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Professor Liming (Luke) Chen

Job: Professor of Computer Science

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Research group(s): Cyber Technology Institute (CTI) (Context, Intelligence and Interaction Research Group (CIIRG))

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8490

E: liming.chen@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.tech.dmu.ac.uk/~limingchen/

 

Personal profile

Liming Chen is Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computer Science and Informatics at De Montfort University, United Kingdom. He received his B.Eng and M.Eng from Beijing Institute of Technology(BIT), Beijing, China, and his Ph.D in Artificial Intelligence from De Montfort University, UK. He has worked as a senior research fellow at the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton, and then a lecturer, a senior lecturer and a reader at the School of Computing and MathematicsUniversity of Ulster, before he took the Professorship at De Montfort University.

Liming’s research focuses on context computing, agent based intelligent systems, human machine interaction, data and knowledge engineering and their applications specifically in the domain of smart home based assistive living. Special emphases have been placed on the use of semantic technologies for behaviour modelling and analysis, activity recognition, user profile modelling, and interface and interaction personalisation and adaptation. He has published extensively in these areas with over 100 peer-reviewed papers spanning both theoretical and applied research domains. He is a grant holder of Research Projects funded by national (EPSRC, DEL), European (FP7, AAL) funding bodies and industry partners (SAP and IN2). He is a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the International Organization for Information Integration and Web-based Applications and Services, an assistant editor in chief for IJPCC and has served as PC chairs and on technical program committees for various conferences.

Publications and outputs 


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Key research outputs

The full list of publications can be found in Prof Chen's homepage.

Publications in 2015

  • Chen H., Guo B., Yu Z., Chen L., CrowdPic: A Multi-Coverage Picture Collection Framework for Mobile Crowd Photographing, Proceeding of UIC-ATC-ScalCom-CBDCom-IoP 2015,ISBN-13: 978-1-4673-7211-4, pP.68-76, 2015.
  •  Azkune G., Almeida A., López-de-Ipiña D., Chen L., A Knowledge-Driven Tool for Automatic Activity Dataset Annotation, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (Intelligent Systems IS'14), vol.322, pp.593-604, 2015.
  • Schiboni G., Liang P., Yang C., Chen L., Dogramadzi S., A Bioinspired Feature-Projection-Based Approach to Electromyographic Pattern Recognition for High Dimensional Sparse Sensor Data, Proceeding of UIC-ATC-ScalCom-CBDCom-IoP 2015, ISBN-13: 978-1-4673-7211-4, pp.1706-1711, 2015.
  •  Rafferty J., Nugent C., Liu J., Chen L., Automatic Metadata Generation through Analysis Of Narration Within Instructional Videos, Journal of Medical Systems, 39(9): 94:1-94:7, 2015.
  • Qi J., Chen L., Leister W., Yang S., Towards Knowledge Driven Decision Support for Personalized Home-based Self-management of Chronic Diseases, Proceeding of UIC-ATC-ScalCom-CBDCom-IoP 2015, ISBN-13: 978-1-4673-7211-4, pp.1724-1729, 2015.
  • Sun J., Wang Z., Pei B., Tao S., Chen L., Fall Detection Using Plantar Inclinometer Sensor, Proceeding of UIC-ATC-ScalCom-CBDCom-IoP 2015, ISBN-13: 978-1-4673-7211-4, pp.1692-1697, 2015.
  • Skillen K., Nugent CD., Donnelly M.P., Chen L., and Burns W., Using Ontologies for Managing User Profiles in Personalised Mobile Service Delivery, Book Title: Comprehensive Health Monitoring and Personalized Feedback using Multimedia Data, Publisher: Springer, ISBN;978-3-319-17962-9,  pp 245-264, 2015.
  • Azkune G., Almeida A., López-de-Ipiña D., Chen L.,  Combining Users' Activity Survey and Simulators to Evaluate Human Activity Recognition Systems, Sensors, 15(4), 8192-8213, 2015.
  • Rafferty J., Chen L., Nugent CD., Goal Lifecycles and Ontological Models for Intention Based Assistive Living within Smart Environments, International Journal of Computer Systems, Science & Engineering, 30(1), 7-18, 2015.
  • Quinn D., Chen L., Mulvenna M., Contemporary Gold Rush or Scientific Advancement: A Review of Social Network Analysis Approaches and their Impact, book Chapter on Recent Advances in Ambient Intelligence and Context-aware Computing, IGI Global, edited by Kevin Curran, DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7284-0, pp.210-226, 2015.
  • Azkune G., Almeida A., López-de-Ipiña D., Chen L., A Knowledge-Driven Tool for Automatic Activity Dataset Annotation, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (Intelligent Systems IS'14), vol.322, pp.593-604, 2015.
  • Ennis A., Nugent C.D., Morrow P., Chen L., Ioannidis G., Stan A., Rachev P., A Geospatial Semantic Enrichment and Query Service for Geotagged Photographs, Sensors, doi:10.3390/s150717470, 15(7), 17470-17482, 2015.
  • McAvoy L.M., Chen L., Nugent C.D., Donnelly M., McCullagh P.J., The Ontological Characterization and Representation of Context within Smart Environments, International Journal of Computer Systems, Science & Engineering, 30(1), 19-32, 2015.

