Dr George Ghinea

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Reader
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Room: St John's Building 124
Brunel University
Uxbridge
UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 266033
Fax: +44 (0)1895 269757
Email: george.ghinea@brunel.ac.uk

Web: Personal Website
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Summary

I am a Reader in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London. I obtained my BSc. Degree with Computer Science and Mathematics majors from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. I later went on to obtain BSc. (Hons.) and MSc. Degrees, both in Computer Science, from the same university. I was awarded my PhD – Quality of Perception: An Essential Facet of Multimedia Communications -  from the University of Reading, UK, in 2000. In it, I proposed the Quality of Perception metric, a precursor of the Quality of Experience (QoE) concept now widely known. However, whilst QoE is still a concept, QoP is a concrete metric. Thus, recognising the infotainment duality of multimedia, QoP not only characterises the subjective enjoyment associated with experiencing multimedia presentations, but also how such presentations aid a person's ability to assimilate informational content.


My research activities lie at the confluence of Computer Science, Media and Psychology. In particular, my work focuses on the area of perceptual multimedia quality and how one builds end-to-end communication systems incorporating user perceptual requirements. I have applied my expertise in areas such as eye-tracking, telemedicine, multi-modal interaction, and ubiquitous and mobile computing. I am particularly interested in building human-centred e-systems, particularly integrating human perceptual requirements. My work has been funded by both national and international funding bodies – all of it being collaborative work with other teams and stakeholders I have been privileged to be involved with. I have also been honoured to supervise 14 PhD students to completion and to have published over 200 high-quality research articles with them and other research collaborators.


Currently, my research pursuits are centered on extending the notion of multimedia with that of mulsemedia – a term which I have put forward to denote multiple sensorial media, ie. media applications that go beyond engaging the by now traditional auditory and visual senses, engaging three of our other human in a realistic manner akin to our experiences of everyday life.

Research and Teaching

Research Interests

• Multimedia and multimodal interactive environments
• Mulsemedia applications and environments
• Adaptive, cross-layer communication systems
• Human-centred e-systems
• Mobile and pervasive computing
• Communications security

Teaching

I currently lead the level 2 undergraduate module Networks and Operating Systems  as well as the Masters dissertation module.

Research Supervision

I am fortunate enough to lead a team of motivated, bright and enthusiastic individuals who work on exciting research areas within my expertise:

 

Kaveh Darabi - Kaveh is exploring solutions for personalising multimedia video abstracts

Mohamed Hassanein - Mohamed's research targets the area of web services security and steganography

Michael Scott - Michael is exploring digital games-based solutions to enhance learners' programming skills

Zawlikhah Alsomali – Zawlikhah is looking at ebanking adoption in Saudi Arabia

Joharah Alzahrani – Joharah is exploring ways to enhance interactivity in e-learning solutions for Saudi Arabia.

Christian Niephaus - Christian is exploring solutions for QoS-aware load distribution

Pardis Pourghomi - Pardis is exploring mobile payment solutions using Near Field Communications

Emmanuel (Manos) Perakakis - Manos is looking at how to solve research issues pertaining to building multi-platform interactive TV ads

Jens Maiero – Jens is exploring Ad-hoc Interaction in Spatial Augmented Reality Environments

 

Past Members

Past members of my team, whom I have supervised on exciting projects as part of their PhD and postdoc studies, include:

Dr Stephen Gulliver (PhD, 2003) - Stephen explored the wys<> wyg relation in multimedia applications using the Quality of Perception metric. Stephen and I were the first persons to use eye-tracking to explore perceptual multimedia quality and to apply eye tracking in the assessment of continuous media.

 Dr Tacha Serif (PhD, 2004) - Tacha used the Quality of Perception metric to explore the user infotainment experience across multiple access devices in his PhD. We then subsequently explored the use of PDAs for pervasive clinical data collection.

 Dr Oyindamola Abass (PhD, 2007) - Oyinda integrated the use of original strategies incorporating confidence traits in e-negotiations.

