Selected recent talks and publications

The second Search Computing workshop -- short invited contribution, Como, Italy, May, 2010

  • Invited short talk on the role of Taverna in Search Computing, at the second Search Computing workshop, Como, Italy, May 2010
  • Workflow provenance

    • IPAW'10 talk:Janus: from Workflows to Semantic Provenance and Linked Open Data, Troy, NY, June 15, 2010
    • Invited myGrid overview and provenance talk at the semi-annual ESIP meeting , July 7-10, 2009, Santa Barbara, CA [PDF]
    • Janus: Fine-grained and efficient provenance querying for Taverna, IMG group seminar, June 3, 2009, Manchester [PDF]
    • Granular workflow provenance in Taverna, presented at the Symposium on Workflow Provenance, Salt Lake City, Oct 2008 [PDF]
    • Data lineage model for Taverna workflows with lightweight annotation requirements, Presented at IPAW'08, Salt Lake City, USA [PDF]

    Adaptive Query Processing and Data Quality

    PhD work

    • Keynote given at the PhD Symposium, School of Computer Science, Manchester, Nov 4, 2008 [PDF]
    • PhD dissertation: Modelling and Computing Information Quality in e-science: [PDF (1.8MB)]
      (Best Dissertation Award from the School of Computer Science, UoM)


    DILS '07 paper on the SNPit project
    [Full text] [Bibtex entry]

Paolo Missier, Ph.D.
School of Computer Science, University of Manchester

Jan 1st, 2011: I have moved from Manchester to Newcastle University, where I am now a lecturer with the School of Computing Science.

Please find my new home page here

My publications on   Paolo Missier's citations

Links to publications specifically on provenance in workflows


My background is in data/information management (including the semantic variety). My current interests include

  • Process automation and workflow technology, and its implications for data and metadata management.
  • Data and Information Quality, applications of Semantic Web technologies; distributed SW architectures, cloud computing.

2011: member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Wf4Ever project

Wf4Ever is a 3 year EU project (STREP) that kicked off In Dec., 2010. Wf4Ever is focused on models and technology for the preservation of scientific process specifications, and scientific workflows in particular. This is an exciting new project that combines ideas from social networking for scientists (myExperiment), with information management technology (provenance management for scientific data) for ensuring reproducibility and repeatability of scientific processes over (a long period of) time.

2010: co-lead of the Provenance Working Group of the DataONE project (collection and long-term preservation of scientific observational data for the Earth)

2008-present: Data and process provenance models for data lineage reconstruction in scientific workflow systems.

This is part of the myGrid middleware infrastructure for e-science. See left bar for recent presentations.

ADQP: Exploring the use of adaptive query processing techniques for record linkage. See sidebar on the left.

Recently completed projects:

  • Qurator -- Describing the quality of curated e-Science information resources. This has been my primary project between 2004-2007.
    The main issue addressed in the project is how to let e-scientists characterize the quality of the information they need, in an intuitive, cost-effective and machine-processable way. Our approach combines semantic web technologies with service-oriented architectures to produce a framework in which reusability of components is emphasized.
    The framework simplifies the creation and testing of data acceptability criteria for users by integrating with data processing environments, eg the Taverna workflow management system.

  • Ontogrid -- Architecture and services for the Semantic Grid -- please visit the site for more information.

Education and recent awards

2009: Recipient of the ICIQ 2009 Ballou Pazer Best Dissertation Award. This award is associated with the annual International Conference on Information Quality, organized by the MIT Sloan School of Management and held In November, 2009 in Potsdam (home of the Hasso-Plattner Institute) and chaired by Prof. Felix Naumann.

2008: Recipient of the Best Dissertation Award from the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester [Read the details here], and one of two runner-ups for the 2008 annual British Computer Society Distinguished Dissertation competition.

2008: Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK, on: Modelling and Computing Information Quality in e-science [PDF (1.8MB)]
(Best Dissertation Award from the School of Computer Science, UoM)

1993: M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Houston, Tx., working with Prof. Marek Rusinkiewicz on a language for multidatabase queries with some limited schema reconciliation features.

1991-1992: Civil servant, School of Medicine, University of Udine, working on data management and statistics for experimental protocols in hematology.

1990: B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from Universita' di Udine, Italy
( with a thesis on semantic unification for logic programming)

Professional activities

2010: Guest editor: JICA special issue on Special Issue on Scientific Workflows, Provenance and Their Applications

PC co-chair, SWPM '10 (Second International Workshop on the role of Semantic Web in Provenance Management)

PC co-chair, SWPM '10 (Second International Workshop on the role of Semantic Web in Provenance Management)

PC co-chair, SWPM '09 (First International Workshop on the role of Semantic Web in Provenance Management)

General Chair, DILS 2009

PC co-chair for the First International workshop on semantic metadata management (SeMMA08), co-located with ESWC'08.

PC chair for the Quality in Databases (QDB'08) workshop, co-located with VLDB'08.

Journal Reviews:I am regular reviewer for a number of journals: IEEE TKDE, Journal of Web Semantics (JWS), ACM Journal of Data and Information quality (JDIQ), Decision Support Systems, Data and Knowledge Engineering (DKE), Journal of Web Engineering, WWW journal, Briefings in Bioinformatics, Knowledge and Information Systems, VLDB Journal, Journal of Web Semantics, Information Systems.

PC member or external reviews: SIGMOD, IQIS 2006 (a SIGMOD workshop), ICIQ (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010), ISWC 2006, WISE '07, DataX'07/'08, CIKM '08, CIKM ’09, QDB’09, WWW08, VLDB ’07, ’08, ‘09, EDBT’08, EDBT’10, IEEE e-Science '08,’09, '10, ICDE’10, KSIM '09, EDBT'10, DILS'10, SSBDM'10, ADBIS ’10.


Introduction to Data mining (M.Sc. course on Data Engineering)

Invited lectures (Data Migration and Data Quality) at the School of Computer Science, Manchester, Course on Software Evolution. Host Dr. Embury

- Invited lecture (Data integration in the Life Sciences) at the Hasso Plattner Institute, Potdsam, Germany. Host prof. F. Naumann.

2006, 2007, 2008, 2009: Design and tutoring on an online database course for M.Sc. students at the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester.

2002-2003, adjunct lecturer on databases (introduction to databases, DBMS architectures) at Universita' Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italy.
M.Sc. students final project supervisor on the topic of data quality management using data warehousing.

2000, Special M.Sc. course on e-commerce technologies at Rutgers University, NJ, USA

I also taught a number of private staff training cources on SW architecture modelling and design with UML

See a more complete list of activities here

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