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PhD Conference 2013 12–13 June University of Stirling

The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) is a collaboration of Scottish universities whose goal is to develop and extend Scotland's position as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education. We achieve this by working cooperatively rather than competitively, by providing mutual support and sharing facilities, by working closely with industry and government and by appointing and retaining world­class staff and research students in Scottish universities. The SICSA community includes all postgraduate students studying for a Computing Science PhD in Scottish universities, as well as all academic staff working in those universities.


Welcome On behalf of SICSA and the student­committee, a warm welcome to the 5th Annual SICSA PhD Conference, this year at the University of Stirling. Building on the success and feedback of previous years, the committee has designed a strong conference program that continues the unique tradition of “by the students for the students”. The underlying theme this year reflects increasing global trends towards, as well as funders' desire to see, experts working together. In this spirit the Pitching Competition, sure to be both challenging and entertaining, makes its first appearance at the Conference. The committee this year also felt it important to endorse and promote the many successful career paths, in addition to academia. Students are encouraged to engage and explore options with judges, workshop leaders, and members of the Careers Panel. We are particularly fortunate to host two very distinguished Keynote speakers, whose experiences reach well beyond academia into industry, politics, activism and public engagement. Finally, a personal note: I have marvelled over the student­committee and their ability to achieve when supported, as SICSA does. Their efforts present you with a rare opportunity to forge skills and relationships for the future. So please, while on Stirling's stunning campus, meet, engage, and enjoy! Marwan Fayed, Conference Chair

Conference Committee Evgenij Belikov Soumyadeb Chowdhury Steven Davies Anthony Etuk Marwan Fayed Sharon Goldwater Nicola Hogg Steven Kendrick Nicholas Micallef Arunas Prokopas Valentin Radu Erin Scott Amjad Ullah Paula Whiscombe

Workshop Coordinator Workshop Coordinator Communications & Web Coordinator Workshop Coordinator Conference Chair SGA Director SICSA Executive Assistant SICSA Executive Officer Workshop Coordinator Technical & Estates Coordinator Social Events & Poster Coordinator Joint Student & Registration Chair Joint Student & Registration Chair Events Support


Timetable Day 1: 12th June 09:30 – 10:30 Registration & Bag Drop

Crush Hall

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee & Networking

Crush Hall

11:00 – 12:00

Conference Opening & Keynote 1: Prof. Ben Schneiderman

Lecture Theatre

12:00 – 14:00 Pitching Competition: Rounds

Lecture Theatre

14:00 – 15:30 Lunch & Poster Session 1

Oscars / Crush Hall

15:30 – 17:30 Transkills Sessions: Knowing Your Discipline D1 Scientific Writing & Research D3 Papers C1/C2 Thesis Writing & Vivas 17:30 – 18:30 Free Time & Check­in 18:30 – 21:00 Drinks Reception & Conference Dinner 21:00

Social Events: Star Trek Into Darkness Stirling Ghostwalk

Stirling Management Centre MacRobert Centre Stirling Town Centre

Day 2: 13th June 09:30 – 11:30 Workshops: How Do The Big Players Do It? Security, Privacy & Trust The Future of Programming Languages User Experience & Mobile Interaction 11:30 – 12:30

Keynote 2: Prof. Muffy Calder

D1 C1 C2 D3 Lecture Theatre

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch & Poster Session 2

Oscars / Crush Hall

14:00 – 16:30 Conference Close: Pitching Competition Final Careers Panel Poster Feedback & Prizes

Lecture Theatre

16:45 – 17:45 Buses depart for Stirling Train Pathfoot Centre Station


Transport Arrival by train/bus Delegates can travel by either train or bus to Stirling Train Station. Free shuttle buses to the University will run continuously from 09:00 – 10:30 on day 1. Buses will pick delegates up from directly outside the train station and drop off near the Pathfoot Building at the University, where registration and the main conference sessions will be located. Committee members will be available at the train station to assist with the shuttle buses. For those arriving outwith those times, public transport is available from near the train station to the University, using bus numbers 54, 58, 62 or UL. Note that while the university is located nearer to Bridge of Allan Train Station, there is almost no public transport service from there to the University. Coach companies may offer direct­to­campus services from major towns and cities. In particular, Stagecoach service 23 may be of interest to those travelling from St. Andrews.

