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Research area(s)

Dr Ali’s research interests focus on the usage of software architectural models, techniques and tools for distributed and adaptive systems. I have used different techniques and combined them with software architecture such as Model Driven Engineering, Reverse Engineering, Middleware, Optimization and Machine Learning. Currently, I am working on three main areas: 1) Micro-service software architecture 2) Autonomic architecture in the healthcare domain 3) Mobile Ambients that are self-adaptive.

Research supervision

Dr Ali has supervised over 5 research assistants in the different projects she has been involved in. She has also supervised many MSc dissertations and Final Year Projects in her research area. She also supervises PhD students. PhD students Supervising

  • Nuha Alshuqayran at the University of Brighton (co-supervised with Roger Evans). In this thesis, the objective is to provide software architecture recovery of micro-service systems.
  • John Omede. In this thesis, the objective is to support security in software architecture of Smart Cities/Homes.
  • Naveed Iqbal: In this thesis, the objective is to support micro-service systems with software architecture consistency.

Completed Supervision

  • Dr Nikolay Burlutskiy at the University of Brighton (co-supervised with Miltos Petridis and Andrew Fish), Prediction of User Behaviour on the Web. Viva Voce on 10/01/2017.

Research project(s) and grant(s)

Dr Ali has been PI on 5 projects and co-investigator in 15 funded projects. These are several of the recent ones:

Project Title Funding Body Dates
An Autonomic Software Architecture for Knowledge Management in Medical Diagnosis Royal Academy of Engineering 01/2016-01/2017
Knowledge Transfer Partnership no. KTP009642 Travel Places: Migrating a legacy software system through Architecture Recovery Innovate UK & Travel Places 09/2014-09/2016
Service Oriented Architecture Recovery and Consistency University of Brighton 04/2014- 04/2016
Architecture Recovery and Consistency Enterprise Ireland 06/2012-08/2012

Current Research

Project Title Funding Body Dates
An Autonomic Architectural Approach for Health Care Systems The Royal Society 12/2015-30/11/2017