Dr Christopher Brewster


Operations & Information Management Group

Dr Christopher Brewster
Website: http://windermere.aston.ac.uk/~kiffer/
Aston students seeking appointments should use the web appointments system or email me.


Position: Senior Lecturer/Research Group Convenor 

Phone: +44(0)121 204 3233 Room: ABS275
Email: c.a.brewster@aston.ac.uk 

  • Ph D, University of Sheffield, 2008. Subject: Computer Science
  • Postgraduate Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1988. Subject: Linguistics
  • BA, SOAS, University of London, 1983. Subject: Theoretical Linguistics (2:1)


  • Senior Lecturer, Aston Business School. (August 2014 - Present)

  • Lecturer, Information Technology, Aston Business School. (September 2008 - 2013)
  • Research Fellow and Project Manager, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield. (November 2006 - September 2008)
  • Research Associate, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield. (October 2004 - January 2007)
  • Graduate Student (EPSRC funded), Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield. (October 2000 - September 2004)
  • Invited Researcher, Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble, France. (June 1999 - August 1999)
  • Project Lead, Department of Mathematics, University of Patras. (March 1997 - March 1999)


  • Consultant Computational Linguist, WordMap Ltd  (www.wordmap.com). (July 2000 - August 2000)
  • Consultant (Greek version of EuroWordNet), Department of Greek and the Computer Technology Institute, Patras. (November 1999 - February 2000)
  • Managing Editor (English & Greek Bilingual Dictionary), Under contract to Harper-Collins. (September 1992 - December 1993)
  • Consultant, KNOWLEDGE A.E. Patras, Greece. (December 1991 - December 1992)
  • Computational linguistics researcher, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Patras, Greece. (September 1989 - December 1992)
I have taught or am currently teaching the undergraduate courses:
  • BN3389 Theory and Practice of E-commerce
  • BN2234 IT and Web Development
  • BN3369 Advanced Business Computing
  • BN3374 E-business Systems Development
  • BN3353 BCIT Project
  • BN3370 Effective Management Consultancy
  • BNM801Business Intelligence" (MSc)
  • BNM814/BNM829 Green Information and Operations Management - MSc (designed, led and co-taught)
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Semantic Web
  • Social Media
  • Knowledge Management
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Sustainability
  • Agriculture and Food Supply Chains
  • Disaster and Emergency Management

Current Research Projects

  • FISpace: Future Internet Business Collaboration Networks in Agri-Food, Transport andLogistics (http://www.fispace.eu). April 2013 - March 2015. Funded by FP7-2012-ICT-FI. Role: PI for Aston University. Total Budget 20M, budget for Aston:252000
  • Gamification for Servitization: Transforming the adoption of Product-Service Systemsthrough innovations in applied gaming technology (http://www.aston-servitization.com/project/details/3/gamification-for-servitization). Feb 2013 - Jan 2018.  Project in collaboration with SGI, Coventry University and AMRC, University of Sheffield. Funded by the EPSRC. Role: Co-PI for Aston University. Total budget £3M, budget for Aston £730,000

Past Research Projects 

  • Disaster 2.0: Using Web 2.0 applications and Semantic Technologies to strengthen publicresilience to disasters (http://www.disaster20.eu). September 2011 - August 2013.Funded by DG Justice, Freedom and Security CIPS Action. Role: PI for Aston University. Total budget 800,000, budget for Aston: 360,000
  • SmartAgriFood: Smart Food and Agribusiness: Future Internet for Safe and Healthy Food from Farm to Fork (http://www.smartagrifood.eu). April 2011 - March 2013.Funded by FP7 FI-ICT-2011-1.8 Role: PI for Aston University. Total budget 7.5M,budget for Aston: 217,000
  • Using Semantic Technologies in Encouraging Green Behaviour: Dec 2010 - Dec2011. Funded by the Centre for Sustainability and Innovation, Aston University. Role:PI. Budget: £15,000
  • Green Wash or Green Progress: A Pilot Study Conducting Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Sustainability Initiatives in Infrastructure Industries. Funded by the Centre for Sustainability and Innovation, Aston University. Sept 2009 - Sept 2010,renewed Dec 2010 - Dec 2011. Role: Co-PI. Budget: £15,000 + £15,000
  • Companions Project: Intelligent, persistent, personalised Multimodal Interfaces to theInternet. FP6 IST-034434 (http://www.companions-project.org), Nov 2006 - Sept 2008. Role: Project Manager. Budget: 13M
  • Abraxas: Automating Ontology learning for the Semantic Web (http://nlp.shef.ac.uk/abraxas/). Oct 2004 - Jan 2007. Funding: EPSRC Grant number GR/T22902/01.Role: Research Assistant, project proposal writer, project manager. Budget: £164,614
  • Priyanka Roy 2010-present: Humanitarian Logistics for Disaster Relief Operation http://is.gd/YCPQFt
  • Oscar Rodriguez-Espindola 2012-present: Location of emergency facilities and reliefpre-positioning for foods in Mexico
  • Priscilla Omonedo 2013-present: An Evaluation of Key Factors that determine eCom-merce utilisation in Developing Countries A Nigerian Perspective
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, American Association of Artificial Intelligence.
  • Member, Association for Computing Machinery.
  • Member, Association of Computational Linguistics.
  • Member, IEEE Computer Society.
  • Member, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology.
  • Member, International Society ofr Knowledge Organisation.
  • Editor, Special Issue, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. (2006)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, ESRC.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, European Commission.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Journal on Food System Dynamics.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Biomedical Informatics.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Web Semantics.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Language Resources and Evaluation.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, PLOS Computational Biology.


