|| Jat Singh
Senior Research Associate
Senior Research Associate
Centre for Science and Policy
(PDR) - St John's College
My research concerns issues of accountability, management, and control in (distributed) systems. That is, how policy, representing user and/or functional concerns can dictate how and when `things' happen, primarily though managing data exchanges.
As such, I focus a lot on issues of privacy, security, in addition to more generally enabling new and innovative functionality and solutions. This typically within the context of cloud computing and/or Internet of Things.
Recently my focus has been towards establishing an area of interdisciplinary research concerning the legal aspects of systems, considering the interplays between emerging technology and legal concerns, and how such considerations can be better aligned. Towards this, I co-founded the IEEE Workshop on Legal and Technical Issues in Cloud and the IoT, now in its third year, and the NIPS Symposium on Machine Learning and the Law to provide the forums to drive progress and discussion.
At a technical level, I work on enabling context-aware, dynamically reconfigurable infrastructure (middleware), and methods for controlling and tracking data flow (provenance).
Much of my research and commercial experience revolves around judicial and health systems---application
domains where information is sensitive. I have worked for large and small IT service companies, ran a medical IT startup, and provide consulting services.
More generally, I am very interested technology-related policy (here, `policy' in a political sense): considering the social, economic and legal impacts of new technologies. This has me involved in a number of outreach activities. I have also studied some law.
Originally from geographically isolated Australia, my hobbies are travel, travel and travel.
- Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre: a virtual research centre in which technology lawyers and computer scientists work on the challenges in cloud computing where technology and law/regulation intersect. I represent both the Computer Laboratory and the Centre for Science and Policy in this collaboration with the QMUL Centre for Commercial Law Studies.
- Managing everyThing: I lead a project to demonstrate means for improved data agency in the IoT. The project makes practical various research outputs, through a data management platform that enables new collaborative experiences in physical spaces, while enabling transparency and control. Work is within the world of digital art and cultural/gallery spaces to make tangible issues around data management, accountability and control.
- Researcher in Residence (Digital Catapult): I will soon undertake a part-time secondment to the Digital Catapult Centre (UK's digital innovation centre) as part of their Researcher in Residence scheme, to explore how to better align data management technologies with the legal and commercial realities of the Internet of Things. A key output will be to derive a series of practical, commercially-relevant use cases, to drive directions in compliance and the development of tech-legal oriented tools and methodologies.
- Ethics & governance of machine learning: I am a Co-I of this interdisciplinary `pump-priming' project concerning the effects of the algorithms and automation on society. A particular focus will be on means for improving transparency, accountability and control.
- CloudSafetyNet, a collaboration with Imperial College that investigates the managemenet of data flow within, between and across cloud services. A key focus was on the practicalities and potential for Information Flow Control techniques in a cloud context.
- I served on the Secretariat of the E-infrastructure Leadership Council with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills which is charged with developing the UK's e-Infrastructure strategy.
- I co-convene the Ethics of Big Data Research Group, an interdisciplinary group that explores ethics and politics of 'doing' big data, with an emphasis on the practice of big data research and technology. Last year's focus was on the ethical issues of data-centric research, and this year we consider the wider questions of ethics given an increasingly data-driven society.
- I was elected to the steering committee for the Cambridge Big Data Strategic Research Intiative, which helps set University directions and strategy (research and impact) as regards big data
- I am part of the Centre for Science and Policy, which works to promote high-quality engagement between academics and policy professionals, to integrate science into the policy-making process.
- Legal and regulatory aspects of emerging technology, particuarly regarding methods and tools for accountability, control and compliance.
- Pervasive / ubiquitious computing: Managing the internet of things...
- Security: access controls, information flow control, certificates/PKI
- Policy: management, distribution, specification, conflict, compliance/audit
- Event-based systems: context awareness, event composition
- Adaptive / Reconfigurable systems: driven by context/policy
- Communication paradigms: Publish/Subscribe, messaging systems, data stream management
- General issues of privacy, trust, responsibility and accountability
- Digital, collaborative and interactive art.