Arrival by car Free parking is available on the University campus near to either the Pathfoot Building or Stirling Management Centre for delegates who wish to drive to the University. Please see the maps at the back of the programme for locations.

Social Events Free shuttle buses for those attending the Stirling Ghostwalk will depart from Stirling Management Centre at 21:00 on day 1 and drop delegates off at the starting location. Return buses will depart from the train station at 23:30.

Departure Free shuttle buses will run continuously from the Pathfoot Building to the train station from 16:45 – 17:45 on day 2. Public transport is also available for those departing at other times.

Travel Expenses All travel expenses for attending the conference should be covered by your university.


Registration Registration will be from 09:30 – 10:30 on day 1. The registration desk will be in Crush Hall, inside the Pathfoot Building. Please see the maps at the back for more details. There will be luggage storage facilities available at registration. Students who are presenting posters should bring them to the registration desk. Students are not required to bring any paper tickets. If you arrive late or have any queries during the conference, there will be somebody available at the registration desk at all times.

Internet Access Eduroam access is available throughout the Pathfoot Building. Delegates should make sure to setup and test any devices at their own institution before the conference. No other public internet access will be available. Open Wi­Fi access will be available at the Stirling Management Centre for those delegates staying there. Delegates staying at Andrew Stewart Hall will have access to Ethernet connections, but will have to supply their own cable.


Accommodation Accommodation will be provided in two locations on­campus: Stirling Management Centre and Andrew Stewart Hall. Delegates should have been notified in advance which building their accommodation is in, but this information will also be available at registration.

Stirling Management Centre Check­in will be available from 14:00, but we recommend that delegates wait until 17:30 to check­in, when there will be free time before dinner. Luggage storage will be available at registration. Wi­Fi access is available at Stirling Management Centre, through The Cloud. Wi­Fi is free of charge, but delegates will be required to register their details after they connect. Breakfast will be served at the centre from 07:00 – 09:00 on day 2. Delegates will need to check out before coming to the conference on day 2. Luggage can be stored in the Pathfoot Building until the end of the day. Any luggage should be brought to the registration desk.

Andrew Stewart Hall Check­in will be available from 14:00, but we recommend that delegates wait until 17:30 to check­in, when there will be free time before dinner. Luggage storage will be available at registration. No Wi­Fi access is available, but Ethernet access is provided. Delegates will be required to supply their own Ethernet cable, and to install CampusNet software after connecting their device. Breakfast will be served in Oscar's in the Pathfoot building from 07:45 – 09:00 on day 2. Delegates will need to check out before coming to the conference on day 2. Luggage can be stored in the Pathfoot Building until the end of the day. Any luggage should be brought to the registration desk.


Conference Dinner The Conference Dinner will be held on足campus at Stirling Management Centre on day 1. The dinner will be preceded by a drinks reception, beginning at 18:30. Dinner will begin at 19:00. Dinner is available to all those who selected it when registering for the conference, and is free of charge.

Social Events After dinner there will be a choice of social events available.

Star Trek Into Darkness A viewing of Star Trek Into Darkness at the MacRobert Arts Centre on足 campus. The film will commence at 21:30. The cinema is exclusively reserved for delegates, and a licensed bar will be available.

Stirling Ghostwalk The Stirling Ghostwalk, a guided tour of Stirling's historic Old Town, led by actors in the guise of the spooks themselves, mixing drama, comedy and storytelling. Meet Jock Rankin (the Happy Hangman), Blind Alick Lyon (the original Manic Street Preacher), the amorous Auld Staney Breeks, the mysterious and deadly Green Lady and a host of other worthies and weirdies. Fear, Fun and Frights for Boys and Ghouls of all ages! Starting at the Stirling Old Town Jail, the tour travels through the historic Valley Cemetery, featuring sites such as Mar's Wark, the Stirling Guildhall and Holy Rude Church all in the shadow of stately Stirling Castle! The Stirling Ghostwalk will take place in Stirling city centre. A free bus will be provided, taking delegates from Stirling Management Centre at 21:00 to the Ghostwalk start point. A return bus will depart from the train station at 23:30.


