domdouzis, K., Andrews, S., Gibson, H., Akhgar, B., & Hirsch, L. (2014). Service-Oriented Design of a Command and ControlIntelligence Dashboard for Crisis Management. In Big Data, Intelligence Management and Analytics Workshop (BDIMA 2014), 7th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2014), London, 2014 - 2014. http://bdima2014.wix.com/shuworkshop

Gibson, H., & Vickers, P. (2012). Network infrastructure visualisation using high-dimensional node-attribute data. IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology 2012, VAST 2012 - Proceedings, 293-294. http://doi.org/10.1109/VAST.2012.6400510

Gibson, H., & Faith, J. (2011). Node-attribute graph layout for small-world networks. Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Visualisation, 482-487. http://doi.org/10.1109/IV.2011.64

Book chapters

Brewster, B., Gibson, H., & Gunning, M. (2018). Policing the community together: the impact of technology on citizen engagement. In Levantakis, G., & Haberfeld, M. (Eds.) Societal implications of community‐oriented policing techology. (pp. 91-102). Switzerland: Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-89297-9

Gibson, H. (2017). Acquisition and preparation of data for OSINT investigations. In Akhgar, B., Bayerl, P.S., & Sampson, F. (Eds.) Open source intelligence investigation: from strategy to implementation. (pp. 69-93). Cham: Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47671-1_6

Gibson, H., Ramwell, S., & Day, T. (2017). Analysis, interpretation and validation of open source data. In Akhgar, B., Bayerl, P.S., & Sampson, F. (Eds.) Open source intelligence investigation: from strategy to implementation. (pp. 95-110). Cham: Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47671-1_7

Day, T., Gibson, H., & Ramwell, S. (2017). Fusion of OSINT and non-OSINT data. In Akhgar, B., Bayerl, P.S., & Sampson, F. (Eds.) Open source intelligence investigation: from strategy to implementation. (pp. 133-152). Cham: Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47671-1_9

Ramwell, S., Day, T., & Gibson, H. (2017). Use cases and best practices for LEAs. In Akhgar, B., Bayerl, P.S., & Sampson, F. (Eds.) Open source intelligence investigation: from strategy to implementation. (pp. 197-211). Cham: Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47671-1_13

Bayerl, P.S., Akhgar, B., Brewster, B., Domdouzis, K., & Gibson, H. (2014). Social media and its role for LEA's : review and applications. In Akhgar, B., Staniforth, A., & Bosco, F. (Eds.) Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism Investigators Handbook. (pp. 197-220). Elsevier: http://store.elsevier.com/Cyber-Crime-and-Cyber-Terrorism-Investigators-Handbook/isbn-9780128007433/

Posters

Gibson, H., Akhgar, B., Hajirasouliha, I., Garcia, R., Ozdemir, Z., & Pilakoutas, K. (2016). A situational awareness framework for improving earthquake response, recovery and resilience. Presented at: 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile, 2017

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