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Dr Simon John Andrews PhD

Reader in Computer Science

  • About

    I am an international expert on Formal Concept Analysis (FCA). I was recently Principal Investigator (PI) for a European Commission 7th Framework Programme project, called CUBIST, where I developed semantic tools and technologies for large-scale data analysis, including automated methods of appropriating data for FCA. Working with a range of public and private data sets, including those from biomedical research, satellite telemetry and human resources, I helped develop techniques and software to visualise meaning from data that is not accessible using traditional data analysis techniques. I am the PI for ePOOLICE, which began in January 2012, which is developing an environmental scanning system to detect and monitor organised crime. I am Technical Coordinator for ATHENA, which started in December 2013, where social media is being harnessed to facilitate the actions of citizens, first responders and Command and Control Centres in crisis situations.

    I am also Technical Lead for CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence for Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research), where as well as overseeing technical aspects of CENTRIC's projects, my FCA work is showcased as one of CENTRIC's capabilities in security-related data analysis.

    The main focus of my personal research has been developing fast algorithms for FCA, including In-Close, internationally recognised as the fastest formal concept mining algorithm in existence. I am currently developing refinements to In-Close and a tool based on the algorithm that visualises its outputs as Concept Trees.

    Originating from my PhD, awarded in 1996, my first research interest was in writing and animating Z specifications. That work turned theoretical mathematics into a practical software development tool for software engineers in safety-critical systems. These interests led me to Formal Concept Analysis (FCA) and specifically to the problems of obtain and scaling real-world data for FCA and of mining such data for formal concepts.

  • Teaching

    Department of Computing

    Science, Technology and Arts

    CUBIST: Combining and Uniting Business Intelligence with Semantic Technology. http://www.cubist-project.eu/

    ePOOLICE: Early Pursuit against Organised Crime using Environmental Scanning, the Law and Intelligence Systems. https://www.epoolice.eu/

    ATHENA: Utilising social media communications and developing tools to enhance the ability of citizens and first responders in crisis situations. http://www.projectathena.eu/

    CENTRIC: Centre of Excellence for Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research. http://research.shu.ac.uk/centric/#1

    Software Engineering, Graphics and Multimedia

  • Research

    • Communication and Computing Research Centre
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

    CUBIST: Combining and Uniting Business Intelligence with Semantic Technology. http://www.cubist-project.eu/

    ePOOLICE: Early Pursuit against Organised Crime using Environmental Scanning, the Law and Intelligence Systems. https://www.epoolice.eu/

    In-Close, fast concept miner: http://sourceforge.net/projects/inclose/

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Conference contributions (non-refereed)
    Polovina, S., Launders, I., Andrews, S. (2009): Capturing semantics in enterprise systems education. Presentation at Computer Aided Learning: Learning in Digital Worlds (CAL 2009), Brighton, UK, March 2009 and abstract in CAL,09: Learning in Digital Worlds, Abstract Book, Elsevier.

    Other publications
    Polovina, S.; Launders, I., Andrews, S. (2009): Practicing Life-Like Case Studies through HLCA. Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Sheffield Hallam University: http://extra.shu.ac.uk/cetl/cpla/resources/SSP/2008/19_SimonPolovina.html
    Polovina S. and Andrews, S. (2009): Managing 'What Technology Where' Through Higher Level Constructive Alignment. Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Sheffield Hallam University: http://extra.shu.ac.uk/cetl/cpla/resources/SSP/2008/19_SimonPolovina.html
    Andrews, S. (1996): Writing and Animating Z Specifications - Ph. D. Thesis. Sheffield Hallam University.

  • Other activities

    Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Conceptual Structures and Smart Applications (IJCSSA)

    Editorial Board member for LNCS annual International Conference on Conceptual Structures

    Reviewer for the International Journal of Information Sciences

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Appropriating Data from Structured Sources for Formal Concept Analysis

    Generating Formal Concepts for Large

    Dealing with inconsistent and incomplete data in a semantic technology setting

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