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Anne James is Professor of Data Systems Architecture in the Distributed Systems and Modelling Applied Research Group at Coventry University. She obtained her BSc degree at Aston University, UK in 1980 and her PhD at the University of Wolverhampton UK in 1986. She specialised in the area of data management in her PhD. Since then Anne has been active in teaching in higher education and in participating in research projects as part of national and international teams. Her main duties currently involve leading research, supervising research students and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The research interests of Professor James are in the general area of creating distributed systems to meet new and unusual data and information challenges. Examples of current projects are the development of Quality of Services in grid computing, the construction of special techniques to accommodate appropriate handling of web transactions, the development of advanced systems for information retrieval, the advancement of intelligent collaborative systems and the use of parallel processing to improve performance in the context of a mass data environment.

Professor James has successfully supervised around 30 research degrees and has published around 150 papers in peer reviewed journals or conferences.

Research Interests

Data modelling; Information retrieval

Vision Statement

A lack of methods for harnessing data to create knowledge inspired my research. Static and dynamic aspects, management and retrieval methods, distribution architectures, heterogeneous systems, interoperability and semantic web are all factors in an increasingly complex field. And the data keeps growing!. The way data is handled is crucial to the new application areas of computer science. Home and building energy systems, digital health monitoring, pervasive systems, enterprise systems, digital entertainment, forensics , control and automation all require the backbone of intelligent and efficient data handling systems together with reliable distribution and exchange of data. Let’s go solve!

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Research Output 2002 2017

Advanced design, analysis, and implementation of pervasive and smart collaborative systems enabled with knowledge modelling and big data analytics

Trappey, A. J. C., Elgh, F., Hartmann, T., James, A., Stjepandic, J., Trappey, C. V. & Wognum, N. 4 Feb 2017 In : Advanced Engineering Informatics. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Big data

A fuzzy computational model of emotion for cloud based sentiment analysis

Karyotis, C., Doctor, F., Iqbal, R., James, A. & Chang, V. 10 Feb 2017 In : Information Sciences. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Learning systems
Application programming interfaces (API)
Fuzzy logic
Computer systems

An intelligent framework for emotion aware e-healthcare support systems

Doctor, F., Karyotis, C., Iqbal, R. & James, A. 9 Feb 2017 2016 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, SSCI 2016. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 9 p. 7850044

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Health care
Fuzzy logic
Quality of service
1 Citations

A Fuzzy Modelling Approach of Emotion for Affective Computing Systems

Karyotis, C., Doctor, F., Iqbal, R., James, A. & Chang, V. 2016 p. 453-460

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Fuzzy rules
Fuzzy logic
Learning systems
3 Citations

An efficient image retrieval scheme for colour enhancement of embedded and distributed surveillance images

Iqbal, K., Odetayo, M., James, A., Iqbal, R., Kumar, N. & Barma, S. 22 Jan 2016 In : Neurocomputing. 174, A, p. 413-430

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Image retrieval
Image Enhancement
Image enhancement

Activities 1981 2010

  • 106 Participation in conference
  • 5 Editorial activity
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design

James, A. (Member of Programme Committee)
13 Apr 201016 Apr 2010

Activity: Participation in conference

British National Conference on Databases

James, A. (Organising Committee)
28 Jun 201030 Jun 2010

Activity: Participation in conference

International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design

James, A. (Chair)
14 Apr 201016 Apr 2010

Activity: Participation in conference

1st International Workshop on Cloud Applications and Security CAS'10

James, A. (Organising Committee)
8 Nov 201011 Nov 2010

Activity: Participation in conference