Researcher - Provenance, IoT and Linked Data.
A highly qualified researcher who is used to working on both an individual basis or as part of a multi-functional team to ensure projects are seen through from inception to completion stage. Extremely self-motivated and enjoys taking on challenging roles in an innovative environment that fosters professional growth and individual contribution.
Projects & Grants
Trusted Tiny Things
September 2013 – August 2014
Award Body: EPSRC via RCUK IT as a Utility Network + and dot.rural partnership funding scheme
My Role: Principal Investigator
Investigating how to make devices on the Internet of Things more transparent and trustworthy to users.View Online
Scotland’s Environment Web Academic Research Search Tool
April 2013 – December 2014
Award Body: Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and dot.rural knowledge exchange funding scheme
My Role: Principal Investigator
The aim of this project is to develop a software product which will extend the existing SEPA SEWeb Portal to provide a single point of access platform for academic institutions to showcase, promote and discuss their published environmental research and data with a wider non-academic community.View Online
User-driven scoping activities for ‘ourPolicies’: extending the principles of ourSpaces from the research community to the policy community
Jan 2013 – June 2013
Award Body: Digital Social Research Community Activities Funding
My Role: Co-Investigator
The aim of this project were to scope the needs of local authorities and other public sector bodiesin relation to identifying and trusting appropriate data.View Online
Provenance and Linked Open Data
Jan 2011 – July 2011
Award Body:e-Science Institute in Edinburgh
My Role: Theme Leader
I was awarded a grant by the e-Science Institute in Edinburgh to take the role of Theme Leader on the topic of provenance and Linked Open Data. As part of thin mini-theme, around 40 stakeholders from academia, government and industry were brought together to discuss the role of provenance in enriching the context surrounding linked open data, and to identify future directions for research in this field.View Online
Host: University of Aberdeen
My Role: Research Fellow
A collaborative UK-India project, investigating mobile technology as a trusted platform for deploying innovative, healthcare interventions in rural areas.View Online
Host: dot.rural RCUK Digital Economy Hub, Aberdeen
My Role: Research Fellow
The SMiLE project’s goal is to help rural businesses take advantage of opportunities that would arise from the use of digital technologies in order to make their distribution operations more robust and consequently strengthen their position in the market.View Online
PhD @ University of Aberdeen
Title: Enhancing Workflow with a Semantic Description of Scientific Intent My research focused on investigating how scientist’s intent associated with a workflow experiment can be used as part of the provenance record and how such intent can be used in order to reason about workflow execution.
MSc @ University of Aberdeen
This programme covered state-of-the-art technologies and related issues in e-business. It also focused on new developments and next-generation techniques, e.g. agents, data mining, Semantic Web. More importantly I was also given the opportunity to gain practical experience in the technical, business and legal issues involved in creating an e-business.
BSc (Hons) @ University of Aberdeen
This degree helped form the basis of my strong background in computing science, teaching me relevant aspects of both theory and practice. In particular the course “Software Engineering: Principles & Practice” taught me software engineering principles, verbal presentation skills and project management skills. During this degree I also took an additional course in GIS and mapping.
2012 - present
Research Fellow @ dot.rural Digital Economy Hub, University of Aberdeen
I am currently employed as a research fellow working on privacy, trust and provenance issues in Linked Data at the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub. As part of my academic duties I am also involved in designing and delivering a Web technologies undergraduate course.
2008 - 2012
Research Fellow @ Computing Science, University of Aberdeen.
I was employed as a research fellow on the PolicyGrid II Digital Social Research (DSR) node. PolicyGrid II is exploring how novel e-Science technologies can be used to support interdisciplinary research activities; in particular, the provision f support for evidence-based policy research.
Research Assistant @ Computing Science, University of Aberdeen.
I was employed as a research assistant on the JISC funded project SwarmCloud. This project formed part of the ENGAGE JISC programme and involved the University of Aberdeen, the Macaulay Institute and BeSC. The project explored issues related to the deployment of simulation environments and associated libraries to a cloud computing platform.
Research Assistant @ Computing Science, University of Aberdeen.
