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Dr. David Lewis

Associate Professor (Computer Science)

I am the Director of the Knowledge and Data Engineering Group (KDEG). I have been key the growth and development of this research group, which now totals 9 academics and over 50 postdocs and PhD students. I collaborate closely with other group academics in securing a growing portfolio of funding for the group and I have personally secured €5.4 Million in competitive research funding. I am a PI in CNGL Centre for Global Intelligent Content which is funded from the SFI Centres for Science Engineering and Technology (CSET) programme. CNGL is centred in KDEG and has received SFI funding for TCD and its collaborating institutions of over €50 Million over the last 7 years. I am also a PI in the ADAPT Centre, which is the successor to CNGL, and has just been awarded a further €23 Million funding from the SFI accompanied by €7.5 Million cash funding from industry. I have been active in developing KDEG's internal organisation to efficiently manage the steadily growing cohort of PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and research assistants, including the provision of seminar series, workshops, training, mentoring and commercialisation supports. I have led research teams in 9 EU and 7 Irish funded collaborative projects which involve: close collaboration with other TCD academics and international academic and industrial partners; formation and coordination of research plans; negotiation of and controlling expenditure within agreed budgets; and dealing effectively with sponsors. My research interest is in Management Knowledge, and how it can be captured, modelled, analysed and exchanged in decentralised decision-making settings. I have been responsible for several undergraduate (4ICT12, 3ICT1 and CS3BC2) and postgraduate (CS7009) taught modules and supervision of 6 undergraduate and 23 MSc dissertation projects. I have supervised 5 PhD students to completion, co-supervised 6 more and have 4 PhD student in progress currently.
  Automated service composition   Autonomic Computing   Communication engineering, technology   Distributed systems   Internet technologies   Knowledge and data engineering   Knowledge based networking   Knowledge Management   Knowledge Representation   MOBILE COMMUNICATION   Mobile Communications   Network management   Networks and telecommunications research   Pervasive Computing   Policy based management   SEMANTIC RULES   Semantic Web   Service Management   Software Engineering   Systems analysis and models development   Ubiquitous Computing   Virtual Organisations   Virtual Reality
 ADAPT Centre
 CNGL, The Centre for Next Generation Localisation
 Centre for Next Generation Localisation

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TCD Representative to the World Wide Web Consortium, Technical Advisory Committee Member, Co-chair Multilingual Web Language Technology Working Group 2012-present
Organising Committee member for the 2nd International workshop Management of Ubiquitous Communications and Service (MUCS)
Reviewer for IEEE Communications Magazine; Proceedings of the IEEE; IEEE Pervasive Computing; Communications Networks; Journal of Network and System Management; Journal of Autonomic and Trusted Computing, and Journal of Computer Science.
Local Arrangements Chair for IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, Dublin April 2007
Board member and Architecture Committee co-chair of the Autonomic Communication Forum
Editorial board member for Springer's Journal of Network and System Management
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Member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Member of the Institute of Electric Engineers (IEE)
Dave Lewis, Kaniz Fatema, Alfredo Maldonando, Brian Walshe, Arturo Calvo, Open Data Vocabularies for Assigning Usage Rights to Data Resources from Translation Project, 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation , Portoro , Slovenia, May 2016, 2016, pp1601 - 1609, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Kaniz Fatema, Christophe Debruyne, Dave Lewis, Declan O'Sullivan, John Morrison, Abdullah Al Mazed, A Semi-Automated Methodology for Extracting access control rules from the European Data Protection Directive, 37TH IEEE SYMPOSIUM ON SECURITY AND PRIVACY ,International Workshop on Privacy Engineering - IWPE'16, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 26th May 2016, 2016, pp25 - 32, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Fatema, K., Lewis, D., O'Sullivan, D., Morrison, J.P., Mazed, A.-A. , Authorising Contract Based Access to Personal Data in the Cloud , Proceedings - 2015 IEEE/ACM, 8th International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing, UCC , Proceedings - 2015 I, IEEE, 2016, 559-564 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
John McAuley, David Lewis, Using visual analytics to support online community development, International Journal of Web Based Communities, 12, (1), 2016, p3 - 22, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Implementing mHealth in low and middle-income countries: What should program implementers consider? in, editor(s)Sasan Adibi , Mobile Health (mHealth): Multidisciplinary Verticals, Springer, 2015, pp257 - 273, [PJ Wall, Frédérique Vallières, Eilish McAuliffe, Dave Lewis, Lucy Hederman], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kris McGlinn, Kelvin Jones, Aitro Cochero, Anton Gerdelan, Dave Lewis, USABILITY EVALUATION OF AN ACTIVITY MODELLING TOOL FOR IMPROVING ACCURACY OF PREDICTIVE ENERGY SIMULATIONS, Building Simulation Conference, Hyderabad, December 7th-9th, 2015, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Kaniz Fatema, Dave Lewis, Declan O'Sullivan, Authorising contract based access to personal data in the cloud, IWTCC2015 - Collocated with the 8th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing, Limassol, Cyprus, December 07-10, IEEE, 2015, pp45 - 54, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Jinhua Du, Ankit Srivastava, Andy Way, Alfredo Maldonado-Guerra, David Lewis, An Empirical Study of Segment Prioritization for Incrementally Retrained Post-Editing-Based SMT, 15th Machine Translation Summit, Miami, Florida, 2015, 2015, pp172 - 185, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  URL
John Moran, Dave Lewis, Towards a CAT tool agnostic standard for User Activity Data, Localisation Focus The International Journal of Localisation , 14, (2), 2015, p56 - 61, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Analysis of post-editing data: A productivity field test using an instrumented CAT tool in, editor(s)Laura Balling, Michael Carl, Sharon O'Brien, Michel Simard and Lucia Specia , Post-Editing: Processes, Technology and Applications, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014, [John Moran, David Lewis, Christian Saam], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS

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D. Lewis, S. Dobson, Guest Editorial: Autonomic Pervasive and Context-Aware Systems, Journal of Network and Systems Management, 15, (1), 2007, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
J. Keeney, D. Lynch, D. Lewis, D. O'Sullivan, On the Role of Ontological Semantics in Routing Contextual Knowledge in Highly Distributed Autonomic Systems, Department of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, 2006, (Technical Report (TCD-CS-2006-15)), Report, PUBLISHED
D. Lewis, Panel Report: "How the Autonomic Network Interacts with the Knowledge Plane?", 1st IFIP WG6.6 International Workshop on Autonomic Communication (WAC 2004), Berlin, Germany, 18-19 October 2004, LNCS 3457, Springer, 2005, pp275 - 278, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
D. Lewis, Adaptive Systems for Ubiquitous Computing: Chair's introductions to the invited workshop on Adaptive Systems for Ubiquitous Computing, International Symposium of Information and Communications Technologies, Dublin, Ireland, 24-26 September 2003, 2003, pp164 - 164, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Service Management in, editor(s)J. Hall , Management of Telecommunication Systems and Services: Modelling and Implementing TMN-based Multi-domain Management, Springer-Verlag, 1996, pp41 - 120, [David Lewis], Notes: [Lecture Notes in Computer Science 1116 ISBN 3-540-61578-4 ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED


My research interest is in Management Knowledge, and how it can be captured, modelled, analysed and exchanged in decentralised decision-making settings. I am therefore interested in developing data and knowledge engineering techniques for management knowledge that is used to achieve shared goals in situations where decision-making authority is not centralised, but diffused across multiple individuals or organisations. For such collaborative decision-making, I investigate the use of declarative knowledge techniques, including open data formats, ontological knowledge formats such as description logic and declarative operational instructions such as policy rules, service specifications and workflow models. The effectiveness of employing these techniques is measured through: i) The ease with which software engineers can integrate knowledge sharing models with native data models existing in legacy and proprietary management systems. ii) The additional computational and data retrieval loads imposed by employing declarative, knowledge-based representations of management information, compared to existing solutions with implicit representations. iii) The reduction in cognitive load for human decision makers against their need to compensate for the shortfalls exhibited by automated decision support that from components leveraging explicit management knowledge, e.g. in accuracy of machine-learning and natural language processing (NLP) components and the limits in domain knowledge completeness in reasoning components. iv) The degree to which decision-makers can assimilate knowledge in making accurate and timely management decisions and the impact of personalised and interactive data visualsiation techniques. Application of these techniques and their evaluation has had impact in the following application areas: a) Telecommunications Management: I was an early proponent of the extensible mark-up language for management information exchange and services, highlighting the performance and engineering tradeoffs. This approach is now common place in the telecoms industry, where long value chains are common. I also championed the topic of open semantic knowledge formats and issues of federated management in the research community. b) Smart Building Management: Here we have used open semantic models and 3D interactive data representations to enable building occupants and building managers to reconcile the management of several heterogeneous heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; location tracking and environmental sensors and electronic access control systems to achieve physical security, comfort and energy efficiency. c) Online Communities: These exhibit a high degree decentralisation in managing the conduct of the community and the creation and sharing of digital resources, here we developed and evaluated a novel set of design considerations for developing community data visualisation tools to assist community decision-making. d) Intelligent Content Processing: This field addresses the application of NLP and personalisation technology to the processing of digital content, primarily in applications aimed at engaging with customers, citizens and leaners online. This is the core topic of CNGL and the new ADAPT Centre. Here I have pioneered the use of open semantic models to monitor the interplay between human language workers (e.g. translators & terminologists) and NLP components, and curating the result to improve those components. I have therefore demonstrated a substantial and sustained research output in decentralised management knowledge applied to a number of domains.