Prof Alan Dearle

Prof Alan Dearle

Professor

Researcher profile

Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 3250
Email
alan.dearle@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

Research areas

Distributed systems; Operating Systems; Programming Languages Similarity Search; Data Linkage

My roots are in the confluence of databases, operating systems, programming languages.
For many years this was manifested in work on persistent systems.
Recently I have been working on three areas which still relate to the above themes.

The Digitising Scotland project is creating a linked pedigree of the Scottish people from the mid 1800s.
This is being created from digitised birth, deaths and marriage records.
A group at St Andrews. of which I am a part, is engaged in linking these records.
Related to this we are creating a population simulator to provide ground truth for linkage experiments.
This work is largely being conducted by Tom Dalton who is supervised by Graham Kirby and myself.

As part of the Digitising Scotland project we have found many problems with current approaches to linkage.
To address these deficiencies I have been working with Richard Connor from Stirling on Similarity Search.
We are developing new Similarity Search algorithms over Metric Spaces to enable efficient search for linkage matching.

Lastly my interest in Operating Systems is continuing with Ward Jaradat (now at Adobe) and Jon Lewis.
We are working on a UniKernel operating system called Stardust which is capable of supporting Java applications.
The Stardust Unikernel is now operational and supports a full networking stack and Posix threads.

Selected publications

  • Open access

    Investigating binary partition power in metric query

    Connor, R., Dearle, A. & Vadicamo, L., 22 Aug 2022, SEBD 2022: The 30th Italian Symposium on Advanced Database Systems. Amato, G., Bartalesi, V., Bianchini, D., Gennaro, C. & Torlone, R. (eds.). Vol. 3194. p. 415-426 12 p. (Italian Symposium on Advanced Database Systems; vol. 3194).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • On the expected exclusion power of binary partitions for metric search

    Vadicamo, L., Dearle, A. & Connor, R., 28 Sep 2022, Similarity Search and Applications: 15th International Conference, SISAP 2022, Bologna, Italy, October 5–7, 2022, Proceedings. Skopal, T., Falchi, F., Lokoč, J., Sapino, M. L., Bartolini, I. & Patella, M. (eds.). Springer, Cham, p. 104-117 14 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 13590).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Open access

    BitPart: exact metric search in high(er) dimensions

    Dearle, A. & Connor, R., Jan 2021, In: Information Systems. 95, 14 p., 101493.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Linking Scottish vital event records using family groups

    Akgün, Ö., Dearle, A., Kirby, G. N. C., Garrett, E., Dalton, T. S., Christen, P., Dibben, C. J. L. & Williamson, L. E. P., 2 Apr 2020, In: Historical Methods: a Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History. 53, 2, p. 130-146 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    On the application of convex transforms to metric search

    Connor, R., Dearle, A., Mic, V. & Zezula, P., Oct 2020, In: Pattern Recognition Letters. 138, p. 563-570

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Sampled angles in high-dimensional spaces

    Connor, R. & Dearle, A., 2020, Similarity Search and Applications: 13th International Conference, SISAP 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 30–October 2, 2020, Proceedings. Satoh, S., Vadicamo, L., Zimek, A., Carrara, F., Bartolini, I., Aumüller, M., Jónsson, B. Þ. & Pagh, R. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 233-247 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Information Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI); vol. 12440).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Open access

    Modelling string structure in vector spaces

    Connor, R., Dearle, A. & Vadicamo, L., 9 Jul 2019, Proceedings of the 27th Italian Symposium on Advanced Database Systems: Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto), Italy, June 16th to 19th, 2019. Mecella, M., Amato, G. & Gennaro, C. (eds.). Sun SITE Central Europe, 12 p. 45. (CEUR Workshop Proceedings; vol. 2400).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Open access

    Querying metric spaces with bit operations

    Connor, R. & Dearle, A., 2018, Similarity Search and Applications: 11th International Conference, SISAP 2018, Lima, Peru, October 7-9, 2018, Proceedings. Marchand-Maillet, S., Silva, Y. N. & Chávez, E. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 33-46 14 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 11223).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Open access

    Understanding the linking possibilities in Scottish Records and an algorithmic approach to full linkage

    Dearle, A., Kirby, G. N. C., Lee, W. & Dibben, C., 20 Jun 2018. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review

  • Unikernel support for the deployment of light-weight, self-contained, and latency avoiding services

    Jaradat, W., Dearle, A. & Lewis, J., 21 Mar 2018. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractpeer-review

 

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