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Biography

Dr Violeta Holmes is a Subject Area Leader for Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the Huddersfield University with over 25 years of teaching and research experience in computing and engineering.

She leads the High Performance Computing (HPC) Research Group at the University of Huddersfield. Her research interests and expertise are in the areas of HPC systems infrastructure, computer Clusters, Grids, Cloud computing, Intelligent agents, Big Data, Internet of Things and Embedded systems. She was awarded the status of Chartered Engineer (IET) and Fellowship of Higher Education Academy and is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the British Computer Society (BCS).

She joined the School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Huddersfield in 2007 as a Senior Lecturer in DSP and Embedded Systems. She lectures in parallel computer architectures, computer clusters and grid, embedded system, digital signal processing and virtual instrumentation. She was a Course Leader for MSc Embedded Systems Engineering and MSc Electronic and Communication Engineering, and a postgraduate tutor in the School of Computing and Engineering.

In 2010 she became a Subject Leader for Electronic and Electrical Engineering. She also co-founded the HPC Research Group which aims to promote the links between high performance computer users, developers and researchers across various research groups and institutes at the University of Huddersfield, and throughout the UK and internationally. Under her leadership, the HPC Research Group has established links with the UK National e-Infrastructure Service (NES) as an affiliate member, and was instrumental in establishing collaboration between the University of Huddersfield and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory. She was working with 3M Business and Innovation Centre at the University of Huddersfield helping industry to access HPC research and design facilities.

She obtained her degree in Electronics and Physics from the ETF Electronic and Technical Physics Faculty, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She worked as a Systems Engineer in Smederevo Steel Mill Yugoslavia, gaining industrial experience in computer control of hot and cold steel rolling mills. She continued her postgraduate studies in the UK and completed an MSc in Control Engineering from Bradford University, followed by a PhD from the University of Huddersfield in the application of artificial intelligence in distributed computer control.

She took part as a mentee in the Athena Project, established in 1999 by the UK higher education funding councils, supporting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). She participated in The North West Universities Mentoring Scheme for women in SET(MENWU) as a mentor in 2004/2005. As a Chartered Engineer and a member of the IET and BCS she continues to support the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Higher Education and research.

Research and Scholarship

Main research interests are in:

  • High Performance Computing - Clusters, Grids, Cloud, and Cloud Robotics
  • Embedded Systems – assistive technologies
  • Digital Signal Processing and Visualisation - GPUs and FPGAs
  • Internet of Things
  • Sustainable software
  • Intelligent Agents

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Dhimish, M., Holmes, V., Mehrdadi, B. and Dales, M. (2017) ‘Diagnostic method for photovoltaic systems based on six layer detection algorithmElectric Power Systems Research , 151, pp. 26-39. ISSN 0378-7796

Mistry, K., Lazaridis, P., Glover, I., Holmes, V., Khan, F., Ahmed, Q., Zaharis, Z. and Xenos, T. (2017) ‘Measurement, simulation and optimization of wideband log-periodic antennas’. In: URSI GASS 2017, 19-26 August 2017, Montreal, Canada

MacFarlane, K. and Holmes, V. (2017) ‘Multi-Agent System for Safeguarding Children Online’. In: Proceedings of SAI Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys) 2016. : Springer. . ISBN 978-3-319-56994-9

Higgins, J., Holmes, V. and Venters, C. (2017) ‘VCC: A framework for building containerized reproducible cluster software environmentsThe Journal of Open Source Software , 2 (11). ISSN 2475-9066

Higgins, J., Holmes, V. and Venters, C. (2017) ‘Autonomous Discovery and Management in Virtual Container ClustersThe Computer Journal , 60 (2), pp. 240-252. ISSN 0010-4620

2016

Aagela, H., Holmes, V., Dhimish, M. and Wilson, D. (2016) ‘Impact of Video Streaming Quality on Bandwidth in Humanoid Robot NAO Connected to the Cloud’. In: ICC '17 International Conference on Internet of things and Cloud Computing. : ACM. . ISBN 978-1450347747

Holmes, V. and Newall, M. (2016) ‘HPC and the Big Data challengeSafety and Reliability: SaRS Journal , 36 (3), pp. 213-224. ISSN 0961-7353

Dhimish, M., Holmes, V. and Dales, M. (2016) ‘Grid-Connected PV Virtual Instrument system (GCPV-VIS) For Detecting Photovoltaic Failure’. In: Environment-Friendly Energies and Applications (EFEA), 14 - 16 September 2016, Belgrade, Serbia

