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Professor Richard Mcclatchey – Secondee More Experienced Researcher, Project Co-ordinator

RmcCProfessor Richard McClatchey : has been research active for the past 30 years and has led many projects funded by industry and by the EC in the areas of large-scale distributed data and process management, in data modelling and in systems design and integration. McClatchey has published over 200 papers and has held the Chair of Applied Computer Science at UWE since2000. His current research interest lies in Cloud data and knowledge management and particularly in its application in large distributed data systems. He currently leads the Centre for Complex Cooperative Systems at UWE and is active in collaborative projects at CERN, and with many international partners in numerous EC projects.
QualificationsBSc (Hons), DPhil COmputer Science, PhD, Chartered Engineer
Area of ExpertiseDatabases, large-scale distributed systems and object-based system modelling, recently Grid computing
Experience I am a fellow of the British Computer Society and Chartered IT Practioner. I am also a Fellow fo the Institute of Electrical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer. I have a 25 years experience in consultancy and applied research.
Research Interests My intrests are applied science consultancy including KTP Projects. Research projrct partnerships (DTI, EC, EPSRC, etc.). Supervision of part-time and full-time PhD or MPhil students. Non-executive Directorships

Dr. Jetendr Shamdasani (Jet) – Secondee Experienced Researcher, Research Associate

Dr. Jetendr Shamdasani : has been active with the University of the West of England since 2011. He has a BSc, MSc (with Distinction), and a PhD in Computer Science. He is a member of the CCCS team led by Richard McClatchey. His research interests mostly concern the areas of Semantics and Linked Data. He is currently adding these features and more to the CRISTAL Kernel, particularly the provenance aspects.
Qualifications BSc (Hons), MSc (Distinction), PhD
Area of Expertise Ontology Matching, Semantic Web, Semantic Provenance, Computer Vision, Machine Learning
Experience Dr. Jetendr Shamdasani (Jet) is an academic incubator and experienced software developer. Jet works with Andrew Branson on translating design into software components and to develop CRISTAL tools and modules. He has a special interest in the Semantic Web and is currently bringing CRISTAL into the modern age by making it compliant with emerging semantic web technologies. He has authored many papers in the area of Ontology Alignment and is currently adding is vast experience to the CRISTAL software. He currently holds a BSc in Computer Science (2:1) from the University of Gloucestershire (where he received the GCHQ Award for best Computing Project) an MSc in Computer Science from the University of the West of England (with Distinction) and a PhD from the University of the West of England in 2010.
Research Interests His currently research focus is adding Semantic Provenance to CRISTAL and how to utilize provenance information with Description Driven Systems. He will be adding semantics to various parts of the CRISTAL internal model and making it slowly compatible with emerging Semantic Web standards such as the Open Provenance Model.

Mr. Andrew Branson, Secondee More Experienced Researcher, Research Associate  & Technical Lead for first phase of CRISTAL-iSE


Andrew Branson : Andrew has worked at CERN on various projects since participating in the Technical Student programme in 1997. His main research focus is description-driven systems. In late 2000, he joined the ECAL construction group in CMS to work on CRISTAL, as part of the ECAL construction group. In 2006, when the ECAL was complete, Andrew joined the Centre for Complex Cooperative Systems at the University of the West of England: one of the key partners in the CRISTAL project. He led the design of the metadata-driven database for Health-e-child FP7 project, before resuming his work on CRISTAL for collecting scientific workflow provenance in the NeuGRID FP7 project and adding workflow orchestration to that for its successor, N4U. As Technical Coordinator of the CRISTAL-ISE FP7 IAPP project, he has spent much of the last couple of years preparing CRISTAL for its transition to open source.
Qualifications BSc (Hons) Computer Science
Area of Expertise Software Engineering researcher.
Research Interests My research focuses on description-driven systems, which are data and/or process management applications that define all of their domain data structures and behaviour as data, which can be edited on-the-fly and versioned so that new versions of applications can be deployed on top of existing ones without disturbing legacy operation.
Experience  I started work on CRISTAL nearly 15 years ago, joining the development team at CERN in late 2000. This gave me direct experience of developing and applying a description driven system in practice. I am also involved in the neuGRID project, applying CRISTAL as a distributed computing job manager for neuroimaging analyses.

