Dr Xiaodong Liu


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Dr. X. Liu received his PhD in Computer Science from De Montfort University and joined Napier in 1999. He is a Reader and is currently leading the Software Systems research group in the IIDI, Edinburgh Napier University. He was the director of Centre for Information & Software Systems. Dr Liu is an active researcher in software engineering with internationally excellent reputation and leading expertise in context-aware adaptive services, service evolution, mobile clouds, pervasive computing, software reuse, and green software engineering. He has meanwhile a successful track record of teaching in a number of software engineering courses which are widely informed by his research activities. 

Dr Liu has led 7 externally funded projects as the PI, and published over 80 papers in established international journals and conferences, 3 book chapters and 3 research handbooks. He is the inventor of 1 patent registered in UK and USA and the founder of a spin-out company. He has been the chair, co-chair or PC member of a number of IEEE and IASTED International Conferences. He is the editorial board member of 3 international journals and editor of 3 research books. He is a member of IEEE Computer Society and British Computer Society.


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    Recent Projects

    Context-Active Resilience in Cyber Physical systems (CAR)
    Context-active resilience is a novel concept of CPS resilience proposed in this action, which emphasises active and even proactive response to the dynamic state of CPS and its users in real-time. CAR Patterns will be identified via the empirical analysis of practical CPS systems, and specified with...
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    PhD Project Involvement

    Oluwaseun Bamgboye (PhD 2016-)
    A semantic approach for smart city data integration towards improved data quality.
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    Alsnousi Essa (PhD 2013-)
    Cluster-based multi-source multicast routing protocol for wireless sensor networks.
    Mamoun Qasem (PhD 2013-)
    On enhancing the reliability of power and lossy networks in the internet of things.
    Richard Greenwell (PhD 2010-)
    An approach to the semantic intelligence cloud.
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    Gopal Singh Jamnal (PhD 2014-)
    Cognitive IoT approach for ambient-intelligence smart spaces. Cognitive Internet-of-everything(IoE) approach of Ambient Intelligent Smart Space
    Mamoun Qasem (PhD 2013-)
    On enhancing the reliability of power and lossy networks in the internet of things.
    Brian Davison (PhD 2012-)
    The influence of varying wind conditions on wind turbine power performance.
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    Zhe Wang (PhD 2010-)
    An approach to synergistic and dynamic service evolution in clouds.
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    Recent Publications

    Chinenyeze, S., Liu, X., Al-Dubai, A. (2017). BEFTIGRE: Behaviour‐driven full‐tier green evaluation of mobile cloud applications. Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, 29, (2), .

    Aldawood, S., Fowley, F., Pahl, C., Taibi, D., Liu, X. (2016). A Coordination-based Brokerage Architecture for Multi-Cloud Resource Markets. In: (Ed.) Proceedings of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud (FiCloud-2016), , () ( ed.). (pp. ). Vienna, Austria: . IEEE Computer Society.

    Chinenyeze, S., Liu, X., Al-Dubai, A. (2016). DEEPC: Dynamic Energy Profiling of Components. In: (Ed.) 10th IEEE International Workshop on Quality-oriented Reuse of Software (QUORS’16) in conjunction with the 40th IEEE International Conference on Computers, Software & Applications (COMPSAC 2016), , () ( ed.). (pp. ). Georgia, USA: . .

    Fang, D., Liu, X., Romdhani, I. (2016). An agility-oriented and fuzziness-embedded semantic model for collaborative cloud service search, retrieval and recommendation. Future Generation Computer Systems, 56, (C), 11-26.

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    Supervised dissertations

    McLaughlin, M. (2017). Context Awareness Platform for Android (BEng (Hons) Software Engineering Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Liu, X., Owens, J.).

    Hussey, J. (2014). Multi User live video streaming of events via mobile applications (MEng (Hons) Software Engineering Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Kemmer, R., Liu, X.).