 Dr Oluwakemi Ademoye (PhD, 2008) - Kemi’s innovative work focused on the use of the Quality of Perception metric to explore the user experience of olfaction-enhanced multimedia.

 Dr Elisabeth Enabulele (PhD, 2008) - Elisabeth  enlarged the concept of quality in broadband applications through a multi-stakeholder perspective.

 Dr Elahe Kani (PhD, 2008) - Elahe’s PhD focused on the implications of employing user-centred design strategies in media-rich digital libraries.

 Dr Kunle Olowe (PhD, 2009) - Kunle used the Quality of Perception metric to explore the user infotainment experience of packet-based voice quality in communication networks

 Dr Adel Almohammed (PhD, 2010) - Adel explored novel and efficient ways of using steganography  in both images and video media content

 Dr Fotis Spyridonis (PhD, 2012) - Fotis studyied the use of 3D visualization techniques for real-time, ubiquitous, data collection in telemedicine.

 Dr Bachar Alrouh (PhD, 2012) - Bachar’s research focused on web services security and the computational overheads involved in adding extra such functionality to distributed systems

 Dr Mathias Kretschmer (PhD, 2012) - Mathias looked at seamless integration of Broadcast technologies such as Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) to introduce support for high-bandwidth multimedia services.

 Dr Tor-Morten Gronli (PhD, 2012) - Tor-Morten’s work looked at enriching the concept of context with elements of media-rich Web 2.0 and situational awareness within the framework of a Personal Information Manager.

 Dr Jarle Hansen (PhD, 2012) - Jarle’s research focused on information sharing between mobile devices using the Android platform.

Dr Abdullah Alhayani (PhD, 2013) – Abdullah’s research involved examining information security threats and challenges in Saudi financial institutions.

Publications

Publications

Journal Papers

(2014) Ghinea, G., Hwang, W-Y., Muntean, CH. and Cheng, J., Guest editorial, Interacting with Computers 26 (4) : 303- 304

(2014) Ciubotaru, B., Ghinea, G. and Muntean, G-M., Subjective assessment of region of interest-aware adaptive multimedia streaming quality, IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting 60 (1) : 50- 60

(2014) Grønli, T-M., Ghinea, G. and Younas, M., Context-aware and automatic configuration of mobile devices in cloud-enabled ubiquitous computing, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 18 (4) : 883- 894

(2014) Grønli, T-M., Pourghomi, P. and Ghinea, G., Towards NFC payments using a lightweight architecture for the Web of Things, Computing

(2013) Niephaus, C., Kretschmer, M. and Ghinea, G., Towards QoS-aware load distribution in heterogeneous networks, 2013 IEEE 11th Malaysia International Conference on Communications, MICC 2013 151- 156

(2013) Kannan, R., Ghinea, G., Swaminathan, S. and Kannaiyan, S., Improving video summarization based on user preferences, 2013 4th National Conference on Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Image Processing and Graphics, NCVPRIPG 2013

(2013) Pourghomi, P. and Ghinea, G., Ecosystem scenarios for cloud-based NFC payments, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, MEDES 2013 113- 118

(2013) Pourghomi, P., Saeed, MQ. and Ghinea, G., A proposed NFC payment application, International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications 4 (8) : 173- 181 Download publication

(2013) Lundar, JA., Grønli, T-M. and Ghinea, G., Performance evaluation of a modern web architecture, International Journal of Information Technology and Web Engineering 8 (1) : 36- 50

(2013) Scott, M. and Ghinea, G., On the domain-specificity of mindsets: The relationship between aptitude beliefs and programming practice, IEEE Transactions on Education 57 (3) : 169- 174 Download publication

(2013) Frank, AO., Gawronski, J., Spyridonis, F. and Ghinea, G., Pain management following new and long-standing spinal cord injury: A pilot study of changes in pain intensity experienced during the day, International Journal of Rehabilitation Research 36 (4) : 379- 382