The FEARLUS-G project explored the application of emerging Grid technologies within the social sciences in collaboration with scientists at the Macaulay Institute.
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Conference and Programme Committees
Reviewer for International Journals
I organised a workshop on Trust and the Digital Economy as part of the British Science Festival 2012. The workshop brought together academics, practitioners, and professionals of all disciplines and backgrounds to discuss the key problems of trust faced by today's digital economy, and explored methodologies, technologies, policies and tools for addressing them.
Member of the W3C Provenance Working Group which aims to support the widespread publication and use of provenance information of Web documents, data, and resources. The Working Group is in the process of publishing W3C Recommendations that define a language for exchanging provenance information among applications.
S.Beran, E.Pignotti and P. Edwards (2014) “Interrogating Capabilities of IoT Devices ” Proceedings of the International Provenance and Annotation Workshop (IPAW2014), 10-11 June 2014, Cologne, Germany.
S. KAraperidis, J. D. Nelson, E. Pignotti, L. Chen, J. A. Holden, C. Zeng, M. J. Kollingbaum, T. J. Norman, P. Edwards and A. C. Marqui (2013) “Developing SMiLE (Smart Micro-Logistics for the Rural Economy): Evidence from Scotland” 46th Annual Universities’ Transport Study Gropup (UTSG) Conference, 6-8 January 2014, Newcastle.
E. Pignotti, P. Edwards (2013) ‘Trusted Tiny Things” Fourth RCUK Digital Economy All Hands Conference (Open Digital), Manchester, UK, 2013.
L. Chen, E. Pignotti, A. Marqui, M. Kollingbaum, C. Zeng, S. Karamperidis, T. Norman, P. Edwards and J. Nelson (2013) “SMiLE: Smart Micro-logistics for the Rural Economy” Fourth RCUK Digital Economy All Hands Conference (Open Digital), Manchester, UK, 2013.
E. Pignotti, P. Edwards (2013) ‘Trusted tiny things: making the internet of things more transparent to users.’ In Proceedings of the International Workshop on Adaptive Security (ASPI '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, , Article 2 , 4 pages. DOI=10.1145/2523501.2523503 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2523501.2523503
C. Burnett, P. Edwards, TJ. Norman, L. Chen, Y. Rahulamathavan, M. Jaffra and E. Pignotti (2013) 'TRUMP: A Trusted Mobile Platform for Self-Management of Chronic Illness in Rural Areas' 6th International Conference on Trust & Trustworthy Computing 2013. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-38908-5_11
E. Pignotti, G. Polhill & P. Edwards (2013) 'Using Provenance to Analyse Agent-based Simulations' EDBT '13 Proceedings of the Joint EDBT/ICDT 2013 Workshops Pages 319-322. DOI: 10.1145/2457317.2457371
E. Pignotti, G. Polhill & P. Edwards (2013) 'PROV-O Provenance Traces From Agent-based Social Simulation' EDBT '13 Proceedings of the Joint EDBT/ICDT 2013 Workshops Pages 333-334. DOI: 10.1145/2457317.2457377
E. Pignotti and P. Edwards (2012) 'Using Web Services and Policies Within a Social Platform to Support Collaborative Research' AAAI 2012 Spring Symposium on Intelligent Web Services Meet Social Computing, 2012
C. Baillie, P. Edwards & E. Pignotti (2012). 'Quality Assessment, Provenance, and the Web of Linked Sensor Data'. Paper presented at 4th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, Santa Barbara, United States, 19/06/12 - 21/10/12, pp. 220-222. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-34222-6_19
C. Baillie, P. Edwards & E. Pignotti (2012). 'Quality Reasoning in the Semantic Web'. Paper presented at the 11th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2012), United Kingdom, 15/11/12, pp. 383-390. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-35173-0_27
P. Edwards, D. Corsar, C, Burnett & E. Pignotti (2012). 'Towards an Ecosystem for Social Computation on the Web'. in Digital Futures 2012: The Third Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference. Digital Futures 2012 The Third Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference, United Kingdom, 23-25 October.
P. Edwards, C.Mellish, E. Pignotti, K. Ponnamperuma, T. Bouttaz, A. Eckhardt, K. Pangbourne, L. Philip & J. Farrington (2012) ‘DEMO: ourSpaces - A Provenance Enabled Virtual Research Environment, In Provenance and Annotation of Data and Processes’ Fourth International Workshop (IPAW 2012), Santa Barbara, CA, USA, June 19-21, 2012. Revised Selected Papers, P. Groth & J. Frew (Eds.). Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series No. 7525 Springer-Verlag, 198-202, 2012. [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-34222-6_15]
P. Edwards, E. Pignotti, A. Eckhardt, KA. Ponnamperuma Arachchi, CS. Mellish & T. Bouttaz (2012). 'ourSpaces – Design and Deployment of a Semantic Virtual Research Environment'. in P Cudre-Mauroux, J Heflin, E Sirin, T Tudorache, J Euzenat, M Hauswirth, JX Parreira, J Hendler, G Schreiber & A Bernstein (eds), The Semantic Web – ISWC 2012: Proceedings of the 11th International Semantic Web Conference. Springer-Verlag, pp. 50-65, the 11th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2012), United Kingdom, 15 November. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-35173-0_4
E. Pignotti, P. Edwards, Gotts, N. & G. Polhill (2011). 'Enhancing Workflow with a Semantic Description of Scientific Intent'. Web Semantics Science Services and Agents on the World Wide Web, vol 9, no. 2, pp. 222-244. DOI: 10.1016/j.websem.2011.05.001
K. Pangbourne, L. Philip, E. Pignotti and P. Edwards (2011) 'Some Researchers Do, Some Researchers Don’t: Reflections on Interdisciplinarity and Digital Social Research' Social Science Research Nwtwork. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.1926685
C. Baillie, P. Edwards & E. Pignotti (2011). 'Assessing Quality in the Web of Linked Sensor Data'. in W Burgard & D Roth (eds), Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence. AAAI Press, Menlo Park, California, pp. 1750-1751.
P. Edwards, E. Pignotti & D. Corsar (2011). 'Provenance on the Web, Leaving the Walled Garden Behind'. in Proceedings of the 3rd International ACM Conference on Web Science : ACM WebSci '11. Web Science Trust, ACM Web Science 2011, Koblenz, Germany, 14-17 June.
E. Pignotti, D. Corsar & P. Edwards (2011). 'Provenance Principles for Open Data'. Paper presented at Digital Engagement 2011, Newcastle, United Kingdom, 15/11/11 - 17/11/11,.
T. Bouttaz, E. Pignotti, Mellish, CS. & P. Edwards (2011) 'A Policy-Based Approach to Context Dependent Natural Language Generation'. In Proceedings of the 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation: ENLG 2011. The Association for Computational Linguistics, pp. 151-157.
P. Edwards, E. Pignotti and D. Corsar (2011) 'Provenance on the Web, Leaving the Walled Garden Behind' Proceedings of the 3rd International ACM Conference on Web Science : ACM WebSci '11 Web Science Trust, ACM Web Science 2011, Koblenz, Germany, 14/06/11.
E. Pignotti, P. Edwards & R. Reid (2010). 'A Multi-faceted Provenance Solution for Science on the Web'. Proceedings of the Third International Provenance and Annotation Workshop IPAW10, 2010 vol 6378, pp. 295-297. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-17819-1_38
E. Pignotti, P. Edwards & G. Polhill (2010). 'Using a Virtual Machine Environment to Support Simulation on the Grid'. in Swarmfest 2010, Santa Fe NM, USA. Swarmfest 2010, Santa Fe, United States, 20-22 June.
R. Reid, E. Pignotti, P. Edwards & A. Laing (2010). 'ourSpaces: Linking Provenance and Social Data in a Virtual Research Environment'. in M Rappa, P Jones, J Freire & S Chakrabarti (eds), Proceedings of the 19th International World Wide Web Conference: Raleigh, NC, USA - April 26-30, 2010. ACM Press, New York, NY, pp. 1285-1288. DOI: 10.1145/1772690.1772903
E. Pignotti, P. Edwards & G. Polhill (2009). 'Supporting Simulations on the Grid using Workflows and Virtual Machine'. in UK e-Science All Hands Meeting 2009, Oxford, UK. UK e-Science All Hands Meeting 2009, Oxford, United Kingdom, 7-9 December.