Keynote 1: Prof. Ben Shneiderman Embracing HCI and Information Visualization: A Personal Story about Reshaping Computer Science

Time: Day 1 11:00 – 12:00 Location: Lecture Theatre Over the past 30 years human­computer interaction (HCI) and information visualization have emerged as vital topics in computer science. However, the challenge of bringing fresh thinking and novel research methods requires persistence and clear payoffs. This talk covers early contributions such as the direct manipulation concept, which led to link design for hypertext systems that were precursors to the Web and touchscreen innovations that contributed to the proliferation of mobile devices. Direct manipulation was also the starting point for dynamic queries that led to commercial success stories with information visualization such as www.spotfire.com, and www.smartmoney.com/marketmap. The central theme is the integration of statistics with visualization as applied to time series data, temporal event sequences such as electronic health records, and social network data. Ben Shneiderman is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Founding Director (1983 – 2000) of the Human­Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, and IEEE, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to human­ computer interaction and information visualization. His contributions include the direct manipulation concept, clickable web­links, touchscreen keyboards, dynamic query sliders for Spotfire, development of treemaps, innovative network visualization strategies for NodeXL, and temporal event sequence analysis for electronic health records. Ben is the co­author with Catherine Plaisant of Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human­Computer Interaction. With Stu Card and Jock Mackinlay, he co­authored Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think (1999). His book Leonardo’s Laptop appeared in October 2002 (MIT Press) and won the IEEE book award for Distinguished Literary Contribution. His latest book, with Derek Hansen and Marc Smith, is Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL.


Keynote 2: Prof. Muffy Calder Time: Day 2 11:30 – 12:30 Location: Lecture Theatre Muffy Calder is Professor of Formal Methods at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow. She was made Chief Scientific Adviser to the Scottish Government in 2012 – an overarching role, championing science as a key driver of the economy and ensuring the Scottish government uses science effectively in all policy­making. She was recently named by the Herald newspaper as one of the top 50 most influential women in Scotland and was awarded an OBE in 2011. Her research is in modelling and reasoning about the behaviour of complex software and biochemical systems using computer science, mathematics and automated reasoning techniques. She has developed and used a variety of process algebras, temporal logics and model checking techniques to solve problems in a range of systems; from telephone networks and communications protocols, to domestic home care systems and intracellular signalling transduction pathways that contribute to diseases such as cancer. Previously, she was a Royal Society Leverhulme Research Senior Fellow and Dean for Research in the College of Science and Engineering, University of Glasgow. Before that she held various positions including Head of Department at Glasgow, chair of the UK Computing Research Committee, chair of the BCS Academy of Computing Research Committee, Senate Assessor on Court, and member of the EPSRC Technical Opportunities Panel and the Scottish Science Advisory Committee.


Transkills Sessions Knowing Your Discipline

Speaker: Prof. David Robertson (University of Edinburgh) Time: Day 1 15:30 – 17:30 Location: D1 Organiser: Anthony Etuk Wait a minute! So you are in the early days (years) of your PhD and still trying to define your “space” in your chosen discipline. Maybe you are struggling to find a suitable research topic, or are eager to kick­start your study by learning proven techniques employed by the experts. This session is aimed at introducing new PhD students to key basic skills relevant to conducting successful research. The session has the following objectives: • Helping students identify and nurture their research interests through general knowledge of their discipline • Helping students formulate suitable research questions in line with their identified interests/discipline • Helping students develop research planning and reading skills


Transkills Sessions Scientific Writing & Research Papers

Speakers: Dr. Craig Macdonald (University of Glasgow), Dr. Iadh Ounis (University of Glasgow) Time: Day 1 15:30 – 17:30 Location: D3 Organiser: Soumyadeb Chowdhury This transkills session is aimed at second year PhD students. The session will be a mix of talks and discussion on the following: • Importance of publishing research papers • When to start writing and publishing research papers • Planning a research paper and how to choose publication venues • Structure of a paper and allied components • Major pitfalls in scientific writing • What do reviewers expect from a paper • Differences between journal and conference papers • Picking interesting titles and abstracts • How to rebut and deal with reviews after paper submission. • Self plagiarism rules In order to make the session interactive, participants will be divided into groups of 5 students. As a group, they will be asked to discuss some important aspects of paper writing. The speakers will also join the discussions and give their insights. The speakers are also happy to answer any questions or concerns raised by the participants during the session.