 Ms Coralie Blanc, Secondee Early Stage Researcher, Research Student

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Qualification: master’s degree in Industrial Engineering
 Area of expertise: Industrial Logistic and Quality, recently Business Process Management
Experience: I am a Junior Engineer. I worked during three years in SALOMON company doing project management and having been involve in various industrial missions (implementation of the Kanban method, improvement of the process of quality control, analysis of internal flows (Value Stream Mapping)).
Research interest: Business Process Management


Mr Khawar Ahmad, Secondee Early Stage Researcher, Research Student



Dr Zsolt Kovacs, CRISTAL engineer

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Dr. Zsolt Kovacs : Zsolt started his career at CERN working on various research and development projects. He joined CCCS at UWE in 1995 as a PhD student and he played a major role in designing the first two versions of CRISTAL system. In 2003 he decided to move to industry, where he had different software development, testing and automation roles at GE, SAP, Morgan Stanley. He has rejoined CCCS in 2014 and started to work on the new Open Source kernel development. His research interest lie in optimising all aspects of the software development life cycle with special focus on specification and testing techniques within a description-driven system.


Mr Patrick Emin, Secondee More Experienced Researcher, Project Partner Co-ordinator M1i

patrick emin Patrick Emin : Is the current CEO of M1i, which is under the umbrella of Awensys group. M1i are a user of the CRISTAL (now CRISTAL-iSE) Kernel. Their main product is known as Agilium. Agilium is a Business Process Management solution based on top of CRISTAL and has a long history. It is the first product that was developed on top of the CRISTAL platform. Patrick has a long history in the computing field, in his early years he was involved in educational software and is now championing the use of BPM solutions in industry. He has been very involved in the development of the IT industry in the Rhone Alpes region (Vice President of Cluster Edit), he has also been driving serveral collaborative projects such as MESTRIA and Club ERA).

Miss Sandra Massonnat, Secondee Early Stage Researcher, Engineer

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Qualifications : BSc, MSc
Area of Expertise: Web Application, Database
Experience: I am a Junior Engineer. I worked at Mi1 since April 2012, as a Programming Analysis. Most of my job is to used Agilium (the software build on top of CRISTAL) to respond to our Client needs. I worked one year in Dublin (Ireland), which allows me to be at ease in a international context like this one.

Mr Olivier Gattaz, Secondee Experienced Researcher, Engineer and Technical Lead for second phase of CRISTAL-iSE

OGOlivier Gattaz : is an experienced software engineer. He is a member of M1i, which develops Agilium a Business Process Management solution based on CRISTAL-iSE led by Patrick Emin. He practice component-based software development since 2006 to deliver industrial quality software to customers.


Mr Pierre Bornand, Secondee More Experienced Researcher, CEO Alpha-3i


Pierre Bornand : is the CEO from ALPHA-3i (A3i). A3i is a software house with a long experience of 20 years in time and attendance, access control and Manufacturing Execution System. Pierre has a technical background in engineering and a specialization in finance after that. He also has been project manager for a MES solution for 12 years. He is in charge of the project management for the ALPHA-3i side in CRISTAL ISE.

Dr Florent Martin, Secondee Experienced Researcher, Engineer


Dr. Florent Martin : is an experienced software engineer. He has a MSc in automation and engineering control, and a PhD in Computer Science with an expertise in data mining. He was part of the  project from November 2014 until February 2015, seconded to UWE from Alpha-3i, a Manufacturing Execution Systems provider lead by Pierre Bornand. His interests in the project were the development of a business module dedicated to resource allocation, benefiting of the flexibility anf provenance features of CRISTAL-iSE.
Qualifications MSc in Automation and Control Engineering, PhD in Computer science
Area of Expertise data mining, machine learning, software and data integration,
Experience I get my main degrees from executive education. Thus I have a large experience of industry. In fact, I worked for a couple of years as a technician in automation industry, while studying my master. I then moved to research to validate my degree and then get a PhD working on a real industrial problem: ‘Episode rule-based Prognosis Applied to Complex Vacuum Pumping Systems’.
Research Interests data mining & machine learning, statistics & fuzzy logic