Professor Ashiq Anjum

Professor of Distributed Systems, University of Leicester, UKAshiq Anjum

BE(Elec), MS (CS), PhD (CS), MBA, FHEA

Email: a.anjum@leicester.ac.uk & ashiq.anjum@cern.ch

Ph: +44 (0)116 252 3907 & +44-772- 4017071

Room# F25, Informatics Building, College of Science and Engineering, University Road, University of Leicester, UK, LE1 7R

http://cern.ch/anjum (Personal)

 

Introduction

News: I am the organising chair for the 13th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2020) being held in Leicester, UK from December 7-10, 2020.

I am a Professor of distributed systems at the University of Leicester, UK. Previously I was a Professor of Distributed Systems and Director of the Data Science Research Centre at the University of Derby, UK.  My areas of research include data intensive distributed systems, distributed machine learning models and high performance analytics platforms for continuous processing of streaming data.

I have been part of the EC funded projects in distributed healthcare systems and large scale medical data analytics such as Health-e-Child (IP, FP6), neuGrid (STREP, FP7) and TRANSFORM (IP, FP7) where I investigated resource management and optimization issues in large scale distributed healthcare systems and provided platforms for high performance medical data analytics.

I am closely working with healthcare providers, hospitals and pharma companies in investigating high performance analytics systems for distributed clinical intelligence and integration, iterative genome analytics and precision medicine.

I have been investigating large scale distributed systems and analytics platforms for the LHC data in collaboration with CERN Geneva Switzerland for the last fifteen years. Before starting an academic career, I worked for various software multinational companies for around ten years.

I have secured grants from industrial partners, Innovate UK, RCUK and other funding agencies for investigating high performance video analytics systems for producing intelligence and evidence for medical,  security, object tracking and forensic science applications. This work is now being used to process satellite data for compliance checking and risk management of large construction projects.

I am also working in collaboration with rail companies to investigate how rail infrastructures and services can benefit from Internet of Things (IoT) and real time analytics by intelligently analyzing streams of data arriving from large rail networks for improving the accuracy, reliability and capacity of rail infrastructures and services. In addition, I am also investigating ways to model the rail networks as a distributed graph system and provide adaptive scheduling and resource management systems.

Thanks to a grant from Innovate UK, I am working with a leading VR provider to commoditise digital twins and enable real time visualization of data models and distributed algorithms in a Virtual Reality environment. This work allows distributed parties involved in large scale collaborative engineering projects to identify potential conflicts or required changes at the design stage, rather than during manufacturing, when they’re extremely costly to put right.

I am also closely working with automotive & logistics companies (thanks to grants from  Innovate UK) to investigate smart tracking and logistical models using innovative IoT technologies and Machine Learning approaches for intelligent stock tracking, warehousing and distributed supply chain management optimization.

Please get in touch with me if you're interested in a research and development project in Distributed Systems, Edge Computing, High Performance Data Analytics or in another area of my research interests. Broadly Speaking, I have the research and development interests in the following areas:

  • Data Intensive Distributed Systems
  • Distributed Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Edge and Embedded Artificial Intelligence
  • AI driven Digital Twins and High Performance Analytics
  • Blockchains and Trustworthy Distributed System

