Professor Nik Bessis SMIEEE, FBCS, FHEA


  • PhD, De Montfort University, 2002
  • MA, De Montfort University, 1995
  • BA, TEI of Athens, 1991
  • Fellow of HEA
  • Fellow of BCS
  • Senior Member of IEEE
Prof. Nik Bessis
Research Contact Teaching
Data (push) & service provisioning, Clouds, Internet of Things (IoTs), Social graphs, Data Analytics & Visualization, Disaster and risk management

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Professor Nik Bessis
Department of Computer Science
Edge Hill University
L39 4QPPhone: 01695 654348
Email: Nik Bessis
Office: THG09
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Nik Bessis is a full Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at Edge Hill University, UK. His research is on social graphs for network and big data analytics as well as on developing data push and resource provisioning services in IoT, FI and clouds. He runs a number of research initiatives with several Universities worldwide and he was a visiting scientist at ETH Z and a visiting professor at University of Seville. He has led several research and knowledge transfer projects worth over £7m. He has published over 280 works and won 4 best paper awards. His latest edited book on IoTs & big data has been ranked as top 25 on Amazon AI book list and has attracted over 100,000 downloads. Professor Bessis has served as a Departmental and Institutional expert evaluator for the QAA UK, Greek and Cypriot Quality Assurance Agencies and, as an assessor for more than 20 Professorships conferment worldwide.

External Academic Activities

Research Degrees External Examiner:
Brighton; TUDelft; Keele; Seville; Fribourg; Thapar; Glasgow Caledonian; Leeds Beckett; Bratislava; Liverpool John Moores; Roukerla; Sheffield Hallam; Glamorgan; Anna; Aston; Ulster; Brunel
Taught Degrees External Examiner:
2018 – 2022 Birmingham City University, UK
2013 – 2017 London South Bank University, UK
2012 – 2016 University of Brighton, UK
2009 – 2013 University of Northampton, UK
2009 – 2010 University of Derby, UK
2007 – 2012 University of Greenwich, UK
2006 – 2010 University of Central Lancashire, UK
Research and Knowledge Transfer Grants:
2018 – 2020 TYPHON, ICT RA, H2020
2017 – 2019 CROSSMINER, ICT RA, H2020
2014 Large-scale Data Interpretation and Visualization Tool for Decision Making, Bombardier
2014 A Sustainable Cloud-based Business Model for ICT Provision in HE, NEMODE, RCUK
2012 – 2014 XAD Communications ltd (KTP), CCTV analytics for Resilience, TSB
2011 – 2013 Internet of Things, Host Institution/Investigator, funded from EU, UNITE Mobility Programme
2011 – 2012 Mining Large-scale Social Networks, NSFC, China
2011 Inter-cooperative Clouds, funded from EU, UNITE Mobility Programme
2009 – 2012 MSV, ICT STREP, FP7
  • World Congress on Sustainable Technologies (WCST-2011), 7th Nov, London, UK
  • Second International Conference on Advances in P2P Systems (NexTech-2010), 25th Oct, Florence, Italy
  • Third International Conference on the Applications of Digital Information and Web Technologies (ICADIWT-2010), 12th Jul, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Fourth International Conference on Complex, Intelligent and Software Intensive Systems (ARES-2010/CISIS-2010), 18th Feb, Cracow, Poland
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief:
  • IJDST: International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies (2010 – ) IGI
  • Conference Programme Chair:
  • 7th International Conference on Emerging Ubiquitous Systems & Pervasive Networks (EUSPN-2016), Sep 19-22, London
  • Conference Track Chair:
  • Internet of Things: 9th EUSPN-2018, Nov 5-8, Naples
  • Internet of Things and Big Data: 21st NBiS-2018, Sep 5-7, Bratislava
  • Internet of Things: 9th ANT-2018, May 8-11, Porto
  • Internet of Things and Social Networking: 32nd AINA-2018, May 16-18, Cracow
  • Internet of Things, Sensor and Body Networks: 12th BWCCA-2017, Nov 8-10, Barcelona
  • Internet of Things: 8th EUSPN-2017, Sep 18-20, Lund
  • Internet of Things: 8th ANT-2017, May 16-19, Madeira
  • Internet of Things and Social Networking: 31st AINA-2017, Mar 27-29, Tapei
  • Internet of Things, Sensor and Body Networks: 11th BWCCA-2016, Nov 5-7, Asan
  • Internet of Things: 7th EUSPN-2016, Sep 19-22, London
  • Internet of Things and Big Data: 19th NBiS-2016, Sep 7-9, Ostrava
  • Knowledge Cities and Disaster Recovery: 10th IMIS-2016, Jul 6-8, Fukuoka
  • Internet of Things: 7th ANT-2016, Mar 23-26, Madrid
  • Data Analytics for Learning and Virtual Organizations: 5th EIDWT-2016, May 11-13, Kazan
  • Internet of Things: 30th AINA-2016, Mar 23-25, Crans-Montana
  • Internet of Things: 6th EUSPN-2015, Sep 27-30, Berlin
  • Information System for Disaster Management: 9th CISIS-2015, Jul 8-10, Blumenau
  • Smart City and Disaster Resilient System: 9th IMIS-2015, Jul 8-10, Blumenau
  • Internet of Things: 6th ANT-2015, Jun 2-5, London
  • Pervasive/Ubiquitous Computing: 29th IEEE AINA-2015, Mar 24-27, Gwangju
  • Internet of Things: 5th EUSPN-2014, Sep 22-25, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Cloud, Grid and P2P Computing: 17th NBiS-2014, Sep 10-12, Salerno
  • Cloud Computing: Services, Storage, Security and Privacy: 6th IEEE INCoS-2014, 10-12 Sep, Salerno
  • Smart City and Disaster Resilient System: 8th IMIS-2014, Jul 2-4, Birmingham
  • Internet of Things: 5th ANT-2014, Jun 2-5, Hasselt
  • Research Publications