  • Editor of Special Issue Special Issue on \Knowledge Representation with Ontologies",Co-editor with Kieron O'Hara, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies,2006
  • Memories for Life Participant in EPSRC funded network http://www.memoriesforlife.org
  • Talks Organiser Natural Language Processing Group, Department of Computer Science,University of Sheffield, April 2005 - July 2008, responsible for inviting and organisingweekly talks to the research group, whether external speakers or members of the group,maintaining relevant web site, and arranging appropriate hospitality.
  • Reviewer for academic journals and conferences: Journal of Web Semantics, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, International Journal of Human Computer Studies, Language Resources and Evaluation, PLOS Computational Biology, International Journal on Food System Dynamics.
  • Research Project Reviewer UK research councils (EPSRC, ESRC), and the European Commission (DG Information Society and Media) on repeated occasions.ESRC Peer Review College Appointed to ESRC Peer Review College July 2010

Programme Committees (recent)

  • SMILE 2014 (chair) Social Media and Linked Data for Emergency Response, Workshop at ESWC http://oak.dcs.shef.ac.uk/?q=smile
  • ESWC 2014 (member) Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2014) http://2014.eswc-conferences.org/
  • ICT-DM'2014 (member) ICTs for Disaster Management (ICT-DM'2014) http://www.ict-dm.org/
  • MTSR 2013 (member) Metadata and Semantics Research Conference (MTSR 2013)http://mtsr2013.teithe.gr
  • ISWC 2013 (member) International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2013) http://iswc2013.semanticweb.org
  • SMILE 2013 (chair) Social Media and Linked Data for Emergency Response, Workshop at ESWC http://oak.dcs.shef.ac.uk/?q=smile
  • SMERST 2013 (chair) Social Media and Semantic Technologies in Emergency Response(SMERST 2013) http://www.smerst.eu
  • ToTh 2013 (member) Terminology and Ontology:Theories and applications (ToTh 2013)http://www.porphyre.org/toth/
  • ESWC 2013 (member) Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2013) http://2013.eswc-conferences.org/
  • ISWC 2012 (member) International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2012) http://iswc2012.semanticweb.org/
  • MTSR 2012 (member) 6th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference (MTSR 2012)http://mtsr2012.uca.es/Christopher Brewster (11 of 12)
  • AOS 2012 (member) International Symposium on Agricultural Ontology Service (AOS2012) http://ktw.mimos.my/aos2012/
  • ICMR 2012 (member) International Conference on Manufacturing Research 2012 (ICMR2012)http://www1.aston.ac.uk/icmr2012/
  • LDOW 2012 (member) WWW2011 workshop: Linked Data on the Web (LDOW) http://events.linkeddata.org/ldow2012/
  • SWAF 2012 (Co-chair) Semantic Web and Ontologies in Agri-food: Workshop and Hackathon (SWAF 2012) http://is.gd/McWfLT
  • SEMAPRO 2012 (member) The Sixth International Conference on Advances in Semantic Processing (SEMAPRO 2012) http://www.iaria.org/conferences2012/SEMAPRO12.html
  • EKAW 2012 (member) 18th Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW 2012) http://ekaw2012.ekaw.org/
  • ESWC 2012 (member) Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2012) http://2012.eswc-conferences.org/

Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

  • Research Group Convenor, School. (August 2010 - Present)
  • Course Director, Business Computing and IT, School. (September 2009 - Present)
  • Sustainable Aston Working group member, University. (September 2009 - Present)
  • Centre for Sustainability and Innovation, University. (March 2009 - Present)


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