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Dhaval Thakker

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science

Faculty/Dept/School Department of Computer Science
(Faculty of Engineering and Informatics)
Emaild.thakker@bradford.ac.uk
Twitter@dr_thakker
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Biography

Dr. Dhaval Thakker joined the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics at the University of Bradford in May 2015 and is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science. He is currently the Director of Postgraduate Research (DPGR) in the faculty and leads the Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Lab. Dhaval has over fifteen years of working experience in the European Union(EU) and industrial projects researching and delivering innovative solutions. He is also part of the University’s Research Practice Innovation Group led by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) to help shape the university’s research and innovation (R&I) strategy.  

His broad area of research interest and expertise is interdisciplinary focusing on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things(IoT) technologies for the betterment of society. His current and evolving research interests include exploring the role of AI and IoT technologies in the context of Smart Cities, Digital Health, and the Circular Economy. He actively publishes in leading high impact factor journals such as the Semantic Web Journal, Elsevier Journal of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies. He regularly reviews for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). ​

To date, he has been successful as Principal and Co-investigator in over £1 million worth of R&I projects (UoB share) funded by national, international funding bodies and commercial organisations. Some of the notable funders have been the European Commission, Innovate UK, HFCE, and GCRF focusing on projects addressing societal challenges surrounding themes such as Smart Cities, Air Quality Monitoring, Flood Monitoring,  Children's Health, Industry 4.0(Smart Factories), and Archeological & Drone-based surveys in Worn-torn areas. ​

He was awarded Ph.D. in computer science by the Nottingham Trent University in 2008 for his work on 'An intelligent framework for dynamic web services composition in the semantic web'. He has completed his MSc in Data Communication Systems from Brunel University, London.  Prior to joining Bradford, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Leeds from 2011 to 2015 and was leading semantic web/AI related research in several EU projects. Before Leeds, he worked in the industry with UK's national news agency (Press Association, now PA media group) as a Research & Development Consultant to provide strategic and technical leadership in implementing Semantic Web/AI and Linked data related projects to improve access to their media repositories.​Details of the group Dhaval leads at Bradford, it's research staff, and Ph.D. students are available here. Google Scholar profile provides an extensive publication track record.  His research has been rewarded with multiple best paper awards (2019 at the 10th IEEE conference on IoT, Big Data and AI for a Smart and Safe Future; 2015 at 12th the European Semantic Web Conference). 

He is the Programme Leader(Director) for two of the Computer Science MSc courses,  MSc course on the Internet of Things(IoT)MSc Big Data Science and Technology

Below are details on some of his research and academic responsibilities. A more up to date, biography, and details are maintained on personal website here

Personal Website

Teaching

Teaching interests

Internet of Things

Knowledge Representation/AI

Research

Internet of Things(IoT)

Smart Cities

(Explainable) Artificial Intelligence/Semantic Web

Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Circular Economy

Digital Health

Date Role Title / Description Funder Award
- Principle InvestigatorSmart Cities and Open Data Reuse (SCORE)
400000
02-MAR-20 - Principal InvestigatorUrbaN Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Observatory (UNIAQ)
01-MAY-20 - Co-InvestigatorAI-based Service Management Suite
Contract Researchers
NameBaseer Ahmad
RoleResearch Assistant
ProjectSCORE
Funding bodyEuropean Regional Development Fund
 
NameArjamand Naveed
RoleResearch Assistant
ProjectUrbaN Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Observatory (UNIAQ)
 
NameRameez Kureshi
RoleResearch Assistant
ProjectUrbaN Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Observatory (UNIAQ)
 
NameBhupesh Mishra
RolePostdoctoral Researcher
ProjectSCORE
Duration3 years
Funding bodyEuropean Regional Development Fund
 

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-08: Nottingham Trent University - PhD
  • 01-JAN-04: Brunel University - MSc
  • 01-JAN-02: Gujarat University, India - BEng
  • British Computer Society, Member
  • 01-JAN-15: - Best in-use paper award winner - 12th the European Semantic Web Conference
  • 01-JAN-06: - Runner up Best Paper Award -IEEE International Conference on Web Services
  • 01-JAN-04: - PhD Scholarship (40k GBP)
  • 01-JAN-19: - Best paper Award - 10th IEEE conference on IoT, Big Data and AI for a Smart and Safe Future
  • Director - Internet of Things(IoT) Innovation Lab
  • Member of Pro-Vice Chancellor (RKTS)'s Research Practice Innovation Group
  • Director of PGR
  • Programme Leader - MSc Big Data Science and Technology
  • Programme Leader - MSc Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Academic Leadership: Programme Leader, MSc in Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Other: Principal Investigator(PI) - EC project SCORE (Smart Cities + Open data REuse)
  • Programme Leader: MSc Big Data Science and Technology

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleA Novel Application of Deep Learning with Image Cropping: A Smart Cities Use Case for Flood Monitoring (2020)
AuthorsBhupesh Kumar Mishra, Dhavalkumar Thakker, Suvodeep Mazumdar, Daniel Neagu, Marian Gheorghe & Sydney Simpson
JournalJournal Of Reliable Intelligent Environments
PublisherSpringer
 
TitleAn ontological approach for pathology assessment and diagnosis of tunnels (2020)
AuthorsDimitrova V.;Mehmood M.;Thakker D.;Sage-Vallier B.;Valdes J.;Cohn A.
JournalEngineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
DOI10.1016/j.engappai.2019.103450
 
TitleAn Ontological Approach for Pathology Assessment and Diagnosis of Tunnels (2020)
AuthorsVania Dimitrova, Muhammad Owais Mehmood, Dhavalkumar Thakker, Bastien Sage-Vallier, Joaquin Valdes, Anthony G. Cohn
JournalEngineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
PublisherELSEVIER
 