Thesis Writing & Vivas

Speakers: Prof. David Benyon (Edinburgh Napier University), Dr. Hugh Leather (Edinburgh University) Time: Day 1 15:30 – 17:30 Location: C1/C2 Organiser: Nicholas Micallef The 3rd year transkills session will begin with a talk from Professor David Benyon which focuses on completing a PhD. The topics discussed in this first part of the session will include: • writing up the thesis • preparing for a viva. The second talk in this session will be given by Dr. Hugh Leather and will focus on how to pass programming tests for industry.


Workshops How Do The Big Players Do It?

Speaker: Dr. Stratis Viglas (University of Edinburgh) Time: Day 2 09:30 – 11:30 Location: D1 Organiser: Valentin Radu Have you ever wondered how Internet services like Google, Amazon and Facebook bring you the right information in a matter of a few milliseconds? Do you know what engines drive these services and how they manage to stay on top of users demand? You will have the chance to find answers to these questions from our special guest Dr. Stratis Viglas, whose research is at the forefront of these amazing services. The workshop will cover: • platform solutions • scalability • large data storage • information retrieval • fault tolerance • security Through this workshop we aim to present the latest technologies that drive the largest and most successful Internet services. On the way you will discover the challenges that these big players face, their solutions and the potential for improvements. We hope that at the end of this workshop you will have a better understanding of how big players keep their operations going and the problems they are faced with. This room for improvements should be seen as an opportunity for both industry and academia to find solutions together.


Workshops User Experience & Mobile Interaction

Speakers: Prof. Lynne Baillie (Glasgow Caledonian University), Dr. Mark Dunlop (University of Strathclyde) Time: Day 2 09:30 – 11:30 Location: D3 Organiser: Nicholas Micallef This workshop will start with an introduction of the user experience and usability area from Professor Lynne Baillie and then Dr. Mark Dunlop will go into the specifics of mobile interaction. A round table talk will follow in which students will discuss their research with the speakers and get feedback. There will also be a generic discussion which will focus on where the area of user experience and mobile interaction is heading to.

The Future of Programming Languages

Speakers: Dr. Edwin Brady (University of St. Andrews), Dr. Hans­ Wolfgang Loidl (Heriot­Watt University), Dr. Conor McBride (University of Strathclyde), Andrew Richards (CEO, Codeplay Ltd) Time: Day 2 09:30 – 11:30 Location: C2 Organiser: Evgenij Belikov Radical changes in hardware architectures and increasing complexity of software systems, as well as high dependence of our society on these systems, result in substantial challenges for language designers, implementers, and programmers in general. Which innovations will help address these challenges in the future and facilitate efficient development of dependable and flexible software? Which languages and concepts will join the mainstream whilst others disappear? This workshop will bring together programming language experts from academia and industry to provide an overview of the landscape of programming languages and to discuss several new trends. Dr. Conor McBride will introduce type theory and discuss some recent developments and why they merit integration into next generation programming languages. Dr. Edwin Brady will give an overview on (embedded) domain­specific languages and related trends. Finally, Andrew Richards will talk about his experience in industrial R&D, deliver exciting news from the parallel architectures front and present a couple of novel programming models to address the heterogeneity challenge. The session will be concluded by a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Hans­Wolfgang Loidl.


