Workshop to Launch the London Digital Twin Research Centre at Middlesex University

In November 2017, the UK Industrial Strategy was published setting out a long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of the UK population with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure. The strategy proposed four challenges: UK to be at the forefront of artificial intelligence; Future of mobility to be based on electric cars and

Language Support for Multi Agent Reinforcement Learning: Our paper at ISEC 2020

Our research with TCS Research Labs continues to bear fruit. The Actor based language ESL used for much of our collaborative research now incorporates machine learning capability and delves into Digital Twin technology. We report on some early results at one of our favourite conferences: Innovations in Software Engineering (ISEC) – India’s premier software engineering

Mapping the Public Debate on Ethical Concerns: Algorithms in the Fourth Estate

This paper was published in the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 2019 The full paper is available on the Middlesex University Repository here. Algorithms are in the mainstream media news on an almost daily basis. Their context is invariably artificial intelligence and machine learning decision making. In media articles, algorithms are described as powerful,

Pirating the IBM 360 and PL/1 Pointers: Dinner at #ICSE2018

ICSE 2018 (, celebrating 50 years of software engineering, is promising to be great event. An outstanding set of keynote speakers including Fred Brooks Jr, Brian Randell and Margaret Hamilton ( will bring to bear an insightful reflection on modern software engineering research and practice. Today, I had an opportunity to converse with two pioneers

Using Foucault to examine value sensitive design concerns

One of the great benefits in multi-disciplinary ways of working is the exposure to other ways of examining problems. Last week, a paper submitted to CAISE 2018 (a top-ranked IS conference) was accepted for publication. The paper: Human and Value Sensitive Aspects of Mobile App Design: A Foucauldian Perspective examines the use of Michael Foucault’s writing on

Towards Improved Organisational Decision-Making – A Method and Tool-chain

It’s taken a bit of time, but one of our early experiments on constructing a tool chain from existing technology to support organisational decision making finally got accepted in the German Informatics Society journal: Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures Abstract Modern enterprises are large complex systems operating in an increasingly dynamic environment and are tasked

Are we all ‘Digital subalterns’ now?

In 1988, the postcolonial theorist, Gayatri Spivak published an essay “Can the Subaltern Speak?” about the appropriation of Gramsci’s “subaltern” (the economically dispossesed) term. She was critical of the effort to collect, locate and re-establish a “voice” or essential agency for the neglected citizens in postcolonial India. Efforts to ameliorate their condition from the outside, she argued, would