P. Edwards, Farrington, JH., Mellish, CS., Philip, LJ., Chorley, AH., Hielkema, F., E. Pignotti, R. Reid, G. Polhill & Gotts, N. (2009). 'E-Social Science and Evidence-Based Policy Assessment: Challenges and Solutions'. Social Science Computer Review, vol 27, no. 4, pp. 553-568. DOI: 10.1177/0894439309332305
P. Edwards, R. Reid, A. Chorley, F. Hielkema, R. Mitra and E. Pignotti (2009) ‘Using the Social Semantic Web to Support eSocial Science. Social Semantic Web: Where Web 2.0 Meets Web 3.0’ Papers from the 2009 AAAI Spring Symposium, Technical Report SS-09-08, Stanford, California, USA, March 23-25, 2009; 01/2009
E. Pignotti, P. Edwards, Preece, A., Gotts, N. & G. Polhill (2008). 'Enhancing workflow with a semantic description of scientific intent'. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5021, pp. 644-658. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-68234-9_47
E. Pignotti, P. Edwards, N. M. Gotts and J. G. Polhill and A D Preece (2008) 'A Semantic Workﬂow Mechanism to Realise Experimental Goals and Constraints' Third Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science, 17 Nov, Austin TX. IEEE digital library, 2008. DOI: 10.1109/WORKS.2008.4723962
P. Edwards, A. Chorley, F. Hielkema, E. Pignotti, A. Preece, C. Mellish, and J. Farrington. (2007). 'Using the Grid to Support Evidence-Based Policy Assessment in Social Science'. inProcs of the UK e-Science All Hands Meeting.
A. Preece, B. Jin, E. Pignotti, P. Missier, S. M. Embury, D. Stead and A. Brown (2006) 'Managing Information Quality in e-Science Using Semantic Web Technology' The Semantic Web: Research and Applications, 3rd European Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 2006, Budva, Montenegro, June 11-14, 2006, Proceedings; 01/2006. DOI: 10.1007/11762256_35
E. Pignotti, P. Edwards, A. Preece, G. Polhill and N. Gotts (2005) 'Providing Ontology Support for Social Simulation' Proceedings of the First International Conference on eSocial Science, NCeSS/ESRC, Manchester, 2005.
P. Edwards, A. Preece, E. Pignotti, G. Polhill and N. Gotts (2005) 'Lessons Learnt from Deployment of a Social Simulation Tool to the Semantic Grid' Proceedings of the First International Conference on eSocial Science, NCeSS/ESRC, Manchester, 2005.
G.Polhill, E. Pignotti, N. Gotts, P. Edwards and A. Preece (2005) 'An ontology for experimentation with a social simulation of land use change' Proceedings of the Third Annual Conference of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA), Koblenz, September 5-9, 2005
E. Pignotti, P. Edwards, Preece, A., G. Polhill & Gotts, N. (2005). 'Semantic Support for Computational Land-Use Modelling'. in 2005 IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid. vol. 2, IEEE Press, pp. 840-847, 5th IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid (CCGrid 2005), Cardiff, United Kingdom, 9-12 May. DOI: 10.1109/CCGRID.2005.1558649
E. Pignotti, P. Edwards, A. Preece, N. Gotts, and G. Polhill (2004) 'FEARLUS-G: A Semantic Grid Service for Land-Use Modelling' Proceedings of the ECAI-04 Workshop on Semantic Intelligent Middleware for the Web & the Grid, CEUR-WS-Vol.111, 2004.
E. Pignotti, P. Edwards, G A Grimnes (2004) 'Context-Aware Personalised Service Delivery.' Proceedings of the 16th Eureopean Conference on Artificial Intelligence, ECAI'2004, including Prestigious Applicants of Intelligent Systems, PAIS 2004, Valencia, Spain, August 22-27, 2004; 01/2004