Research Overview

The underpinning theme of my research is computing systems. My work includes contributions in: Modelling and Distributed Simulation; Complexity and Multi-agent systems; Data intensive computing; Digital Twins, Info-Symbiotic Systems and DDDAS;  Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems; Clouds and intelligent IoT.

I am an apostle of interdisciplinary research. I have founded and led major interdisciplinary research centres and over the years I have spearheaded  interdisciplinary initiatives and projects to utilise advances in Computer Science and digital technologies to address major global societal problems such as: smart cities, deliberative democracy, global governance, human security, urban planning, smart agriculture, risk management and emergency response. I have been  actively involved in the UK's e-Science,  e-Social Science and Digital Humanities and in EU's e-Infrasrtructures Programmes. 

I have a strong interest in governance and   sustainable development (I am Member of the China Association of the Club of Rome)