(2013) Choudrie, J., Ghinea, G. and Songonuga, VN., Silver surfers, e-government and the digital divide: An exploratory study of uk local authoritywebsites and older citizens, Interacting with Computers 25 (6) : 417- 442 Download publication

(2013) Mesfin, WF., Atnafu, S. and Ghinea, G., Open air market and mobile money information system requirements, Proceedings - International Conference on ICT for Smart Society 2013: "Think Ecosystem Act Convergence", ICISS 2013 20- 25

(2013) Grønli, T-M., Ghinea, G. and Younas, M., A lightweight architecture for the Web-of-Things, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) 8093 LNCS 248- 259

(2013) Grønli, T-M., Hansen, J., Ghinea, G. and Younas, M., Context-Aware and cloud based adaptation of the user experience, Proceedings - International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications, AINA 885- 891

(2013) Ademoye, OA. and Ghinea, G., Information recall task impact in olfaction-enhanced multimedia, ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications 9 (3)

(2013) Grønli, T-M., Ghinea, G., Spyridonis, F. and Hansen, J., Paindroid: A mobile tool for pain visualization and management, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) 8013 LNCS (PART 2) : 401- 406

(2013) Frank, AO., Gawronski, J., Spyridonis, F. and Ghinea, G., Pain management following new and long-standing spinal cord injury: a pilot study of changes in pain intensity experienced during the day., Int J Rehabil Res 36 (4) : 379- 382 Download publication

(2013) Grønli, T-M., Ghinea, G. and Younas, M., Context-aware and automatic configuration of mobile devices in cloud-enabled ubiquitous computing, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 1- 12

(2013) Kretschmer, M., Mödeker, J. and Ghinea, G., Path signalling in a wireless back-haul network integrating unidirectional broadcast technologies, IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting 59 (2) : 358- 368

(2013) Spyridonis, F., Ghinea, G. and Frank, AO., Attitudes of patients toward adoption of 3d technology in pain assessment:: Qualitative perspective, Journal of Medical Internet Research 15 (4) : e55 Download publication

(2013) Kretschmer, M., Batroff, P. and Ghinea, G., Topology forming and optimization framework for heterogeneous wireless back-haul networks supporting unidirectional technologies, Journal of Network and Computer Applications 36 (2) : 698- 710

(2013) Fagerstrøm, A. and Ghinea, G., Co-creation of value in higher education: Using social network marketing in the recruitment of students, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 35 (1) : 45- 53

(2013) Kretschmer, M., Mödeker, J. and Ghinea, G., Path Signalling in a Wireless Back-Haul Network Integrating Unidirectional Broadcast Technologies, IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting

(2013) Kretschmer, M., Batroff, P. and Ghinea, G., Topology forming and optimization framework for heterogeneous wireless back-haul networks supporting unidirectional technologies, Journal of Network and Computer Applications

(2013) Spyridonis, F., Hansen, J., Grønli, T-M. and Ghinea, G., PainDroid: an android-based virtual reality application for pain assessment, Multimedia Tools and Applications 1- 16

(2013) Gronli, T-M., Ghinea, G. and Bygstad, B., Exploring solutions for mobile companionship: A design research approach to context-aware management, International Journal of Information Management 33 (1) : 227- 234

(2012) Ghinea, G. and Ademoye, O., Impact of olfaction on information recall: Perspectives from an empirical study, 446- 456

(2012) Kretschmer, M., Niephaus, C. and Ghinea, G., Heterogeneous Meshed Wireless Back-Haul network integrating unidirectional technologies, 139- 160

(2012) Spyridonis, F., Gronli, TM., Hansen, J. and Ghinea, G., Evaluating the usability of a virtual reality-based Android application in managing the pain experience of wheelchair users., Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference 2012 2460- 2463

(2012) Ghinea, G. and Ademoye, O., User perception of media content association in olfaction-enhanced multimedia, ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications 8 (4)