Workshops Security, Privacy & Trust

Speakers: Prof. Andy Gordon (University of Edinburgh), Dr. Mike Just (Glasgow Caledonian University), Dr. Karen Renaud (University of Glasgow) Time: Day 2 09:30 – 11:30 Location: C1 Organiser: Soumyadeb Chowdhury This session will discuss the different areas of research in the field of Computer Security, from an academic as well as an industry point of view. The session will have three short talks: Trust, by any other name, would smell just as Sweet by Dr. Karen Renaud What does trust mean? Whom should we trust? Whom should PhD students trust, and where else does trust play a role? Language­Based Security by Professor Andy Gordon The field of language­based security applies techniques from programming languages to the problems of computer security. I will describe the area in general, and in particular give an outline of some recent work in the area including the verification and synthesis of cryptographic protocols. HTTPS: An example of evolving security and trust by Dr. Mike Just We'll review the trends for attacking and protecting web traffic over the past 20 years, and reflect upon what this says about the evolution of research on security and trust. After the 3 talks the students will be divided into groups, and hold an interactive panel discussion. Students will be notified of the topics of the discussion in advance. The speakers are also happy to answer any questions or concerns raised by the participants during the session.


Pitching Competition Time: Day 1 12:00 – 14:00 (Rounds), Day 2 14:00 ­ 16:30 (Final & Prizes) Location: Lecture Theatre The pitching competition will present an opportunity for students to work together in teams to create and promote an idea under time constraints, and develop their presentation skills. It will begin with a short introduction on how to pitch an idea and a description of the task. Next, students will form teams of 4–5 students and move to designated rooms. Each team will choose one of the provided challenge topics and develop a solution for it. Finally, this solution will be pitched to the room's jury and other participants. Two winning teams from each room will move on to participate in the pitching finals held on the following day. A prize of £50 will be awarded to each member of the overall winning team, and £25 for each member of the 2nd placed team.


Careers Panel Time: Day 2 14:00 – 16:30 Location: Lecture Theatre The PhD journey is long and... exciting? But someday you'll get to the end of the road! No panic there. However, there comes a point, pretty soon for some, when you will be faced with that all­important question – “What Next?”. Will the transition for you be in academia or in industry? Why choose one over the other? What opportunities are out there? Having a clear idea of what lies beyond the PhD will motivate and help you decide on what you need to do in order to achieve your long­term objectives. The key points to consider are: • Having realistic expectations • Being motivated about your ideas • Taking advantage of opportunities The career panel will consider the opportunities available to PhD graduates, many of whom will end up working outside of academia. The panel will lead you through their experiences, and pose arguments that will help you decide not only what's best for you, but how to go about realising it. The five panellists will be: • Professor Muffy Calder (University of Glasgow) • Professor Andy Gordon (University of Edinburgh) • Ali Khajeh­Hosseini (Technical Lead, PlanForCloud) • Andrew Birkett (Senior Engineer, Amazon) • Julie R. Williamson (Post­Doctoral Research Assistant, University of Glasgow)


Poster Sessions Time: Day 1 14:00 – 15:30 (Session 1), Day 2 12:30 – 14:00 (Session 2), Day 2 14:00 – 16:30 (Feedback & Prizes) Location: Crush Hall (Session 1 & 2), Lecture Theatre (Feedback & Prizes) The poster sessions are designed to give all PhD students an opportunity to informally discuss their research with interested colleagues. The purpose of the posters is to visually motivate interest in the research, to present sufficient information for viewers to understand the methods, results, and significance of the research, and to promote conversations and networking among conference participants. There will be two poster sessions, one on each day. The posters will be judged by a panel of judges consisting of SICSA directors, workshop & keynote presenters and committee members. During the scheduled poster sessions, students should stand by their poster after lunch to answer questions from judges and other interested researchers. Posters will also be available to view during other breaks for the remainder of the day. The best poster from each session will be rewarded with a prize of £50, with £25 for the runner­up. This year, for the first time, there will also be a poster feedback session, where some of the judges will use examples from the poster sessions to explain what makes a good poster and give their reasons for selecting the winners. Students who are presenting posters should bring their poster with them to registration on day 1. The committee will hang all of the posters in advance of each poster session. Students should retrieve their posters themselves from their stands at the end of the day in which they presented.