Research Projects

  • Leveraging satellite data for automated compliance checking, validation and risk assessment of large infrastructure projects (2020-2021, Leicester Space Park/SPRINT)
  • Real time Predictive Maintenance of rolling stock using edge enhanced Machine Learning and Failure Models ((2020-2022, Innovate UK)
  • AI Driven Digital Twins. This challenging research project (2018-2021,  Innovate UK) aims to enable real time production of digital twins and big data visualisations in a VR environment.
  • Distributed AI Models for Vehicle Navigation, Recognition and In-service Intelligence (2019-2021, Innovate UK)
  • Smart Logistics & Intelligence Management System (SLIMS): This project (2018-2020,  Innovate UK) aims to investigate innovative IoT (Internet of Things) technologies combined with Machine Learning approaches for intelligent Logistics and supply chain management systems.
  • Train Network Graph Modelling for Scheduling and Management (2018, Resonate Rail). This project aims to model the UK rail network as a Graph System and provide an adaptive scheduling and resource management System.
  • Blockchain System for IoT data Integration and Analytics (2017-2019) : This project (funded by Roche Molecular USA) aims to investigate a blockchain based distributed ledger infrastructure for trusted management of data coming from IoT devices in Healthcare.  The project will develop a HyperLedger based infrastructure for an immutable and verifiable record of transactions between patients, investigators and IoT devices.
  • Clinical and Genomics Data Analytics for Personalized HealthCare (2015-2019): This project (funded by Hoffmann-La Roche Switzerland) aims to integrate clinical and genomics data coming from clinical trials, real world data and sequencing machines to provide Healthcare analytics for personalized treatments.
  • Video Stream Analytics System for real time Object Classification (2012-2017) :The Stream Cloud project (funded by the Technology Strategy Board) aims to develop an end-to-end solution for batch and real-time analysis of video streams using cloud computing. A software library will be developed to exploit the cloud computing potential for extracting and deriving important features from recorded video streams.
  • Transform Project (2010-2015): The underlying concept of Transform (funded under the European Commission Framework 7 Programme) is to develop a rapid learning healthcare system driven by advanced distributed computational infrastructure that can improve both patient safety and the conduct and volume of clinical research in Europe.
  • NeuGrid Project (2008-2011): NeuGrid is an EC funded (under the European Commission Framework 7 Programme) Grid-enabled data mining and knowledge discovery project for the European neuroscientists to enable the Alzheimer�s disease analysis and enable the European neuroscience community to carry out research required for the pressing study of degenerative brain diseases.
  • Health-e-Child Grid Project (2006-2010): Health-e-Child is an EC funded (under the European Commission Framework 6 Programme) project to develop and deploy Grid enabled decision support system for the European paediatricians and build a Grid-enabled network of leading clinical centres to share and annotate biomedical data, validate systems clinically, and diffuse clinical excellence across Europe.
  • DIANA Grid Scheduler (2004-2007): The Data Intensive and Network Aware (DIANA) Grid Scheduler project investigated Data driven and Network Aware meta-scheduling approaches. The Scheduler takes into account a cost based mechanism to map jobs against the resources when making scheduling decisions across multiple sites. DIANA is a performance-aware and an economy-guided Meta Scheduler.
  • PhantomOS (2005-2009): This project is attempting to build a Grid Operating System. PhantomOS aims at the development of a pervasive general purpose Grid computing platform for both common and existing grid users by converging user-centric computing with eScience-centric grid computing, via a Grid Operating System built on a virtualized infrastructure.
  • JClarens (2002-2004): Clarens was developed as part of a wide-area network Grid-enabled Analysis Environment for collaborative analysis of data generated by the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at CERN. JClarens has been developed as a Java-based supplement to the Python-based Clarens Web Services Framework developed at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
  • MAGGIE (2004-2005): MAGGIE - Measurement and Analysis of the Global Grid and Internet End-to-End Performance - is a collaborative research project by the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) USA and NUST Institute of Information Technology (NIIT). The project now involves measurement to over 600 sites in over 125 countries.
  • GAE (2003-2005): Grid Enabled Analysis Environment (GAE) is aimed at providing an integrated service oriented environment for physicists to support distributed analysis of physics data from the CMS LHC experiment.
  • Mobile Computing for e-Science: (2002-2005): This research project was aimed at making the power of Grid computing available to resource-limited devices such as Pocket PC and Palm.
  • Distributed Access Card System for APS (American Payment System) (2002-2003): An Access Card System was implemented to provide a flexible processing and card management platform to support the changing demands of the stored value industry. The System is implemented using a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and is truly distributed in functionality.
  • Real Time Exposure and Loss Monitoring System (1999-2001): The System was implemented to calculate, control, communicate and monitor the LSE exposure and loss mechanism and implement the administrative and financial policies in real time. Using TIBCO Rendezvous and C++ libraries, a truly distributed, low overhead, low traffic, and almost real time even driven and messaging system was implemented.

Selected Research Publications

  • Providing traceability for neuroimaging analyses”, Richard McClatchey, Andrew Branson, Ashiq Anjum, Peter Bloodsworth, Irfan Habib, Kamran Munir, Jetender Shamdasani, Kamran Soomro, and Stuart Green (2013),  International Journal of Medical Informatics; 82(9):882-94. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2013.05.005. Epub 2013 Jun 12. (Impact Factor: 2.49)
  • "Grid infrastructures for computational neuroscience: the neuGRID example", Alberto Redolfi, Richard McClatchey, Ashiq Anjum, Alex Zijdenbos, David Manset, Frederik Barkhof, Christian Spenger, Yannik Legré, Lars-Olof Wahlund, Chiara Barattieri di San Pietro & Giovanni B Frisoni, Future Neurology. November 2009, Vol. 4, No. 6, Pages 703-722 , DOI 10.2217/fnl.09.53. Future Science Group publishers, 2009.

Talks and Participation in International Events

  • 2020 Keynote Talk, EAI ICMTEL 2020 - 2nd EAI International Conference on Multimedia Technology and Enhanced Learning
  • 2019 Invited Talk, 14th IEEE International Conference on Open Source Technologies (ICOSST 2019)
  • 2019 Invited Talk, 17th IEEE International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT 2019)
  • 2019 Keynote Talk, SBASSE Workshop on Big Data and Cloud Computing (BigC 2019), Lahore
  • 2019 Artificial Intelligence I in Pharma Conference, London, UK
  • 2019 Royal College of Physicians of Edinburg, Birmingham, UK
  • 2019 SIGMOD, Amsterdam, The Netherland
  • 2019 ISC HPC, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2019 AI in Health, Royal Derby, UK
  • 2019 Big Data Technologies for Smart Logistics, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2018, Globecomm 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • 2018, 24th ACM KDD , London, UK
  • 2018 Organizing Chair, CERN Alice Tier ½ Workshop, Derby UK
  • 2018, Panelist, CBI Big Data and Cyber Security, UK
  • 2018 Session Chair, 18th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (IEEE/ACM CCGrid 2018)*, Washington, DC, USA
  • 2018 Invited Talk, 16th IEEE International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT 2018)
  • 2018, Invited Talk, SBASSE Workshop on Big Data and Cloud Computing (BigC 2018)
  • 2018, Invited Talk, Air University, Multan
  • 2018 Invited Talk, Bombardier Graduate Leadership conference
  • 2018 International Conference on Innovative Computing (IC)2 2018, Lahore
  • 2018 Organizing Chair, CERN Alice Tier ½ Workshop, Derby UK
  • 2018 Session Chair, 18th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (IEEE/ACM CCGrid 2018)*, Washington, DC, USA
  • 2018 Invited Talk, Bombardier Graduate Leadership conference2018 International Conference on Innovative Computing (IC)2 2018, Lahore
  • 2017 Panelist, 15th IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2017) Genoa, Italy
  • 2017 Invited Talk, The 15th International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulatio (HPCS 2017) Genoa, Italy
  • 2016 Panel Chair, 9th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing, Shanghai, China
  • 2016 Keynote Talk, Workshop on Education in the Cloud (EC 2016) in association with SOSE 2016, Oxford, UK
  • 2016 Keynote Talk, 13th International Symposium on ‘Smart MicroGrids for Sustainable Energy Sources enabled by Photonics and IoT Sensors, Cyprus
  • 2016 Invited Talk, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, UK
  • 2016 Invited Talk, Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), Qatar Foundation, Qatar
  • 2015 Invited Talk, 10th IEEE International Conference on Open Source Technologies (ICOSST 2015)
  • 2015 Invited Talk, 13th IEEE International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT 2015)
  • 2015 Invited Talk, ITaaU Community Conference, June 2015, University of Southampton, U
  • 2014 Keynote Talk, 12th IEEE International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT 2014)
  • 2014, Opening talk, 7th International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC) 2014, London, UK
  • 2014 Invited Talk, ITaaU Community Conference, June 2014, University of Southampton, UK
  • 2014, EGI Community Forums, May 2014, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2013 Keynote Talk, Relate Project Meetup,  October 9, 2013, Kings College London , UK
  • 2013 Keynote Talk, 11th IEEE International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT 2013)
  • 2013 Keynote Talk,  8th IEEE International Conference on Open Source Technologies (ICOSST 2013)
  • 2013,  6th International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC) 2013, Dresden, Germany
  • 2013,  5th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom), Bristol, UK
  • 2013 The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) Community Forum, April 8-12, Manchester, UK
  • 2013 The Annual Research Conference, University of Derby, Riverside, Derby, UK
  • 2013 IEEE International Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing, August 20-23, Beijing, China
  • 2013 EGI Technical Forum and Open Grid Forum, September 16-20, Madrid, Spain
  • 2013 Digital Research and Big Data Science, September 9-11, Oxford, UK
  • 2012 The Sixth IEEE International Conference on Open-Source Systems and Technologies, December 2012, Lahore
  • 2012 The Seventh IEEE Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT 2012), Islamabad
  • 2012 21st ACM Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing Delft, the Netherlands
  • 2011 The EGI Technical Forum, Lyon, France
  • 2011 The 12th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Grid Computing (Grid 2011), Lyon, France
  • 2011 Open Grid Forum (OGF 33), Lyon, France
  • 2011 Fifth International Conference on Open-Source Systems and Technologies 22-24 December 2011, Lahore
  • 2011 ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing 2011 (ACM SOCC 2011), Cascais, Portugal
  • 2011 9th HealthGrid conference (HealthGrid 2011), Bristol, UK
  • 2011 4th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2011), Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2011 24th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS 2011), Bristol, UK.
  • 2011 19th annual International Conference on Conceptual Structures (ICCS 2011), Derby, UK
  • 2010 UK e-Science AHM 2010, Cardiff, UK
  • 2010 OMII Collaborations Workshop, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2010 5th EGEE User Forum, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 2009 UK e-Science AHM 2009, Oxford, UK
  • 2009 Open Grid Forum (OGF 25) and 4th EGEE User Forum, Catania, Italy
  • 2009 8th EGEE Conference, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2009 5th IEEE International Conference on e-Science, Oxford, UK
  • 2009 4th International Conference on Grid and Pervasive Computing, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2008 UK e-Science All Hands Meeting, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2008 The 3rd EGEE User Forum, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 2008 The 23rd Open Grid Forum - OGF23, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2007 UK e-Science All Hands Meeting, Nottingham, UK
  • 2007 Second International Conference on Open-Source Systems and Technologies, Lahore, Pakistan
  • 2007 Open Grid Forum (OGF 20), Manchester, UK
  • 2006 The Third International Conference on Mobile Computing and Ubiquitous Networking (ICMU),  London
  • 2006 The 7th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Grid Computing, Barcelona Spain
  • 2006 International Symposium on High Capacity Optical Networks and Enabling Technologies (HONET) NC, USA
  • 2006 Euro python, Geneva Switzerland
  • 2006 Computing in High Energy Physics (CHEP), Bombay India
  • 2006 2nd International Conferences on eScience and Grid Computing, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2005 Workshop on Next Generation Networks, NUST Islamabad
  • 2005 International Symposium on High Capacity Optical Networks and Enabling Technologies (HONET) Islamabad
  • 2005 International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP), Oslo Norway
  • 2005 Health Grid, Oxford UK
  • 2005 Frontiers of Information Technology, Islamabad
  • 2005 Cluster Computing and Grid (CCGrid) Cardiff, UK
  • 2004 Workshop on Internet resource management by APNIC Australia
  • 2004 Computing in High Energy Physics (CHEP), Interlaken Switzerland
  • 2003 International conference on Grid and Cooperative Computing (GCC) Shanghai, China

Conference Organization and Reviews

  • Programme Chair, 12th International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC) 2019, Auckland, New Zealand
  • General Chair, 10th International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC) 2017, Austin, Texas, USA
  • General Chair, IEEE/ACM International conference on Fog and Edge Computing (FEC 2017), Madrid
  • Programme Chair, 3rd International Symposium on Big Data Computing, Applications and Technologies (BDCAT 2016), Shanghai, China
  • General Chair, 8th International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC) 2015, Cyprus
  • Organizing Chair, 7th International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC) 2014, London, UK
  • Track Chair, 3rd International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud (FiCloud-2015) Vienna, Austria
  • Track Chair, 12th IEEE International Conference on Advanced and Trusted Computing, 2014, Beijing, China
  • Organizing Chair, 19th annual International Conference on Conceptual Structures (ICCS 2011), UK
  • Track Chair, 12th IEEE International Conference on Advanced and Trusted Computing, Beijing, China
  • Track Chair, 4th IEEE International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud (FiCloud 2016), Vienna, Austria
  • Publicity Chair, 10th IEEE International Conference on System Oriented System Engineering (SOSE 2016), Oxford, UK
  • Workshop Chair, Autonomic Clouds workshop (ITAAC 2013)
  • Organizing Chair, 19th annual International Conference on Conceptual Structures (ICCS 2011), UK
  • Workshop Chair, Autonomic Clouds workshop (ITAAC 2012) (ITAAC 2012)
  • Workshop Chair, Autonomic Clouds workshop (ITAAC 2011)
  • Track Chair, The 2013  IEEE International Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing
  • Track Chair, The 16th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems (NBiS 2013)
  • Track Chair, The 11th IEEE/IFIP International Conferences on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing (EUC 2013),
  • Track Chair and Invited Speaker, FIT 2005,2006,2007, 2013
  • Track Chair and Invited Speaker, ICOSST 2006, 2007, 2022, 2012, 2013
  • PC Member, Globecom 2018, 2019
  • PC Member, IEEE ICIOT 2018
  • PC Member, ScalCom 2018, 2019
  • PC Member, BDCAT 2017, 2018
  • PC Member, Blockchain 2018
  • PC Member, IEEE COMNETSAT 2018
  • PC Member, ICCSE2018
  • PC Member, CCGrid 2018, 2019, 2020
  • PC Member, ICFEC 2018
  • PC Member, CloudCom 2018, 2019, 2020
  • PC Member, FiCloud-2014,  August 2014, Barcelona, Spain
  • PC Member, IEEE Grid 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • PC Member, HealthGrid 2004,2005,2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • PC Member, IEEE e-Science 2005,2006, 2007, 2012
  • PC Member, 5th Conference on Intelligent Networking and Collaborative Systems (INCoS-2013)
  • PC Member, 3rd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science (CLOSER 2013), Germany
  • PC Member, 4th Conference on Intelligent Networking and Collaborative Systems (INCoS-2012)
  • PC Member, IEEE International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid (CCGrid), 2008,2009, 2010
  • PC Member, UK e-Science All Hands Meeting 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • PC Member, Sixth International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing (3PGCIC 2011)
  • PC Member, Seventh International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing (2012)
  • PC Member, The 9th International Conferences on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing (EUC 2011), Australia
  • PC Member, The 2nd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science, CLOSER 2012, Portugal
  • PC Member, The 2nd International Conference on Emerging Intelligent Data and Web Technologies, 2012
  • PC Member, 14th IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communication (2012), UK
  • PC Member, The Fifth International Conference on Open-Source Systems and Technologies (ICOSST), 2011
  • PC Member, DCABES 2004, China
  • PC Member, ACM Middleware 2007
  • PC Member, International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2009)
  • PC Member, 9th International Workshop on State-of-the-Art in Scientific and Parallel Computing (PARA 2008)
  • PC Member, Third IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO 2009)
  • PC Member, The 12th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE-09)
  • PC Member, Software Engineering Research, Management & Applications (SERA 2010), Montreal, Canada
  • PC Member, Euro-Par 2010, Naples, Italy
  • PC Member, C* Conference on Computer Science & Software Engineering (C3S2E10), Montreal, CANADA, 2010
  • PC Member, Medical Imaging on Grids: (MICCAI-Grid Workshop), 2008 (New York), 2009 (London)
  • PC Member, International European Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing (EURO-PAR 2012)
  • PC Member, 5th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science (WORKS 2010), New Orleans, USA
  • PC Member, The 10th International Conferences on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing (EUC 2012), Cyprus
  • PC Member, Intelligent Cloud Computing, Theoretical Foundations and Applications (ICC 2014), Oman
  • PC Member, Workshop on Cloud Computing Systems, Networks, and Applications (IEEE Globecom 2013)
  • PC Member, International Workshop on Internet-based Virtual Computing Environment, OXFORD, UK iVCE 2O14
  • PC Member, 4th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science (CLOSER 2014), Barcelona

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