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.

News

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • SICSA Director of Knowledge Exchange

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards - finalist (eFrail)
  • Guardian Toolkit project through to the final round of the Convergence Challenge
  • Cloud4Health wins 2nd prize for Best IT Project at Digital Innovation Awards
  • Scottish Digital Technology Award Finalist (Cloud4Health)
  • British Computing Society: Technology Excellence Award Finalist
  • Mat Miehling wins best final year PhD presention at Faculity Conference
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology: Innovation Award Finalist
  • 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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Information sharing around child protection.

Presentation / Conference
Buchanan, W. J., Uthmani, O., Lewis, R., Steyven, A., Fan, L., Thuemmler, C., …Lawson, A. (2012, June)
Information sharing around child protection. Paper presented at Information Sharing in the Public Sector, Edinburgh
Background This presentation focuses on creating a scaleable, robust and secure information architecture for social and health care. At its core is the sa.FIRE (Secure Analysi...

The UK’s eHealth cloud project: EHR and the cloud: assessing the benefits and mitigating the risks.

Presentation / Conference
Buchanan, W. J., Fan, L., Ekonomou, E., Lo, O., Thuemmler, C., & Lawson, A. (2012, January)
The UK’s eHealth cloud project: EHR and the cloud: assessing the benefits and mitigating the risks. Paper presented at Arab Health 2012 (Electronic Healthcare Records), Dubai, United Arab Emirates
This presentation focuses on: - Using the Cloud to provide geographical flexibility and facilitate information exchange to enable the effective treatment of patients across bo...

DACAR platform for eHealth services cloud.

Conference Proceeding
Fan, L., Buchanan, W. J., Thuemmler, C., Lo, O., Khedim, A. S., Uthmani, O., …Bell, D. (2011)
DACAR platform for eHealth services cloud. https://doi.org/10.1109/CLOUD.2011.31
The use of digital technologies in providing health care services is collectively known as eHealth. Considerable progress has been made in the development of eHealth services,...

Crime risk evaluation within information sharing between the Police and community partners.

Journal Article
Uthmani, O., Buchanan, W. J., Lawson, A., Scott, R., Schafer, B., & Fan, L. (2011)
Crime risk evaluation within information sharing between the Police and community partners. Information and Communications Technology Law, 20, 57-81. https://doi.org/10.1080/13600834.2011.578922
The aim of this paper is to provide profiles for crimes which can be used to model the context for information sharing between the police and community partner organisations. ...

Detection framework for the reduction of click-through and ID theft fraud in affiliate marketing.

Presentation / Conference
Miehling, M. J., Buchanan, W. J., & Lawson, A. (2011, August)
Detection framework for the reduction of click-through and ID theft fraud in affiliate marketing. Paper presented at SCONE-the Scottish Networking Event, School of Computing, University of Glasgow
This presentation focuses on outlining criminal activity within affiliate marketing related to click-through and ID theft crime, based on real-life crime data. It shows the me...

Risk analysis for criminal context in information sharing policies.

Presentation / Conference
Uthmani, O., Buchanan, W. J., & Lawson, A. (2011, August)
Risk analysis for criminal context in information sharing policies. Paper presented at SCONE - the Scottish Networking event, School of Computing, University of Glasgow
This presentation outlines of a novel system which maps the information sharing between two domains. It involves the definition of a formalized information sharing policy, whi...

Intelligence information sharing between the police and their community partners.

Presentation / Conference
Scott, R., Uthmani, O., Buchanan, W. J., & Lawson, A. (2011, June)
Intelligence information sharing between the police and their community partners. Paper presented at Symposium on Security and Cybercrime, Edinburgh Napier University
This presentation will show a newly developed system for information, and will outline the three "R"s involved in information sharing: RISK. Identify and managing risks to ens...

Gàidhlig 2 IPA: developing Gaelic text-to-phoneme (TTP) software.

Presentation / Conference
Lawson, A., Corti, R., Cruickshank, P., & Bauer, M. (2010, August)
Gàidhlig 2 IPA: developing Gaelic text-to-phoneme (TTP) software. Paper presented at Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 2010, University of Aberdeen

Novel information sharing syntax for data sharing between police and community partners, using role-based security.

Conference Proceeding
Uthmani, O., Buchanan, W. J., Lawson, A., Thuemmler, C., Fan, L., Scott, R., …Mooney, C. (2010)
Novel information sharing syntax for data sharing between police and community partners, using role-based security
The exchange of information between the police and community partners forms a central aspect of effective community service provision. In the context of policing, a robust and...

Radio frequency identification (RFID) in pervasive healthcare

Journal Article
Fekri, A. H., Thuemmler, C., Buchanan, W., Fekri, H., & Lawson, A. (2009)
Radio frequency identification (RFID) in pervasive healthcare. International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 10(1/2), 119. doi:10.1504/ijhtm.2009.023731
Active and passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology are available and licensed for the use in hospitals, and can be used to establish highly reliable pervasive...

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