 

Selected journal papers in previous years 

  • Okeyo G., Chen L., Wang H., Combining Ontological and Temporal Formalisms for Composite Activity Modelling and Recognition in Smart Homes, Future Generation Computer System, to appear, 2014.
  • Chen L., Nugent CD., Okeyo G., An Ontology-based Hybrid Approach to Activity Modeling for Smart Homes, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems (THMS), vol.44, no.1, pp.92-105, Feb. 2014.
  • Castillejo E., Almeida A., López-de-Ipiña D., Chen L., Modelling Users, Context and Devices for Ambient Assisted Living Environments, MDPI, Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220), vol.14, pp.5354-5391, 2014.
  • Skillen K., Chen L., Nugent CD., Donnelly M.P., Burns W., Solheim I., Ontological User Modelling and Semantic Rule-Based Reasoning for Personalisation of Help-on-Demand Services in Pervasive Environments, Future Generation Computer System (FGCS), Elsevier, vol.34, pp.97-109, 2014.
  • Okeyo G., Chen L., Wang H., Sterritt R., Dynamic Sensor Data Segmentation for Real time Activity Recognition, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, vol.10, Part B, pp.155-172, 2014.
  • Quinn D., Chen L., Mulvenna M., Discovering Social Behaviour Variances of Younger and Older Users through Social Interaction Analysis, Int. J. of Web Science (IJWS), vol.2, no1/2, pp. 44-65, 2013.
  • Ennis A., Chen L., Nugent C.D., Ioannidis G. and Stan A.,  High Level Geospatial Information Discovery and Fusion for Geocoded Multimedia, International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications, vol.9, issue 4., pp.367-382, 2013.
  • Okeyo G., Chen L., Wang H., An Agent-mediated Ontology-based Approach for Composite Activity Recognition in Smart Homes, Journal of Universal Computer Science, vol.19, no.17, pp.2577-2597, 2013.
  • Synnott J. Chen L., Nugent C., Moore G. WiiPD: Objective Home Assessment of Parkinson's Disease using the Nintendo Wii Remote, IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in BioMedicine (TITB), ISSN: 1089-7771, doi: 10.1109/TITB.2012.2215878, vol.16, no.6, pp.1304-1312, August 2012.Chen L., and Rashidi P., Situation, Activity and Goal Awareness in Ubiquitous Computing, International Journal of Pervasive computing and Communications (IJPCC), ISSN: 1742-7371, Vol. 8 Issue. 3, pp.216-224, 2012.
  • Chen L., Hoey J., Nugent C.D., Cook D.J., Yu Z., Sensor-Based Activity Recognition, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics-Part C, doi: 10.1109/TSMCC.2012.2198883, vol.42, no.6, pp.790-808, 2012.
  • Chen L., Nugent CD., Wang H., A Knowledge-Driven Approach to Activity Recognition in Smart Homes, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, ISSN: 1041-434707, Vol.24 No.6, pp.961-974, June 2012.  
  • Chen L., Nugent C.D., Cook D.J., Yu Z. Knowledge-Driven Activity Recognition in Intelligent Environments. Pervasive and Mobile Computing, 7(3): 285-286, 2011.

