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Dr Amel Bennaceur

Amel Bennaceur

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Professional biography

I am an academic and Software Engineering Researcher with 12+ year experience doing research and development to make adaptive and intelligent systems trustworthy and assure their quality and resilience.

Driven by some burning intellectual curiosity, I love research and experimenting with novel ideas. I am an engineer at heart and I like building things and getting my hands dirty. I have strong math, logic, and problem solving foundation, which I believe is essential to develop good software. I believe that my success can only be complete through the success of others. Rather than getting the most out of everyone, I strive to lead with kindness and inclusivity to bring the best of everyone.

I published 30+ papers in top journals and conferences (TSE, ISWC, Middleware, RE, ECSA) in research areas such as Software Engineering and Distributed Systems. I'm also an investigator in a number of EU and National/EPSRC research projects.

Programming Languages: Java, Python, Matlab, Prolog
Tools and Libraries: Model Checkers (LTSA, CADP), Machine Learning (TensorFlow, PyTorch, Bonsai Deep Reinforcement Learning), Angular2, OWL Semantic Reasoning, Choco Constraint Solving
Frameworks: AWS, Kubernetes, Docker
Web Development: Django, React, Bootstrap, Material Design, Photoshop

Externally funded projects

COVID-19: Supporting social and emotional resilience for lonely populations
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01 Aug 202031 Jan 2022EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

The STRETCH team at the Open University, University of Exeter, and Nottingham Trent University are proposing to develop a novel multi-platform digital intervention addressing isolation and loneliness of older adults exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. This app facilitates a) expression and logging emotions to increase feelings of control, b) visualization and analysis of personal support networks to increase resilience, c) enabling individuals to communicate their emotions and feelings of loneliness with family and friends to provide a reliable source of emotional support, d) analysis of these data to offer personalized insights. We expect this app to have concrete benefits on feelings of loneliness, social efficacy and security which in turn will have measurable long-term health benefits.

SAUSE: Secure, Adaptive, Usable Software Engineering
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01 Apr 201831 Mar 2023EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

In the last decade, the role of software engineering has changed rapidly and radically. Globalisation and mobility of people and services, pervasive computing, and ubiquitous connectivity through the Internet have disrupted traditional software engineering boundaries and practices. People and services are no longer bound by physical locations. Computational devices are no longer bound to the devices that host them. Communication, in its broadest sense, is no longer bounded in time or place. The Software Engineering & Design (SEAD) group at the Open University (OU) is leading software engineering research in this new reality that requires a paradigm shift in the way software is developed and used. This platform grant will grow and sustain strategic, multi-disciplinary, crosscutting research activities that underpin the advances in software engineering required to build the pervasive and ubiquitous computing systems that will be tightly woven into the fabric of a complex and changing socio-technical world. In addition to sustaining and growing the SEAD group at the OU and supporting its continued collaboration with the Social Psychology research group at the University of Exeter, the SAUSE platform will also enable the group to have lasting impact across several application domains such as healthcare, aviation, policing, and sustainability. The grant will allow the team to enhance the existing partner networks in these areas and to develop impact pathways for their research, going beyond the scope and lifetime of individual research projects.