(2012) Batroff, P., Ghinea, G., Horstmann, T., Jonas, K. and Moedeker, J., A pilot of a QoS-aware wireless back-haul network for rural areas, Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 92 LNICST 96- 105

(2012) Grønli, T-M., Ghinea, G. and Bygstad, B., Exploring solutions for mobile companionship: A design research approach to context-aware management, International Journal of Information Management

(2012) Andersen-Gott, M., Ghinea, G. and Bygstad, B., Why do commercial companies contribute to open source software?, International Journal of Information Management 32 (2) : 106- 117 Download publication

(2012) Spyridonis, F., Gawronski, J., Ghinea, G. and Frank, AO., An interactive 3-D application for pain management: Results from a pilot study in spinal cord injury rehabilitation, Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine 108 (1) : 356- 366 Download publication

(2012) Ghinea, G. and Ademoye, O., The sweet smell of success: Enhancing multimedia applications with olfaction, ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications 8 (1) : 2 Download publication

(2011) Ghinea, G., Andres, F. and Gulliver, S., Preface, Multiple Sensorial Media Advances and Applications: New Developments in MulSeMedia

(2011) Ghinea, G. and Ademoye, O., User perception of media content association in olfaction-enhanced multimedia, 204- 216

(2011) Ghinea, G., Andres, F. and Gulliver, S., Multiple sensorial media advances and applications: New developments in MulSeMedia, Multiple Sensorial Media Advances and Applications: New Developments in MulSeMedia 1- 320

(2011) Alrouh, B., Almohammad, A. and Ghinea, G., Information Hiding in SOAP Messages: A Steganographic Method for Web Services, International Journal for Information Security Research (IJISR) 1 (1) : 61- 70

(2011) Ghinea, G., Bygstad, B. and Satpathy, M., Software developers in India and Norway: Professional or national cultures?, Journal of Information Technology Research 4 (3) : 50- 63

(2009) Kretschmer, M., Niephaus, C. and Ghinea, G., Carrier-grade Wireless Mesh Access Networks using unidirectional overlay cells, Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 22 LNICST 530- 544

(2006) Ghinea, G., Serif, T., Gill, D. and Frank, AO., Back pain data collection using scalable vector graphics and geographical information systems, 210- 228

Conference Papers

(2014) Scott, M. and ghinea, G., Measuring Enrichment: The Assembly and Validation of an Instrument to Assess Student Self-Beliefs in CS1, ICER '14, Proceedings of the 10th International ACM Workshop on Computing Education Research

(2014) Scott, M., Gheorghita, G. and Arachchilage, NAG., Assessing the Role of Conceptual Knowledge in an Anti-Phishing Game, ICALT '14, Proceedings of the 14th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies

(2013) Scott, M. and Ghinea, G., Implicit Theories of Programming Aptitude as a Barrier to Learning to Code: Are They Distinct from Intelligence?, ITiCSE '13, Proceedings of the 17th ACM Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education 347-347- Download publication

(2013) Scott, M. and Ghinea, G., Promoting game accessibility: Experiencing an induction on inclusive design practice at the global games jam, GGJ '13, Proceedings of the Inaugural Workshop on the Global Games Jam 17- 20 Download publication

(2013) Scott, M. and Ghinea, G., Educating programmers: A reflection on barriers to deliberate practice, HEA STEM '13, Proceedings of the 2nd HEA Conference on Learning and Teaching in STEM Disciplines Paper 028P- Download publication

(2013) Scott, M. and Ghinea, G., Integrating Fantasy Role-Play into the Programming Lab: Exploring the 'Projective Identity' Hypothesis, SIGCSE '13, Proceedings of the 44th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education 119- 122 Download publication

(2014) Gronli, T-M., Hansen, J., Ghinea, G. and Younas, M., Mobile application platform heterogeneity: Android vs windows phone vs iOS vs Firefox OS, , Proceedings - International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications, AINA 635- 641