Poster Session 1 1. Tessa Berg (Heriot­Watt University) – The Application of Rich Pictures to System problem solving 2. Shimin Feng (University of Glasgow) – User Identification with Kinect Sensors and Inertial Sensors 3. Samantha Mulholland (University of Glasgow) – 3D Oil Reservoir Visualisation 4. Tebe Ojukonsin (Glasgow Caledonian University) – Optimization Of Localized Power Grid Through Information Technology 5. Erin Scott (University of Stirling) – Multi­scale integration modelling applied to the Pacific oyster in response to ocean acidification 6. Sana Al Azwari (University of Strathclyde) – Maintaining RDF Views in RDF Triple Stores 7. Ala' Al­Afeef (University of Glasgow) – Exploring the nano world: quality assessment of 3D electron tomography 8. Mobolaji Ayoade (Glasgow Caledonian University) – A novel home rehabilitation tool for knee replacement patients 9. Adam Erskine (University of Edinburgh) – Swarm Chemistry: Cell Division Like Behaviors 10. Krzysztof Geras (University of Edinburgh) – Multiple­source cross­ validation 11. Eva Hasler (University of Edinburgh) – Topic adaption for statistical machine translation 12. Philip McParlane (University of Glasgow) – The Role of Context and Content in Image Tag Recommendation 13. Tawfik Al Hadhrami (University of the West of Scotland) – Integrated Awareness Routing Algorithm for Emergency­Response Wireless Mesh Networks 14. Gubran Al­Kubati (University of Glasgow) – Fast and reliable hybrid routing protocol for VANETs 15. Chonlatee Khorakhun (University of St Andrews) – Remote Health Monitoring using Online Social Media Systems 16. Geoffrey Neumann (University of Stirling) – TEDA: A hybrid evolutionary algorithm that uses gene targeting 17. Valentin Radu (University of Edinburgh) – WiFi monitoring using crowd­sourcing mobile sensing 18. Volker Seeker (University of Edinburgh) – Energy Efficient Process Scheduling for ASISA Processors


Poster Session 1 19. Farida Chowdhury (University of Stirling) – Structured Peer­to­Peer Overlays for Mobile Networks 20. Md. Sadek Ferdous (University of Glasgow) – CAFS: A Framework for Context­Aware Federated Services 21. Simon Jouet (University of Glasgow) – TCP initial congestion window optimization using Software Defined Networking 22. Kashif Khan (University of the West of Scotland) – Integrated Cloudlet and Wireless Mesh Networks 23. Eirini Komninou (University of Strathclyde) – Optimal Multidisciplinary Robust Small­Scale Satellite Design 24. Saray Shai (University of St Andrews) – Bursty activity in coupled networks 25. Khaled Alnowaiser (University of Glasgow) – An Adaptive Policy for Garbage Collection 26. Evgenij Belikov (Heriot­Watt University) – Runtime Support for Dynamic Adaptive Policy Control 27. Diego Frassinelli (University of Edinburgh) – Concepts and Context 28. Iain McGinniss (University of Glasgow) – The Theory and Practice of Typestate 29. Ittoop Puthoor (University of Glasgow) – Quantum process calculus for linear optical quantum computing 30. Stefan Raue (University of Glasgow) – TBA 31. Nicholas Micallef (Glasgow Caledonian University) – Interactive and transparent sensor driven authentication 32. Lee Morton (Glasgow Caledonian University) – Pose Calibrations for Inertial Motion Capture 33. Lynsay Shepherd (University of Abertay) – Enhancing security risk awareness in end­users via affective feedback 34. Robbie Simpson (University of Glasgow) – Verifiable Electronic Voting Systems 35. Mark Sinclair (University of Edinburgh) – Where are the challenges in Speaker Diarization? 36. Idong Usoro (University of the West of Scotland) – Strategic Alignment in Higher Education Institutional IT Infrastructures


