I am a Reader in the Distributed & Scientific Computing in the School of Computer Science and Informatics. I also consult independently on Web development and at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC, where I have worked on computer networking research projects over the past 15 years.

Ian has a strong track record in leading research projects in the Web (WHIP), networking (SWITCH) workflow (Triana, GridLab, GridOneD) and data distribution areas (EDGES, EDGI), with applications in audio (DART), astrophysics (GEO 600) and healthcare (Sintero Server, TRIACS). In the USA, Ian also holds an adjunct Associative Professor at the University of Notre Dame and has been consulting to the Naval Research Lab (NRL) for the past 15 years. He has also led the IT development and infrastructures for several startups and redevelopment projects for existing businesses.

His research over the last 25 years has covered a broad range of distributed computing areas but he now specializes in Web interaction and APIs, big data applications, distributed scientific workflows (focusing on the Triana workflow engine) and data distribution, with application areas ranging from audio, astrophysics and engineering to bioinformatics and healthcare. He has managed over 15 research and industrial projects, published over 120 papers, 3 books (1, 2 and 3), Research Groups at the Open Grid Forum and chairs the WORKS Workflow workshop yearly at Supercomputing. According to the google scholar calculations, Ian has more than 6000 citations and an h-index of 39. Ian was also the Alan Berman ARPAD best NRL research paper prize for both 2010 and 2011 [1,2] and has been successful in a number of research grants over the past 14 years, surpassing £4.5 million (~$7million). Ian served (2006-2013) on the management oversight committee for DPAC project (£10M, STFC) providing data analysis for the ESA GAIA mission to create the most precise 3D one billion star chart of our Galaxy.