Areas and projects

Many of our research projects are collaborations between the groups inside the department or with groups in other departments and institutions, including a substantial number of industrial and commercial companies.

Our basic research attracts considerable external funding from a variety of sources, including major UK Research Councils, the European Commission, UK government, and industry. This enables us to maintain a large body of first rate postdoctoral research staff, many of whom move on to university lectureships or research-oriented posts in industry. It also helps us to maintain an internationally competitive infrastructure of equipment and other facilities.


Active projects

COHSE (Conceptual Open Hypermedia Service) The aim of COHSE is to research into methods to improve significantly the quality, consistency and breadth of linking of WWW documents at retrieval time (as readers browse the documents) and authoring time (as authors create the documents). Funded
CoreGRID CoreGRID is a European "Network of Excellence" (NoE) that aims to strengthen and advance scientific and technological excellence in the area of Grid and Peer-to-Peer technologies by bringing together a critical mass of well-established researchers from 42 institutions. Funded (European Commission)

The broad objective of dataspaces is that structured data should be able to be made available in an integrated way, with minimal effort directed at the development and maintenance of the mappings that are central to classical integration.

DynamO (Dynamic Ontologies) Dynamo aims to develop a logical basis for a dynamic ontology language that is fully compatible with current, standard static ontology languages and provides the necessary expressive power for the structured representation of e-Science services. Funded (EPSRC)
Extending Expressive Description Logics. The project investigates different extensions of expressive description logics that are motivated by the use of Description Logics as the logical underpinning of ontology languages such as OWL, studies their computational complexity, and designs practical reasoning algorithms for them. Funded
FAME-PERMIS A JISC funded project to design and develop a middleware solution to integrate multi-level authentication services to achieve authentication strength linked fine-grained access control and to support single-sign-on. Funded
Knowledge Web Knowledge Web aims to support the transition process of Ontology technology from Academia to Industry Funded (European Union 6th Framework Programme)
LOGO LOGO aims to develop logics and reasoning techniques that will form the foundations of the next generation of ontology languages and reasoning systems. Funded (EPSRC)
Modularity of Ontologies The goal of this project is to develop meaningful notions and related reasoning services for composing and decomposing ontologies to serve as the basis for the collaborative development and re-use of ontologies. Funded (EPSRC)
Monty The Manchester Curated Ontology Library aims to provide a collection of ontologies annotated with a number of metrics and properties including, for example, expressivity, size and satisfiability. Pilot study
mygrid Providing support for the eScientist performing in silico experiments. Funded
On-Demand Data Integration: Dataspaces by Refinement The aim of the project is to investigate how a dataspace management system (DSMS) can provide integrated access to heterogeneous data sources with minimal up-front costs and incremental improvement using information from different sources (e.g. the users, the data in the different sources). Funded
OntoGrid The OntoGrid project is producing the technological infrastructure for the rapid prototyping and development of knowledge-intensive distributed open services for the Semantic Grid Funded
Pedro The Pedro project has developed an extensible model-driven data capture tool for XML data, including support for ontology-based data entry; the resulting software has been widely used, in particular in the life sciences. Funded (UK e-Science Programme and BBSRC)
REOL REOL aims to design efficient reasoning systems for very expressive ontology languages Funded (EPSRC)
REWERSE (Reasoning on the Web with Rules and Semantics) REWERSE aims to establish Europe as a leader in reasoning languages for the Web Funded (European Union 6th Framework Programme)
Service Level Agreement Based Scheduling Heuristics project The Service Level Agreement Based Scheduling Heuristics project aims to establish a framework for efficient job scheduling on Grid-enabled high-performance (parallel) computing resources, based on the notion of Service Level Agreements, which may be negotiated between the submitter of each job, superschedulers and local schedulers. Funded (EPSRC)
shimmer An experiment with the Web Ontology Language (OWL) to provide semantic matching of biomedical web services. Pilot study
TONES (Thinking ONtologiES) TONES aims to study and develop automated reasoning techniques for tasks associated with ontologies, and devise methodologies for the deployment of such techniques, on Funded (European Union 6th Framework Programme)


Drug discovery platform using Linked Data

BioVeL - Biodiversity Virtual Laboratory Platform for biodiversity workflows and services  
SSI - Software Sustainability Institute UK  Supports researchers to build and use better software  


UK life science infrastructure and training for biological information



Digital preservation of large-scale and heterogeneous collections of digital-objects



Platform and tooling, for finding, sharing and exchanging Data, Models and Processes in Systems Biology



Support and service network for European Systems Biology, managing and disseminating data and models in a FAIR manner: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.



Distributed European-wide infrastructure and hubs of technological excellence in systems biology



Harnessing health data for patient and public benefit


Semantic Sensor Grids for Rapid Application Development for Environmental Management (SemSorGrid4Env)

This project is concerned with developing techniques to enable sensor networks to be easily discoverable, integrated with each other, and also integrated with other types of data sources (e.g. a relational database with historical data), thus enabling mashups to be developed, in an impromptu manner, that combine independent sensor networks and other types of data sources.


Past projects

Dante This project investigates principles and derived techniques to enhance the travel experience for visually impaired Web users. Pilot study
DIAS-MC The DIAS-MC activity in Manchester aims to develop QoS-aware methods and tools for the design, implementation, and adaptation of the data management needs of sensor network applications Funded
FIDES (Fair Integrated Data Exchange Services) an R&D (Research and Development) project collaboratively undertaken by the University of Manchester and the PrismTech Ltd to develop secure e-transaction services. Funded
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