Paper accepted in IDEAL 2018 – Roja Ahmadi

Title: Intrusion Detection Using Transfer Learning in Machine Learning Classifiers Between Non-cloud and Cloud Datasets

Authors: Roja Ahmadi, Robert D. Macredie and Allan Tucker

Abstract: One of the critical issues in developing intrusion detection systems (IDS) in cloud-computing environments is the lack of publicly available cloud intrusion detection datasets, which hinders research into IDS in this area. There are, however, many non-cloud intrusion detection datasets. This paper seeks to leverage one of the well-established non-cloud datasets and analyze it in relation to one of the few available cloud datasets to develop a detection model using a machine learning technique. A complication is that these datasets often have different structures, contain different features and contain different, though overlapping, types of attack. The aim of this paper is to explore whether a simple machine learning classifier containing a small common feature set trained using a non-cloud dataset that has a packet-based structure can be usefully applied to detect specific attacks in the cloud dataset, which contains timebased traffic. Through this, the differences and similarities between attacks in the cloud and non-cloud datasets are analyzed and suggestions for future work are presented.

Conference: The 19th International conference on Intelligent Data Engineering and Automated Learning (IDEAL 2018), Madrid, Spain.

The paper will publish in Springer LNCS/LNAI Proceedings.

Paper accepted in IEEE BIBM 2018 – Leila Yousefi

Title: Opening the Black Box: Discovering and Explaining Hidden Variables in Type 2 Diabetic Patient Modelling

Authors: Leila Yousefi (, Stephen Swift, Mahir Arzoky, Lucia Saachi, Luca Chiovato and Allan Tucker

Abstract: Clinicians predict disease and related complications based on prior knowledge and each individual patient’s clinical history. The prediction process is complex because of the existence of unmeasured risk factors, the unexpected development of complications, and varying responses of patients to the disease
over time. Exploiting hidden variables (i.e., unmeasured risk factors) can improve the modeling of disease progression and being able to understand the semantics of the hidden variables will enable clinicians to focus on the early diagnosis and treatment of unexpected conditions among sufferers. However, the overuse
of hidden variables can lead to complex models that can overfit and are not well understood (being ‘black box’ in nature). Identifying and understanding groups of patients with similar disease profiles (based on discovered hidden variables) makes it possible to better understand the manner of disease progression in different patients while improving prediction. Here, we explore the use of a stepwise method for incrementally identifying hidden variables based on the Induction Causation (IC*) algorithm. We exploit Dynamic Time Warping (DTW) and hierarchical clustering to cluster patients based upon these hidden variables to begin to uncover their meaning with respect to the complications of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) patients. Our results reveal that inferring a small number of targeted hidden variables and using them to cluster patients not only leads to an improvement in the prediction accuracy but also assists the explanation of different discovered sub-groups.

Conference: IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (IEEE BIBM 2018)

Poster accepted in Intelligent Data Analysis 2018 – Nicky Nicolson

Title: Interactive visualisation of field collected botanical specimen metadata: supporting data mining process development

Authors: Nicky Nicolson (,2, Allan Tucker2

Affiliations: 1. Biodiversity Informatics & Spatial Analysis, RBG Kew (UK), 2. Department of Computer Science, Brunel University London (UK)

Abstract: This slide deck outlines the development and utilisation of an interactive data visualisation tool, developed throughout a PhD level research project. Originally designed to aid initial data exploration and gather expert input, the toolkit was further refined to support process design, quality assurance and refinement by viewing data mining results at known stages of a pipeline process, and to enable visualisation of data aggregations used to define new features for use in predictive models. Newly defined features can be regarded as additional data, feeding back into data exploration and forming an iterative process. The toolkit has contributed to reproducible research by adding tool support and activity logging at one of the loosest stages of the research process.

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Paper accepted in IEEE e-science 2018 – Nicky Nicolson

Title: Specimens as research objects: reconciliation across distributed repositories to enable metadata propagation

Authors: Nicky Nicolson (,3, Alan Paton2, Sarah Phillips2, Allan Tucker3

Affiliations: 1. Biodiversity Informatics & Spatial Analysis, RBG Kew (UK), 2.Collections, RBG Kew (UK) 3. Department of Computer Science, Brunel University London (UK)

Abstract: Botanical specimens are shared as long-term consultable research objects in a global network of specimen repositories. Multiple specimens are generated from a shared field collection event; generated specimens are then managed individually in separate repositories and independently augmented with research and management metadata which could be propagated to their duplicate peers. Establishing a data-derived network for metadata propagation will enable the reconciliation of closely related specimens which are currently dispersed, unconnected and managed independently. Following a data mining exercise applied to an aggregated dataset of 19,827,998 specimen records from 292 separate specimen repositories, 36% or 7,102,710 specimens are assessed to participate in duplication relationships, allowing the propagation of metadata among the participants in these relationships, totalling: 93,044 type citations, 1,121,865 georeferences, 1,097,168 images and 2,191,179 scientific name determinations. The results enable the creation of networks to identify which repositories could work in collaboration. Some classes of annotation (particularly those regarding scientific name determinations) represent units of scientific work: appropriate management of this data would allow the accumulation of scholarly credit to individual researchers: potential further work in this area is discussed.

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Paper accepted in IntelliSys 2018 – Samy Ayed

Title: An Exploratory Study of the Inputs for Ensemble Clustering Technique as a Subset Selection Problem

Authors: Samy Ayed, Mahir Arzoky, Stephen Swift, Steve Counsell and Allan Tucker

Abstract: Ensemble and Consensus Clustering address the problem of unifying multiple clustering results into a single output to best reflect the agreement of input methods. They can be used to obtain more stable and robust clustering results in comparison with a single clustering approach. In this study, we propose a novel subset selection method that looks at controlling the number of clustering inputs and datasets in an efficient way. The authors propose a number of manual selection and heuristic search techniques to perform the selection. Our investigation and experiments demonstrate very promising results. Using these techniques can ensure better selection methods and datasets for Ensemble and Consensus Clustering and thus more efficient clustering results.

Conference:  Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys) 2018, London.

The paper will publish in Springer LNCS Proceedings.

New PhD Researcher and Accepted Publications

  • Welcome new PhD student Joanna Pawlik who will be working on text mining botanical floras at Kew.
  • Congratulation to Nicky Nicolson and Khaled / Bashir who have an accepted paper in IDA 2017.
  • Also,  congratulation to Awad Alyousef who has been invited to submit his paper from a workshop at AI in Medicince to a special issue journal.

Updated on 12th September 2017.