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Professor Joan Lu is in the Department of Computer Science and is the research group leader of Information and System Engineering (ISE) in the Centre of High Intelligent Computing (CHIC), having previously been team leader in the IT department of Charlesworth Group publishing company. She successfully led and completed two research projects in the area of XML database systems and document processing in collaboration with Beijing University. Both systems were deployed as part of company commercial productions.

Professor Lu has published seven academic books and more than 200 peer reviewed academic papers. Her research publications have 1388 reads and 185 citations by international colleagues, according to incomplete statistics from the researchgate.

Professor Lu has acted as the founder and a program chair for the International XML Technology Workshop for 11 years and serves as Chair of various international conferences. She is the founder and Editor in Chief of International Journal of Information Retrieval Research and serves as a BCS examiner of Database and Advanced Database Management Systems, and is an FHEA. She has been the UOH principle investigator for four recent EU interdisciplinary (computer science and psychology) projects: Edumecca (student responses system) (143545-LLP-NO-KA3-KA3MP), DO-IT (multilingual student response system) used by more than 15 EU countries (2009-1-NO1-LEO05-01046), and DONE-IT (mobile exam system) (511485-LLP-1-2010-NO-KA3-KA3MP), HRLAW2016 - 3090 / 001 - 001.

Research Expertise and Interests

Her extensive research covers XML technology, data mining, information retrieval/extraction and visualization, mobile computing and distributed system, such as cloud computing, technology enhanced learning. She was an invited speaker for XML World, an industrial event to present XML and ontology in science and technology in USA, 2003. Her paper (Lu, 2004) was one of the top 6 accessed articles announced by Notable titles in Software Engineering 2006, World Scientific Publisher. The satellite model presented in the paper further extended the classification theory for multidisciplinary application in information retrieval and extraction. tries (2009-1-NO1-LEO05-01046), and DONE-IT (mobile exam system) (511485-LLP-1-2010-NO-KA3-KA3MP), HRLAW2016 - 3090 / 001 - 001.

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Projects 2016 2019

HRLAW: European Human Rights Law for Universities of Ukraine and Moldova

Lou, Z.


Project: ResearchEU Government

Research Output 2003 2019

Opinion Mining: Using Machine Learning Techniques

Solanki, V. K. & Lou, Z., Jan 2019, Extracting Knowledge From Opinion Mining. Agrawal, R. & Gupta, N. (eds.). IGI Global, p. 66-82 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Information technology
Learning systems
Bayesian networks
Decision trees
Computer programming languages
Open Access
Health care

Large Spatial Database Indexing with aX-tree

Samson, G., Usman, M., Showole, A. A., Lou, Z. & Jazza, H., 31 Mar 2018, In : International Journal of Scientific Research in Computer Science, Engineering and Computer Technology. 3, 3, p. 759-773 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Optimizing Gabor Filter and Local Binary Patterns for multi-texture classification

Mohamed, A., Lou, Z., Xu, Q. & Ma, J., May 2018, In : Egyptian Computer Science Journal. 42, 2, p. 55-67 13 p., 5.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Gabor filters
Rough set theory
Image classification

Spatial Clustering in Large Databases Using Packed X-tree

Samson, G. & Lou, Z., May 2018, In : Egyptian Computer Science Journal. 42, 2, p. 68-79 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Trees (mathematics)
Clustering algorithms

Activities 2014 2016

  • 6 Oral presentation
  • 2 Invited talk

Big data vs. Environment - a Challenge in Both Areas

Joan Lu (Keynote speaker)
12 Oct 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Sketch of Big Data Real-Time Analytics Model

Joan Lu (Speaker), Bakhtiar Amen (Speaker)
21 Jun 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The State of Mobile Learning Research in the EU

Joan Lu (Keynote speaker)
30 Jun 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Big Data Age vs. Mobile Age- A Huge Challenge for Both Areas

Zhongyu Lu (Speaker)
20 Jul 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Investigation into Indexing XML Data Techniques

Joan Lu (Speaker), Alhadi Klaib (Speaker)
24 Jul 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation