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I'm a senior lecturer in the School of Computer Science at Manchester University. I previously worked as a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Cardiff University. Prior to that, I worked as a Research Fellow at Aberdeen University, where I also gained my PhD. I graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a BSc in Computer Science in 1990.
I am a member of the Information Management Research Group. My main area of interest is in the evolution of data-intensive systems - systems in which multiple software applications must cooperate in the management and use of large amounts of persistent data. Amongst other things, I am currently fascinated by the problems caused by poor data quality, in the use of workflow technologies in data integration, and in the evolution of data semantics in the form of business rules. Verification of correct program behaviour after change is another major strand of my work.
For details of my publications, follow the link in the sidebar or check my DBLP entry.
Below are links to my current and past research projects:
- DSToolkit: On-Demand Data Integration: Dataspaces by Refinement
- QuASAR: Quality Assurance for Semantic Annotations for Web Services
- Qurator: Describing the Quality of Curated E-Science Information Resources
- ISPIDER: In Silico Proteome Integrated Data Environment Resource
- Data-Oriented Testing: a Toolkit for Testing Database Applications
- BRULEE: Business RULe Extraction and Exploitation.
- LITCHI: Logic-Based Integration of Taxonomic Conflicts in Heterogeneous Information Sources.
- CONSNET: the UK Constraints Network.
- KRAFT: Knowledge Reuse and Fusion/Transformation.
- P/FDM: The Prolog/Functional Data Model Database System.
I am currently supervising the following PhD students:
- Ruhaila Maskat (Pay-As-You-Go Approaches to Information Integration) - co-supervised by Norman Paton.
- Javid Akhter (Diagnosing Defects in Database Application Code).
Past students who have now graduated:
- Ravinder Singh (MPhil in Semantic Annotation of Web Services by Probing) - co-supervised by Sean Bechofer.
- Nurul Emran (Definition and analysis of population-based data completeness measurement) - co-supervised by Paolo Missier.
- Qiuwei Yu (MPhil in Provenance Publication in e-Science) - co-supervised by Carole Goble.
- Paolo Missier (Modelling and Computing the Quality of Information in e-Science). Paolo's thesis was runner-up in the 2008 BCS Distinguished Dissertation competition. It was also received the ICIQ 2009 Ballou Pazer Best Dissertation Award
- David Willmor (An Intensional Approach to the Specification of Test Cases for Database Systems).
- Liwen Lin (Evolution of Business Rules) - co-supervised by Brian Warboys.
- Binling Jin (Non-Intrusive Assessment of Organisational Data Quality - DLOIS).
- Nic J. Caine (LOIS - the Lights Out Integrity Subsystem) - co-supervised by W. Alex Gray, of Cardiff University.
I'm always happy to be contacted by potential research students wanting to work on aspects of software evolution, software testing, data quality or business rules. It is sometimes possible for funding to be obtained locally for promising candidates.
I teach the following modules:
Suzanne M. Embury
School of Computer Science
University of Manchester
Room number: Kilburn Building 2.105
Tel: +44 161 275 6128
Fax: +44 161 275 6204