Dhimish, M., Holmes, V. and Bruce, M. (2016) ‘Grid-Connected PV Monitoring system (GCPV-MS)’. In: Environment-Friendly Energies and Applications (EFEA), 14-16 September 2016, Belgrade, Serbia

Mavromihales, M. and Holmes, V. (2016) ‘Review of Research in Games-based Approaches with Examples in Engineering Education’. In: CARN International Conference, 11-14 November 2016, Lincoln, UK

Dhimish, M. and Holmes, V. (2016) ‘Fault detection algorithm for grid-connected photovoltaic plantsJournal of Solar Energy , 137 (C), pp. 236-245. ISSN 0038-092X

Lazaridis, P., Tziris, E., Zaharis, Z., Xenos, T., Cosmas, J., Gallion, P., Holmes, V. and Glover, I. (2016) ‘Comparison of evolutionary algorithms for LPDA antenna optimizationRadio Science , 51 (8), pp. 1377-1384. ISSN 0048-6604

Dafinoiu, A., Higgins, J. and Holmes, V. (2016) ‘Accelerating High-Throughput Computing through OpenCL’. In: Proceedings of the EMerging Technology (EMiT) Conference 2016. Manchester: The Emerging Technology (EMiT) Conference. pp. 46-49. ISBN 978-0-9933426-3-9

Higgins, J., Holmes, V. and Venters, C. (2016) ‘Securing User Defined Containers for Scientific Computing’. In: 2016 International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS). HPCS 2016 Conference, Innsbruck, Austria: IEEE. pp. 449-453. ISBN 978-1-5090-2088-1

Mavromihales, M. and Holmes, V. (2016) ‘Delivering manufacturing technology and workshop appreciation to engineering undergraduates using the flipped classroom approachInternational Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education . ISSN 0306-4190

Venters, C., Griffiths, M., Holmes, V., Ward, R. and Cooke, D. (2016) ‘The Nebuchadnezzar effect: Dreaming of sustainable software through sustainable software architecturesJournal of Open Research Software . ISSN 2049-9647

2015

Holmes, V., Newman, C., Newall, M., Munnings, D. and Arnold, G. (2015) ‘IMTeract Tool for Monitoring and Profiling HPC systems and applications’. In: Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Data Intensive Systems (DSDIS). : IEEE Computer Society. pp. 311-317. ISBN 978-1-5090-0214-6

Shuo, L., Holmes, V., Antoniou, G. and Higginson, J. (2015) ‘iCurate: A Research Data Management System’. In: Multi-disciplinary Trends in Artificial Intelligence. Fuzhou, China,: Springer. pp. 39-47. ISBN ISBN 978-3-319-26181-2

Shuo, L., Holmes, V., Antoniou, G. and Higgins, J. (2015) ‘iCurate: A Research Data Management System’. In: Multi-disciplinary Trends in Artificial Intelligence. Fuzhou, China,: Springer. pp. 39-47. ISBN ISBN 978-3-319-26181-2

Brennan, J., Holmes, V., Bonner, S. and Kureshi, I. (2015) ‘PBStoHTCondor System for Campus Grids’. In: Proceedings of the Science and Information Conference. London, UK: IEEE. pp. 55-61.

Pavlos, L., Emmanouil, T., Bruce, M., Violeta, H., Ian, G., Zaharias, Z., Aristotelis, B. and John, C. (2015) ‘Comparison of Evolutionary Optimization Algorithms for FM-TV Broadcasting Antenna Array Null Filling’. In: 19th International Conference on Communications (CSCC'15), 16-20 July 2015, Zakynthos island, Greece

Higgins, J., Holmes, V. and Venters, C. (2015) ‘Orchestrating Docker Containers in the HPC Environment’. In: ISC High Performance, 12th - 16th July 2015, Frankfurt, Germany

Holmes, V. and Kureshi, I. (2015) ‘Developing High Performance Computing Resources for Teaching Cluster and Grid Computing coursesProcedia Computer Science , 51, pp. 1714-1723. ISSN 1877-0509

Atkinson, P., Holmes, V. and McDermott, C. (2015) ‘Evaluation of the ‘Be Innovative’ Design and Electronic Engineering Challenge 2014 and Chinese students’ response’. In: Group for Learning in Art and Design (GLAD) 2015, Friday 27 February 2015, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield UK

Newall, M., Holmes, V., Venters, C. and Lunn, P. (2015) ‘Delivering Faster Results Through Parallelisation and GPU Acceleration’. In: Intelligent Systems in Science and Information 2014. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. pp. 309-320. ISBN 978-3-319-14654-6