    Special Issue Co-editor:
  • Service-oriented Systems Engineering, Future Generation
    Computer Systems (FGCS), Elsevier (2017)
  • Application of UAVs in Mobile and Wireless Networks, Mobile Information Systems (MIS) Hindawi (2016)
  • Sensor Communications Towards Intelligent Vehicle Networking, International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks (IJDSN), Hindawi (2015)
  • Internet-of-Things: Shapine the new Internet Space, Journal of Concurrency and Computation Practice and Experience (CC-PE), Wiley (2014)
  • Cloud for Internet of Things, Scalable Computing: Practice and Experience (SCPE), UWT (2013)
  • Social Networking and Mining, International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking, IGI (2013)
  • Smart Environments and Collective Computational Intelligence for Disaster Management, Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing (JAIHC), Springer (2012)
  • Book (Co-) editor:
  • Big Data and IoT: A Roadmap to Smart Environments, Springer (2014)
  • Selected Research Publications
  • ARZAMENDIA M, REINA D, TORAL S, GREGOR D, ASIMAKOPOULOU E and BESSIS N (2017) Intelligent Online Learning Strategy for an Autonomous Surface Vehicle in Lake Environments using Evolutionary Computation, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine, IEEE (SCI JSCR 2015 IF: 3.654) ISSN: 1939-1390 [accepted]
  • SOTIRIADIS S and BESSIS N (2017) Self-managed Virtual Machine Placement in Cloud Systems, Information Sciences: Informatics and Computer Science Intelligent Systems Applications, Elsevier (SCI JSCR 2013 IF: 4.038) ISSN: 0020-0255 [accepted]
  • SOTIRIADIS S, BESSIS N, AMZA C and BUYYA R (2017) Vertical and Horizontal Elasticity for Dynamic Virtual Machine Reconfiguration, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, IEEE (SCI JSCR 2013 IF: 1.985) ISSN: 1939-1374 [accepted]
  • TROVATI M, HAYES J, PALMIERI F and BESSIS N (2017) Automated Extraction of Fragments of Bayesian Networks from Textual Sources, Applied Soft Computing, Elsevier (SCI JSCR 2013 IF: 3.451) ISSN: 1568-4946 60 (2017) pp: 508-519 DOI: 10.1016/j.asoc.2017.07.009
  • SOTIRIADIS S, BESSIS N, PETRAKIS E, AMZA C, NEGRU C and MONACU M (2017) Virtual Machine Cluster Mobility in Inter-Cloud Platforms, Future Generation Computer Systems, Elsevier (SCI JSCR IF 2013: 2.639) ISSN: 0167-739X 74C pp: 179-189 DOI: 10.1016/j.future.2016.02.007
  • XU X, RONG H, TROVATI M, LIPTROTT M and BESSIS N (2016) CS-PSO: Chaotic Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm for Solving Combinatorial Optimization Problems, Soft Computing (SCI JSCR IF 2014: 1.271) ISSN: 1432-7643 pp: 1-13 DOI: 10.1007/s00500-016-2383-8