Research interests/expertise

  • Artificial intelligence, logical formalisms, intelligent systems, focusing on modelling, representation, inference and system architecture that support autonomy, learning and adaptability.
  • Semantic and knowledge technologies, data/information/knowledge engineering and management, focusing on ontological modelling, representation and semantic reasoning that support data/information interoperability, reuse, sharing and intelligent information processing.
  • Pervasive computing, context awareness, personalisation and adaptation, focusing on applying the aforementioned AI techniques and semantic technologies to enable context aware, personalised, flexible, scalable, decentralised service provision in pervasive intelligent environments.
  • Ambient assisted living, smart homes / cities, focusing on semantic enabled data/information fusion and integration, ontology-based activity recognition and assistive technologies that facilitate the large-scale uptake and deployment of technology-driven independent living solutions.

Areas of teaching

  • Advanced Web Technologies, i.e. semantic technologies, knowledge technologies, semantic Web services, for MSc in Computing
  • Interactive Programming and Applications for BSc in Computer Science and software Engineering 

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PgCHeP), University of Ulster, 08/2008
  • Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence, De Montfort University, U.K
  • M.Eng. in Software Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
  • B.Eng. in Software Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, China

Courses taught

  • BSc, Year 4, Interactive Web Computing, Computer Science and Software Engineering courses, from 2013 - Present
  • BSc, Year 4, Advanced Interactive Programming, Interactive Multimedia Design, 2006-2013
  • MSc, Advanced Web Technologies, MSc in Computing (with specialisms in Web Technologies) , 2008-2013

Honours and awards

  • The best paper award in the 12th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications (IUCC 2012), Liverpool, UK, 09/2012.
  • Two student bursary awards (€2000 each), the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI), 2012 and 2013 respectively.
  • ORS award - the Overseas Research Students (ORS) Awards Scheme, Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principles of the Universities (CVCP), UK, 04/1998-11/2001.
  • Ph.D research studentship- De Montfort University, UK, 04/1998-11/2001.
  • SBFSS award - Sino-British Friendship Scholarships Schemes (SBFSS), co-sponsored by Chinese Government and British Council, UK, 09/1996–10/997.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Member of the executive committee of the International Organization for Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services (iiWAS), http://www.iiwas.org/), 2009-
  • Member of IEEE, SMC, 2011-

Consultancy work

  • Acted as a European expert on ICT for the EU-China Information Society project, EuropeAid/120168/C/SV/CN, €15 million, 2005-2009.

Current research students

  • Ruijie Wang, Psychologically informed usability design for assistive systems, first supervisor
  • Darpan Triboan, Complex Activity Context Recognition within Smart Environments, 1st  supervisor first supervisor 
  • Dhafer Ali Alhalafi, Strategy-based approach for privacy and confidentiality in distributed systems, 2nd supervisor
  • Abdullah Alshammari, Security Management in WSN, 2nd supervisor
  • Mansour Jared S Al-Shumari, Online English Vocabulary Learning on Different Systems for Non-English Speakers, first supervisor
  • Majdah AlSharif,  Evaluation of Improvement of Semantically Enhanced Tagging System, 2nd supervisor
  • Andrew Ennis, Geospatial Information based Media Retrieval, 2012-2015, jointly funded by DEL and the industrial partner IN2, University of Ulster, 1st supervisor, now external supervisor
  • Joseph Rafferty, Goal-driven Assistive Agents for Instructing and Guiding User Activities, 2012-2015, University of Ulster, 1st supervisor, now external supervisor
  • Kerry-Louise Skillen, Situation-aware Personalised Service Provisioning in Mobile Environments, 2011-2014, University of Ulster, 1st supervisor, now external supervisor.

 

Previous PhD Students:

  • Saleh Al-umaran, Culture Dimension of Information Systems Security in Saudi Arabia National Health Services, 1st supervisor
  • Gorka Azkune, Extending Knowledge-driven Activity Models with Learning Techniques, University of Deusto, Spain, 2nd supervisor
  • Laura McAvoy, Context Modelling and Management for Smart Environments, 2010 – 2013, University of Ulster, external supervisor
  • Susan Quinn, A Personalisation and Adaptation Framework for Assistive Living, 09/2013-09/2016, University of Ulster, 1st supervisor,
  • Ryan Pearson, Sensor Data Fusion and Semantic Interpretation for Situation Awareness, 09/2013-09/2016, University of Ulster, 1st supervisor, .
  • Phillip Hartin, Recognition of Interleaved Activity within Smart Environments, 2012-2015, University of Ulster,  2nd supervisor
  • Darren Quinn, Social Interaction Analysis for Enhanced Social Life, 2009-2012, 1st supervisor.
  • George Okeyo, An Agent-based Approach to Decision Support in Complex Environments, 2009-2012, 1st supervisor.
  • Jonathan Synnott, Visualisation of Sensor Data for Monitoring within Intelligent Environments, 2009-2012, 1st supervisor.
  • Jennifer Redpath, Improving the Performance of Recommender Algorithms, 2007-2010, 2nd supervisor.
  • Ying Du, A Task-Based Approach to Work Experience Reuse, 2008-2011, Sponsored by SAP, 1st supervisor.
  • Michael Poland, Sensor Distribution Optimisation in Smart Environments, 2007-2010, 2nd supervisor.

Externally funded research grants information

List of Liming Chen's Externally funded research grants

 

Project title:  Advanced TeChnologies and PlatfoRm fOr Smarter ASsisted LivING (ACROSSING)
Funding body:   EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, ITN, ETN
Value:     €3.88 millions  (Nearly €1 million to DMU)
Duration:     01/2016 – 01/2020
Investigators:  Liming Chen (Project Coordinator), Feng Chen, Duska Rosenberg
 

 

 

Project title:  Creating a hub of research excellence and innovation on context, intelligence and interaction
Funding body:   Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF)
Value:     £23K
Duration:     07/2015 – 07/2016
Investigators:  Liming Chen
 

 

Project title:  Mobile Musculoskeletal User Self-management (MOSKUS) (Norwegian Computing Center)
Funding body:   Norwegian Research Council (NRC), Norway
Value:     £30K
Duration:     05/2013 – 05/2016
Investigators:  Liming Chen

 

Project title:  Personal IADL Assistant (PIA) 
Funding body:   EPSRC/TSB through EU AAL JP
Value:     €1.2million for the consortium ( £101K for Ulster)
Duration:     03/2013 – 03/2015
Investigators:  Liming Chen, Chris Nugent
 
Project title:  Semantic Enhanced Information Harvesting and Search
Funding body:   InterTradeIreland, Ireland, with CompuScript Ltd., Ireland
Value:     £43K
Duration:     10/2012 – 04/2014
Investigators:  Maurice Mulvenna, Liming Chen
 
Project title:  Dynamic Information Interlinking and Situation-aware Content Provisioning in Mobile Environments 
Funding body:   Department of Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland, with the IN2 Ltd. 
Value:     £87K
Duration:     09/2012-09/2015
Investigators:  Liming Chen, Chris Nugent
 
Project title:  Situated Guidance for the Mobile Elderly (MobileSage)
Funding body:   EU Ambient Assisted Living Joint (AAL) Programme
Value:     €2.6 million for the consortium (£100K for Ulster)
Duration:     07/2011-01/2014
Investigators:  Liming Chen, Chris Nugent
 
Project title:  Patient-centric model for remote management, treatment and rehabilitation of  autistic children (Michelangelo)
Funding body:   EU FP7 ICT Call5
Value:     €2.5 million for the consortium (£230K for Ulster)
Duration:     10/2011 – 07/2014
Investigators:  Mark Donnelly, Chris Nugent, Paul McCullagh, Liming Chen, Gaye Lightbody
 
Project title:  A Conceptual Model and an Open Knowledge Base on Energy in Buildings
Funding body:   Slovene research funding agency ARRS, Slovenia
Value:     €150,000 for the consortium
Duration:     08/2011-08/2014
Investigators:  Liming Chen
 
