Computer Science @ University of St Andrews

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Dr Ishbel Duncan

Dr Ishbel Duncan

Director of Postgraduate Studies

Position: Lecturer

Research profile

Email (@st-andrews.ac.uk): ishbel.duncan

Office: JC1.23 - Jack Cole Building, North Haugh

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3270

Home page: https://ishbel.host.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk

Research Overview

Current Research Projects.

I am currently working on security testing and evaluation. I have a doctoral student working on Predicate Based Encryption and on security design patterns.

 

I am very active in developing a Virtual St Andrews (ViStA) for international student orientation, information, online teaching, meetings, university history, town information etc. This involves staff across the University and is led by myself, Alan Miller (CS) and Janie Brooks (ELT).

 

Previous projects include:

Privacy, Security and Trust: - requirements engineering for privacy and security in computational systems - e- voting: polsterless remote electronic voting - network security: Denial of Service detection and defence

Agent Based Learning : Using knowledge of failure to guide student learning of Java.

Visualisation of Biochemical Pathways : with SCRI and University of Abertay-Dundee, visualising pathways from plant, human and animal domains.

Visualisation of Software Testing and Metrics : Metrics used to measure test thoroughness, data and logic complexity and failure density within systems.

Some of the research strategies are: Modelling predicate logic and data inconsistencies in code. Using intelligent agents to locate code and design inconsistencies to aid student centred learning of JAVA. Visualising the data space of functions and reduction of the data space by parameter passing. Visualising the test process, via metrics or coverage of predicates and data domains. Analysis of the sparseness/clustering of data and the effect on system execution.

Verification and dynamic testing of Large Scale Code/Grid data

Recent Publications

Using a virtual world to aid overseas PGT orientation

Duncan, IMM, Brooks, J & Miles, P 2015, 'Using a virtual world to aid overseas PGT orientation'. in International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education. QAA for Higher Education, Glasgow, pp. 361-366, The 2nd International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education 2015, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 9-11 June.

Exploratory learning in the ViStA immersive environment

Duncan, IMM, Brooks, J & Miller, AHD 2013, 'Exploratory learning in the ViStA immersive environment'. in CSEDU 2013, 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education. ACM, pp. 128-135.

An energy aware protocol for cyclic monitoring wireless sensor networks

Khemapech, I, Miller, AHD & Duncan, IMM 2013, 'An energy aware protocol for cyclic monitoring wireless sensor networks'. in 2013 IEEE Eighth International Conference on Networking, Architecture and Storage (NAS). IEEE, pp. 13-22, IEEE NAS 2013, Xi'An, China, 17-19 July., 10.1109/NAS.2013.9

A taxonomy of virtual worlds usage in education

Requirements for educational support tools in Virtual Worlds

Duncan, IMM & Coull, NJ 2012, 'Requirements for educational support tools in Virtual Worlds'. in M Helfert, MJ Martins & J Cordeiro (eds), International Conference on Computer Supported Education: CSEDU 2012. INSTICC-Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication, pp. 141-145, 4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Porto, Portugal, 16-18 April.

Thinking Towards a Pattern Language for Predicate Based Encryption Crypto-Systems

de Muijnck-Hughes, JF & Duncan, IMM 2012, 'Thinking Towards a Pattern Language for Predicate Based Encryption Crypto-Systems'. in 2012 IEEE Sixth International Conference on Software Security and Reliability Companion (SERE-C 2012) . IEEE, pp. 27-32, IEEE Sixth International Conference on Software Security and Reliability (SERE), 2012, Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States, 20-22 June., 10.1109/SERE-C.2012.34

Intelligent biological security testing agents

Duncan, IMM 2012, 'Intelligent biological security testing agents'. in 2012 IEEE Sixth International Conference on Software Security and Reliability Companion (SERE-C). IEEE, USA, pp. 41-42, IEEE Sixth International Conference on Software Security and Reliability (SERE), 2012, Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States, 20-22 June., 10.1109/SERE-C.2012.42

Biology Students Building Computer Simulations Using StarLogo TNG

Energy preservation in environmental monitoring WSN

Khemapech, I, Duncan, I & Miller, AHD 2010, 'Energy preservation in environmental monitoring WSN'. in SUTC 2010: 2010 IEEE International Conference on Sensor Networks, Ubiquitous, and Trustworthy Computing (SUTC). IEEE, pp. 312-319, 2010 IEEE International Conference on Sensor Networks, Ubiquitous, and Trustworthy Computing (SUTC), Newport Beach, United States, 7-9 June., 10.1109/SUTC.2010.46

A Case Study of Identity Management System Requirements and Deployment Issues

Pawlak, K & Duncan, IMM 2009, 'A Case Study of Identity Management System Requirements and Deployment Issues'. in International Conference on Information Security and Digital Forensics, London, Sept 2009. EPSRC, London.