Alistair Lawson

Alistair Lawson

Alistair Lawson

Associate Professor

Biography

I am a member of the Research Centre for Algorithms, Visualisation and Evolving Systems, member of the CyberAcademy, and co-leader of the Data Science Special Interest Group within the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University.  I supervise Honours, MSc, Internship, and PhD students, and am line manager for a number of Research Staff.  My teaching is in the Software Engineering Subject Group at the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and I link my modules closely to my research and knowledge exchange experience in order to give students learning experiences and skills that are highly sought after by employers. I am Programme Leader for MSc data Sciences, and I am also School Academic Lead for Quality.

My Research and Knowledge Exchange interests are wide and include successful projects in the areas of software engineering, applications development, healthcare, speech and language, scalable systems, cloud computing, industry 4.0, information sharing, simulation, e-security, e-commerce, and e-learning.

Previous collaborative research grants include the application of computer security within e-Health around the trust and governance of enhanced information sharing, such as around care of the elderly using Trusted Cloud-based services [EPSRC: TS/I002561/1], and around an enhanced Cloud-based e-Health system [EPSRC: TS/H001883/1]. Other work includes research into Privacy, Trust, and Online Reputation.

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • SICSA Director of Knowledge Exchange

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards - finalist (eFrail)
  • Scottish Digital Technology Award Finalist (Cloud4Health)
  • Guardian Toolkit project through to the final round of the Convergence Challenge
  • Cloud4Health wins 2nd prize for Best IT Project at Digital Innovation Awards
  • British Computing Society: Technology Excellence Award Finalist
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology: Innovation Award Finalist
  • Mat Miehling wins best final year PhD presention at Faculity Conference
  • National Award winning Knowledge Transfer Project Finalist
  • Alistair Lawson of IIDI and Fast-Answers.com are shortlisted for Interface Excellence Award

 

Media Activity

  • IIDI collaboration leads to innovation in the delivery of popular Gaelic language teaching resources

 

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51 results

Height Prediction for Growth Hormone Deficiency Treatment Planning Using Deep Learning

Conference Proceeding
Ilyas, M., Ahmad, J., Lawson, A., Khan, J. S., Tahir, A., Adeel, A., …Hussain, A. (2020)
Height Prediction for Growth Hormone Deficiency Treatment Planning Using Deep Learning. In Advances in Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems. , (76-85). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-39431-8_8
Prospective studies using longitudinal patient data can be used to help to predict responsiveness to Growth Hormone (GH) therapy and assess any suspected risks. In this paper,...

Build, manage and evaluate: information practices and personal reputations on social media platforms

Journal Article
Lawson, A., Ryan, F. V., Cruickshank, P., & Hall, H. (2019)
Build, manage and evaluate: information practices and personal reputations on social media platforms. Information Research, 24(4),
Introduction. The broad theme of this paper is the use of information to build, manage and evaluate personal reputations. It reports the findings of a study that considered t...

Machine Learning for Health and Social Care Demographics in Scotland

Presentation / Conference
Buchanan, W. J., Smales, A., Lawson, A., & Chute, C. (2019, November)
Machine Learning for Health and Social Care Demographics in Scotland. Paper presented at HEALTHINFO 2019, Valencia, Spain
This paper outlines an extensive study of applying machine learning to the analysis of publicly available health and social care data within Scotland, with a focus on learning...

Evolving planar mechanisms for the conceptual stage of mechanical design

Conference Proceeding
Lapok, P., Lawson, A., & Paechter, B. (2019)
Evolving planar mechanisms for the conceptual stage of mechanical design. In GECCO '19: Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion, (383–384). https://doi.org/10.1145/3319619.3322006
This study presents a method to evolve planar mechanism prototypes using an evolutionary computing approach. Ultimately, the idea is to provide drafts for designers at the con...

Pathogen detection in bathing waters using microfluidic technology, image processing and deep learning

Presentation / Conference
Kerrouche, A., Muhammad, I., Rueckert, S., & Lawson, A. (2019, June)
Pathogen detection in bathing waters using microfluidic technology, image processing and deep learning. Poster presented at Research Conference, Edinburgh Napier University
Monitoring the quality of recreational waters such as beaches and rivers is becoming a global concern to protect human health (e.g. the EU Bathing Water Directive (BWD) in Eur...

Build, manage and evaluate: information practices and personal reputations on social media platforms

Presentation / Conference
Ryan, F., Hall, H., Cruickshank, P., & Lawson, A. (2019, June)
Build, manage and evaluate: information practices and personal reputations on social media platforms. Paper presented at Conceptions of Library and Information Science 10 (CoLIS10), Ljubjana, Slovenia
Introduction. The broad theme of this paper is the use of information to build, manage and evaluate personal reputations. It reports the findings of a study that considered th...

Get Your Project Funded: Using Biometric Data to Understand What Makes People Trust and Support Crowdfunding Campaigns

Conference Proceeding
Mcneill, M., Lawson, A., Raeside, R., & Peisl, T. (2018)
Get Your Project Funded: Using Biometric Data to Understand What Makes People Trust and Support Crowdfunding Campaigns. In Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2018)https://doi.org/10.14236/ewic/HCI2018.127
Creating a good crowdfunding campaign is difficult. By understanding why people contribute to crowdfunding campaigns we can make campaigns better and raise more money. Crowdfu...

2-Dimensional Outline Shape Representation for Generative Design with Evolutionary Algorithms

Conference Proceeding
Lapok, P., Lawson, A., & Paechter, B. (2018)
2-Dimensional Outline Shape Representation for Generative Design with Evolutionary Algorithms. In H. Rodrigues, J. Herskovits, C. Mota Soares, A. Araújo, J. Guedes, J. Folgado, …J. Madeira (Eds.), EngOpt 2018 Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Engineering Optimization, 926-937. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-97773-7_80
In this paper, we investigate the ability of genetic representation methods to describe two-dimensional outline shapes, in order to use them in a generative design system. A s...

Blurred reputations: Managing professional and private information online

Journal Article
Ryan, F. V., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., & Lawson, A. (2020)
Blurred reputations: Managing professional and private information online. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 52(1), 16-26. https://doi.org/10.1177/0961000618769977
Results are reported from a study that investigated patterns of information behaviour and use as related to personal reputation building and management in online environments....

Building identity in online environments: an Information Science perspective

Journal Article
Ryan, F. V. C., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., & Lawson, A. (2018)
Building identity in online environments: an Information Science perspective. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 54(1), 792-793. https://doi.org/10.1002/pra2.2017.14505401187
The research presented in this poster is concerned with the ways in which people use information to build identities for themselves online with reference to the themes of pers...

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