Project title:  UU SERG – uLCUC joint project on ubiquitous Life Care
Funding body:   The ubiquitous Life Care Research Center (uLCRC) - Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea
Value:     £6,448 for Ulster
Duration:     05/2011-04/2015
Investigators:  Chris Nugent, Mark Donnelly, Liming Chen, Sally McClean, Bryan Scotney
 
Project title:  Guidance and Awareness Services for Independent Living (ROSETAA)
Funding body:   EU Ambient Assisted Living Joint (AAL) Programme
Value:     €2.3 million for the consortium
Duration:     06/2009-05/2012
Investigators:  Chris Nugent, Mark Donnelly, Richard Davies, Dewar Finlay, Liming Chen
 
Project title:  Deployment of Sensing Technology in Connected Health Care
Funding body:   UK NI DEL RCIF
Value:     £623K
Duration:     02/2009-07/2011
Investigators:  Chris Nugent, Dewar Finlay, Paul McCullagh, Liming Chen, Sally McClean
 
Project title:  A Task Driven Approach to Experience Reuse
Funding body:   The SAP Company
Value:     £80K
Duration:     01/2008 – 04/2011
Investigators:  Liming Chen
 
Project title:  SemanticsAtHome: Raising Awareness within the local community of the use  of the Semantic Web in Healthcare Technologies for Smart Home
Funding body:   Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)
Value:     £1,500
Duration:     03/2008 – 06/2008 
Investigators:  Liming Chen, Chris Nugent, Maurice Mulvenna, Dewar Finlay
 

 

Internally funded research project information

  • Developing a technology infrastructure for smart cyber-physical systems, funded by Research Investment Fund, DMU, value: £14K, duration: 08/2015-07/2016, PI.
  • Psychologically informed usability design for assistive systems, De Montfort University, fee-only PhD studentship, 10/2015-09/2018. 
  • Complex Activity Context Recognition within Smart Environments, De Montfort University, Full PhD studentship, 10/2014-09/2017.
  • A Personalisation and Adaptation Framework for Assistive Living, University of Ulster,  full PhD studentship, 09/2013-09/2016.
  • Sensor Data Fusion and Semantic Interpretation for Situation Awareness, University of Ulster,  full PhD studentship, 09/2013-09/2016.
  • Geospatial Information based Media Retrieval, University of Ulster,  full PhD studentship, 2012-2015.
  • Goal-driven Assistive Agents for Instructing and Guiding User Activities, University of Ulster,  full PhD studentship, 2012-2015.
  • Recognition of Interleaved Activity within Smart Environments, University of Ulster,  full PhD studentship, 2012-2015.
  • Situation-aware Personalised Service Provisioning in Mobile Environments, University of Ulster,  full PhD studentship, 2011-2014.
  • Context Modelling and Management for Smart Environments, University of Ulster,  full PhD studentship, 2010-2013.
  • Social Interaction Analysis for Enhanced Social Life, University of Ulster,  full PhD studentship, 2009-2012.
  • An Agent-based Approach to Decision Support in Complex Environments, University of Ulster,  full PhD studentship, 2009-2012.
  • Visualisation of Sensor Data for Monitoring within Intelligent Environments, University of Ulster,  full PhD studentship, 2009-2012.
  • Improving the Performance of Recommender Algorithms, University of Ulster,  full PhD studentship, 2007-2010.
  • Sensor Distribution Optimisation in Smart Environments, University of Ulster,  full PhD studentship, 2007-2010.

(All full PhD studentships cover stipend and fees, roughly £50,000 each)

  • Student placement award, University of Ulster, 06/2008-04/2009, value: £12,041.

Professional esteem indicators

More details can be found in Prof Chen's homepage.

Case studies

ACM TechNews, Communication of ACM, Ulster Scientists Develop Smartphone 'Assistance Agent' for Older People, 29 May 2013, http://cacm.acm.org/news/164742-ulster-scientists-develop-smartphone-assistance-agent-for-older-people/fulltext ; http://news.ulster.ac.uk/releases/2013/6977.html

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