Prof Norman Paton


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Research interests

My research focuses on distributed information management for challenging environments and applications, much of which is carried out within the Information Management Group in the School of Computer Science.

The development of effective techniques for improving computer support for data intensive applications is one of the major areas of activity in computer science research. Current areas of interest in computer science include:

  • Autonomic systems: enabling distributed systems to adapt their behaviour automatically to reflect changes in their execution environment.
  • Data integration: reducing the cost of developing and maintaining applications that combine data from multiple databases or analysis environments.

Current projects include an EPSRC Programme Grant on Adding Value to Data (VADA) and Manchester's Smart City Demonstrator (CityVerve).


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