TitleA novel application of deep learning with image cropping: a smart city use case for flood monitoring (2020)
AuthorsMishra B.K.;Thakker D.;Mazumdar S.;Neagu D.;Gheorghe M.;Simpson S.
JournalJournal Of Reliable Intelligent Environments
DOI10.1007/s40860-020-00099-x
 
TitleA Novel Application of Deep Learning with Image Cropping: A Smart Cities Use Case for Flood Monitoring (2020)
AuthorsMishra, Bhupesh; Thakker, Dhavalkumar;Mazumdar, Suvodeep; Neagu, Daniel; Gheorghe, Marian; Simpson, Sydney
 
TitleAn ontology-based system for discovering landslide-induced emergencies in electrical grid (2020)
AuthorsPhengsuwan J.;Shah T.;Sun R.;James P.;Thakker D.;Ranjan R.
JournalTransactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies
DOI10.1002/ett.3899
 
TitleAn IoT-enabled Decision Support System for Circular Economy Business Model (2020)
AuthorsJ Mboli, D Thakker, J Mishra
JournalSoftware Process Improvement and Practice
PublisherWiley
 
TitleOntology-based Discovery of Time-Series Data Sources for Landslide Early Warning System (2019)
AuthorsJ Phengsuwan, T Shah, P James, D Thakker, S Barr, R Ranjan
JournalACM COMPUTING REVIEWS
 
TitleOntology-based Discovery of Time-Series Data Sources for Landslide Early Warning System (2019)
AuthorsJedsada Phengsuwan, Tejal Shah, Philip James, Dhavalkumar Thakker, Stuart Barr, Rajiv Ranjan
Journal15th International Conference on Microwaves, Radar and Wireless Communications, MIKON - 2004
 
TitleUsing Knowledge Anchors to Facilitate User Exploration of Data Graphs (2019)
AuthorsMarwan Al-Tawil, Vanid Dimitrova, Dhavalkumar Thakker
JournalSemantic Web
 
TitleA note on intelligent exploration of semantic data (2019)
AuthorsThakker D.;Schwabe D.;García R.;Kozaki K.;Brambilla M.;Dimitrova V.
JournalSemantic Web
DOI10.3233/SW-190350
 
TitleOntology-based Discovery of Time-Series Data Sources for Landslide Early Warning System (2019)
AuthorsJedsada Phengsuwan, Tejal Shah, Philip James, Dhavalkumar Thakker, Stuart Barr, Rajiv Ranjan
JournalSpringer Monographs in Mathematics
 
TitleOntology-based Discovery of Time-Series Data Sources for Landslide Early Warning System (2019)
AuthorsJedsada Phengsuwan, Tejal Shah, Philip James, Dhavalkumar Thakker, Stuart Barr, Rajiv Ranjan
JournalACM Computing Review
 
TitleOntology-based discovery of time-series data sources for landslide early warning system (2019)
AuthorsPhengsuwan J.;Shah T.;James P.;Thakker D.;Barr S.;Ranjan R.
JournalComputing (Vienna/New York)
DOI10.1007/s00607-019-00730-7
 
TitleExamining citizens' perceived value of internet of things technologies in facilitating public sector services engagement (2019)
AuthorsEl-Haddadeh, R.; Weerakkody, Vishanth J.P.; Osmani, M.; Thakker, Dhaval; Kapoor, K.K.
 
TitleUsing Knowledge Anchors to Facilitate User Exploration of Data Graphs (2019)
AuthorsAl-Tawil, M.; Dimitrova, V.; Thakker, Dhaval
 
TitleOntology-based discovery of time-series data sources for landslide early warning system (2019)
AuthorsPhengsuwan, J.; Shah, T.; James, P.; Thakker, Dhaval; Barr, S.; Ranjan, R.
 
TitleA note on intelligent exploration of semantic data (2019)
AuthorsThakker, Dhaval; Schwabe, D.; Garcia, D.; Kozaki, K.; Brambilla, M.; Dimitrova, V.
 
TitleExamining citizens’ perceived value of internet of things technologies in facilitating public sector services engagement (2018)
AuthorsEl-Haddadeh R.;Osmani M.;Thakker D.;Weerakkody V.;Kapoor K.
JournalGovernment Information Quarterly
DOI10.1016/j.giq.2018.09.009
 
TitleA note on exploration of IoT generated big data using semantics (2017)
AuthorsRanjan, R.; Thakker, Dhaval; Haller, A.; Buyya, R.
 
TitleOntology for cultural variations in interpersonal communication: Building on theoretical models and crowdsourced knowledge (2017)
AuthorsThakker D.;Karanasios S.;Blanchard E.;Lau L.;Dimitrova V.
JournalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
DOI10.1002/asi.23824
 
TitleAnalytics-as-a-Service in a Multi-Cloud Environment through Semantically-enabled Hierarchical Data Processing (2017)
AuthorsJayaraman, P.P.; Perera, C.; Georgakopoulos, D.; Dustdar, S.; Thakker, Dhaval; Ranjan, R.
 
TitleOntology for cultural variations in interpersonal communication: building on theoretical models and crowdsourced knowledge (2016)
AuthorsThakker, Dhaval; Karanasios, S; Blanchard, E.; Lau, L.; Dimitrova, V.
 
TitleUser Interaction with Linked Data: An Exploratory Search Approach (2016)
AuthorsThakker, Dhaval; Yang-Turner, F.; Despotakis, D.
 
TitleUtilising semantic technologies for intelligent indexing and retrieval of digital images (2014)
AuthorsOsman, T.; Thakker, Dhaval; Schaefer, G.