School of Computing

Staff Profiles

Dr Simon Woodman

Senior Research Associate


Simon is a Senior Research Associate in the Digital Institute and one of the architects of e-Science Central, a cloud-based system to support data storage and analytics within the scientific domain. He has worked extensively on both the core of the system and the provenance capture component. e-Science Central is used extensively in both academic and commercial settings.  As the technical lead of the MOVEeCloud project, Simon oversees the use of e-Science Central for storing and analysing Physical Activity data.  Currently 3 ongoing physical activity studies are using e-Science Central to store their research data and analyse and share the results.  Another project Simon is heavily involved in, Limbs Alive, is using e-Science Central to support the rehabilitation of stroke victims using computer games.
As a member of the Digital Institute, Simon is used to conducting interdisciplinary research and helping a diverse set of researchers improve the quality of their work through the application of technology.  In the past, Simon has worked on projects including Building Information Modelling, Spectral Analysis, Flood Modelling, Light Rail Infrastructures and Social Exclusion.  He regularly speaks on Cloud Computing, Big Data and Data Analytics.
As part of Project Junior, Simon helped researchers from the Northern Institute of Cancer Research to build 1M models of chemical structure-activity data. This work was  continued in the EU FP7 project, VENUS-C, where the functionality was migrated to Windows Azure. 
Simon was awarded his PhD in 2008 for his thesis on "A Programming System for Process Coordination in Virtual Organisations", supervised by Prof. Santosh Shrivastava. 
Simon has been involved with many projects in the areas of distributed systems, workflow, service description, e-Science and cloud computing. He was responsible for the service orchestration aspects of the ADAPT project, developing a decentralised workflow engine for Web Services. With colleagues he was involved with the creation of the SOAP Services Description Language, SSDL, which offered a contractual description of Web Services. The SSDL-Sequencing Constraints framework offered a formal model based on π-calculus of the interaction between web services.
Simon has experience in usability having worked in the User Centered Design group at IBM Hursley during an internship as part of his undergraduate course.  He was one of the developers of the original CICS Information Centre, presenting the CICS documentation in novel ways. 


Simon has undertaken research in data analytics, non-relational databases, graph databases, provenance capture, storage and analysis, workflow enactment, e-science, process algebra, cheminformatics, service agreements, and scalable information management.

He has been involved in the following projects:

  • Cloud Innovation Centre
  • e-Science Central
  • UO in the Cloud
  • Limbs Alive
  • MOVEeCloud
  • SiDE
  • DroneTram
  • BESiDE
  • Iridium
  • NeuroCloud
  • Cloud4Science
  • OpenMovement
  • XPS Nexus
  • Cloud Cat (Flood Modelling on the Cloud)
  • Project Junior
  • NSS (e-Science Central)
  • GridMIST


 Simon is not currently teaching any courses.  Previous teaching includes:

  • Guest Lectures on non-relational databases (MSc ITEC)
  • Introductory course on Java Programming for MSc Students (CSC 2552o)
  • Introductory course on Advanced Java Development (MSc SDIA)
  • System Design (CSC8107) Lab work
  • Enterprise Distributed Computing (CSC8104) Lab work
  • Miscellaneous Guest Lectures and lab work