(2014) Spyridonis, F., Moschonas, P., Touliou, K., Tsakiris, A. and Ghinea, G., Designing accessible ICT products and services - The VERITAS accessibility testing platform, , Proceedings of the Workshop on Advanced Visual Interfaces AVI 113- 116

(2012) Al Somali, Z. and Ghinea, G., Investigation of factors affecting growth of e-banking services in Saudi Arabia, , 2012 International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions, ICITST 2012 583- 588

(2012) Hassanein, MS. and Ghinea, G., Text fingerprint key generation, , 2012 International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions, ICITST 2012 603- 609

(2012) Pourghomi, P. and Ghinea, G., Managing NFC payment applications through cloud computing, , 2012 International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions, ICITST 2012 772- 777

(2012) Pourghomi, P. and Ghinea, G., Challenges of managing secure elements within the NFC ecosystem, , 2012 International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions, ICITST 2012 720- 725

(2012) Mesfin, WF., Ghinea, G. and Atnafu, S., Towards understanding the rural financial ecosystem in Ethiopia: Perspective from case study, , Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, MEDES 2012 103- 108

(2012) Kretschmer, M., Horstmann, T., Batroff, P., Rademacher, M. and Ghinea, G., Link calibration and property estimation in self-managed Wireless Back-Haul networks, , APCC 2012 - 18th Asia-Pacific Conference on Communications: "Green and Smart Communications for IT Innovation" 232- 237

(2012) Spyridonis, F., Gronli, T-M., Hansen, J. and Ghinea, G., Evaluating the usability of a Virtual Reality-based Android application in managing the pain experience of wheelchair users, , Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2460- 2463

(2012) Zang, Y., Thomas, JP., Ghinea, G., Thomas, M. and Darwish, S., Secure sector based bi-path clustering and routing protocol for WSNs, , Proc. of the 11th IEEE Int. Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications, TrustCom-2012 - 11th IEEE Int. Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications, IUCC-2012 777- 784

(2012) Darwish, S., Taylor, SJE. and Ghinea, G., Security server-based architecture for mobile ad hoc networks, , Proc. of the 11th IEEE Int. Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications, TrustCom-2012 - 11th IEEE Int. Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications, IUCC-2012 926- 930

(2012) Perakakis, E., Levinenko, A. and Ghinea, G., HTML5 and companion web technologies as a universal platform for interactive Internet TV advertising, , 2012 International Conference on Telecommunications and Multimedia, TEMU 2012 214- 219

(2012) Kretschmer, M., Niephaus, C. and Ghinea, G., A wireless back-haul architecture supporting dynamic broadcast and white space coexistence, , 2012 21st International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, ICCCN 2012 - Proceedings

(2012) Alzahrani, JG. and Ghinea, G., Evaluating the impact of interactivity issues on e-learning effectiveness, , 2012 International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, ITHET 2012

(2011) Mampadi, F., Ghinea, G., Huang, P-R. and Chen, SY., Influence of prior knowledge and cognitive styles in Adaptive Hypermedia Learning Systems, , Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011 238- 240

(2012) Hansen, J., Grønli, T-M. and Ghinea, G., Cloud to device push messaging on android: A case study, , Proceedings - 26th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops, WAINA 2012 1298- 1303

(2011) Kretschmer, M., Batroff, P., Niephaus, C. and Ghinea, G., Topology discovery and maintenance for heterogeneous wireless back-haul networks supporting unidirectional technologies, , 2011 IEEE 10th Malaysia International Conference on Communications, MICC 2011 1- 6

(2011) Grønli, T-M., Hansen, J. and Ghinea, G., A cloud on the horizon: The challenge of developing applications for android and iPhone, , ACM International Conference Proceeding Series

(2011) Kretschmer, M., Niephaus, C., Henkel, D. and Ghinea, G., QoS-aware wireless back-haul network for rural areas with support for broadcast services in practice, , Proceedings - 8th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems, MASS 2011 758- 764

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