2014

Brennan, J., Kureshi, I. and Holmes, V. (2014) ‘CDES: An approach to HPC Workload Modelling’. In: 18th International Symposium on Distributed Simulation and Real Time Applications. Washington, DC, USA: IEEE Computer Society. pp. 47-54. ISBN 978-1-4799-6144-3

Newall, M., Holmes, V. and Lunn, P. (2014) ‘GPU Cluster for Accelerating Processing and Visualisation of Scientific and Engineering Data’. In: Proceedings of the Science and Information Conference. London, UK: IEEE. pp. 140-145. ISBN 978-0-9893-1933-1

?ysik, K., Wasielewska, K., Paprzycki, M., Drozdowicz, M., Ganzha, M., Brennan, J., Holmes, V. and Kureshi, I. (2014) ‘Combining AiG Agents with Unicore grid for improvement of user support’. In: 2013 First International Symposium on Computing and Networking (CANDAR 2013). : Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE ). pp. 66-74. ISBN 9781479927975

Venters, C., Lau, L., Griffiths, M., Holmes, V., Ward, R., Jay, C., Dibsdale, C. and Xu, J. (2014) ‘The Blind Men and the Elephant: Towards an Empirical Evaluation Framework for Software SustainabilityJournal of Open Research Software , 2 (1). ISSN 2049-9647

Venters, C., Jay, C., Lau, L., Griffiths, M., Holmes, V., Ward, R., Austin, J., Dibsdale, C. and Xu, J. (2014) ‘Software Sustainability: The Modern Tower of BabelProceedings of the Third International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Sustainable Systems co-located with 22nd International Conference on Requirements Engineering (RE 2014) , 1216. ISSN 1613-0073

2013

Kureshi, I., Pulley, C., Brennan, J., Holmes, V., Bonner, S. and James, Y. (2013) ‘Advancing Research Infrastructure Using OpenStackInternational Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications , 3 (4), pp. 64-70. ISSN 2158-107X

Feradyan, A. and Holmes, V. (2013) ‘Autonomous embedded fuzzy logic based wireless sensor network for indoor energy management’. In: Proceedings of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference 2013 : CEARC'13. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 133-139. ISBN 9781862181212

James, Y., Holmes, V. and Munnings, D. (2013) ‘Campus HPC Network Design and Monitoring’. In: The 15th IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC 2013), 13-15, November 2013, Zhangjiajie, China , pp. 1504-1511

Bonner, S., Pulley, C., Kureshi, I., Holmes, V., Brennan, J. and James, Y. (2013) ‘Using OpenStack to improve student experience in an H.E. environment’. In: Proceedings of 2013 Science and Information Conference. London, UK: The Science and Information Organization. pp. 888-893. ISBN 9780989319300

Holmes, V. and Kureshi, I. (2013) ‘Creating an HE ICT Infrastructure Fit for the 21st Century’. In: Higher Education Show 2013, 25 April 2013, London, UK

Brennan, J., Paprzycki, M., Holmes, V., Ganzha, M., Kureshi, I., Drozdowicz, M. and Wasielewska, K. (2013) ‘Scaling Campus Grids: Implementing a modified ontology based EMI-WMS on Campus Grids’. In: The EGI Community Forum 2013, 8-12 April 2013, Manchester, UK , pp. 27-27

Assairi, B. and Holmes, V. (2013) ‘iShoes for blind and visually impaired people’. In: Proceedings First International Conference on Technology for Helping People with Special Needs. Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University. pp. 10-15.

Arif, S. and Holmes, V. (2013) ‘Electronic Braille Document Reader’. In: Proceedings First International Conference on Technology for Helping People with Special Needs. Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University,. pp. 16-21.

Holmes, V (2013) ‘High Performance Computing: Enabling Businesses and Researchers Access To World-Class, Secure Technology’. In: Research Information Management: The Challenges and Opportunities of Open Access, 24th January 2013, London, UK

2012

Liang, S., Holmes, V. and Kureshi, I. (2012) ‘Hybrid Computer Cluster with High Flexibility’. In: IEEE Cluster 2012, 24-28 September 2012, Beijing, China

Kureshi, I., Holmes, V. and Cooke, D. (2012) ‘Robust Mouldable Scheduling Using Application Benchmarking For Elastic Enviornments’. In: Local Proceedings of BCI 2012 5th Balkan Conference in Informatics. Novi Sad, Serbia: University of Novi Sad, Serbia. pp. 51-57.