Poster Session 2 1. Aishah Abdul Razak (University of the West of Scotland) – DGBL within the CfE 2. Anil Sriharsha Bandhakavi (Robert Gordon University) – Representation schemes for Emotion detection from text 3. Gregory Coppola (University of Edinburgh) – Neural Architecture for Supervised Phrase­Structure Parsing 4. Dimitra Gkatzia (Heriot­Watt University) – Generating student feedback from time­series data using Reinforcement Learning 5. Carole Gould (University of the West of Scotland) – Use of Web 2.0 technologies for Learning and Teaching 6. Jin Huang (University of St Andrews) – A Framework for Self­ Adaptive Software in Ubiquitous Environment 7. April Macphail (University of the West of Scotland) – Using mLearning to teach requirements collection and analysis within tertiary education 8. Ashwag Magraby (University of Edinburgh) – Argumentation Understood As Program Synthesis 9. Thomas Merritt (University of Edinburgh) – Speech synthesis 10. Aminu Muhammad (Robert Gordon University) – Contextual Sentiment Analysis in Discussion Forums 11. Andreea Radulescu (University of Edinburgh) – Exploiting variable impedance in domains with contacts 12. Daniel Renshaw (University of Edinburgh) – Correlating images and text in LDA­like models 13. Adedayo Bada (University of the West of Scotland) – Cloud Based Services for Mobile Users 14. Jeremie Clos (Robert Gordon University) – Detecting argumentative links between user­generated text posts 15. Alesis Novik (University of Edinburgh) – TBA 16. Paolo Pareti (University of Edinburgh) – Procedural Knowledge for the Semantic Web 17. Jesus Alberto Rodriguez Perez (University of Glasgow) – Ad­Hoc Microblog Retrieval 18. Thu Yein Win (Glasgow Caledonian University) – Virtualization Security


Poster Session 2 19. Abdullah Alqahtani (Glasgow Caledonian University) – Investigation into distributed Agile software development 20. Jehad Alqurni (Heriot­Watt University) – e­government 21. Shahnaz Bashir (University of the West of Scotland) – Knowledge sharing in virtual communities: societal cultural perspective study 22. Abubakar Dahiru (Robert Gordon University) – Cloud computing:adoption issues for sub­Saharan Africa SMEs 23. Nurazian Mior Dahalan (University of Glasgow) – Proxy Credential usage analysis in grid computing 24. Shantanu Pal (University of St Andrews) – Opportunistic Mobile Cloud Computing 25. Mireilla Bikanga Ada (University of the West of Scotland) – MyFeedBack: An interactive mobile 2.0 application for assessment and feedback 26. Aurora Constantin (University of Edinburgh) – An Authoring Tool Supporting Practitioners who Use Social Stories to Improve Social Interaction in Children with ASC 27. Gavin Hales (University of Abertay) – Assisting Digital Forensic Reconstruction Via Exploratory Information Visualization 28. Nseabasi Ekaette Igoniderigha (Edinburgh Napier University) – Navigating Multidimensional Information Spaces 29. David Oaken (University of Stirling) – Optimisation of process algebra model structures using genetic programming 30. Bassey Orok (University of the West of Scotland) – The effectiveness of Web2.0 as a mobile learning tool in workplace learning 31. Soumyadeb Chowdhury (University of Glasgow) – Usability of Recognition Based Graphical Authentication systems 32. Silvia Pareti (University of Edinburgh) – Automatic detection of attribution relations 33. Shyam Reyal (University of St Andrews) – Developing Efficient Text Entry Methods for the Sinhalese Language 34. Vinodh Rajan Sampath (University of St Andrews) – Modeling and Analyzing changes in scripts 35. Joe Wandy (University of Glasgow) – Improving Peak Alignment via Group Information in Metabolomics 36. Paul Jakma (University of Glasgow): A Distributed k­core Decomposition Algorithm for Dynamic Graphs


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Conference Committee The SICSA PhD Conference is organised by students, supported by SICSA staff. Being on the committee requires commitment and hard work, but in return members are rewarded with valuable new skills and experience and the opportunity to work with academic staff and students from across the country. If you are interested in helping to make the next conference even better, email admin@sicsa.ac.uk for more information.


SICSA Phd Conference 2013 Programme