School of Computing and Engineering

Distributed Computing and Security Research Group

Group members

The Distributed Computing and Security Research Group consists of the following member of staff at the School of Computing and Engineering, University of West London:

Research Interests

The research group conducts research in a broad area of distributed computing and security including:

  • Big data and IoT processing platform, analytics and applications
  • Cloud computing, high-performance computing technologies and applications
  • Security in distributed computing, cloud computing, big data and IoT
  • AI techniques in data security and privacy such as risk-aware access control, securing data provenance, sharing personal data
Research projects
  • A Proxy Credential Auditing Infrastructure for the UK e-Science National Grid Service
    Funded by UK Jisc, this project developed a proxy certificate auditing infrastructure and demonstrated a solution that enables a thorough auditing and monitoring of proxy credential usage in widely distributed and heterogeneous research environments exemplified by the UK National Grid Service.
  • A Self-organizing Community Detection Algorithm for Large-scale Social Network
    Funded by Amazon Research Grant program, this project presents a self-organizing community detection algorithm for large-scale networks, based on the idea of swarm intelligence. The results can help to understand the behaviours of individual members in a large social network, interaction models between members, as well the properties of belonging communities as a whole. The algorithm and tool will be tested and evaluated on Amazon cloud platform.
Doctoral Research

The research group welcomes applications from students interested in conducting PhD study in any aforementioned research areas. Visit our doctoral research page to see possible topics of study.

For more information about the research group, please contact Dr Wei Jie (via email at

Research Publications (since 2010)

Journal papers

Lajiao Chen, Yan Ma, Peng Liu, Jingbo Wei, Wei Jie and Jijun He. A Review of Parallel Computing for Large-scale Remote Sensing Image Mosaicking. Cluster Computing, Special Issue on Big Data Computing, Vol. 18, No.2, pp. 517-529, Jun 2015.

Miranda Zhang, Rajiv Ranjan, Michael Menzel, Surya Nepal, Peter Strazdins, Wei Jie and Lizhe Wang. A Cloud Infrastructure Service Recommendation System for Optimizing Real-time QoS Provisioning Constraints of Big Data Processing Applications. IEEE System Journal, 2015.

Wei Xing, Wei Jie, Dimitrios Tsoumakos and Moustafa Ghanem. A Network Approach for Managing and Processing Big Cancer Data in Clouds. Cluster Computing, Special Issue on Big Data Computing, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp 1285-1294, Sep 2015.

Yan Ma, Haiping Wu, Lizhe Wang, Bormin Huang, Rajiv Ranjan, Albert Zomaya and Wei Jie. Remote Sensing Big Data Computing: Challenges and Opportunities. Future Generation Computer Systems, Vol. 51, pp. 47-60, Oct 2015.

Junaid Arshad, Paul Townend, Jie Xu and Wei Jie. Cloud Computing Security: Opportunities and Pitfalls. International Journal of Grid and High Performance Computing (IJGHPC), Vol 4, No. 1, 2012, IGI Global.

Wei Jie, Junaid Arshad, Richard Sinnott, Paul Townend and Zhou Lei. A Review of Grid Authentication and Authorization Technologies and Support for Federated Access Control. ACM Computing Surveys, Vol. 43, No. 2, Jan 2011.

Wei Jie, Junaid Arshad and Pascal Ekin. Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure for Grids - Issues, Technologies, Trends and Experiences. The Journal of Supercomputing, Vol. 52, No. 1, pp. 82-96, Springer Publisher, 2010.

Conference papers

Hanlin Sun, Wei Jie, et al. A Self-Organizing Algorithm for Community Structure Analysis in Complex Networks. The 17th IEEE/ACIS International Conference on Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Parallel/Distributed Computing (SNPD 2016), China, May 2016.

Wei Xing, Wei Jie, et al. SCAN: A Smart Application Platform for Empowering Parallelizations of  Big Genomic Data Analysis in Clouds. The 44th International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP-2015), Beijing, China, Sep 2015.

Christopher Bayliss, Richard Sinnott, Wei Jie and Junaid Arshad. The Design, Development and Application of a Proxy Credential Auditing Infrastructure for Collaborative Research. The 5th International Multidisciplinary Conference on e-Technologies (MCETECH 2011), Switzerland, Jan 2011.

Christopher Bayliss, Richard Sinnott, Wei Jie and Junaid Arshad. A Proxy Credential Auditing Infrastructure for UK e-Science National Grid Service. The 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Grid Computing (Grid 2010), Brussels, Belgium, Oct 2010.