I am a researcher and software developer in the CENTRIC team which operates in security and intelligence based research in collaboration with various European partners and law enforcement agencies. Having previous experience as an industry software developer in various types and sizes of organisations, I have managed to build up a collection of technical skills which mainly includes end-to-end Java web application development using technologies such as Spring and Play Framework.
Having gained my BSc in Software Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, I went straight into industry as a professional Software Developer and Consultant in various sectors including: industrial sector, business service management and bulk mobile communications. This has lent a good understanding of both businesses and software development in organisations large and small at different levels of maturity.
Starting out at Sheffield Hallam University as an Innovation Futures researcher, I worked on projects aimed at developing novel solutions with regional SMEs. Much of this time was spent developing prototype software solutions to demonstrate and prove ideas.
More recently I have been working as a researcher and software developer as part of the CENTRIC team which operates in security and intelligence based research. During which time I have been responsible for the delivery of two major software prototypes. The first of these is for the European FP7 ePOOLICE project which aims to provide strategic planning and early detection of organised crime through the use of open source intelligence and situational awareness. Secondly is the European FP7 Athena project which has the goal of empowering citizens in the event of major crises through the use of technology.
A key part of this research and development work is in demonstrating the capabilities of cutting edge industry techniques such as agile, test-driven development and continuous integration within the research sector, with a strong emphasis on automation. There is also a focus on the use of open source technologies in all stages of data acquisition, analysis and visualisation. Furthermore, these capabilities along with experience gained in the ePOOLICE and Athena projects will be the driving force for further situational awareness and open source intelligence research and development.
Agile approaches to software development
Situational awareness and Open source intelligence
Environmental and humanitarian
Business, Technology and Enterprise
Software and Computing
- Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research
- Culture and Creativity Research Institute
Andrews, S., Brewster, B., & Day, T. (2018). Organised crime and social media; a system for detecting, corroborating and visualising weak signals of organised crime online. Security Informatics, 7. http://doi.org/10.1186/s13388-018-0032-8
Domdouzis, K., Akhgar, B., Andrews, S., & Day, T. (2017). Identification of Critical Factors in Large Crisis Decision Making Processes using Computational Tools: The case of ATHENA. International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications (IJSITA), 8 (2). http://doi.org/10.4018/IJSITA.2017040102
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
Andrews, S., Brewster, B., & Day, T. (2016). Organised crime and social media: detecting and corroborating weak signals of human trafficking online. In Haemmerlé, O., Stapleton, G., & Faron-Zucker, C. (Eds.) Graph-based representation and reasoning, (pp. 137-150). Heidelberg: Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40985-6_11
Jeraj, J., Fink, A., Lyle, A., Day, T., & Blair, K. (2017). Preliminary ATHENA case studies: Test-bed development and delivery. In Akhgar, B., Staniforth, A., & Waddington, D. (Eds.) Application of social media in crisis management. (pp. 193-204). Cham: Springer International: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-52419-1_12
Andrews, S., Day, T., Domdouzis, K., Hirsch, L., Lefticaru, R.-.E., & Orphanides, C. (2017). Analyzing crowd-sourced information and social media for crisis management. In Akhgar, B., Staniforth, A., & Waddington, D. (Eds.) Application of social media in crisis management : advanced sciences and technologies for security applications. (pp. 77-96). Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-52419-1_6
Lyle, A., Day, T., & Mcseveny, K. (2017). The final ATHENA test case: an integrated view of ATHENA. In Akhgar, B., Staniforth, A., & Waddington, D. (Eds.) Application of social media in crisis management. (pp. 205-224). Cham: Springer International: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-52419-1_13
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