  • POURNARAS E, NIKOLIC J, VELASQUEZ P, TROVATI M, BESSIS N and HELBING D (2016) Self-regulatory Information Sharing in Participatory Social Sensing, EPJ Data Science, Springer (SCI JSCR IF 2015: 1.567) ISSN: 2193-1127 5(14) pp: 1-24 DOI: 10.1140/epjds/s13688-016-0074-4
  • REINA DG, TORAL SL, ASIMAKOPOULOU E, BARRERO F and BESSIS N (2015) The Role of Congestion in Probabilistic Broadcasting for Ubiquitous Wireless Multi-hop Networks through Mediation Analysis, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Elsevier (SCI JSCR IF 2013: 2.079) ISSN: 1574-1192 DOI 10.1016/j.pmcj.2015.06.014
  • REINA DG, ASKALANI M, TORAL SL, BARRERO F, ASIMAKOPOULOU E and BESSIS N (2015) A Survey on Multi-hop Ad Hoc Networks for Disaster Response Scenarios, Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, Hindawi (SCI JSCR IF 2013: 0.923) Volume 2015 Article ID 647037, 16 pages DOI 10.1155/2015/647037
  • SOTIRIADIS S, BESSIS N, ANJUM A and BUYYA R (2015) An Inter-cloud Meta-Scheduling (ICMS) Simulation Framework: Architecture and Evaluation, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, IEEE (SCI JSCR 2013 IF: 1.985) ISSN: 1939-1374 99(99) DOI 10.1109/TSC.2015.2399312
  • SOTIRIADIS S and BESSIS N (2015) An Inter-Cloud Bridge System for Heterogeneous Cloud Platforms, Future Generation Computer Systems, Elsevier (SCI JSCR IF 2013: 2.639) ISSN: 0167-739X 54(1) pp: 180-194 DOI 10.1016/j.future.2015.02.005
  • TROVATI M and BESSIS N (2015) An Influence Assessment Method based on Co-Occurrence For Topologically Reduced Big Data Sets, Soft Computing, Springer (SCI JSCR 2013 IF: 1,304) DOI 10.1007/s00500-015-1621-9
  • BEHADADA O, TROVATI M, MA C and BESSIS N (2015) Big Data Based Extraction of Fuzzy Partition Rules for Heart Arrhythmia Detection: a Semi-Automated Approach, Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, Wiley (SCI JSCR 2013 IF: 0,784) DOI 10.1002/cpe.3428
  • IKRAM A, ANJUM A and BESSIS N (2015) A Cloud Resource Management Model for the Creation and Orchestration of Social Communities, Simulation Modeling Practice and Theory, Elsevier (SCI JSCR 2013 IF: 1.188) [available online 11 June 2014] ISSN: 1569-190X 50(2015) pp: 130-150 DOI 10.1016/j.simpat.2014.05.003
  • POP F, DOBRE C, CRISTEA V, BESSIS N, XHAFA F and BAROLLI L (2015) Reputation-guided Evolutionary Scheduling Algorithm for Independent Tasks in inter-Clouds Environments, International Journal of Web and Grid Services, InderScience (SCI JSCR IF 2010: 0,978) ISSN: 1741-1106 11(1) pp: 4-20 DOI 10.1504/IJWGS.2015.067159
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