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Brief description of the organisation

The University of Manchester brings together the strengths of the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST into a leading UK university with close links to industry. The School of Informatics has participated in a number of large EC- and EPSRC-funded research projects using organisational and business models for rapid systems evolution (e.g. RUBRIC, AMADEUS, TEMPORA, DOCKET, e-Utilities, MaBE, CrossWork, SUDDEN). Most of these projects have worked on bridging the gap from business- and user-facing models to the supporting software, with the latter projects focusing on intelligent service infrastructures.

The main tasks they have been attributed, and the previous experience relevant to those tasks

University of Manchester will drive the proposed work on domain-oriented environments for end-user service assembly, and integrate it with the work on architecture-based service procurement and assembly. Their previous experience relevant to those tasks includes participation on two relevant projects (EUD_Net and SaaS) . EUD-Net was a Network of Excellence in End User Development, funded by the EC under FP5. It brought together researchers and practitioners of end user development, and produced a book representing the most comprehensive almanach of EUD work to-date, and two special issues of well-known journals - the Communications of ACM and the Journal of Organisational and End User Computing. The Software-as-a-Service project was an early academic exploration of the concept of software provided as a service at the point of need, assembled from fine-grained sub-services for every instance of use. Its aim was to replicate the flexibility of service-based organisations in software.

Provide also a short profile of the staff members who will be undertaking the work

Dr. Nikolay Mehandjiev has a PhD in User Enhanceability through Visual Programming, where he created a distributed visual language and environment to support end users in changing their workflow applications. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Informatics, with visiting positions at BT Labs (UK), UNSW (Australia), SAP Research (Germany) and Atos Origin (Spain). He researches end user development as one core mechanism for achieving ultra-flexible service-based software to support cross-organisational business processes and workflows. He has participated in a number of EC- and UK-funded projects, for example he lead the University of Manchester’s participation in CrossWork, MaBE, SUDDEN and EUD_Net, and served as the project coordinator for SUDDEN and CrosWork.

Alistair Sutcliffe (MA Cantab-Natural Sciences, PhD Wales) is Professor of Systems Engineering, and Director of the Centre for HCI Design, in the School of Informatics, University of Manchester, UK. He is the Founder and Chair of the IFIP TC-13 Working Group 13.2 on Methodology for User Centred Design. He was awarded the IFIP Silver Core in 1999 for leadership in HCI, and is a member of IFIP Working Groups 8.1 and 2.9. He is a member of Editorial Boards for the International Journal for Human Computer Studies, the Journal of Automated Software Engineering, and the Requirements Engineering Journal. He has served as an invited plenary speaker at a number of conferences. Professor Sutcliffe investigates human-computer interaction (HCI) in knowledge representation, cognitive modelling, design methodologies for multimedia and VR systems, and visual HCI. He also researches into software engineering on issues including requirements engineering and analysis, software re-use, structured development methods and business process design. Industrial collaborators include ERA Technology and the Metropolitan Police, as well as Marconi Electronic and Naval Systems. He currently manages EPSRC projects ADVISES (E-science requirements analysis and visualisation) and ESRC/EPSRC Foresight project Developing Theory for Evolving Socio Technical Systems and was recently PI of EPSRC projects SIMP- Systems Integration for Major Projects, ISRE Immersive scenario based Requirements Engineering and CORK Corporate Knowledge Repository. His doctoral students work on design of visual HCI for information browsing and retrieval, and on architectures and models for re-usable user interfaces.

-- NikolayMehandjiev - 04 Apr 2007
Topic revision: r3 - 12 Apr 2007, NikolayMehandjiev
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