JOHN P. MORRISON
BSc, MSc, PhD, Dip TLHE, Senior MACM, Senior MIEEE
Prof John Morrison is the founder and director of the Centre for Unified Computing. He is a co-founder and co-director of the Boole Centre for Research in Informatics and a co-founder and co-director of Grid-Ireland.
Huanhuan Xiong is a senior postdoctoral researcher in University College Cork. She received a BSc. in Economics from Wuhan University of Technology in 2004, and a MSc. in Software Engineering and a PhD in Geographic Information System (GIS) from Wuhan University in 2006 and 2012.
Dapeng Dong is a postdoctoral researcher in CUC lab, University College Cork. He received his MSc in Software and Systems for Mobile Networks from University College Cork. His research centers on cloud resource optimization and efficient methods for big data analysis.
Gabriel González Castañé
Gabriel González Castañé is a Postdoctoral Researcher in University College Cork. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from University Carlos III of Madrid on the topic of energy aware Cloud Computing simulations, a Masters in Distributed systems, and a B.Eng in Computer Engineering.
David Kenny is the CloudLightning project manager, with University College Cork. He is also a postgraduate researcher in the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing (IC4). David holds a BA (Hons) in International Business and Japanese and a MSc. in E-Commerce (Business) from Dublin City University.
Established in 1845, University College Cork, (UCC) is one of the premier research institutions in Ireland. As Ireland’s first five-star university (QS), UCC boasts a vibrant, modern, environmentally-sustainable campus and a top-ranked student experience, second to none in Ireland. Supporting approx. 20,000 students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies, the University provides the full range of academic disciplines and plays a crucial role in the development of Ireland’s knowledge-based society.Recognised internationally for the quality of its research UCC is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide based on the quality of our research output and peer esteem. In the five years to 2012 the number of citations per journal publication has grown by 30% and 62% of Ireland’s most highly-cited researchers are from UCC. Our researchers collaborate with close to 700 of the world’s top universities across 110 countries.
UCC’s strategy for research is aligned with key Government policies including the Strategy for Science Technology and Innovation (SSTI) and Building Ireland’s Smart Economy and the University has made strategic investments in key research areas, including life sciences, health, nanotechnology, energy and the environment, all of which are crucial to Ireland’s economic future. Central to this are centres of excellence in nationally prioritised thematic areas including Nanotechnology, and Photonics (Tyndall National Institute), Food and Health, Pharmaceuticals, and the Environment (ERI). The impact of this strategy and its implementation is reflected in UCC’s success in winning competitive internationally peer-reviewed research contracts (over €79 million in 2010/2011), an increase of 28% over the previous 5 year period. Research funding from EU sources has increased by over 200% in the two years to 2012, reinforcing UCC’s position as the top university in Ireland in terms of Framework Programme 7 (FP7) success rates.
UCC has received the European Commission’s award of HR Excellence in Research. The award recognises the progress which has been made in support of researchers in the University, including the introduction of structured PhD programmes, the implementation of the University Research Employment and Career Management Structure and our on-going commitment to supporting the principles of the European Charter and Code for Researchers.
RELEVANCE TO THE PROPOSAL
The School of Computer Science and Information Technology in UCC is internationally recognised for its research competence in Cloud Technologies and Networks, Decision Support, Human Computer Interaction and Media.
The Boole Centre for Research in Informatics (BCRI) is an interdisciplinary research centre investigating informatics from a broad range of perspectives. Historically, the research of the centre encompassed three broad themes namely, Information Theory, the Theory of Computation, and Computing Paradigms. The BCRI is an important participant in the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce, and in that context, its research is focused on architectures for supporting efficient Cloud service provisioning and management. Of particular interest is resource monitoring to ensure the quality of Cloud service provisioning. As experienced practitioners and researchers in Cloud monitoring and interoperable data communications (including platform-neutral data formats and in the use of standard data interchange formats) we believe that we can make a significant contribution to the realization of the research agenda described in this proposal.
TASKS ASSIGNED AND ROLE IN THE PROJECT
UCC will lead the project both from a technical and management perspective. UCC has established expertise in Cloud Computing through its membership of the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing & Commerce (IC4) and as such is well suited to take the technical lead. This expertise will be augmented with that of Prof. Dan Marinescu, a recognised expert and published author on Cloud Computing and Self-organising Systems.