Gubb, D., Holmes, V., Kureshi, I., Liang, S. and James, Y. (2012) ‘Implementing a Condor pool using a Green-IT policy’. In: Digital Research 2012, 10-12 September 2012, Oxford, UK

Kureshi, I., Holmes, V., Liang, S. and Cooke, D. (2012) ‘Optimising multi-user and multi-application HPC system utilisation using effective queue management’. In: Proceedings of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers’ Conference 2012: CEARC’12. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-86218-106-9

Jimoh, F. and Holmes, V. (2012) ‘Design of a wireless patient diagnosis system’. In: Proceedings of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers’ Conference 2012: CEARC’12. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 69-74. ISBN 978-1-86218-106-9

James, Y., Holmes, V., Kureshi, I., Gubb, D. and Liang, S. (2012) ‘Design of a new network infrastructure using RPC for the University of Huddersfield campus grid’. In: Proceedings of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers’ Conference 2012: CEARC’12. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. p. 149. ISBN 978-1-86218-106-9

Kureshi, I., Holmes, V., Liang, S., Gubb, D. and Cooke, D. (2012) ‘High performance distributed computing resources to enable e-science research’. In: Proceedings of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers’ Conference 2012: CEARC’12. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. p. 153. ISBN 978-1-86218-106-9

Kureshi, I., Holmes, V., Cooke, D., Allan, R., Liang, S. and Gubb, D. (2012) ‘Robust mouldable intelligent scheduling using application benchmarking for elastic environments’. In: Proceedings of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers’ Conference 2012: CEARC’12. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. p. 156. ISBN 978-1-86218-106-9

Feradyan, A. and Holmes, V. (2012) ‘Autonomous wireless sensor for building energy management with energy harvesting feasibility’. In: Proceedings of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers’ Conference 2012: CEARC’12. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. p. 145. ISBN 978-1-86218-106-9

Kureshi, I., Holmes, V., Gubb, D., Liang, S., Bonner, S. and Cooke, D. (2012) ‘Providing laaS using a private cloud in an HE environment’. In: Proceedings of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers’ Conference 2012: CEARC’12. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-86218-106-9

Gubb, D., Holmes, V., Kureshi, I. and James, Y. (2012) ‘Implementing a Condor pool using a Green-IT policy’. In: Proceedings of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers’ Conference 2012: CEARC’12. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-86218-106-9

2011

Berberkic, S., Mather, P., Holmes, V. and Sibley, M. (2011) ‘Design of a Monitoring and Test system for PV based Renewable Energy Systems’. In: International Conference on Renewable Energies and Power Quality (ICREPQ'11), 13-15 April 2011, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

2010

Holmes, V. and Kureshi, I. (2010) ‘Huddersfield University Campus Grid: QGG of OSCAR ClustersJournal of Physics: conference series , 256 (1), p. 012022. ISSN 1742-6596

Berberkic, S., Mather, P. and Holmes, V. (2010) ‘A Low Cost Electronic Load for Renewable Energy Systems’. In: Future Technologies in Computing and Engineering: Proceedings of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference 2010: CEARC’10. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. p. 187. ISBN 9781862180932

Kureshi, I., Holmes, V. and Liang, S. (2010) ‘Hybrid HPC – Establishing a Bi-Stable Dual Boot Cluster for Linux with OSCAR middleware and Windows HPC 2008 R2’. In: UK eScience All-Hands Meeting, 13-16 September 2010, Cardiff, Wales

2009

Alaiwi, A., Sibley, M., Mather, P. and Holmes, V. (2009) ‘Extremely low frequency based communication link’. In: Proceedings of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference 2009: CEARC’09. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 105-110. ISBN 9781862180857

MacFarlane, K. and Holmes, V. (2009) ‘Agent-Mediated Information Exchange: Child Safety Online’. In: 2009 International Conference on Management and Service Science. : IEEE. pp. 1-5. ISBN 9781424446384

Holmes, V. and MacFarlane, K. (2009) ‘Agent Mediated Information Exchange’. In: University of Huddersfield Research Festival, 23rd March - 2nd April 2009, University of Huddersfield

2008

Holmes, V (2008) ‘Grid enabled E-Learning’. In: VIPSI-2008 PISA: Knowledge Engineering, Tutorials and Brainstormings, 10-13 July, Pisa, Italy , pp. 13-13

Esteem

Invited speaker

  • ‘Creating an HE ICT Infrastructure Fit for the 21st Century’. In: Higher Education Show 2013, 25 April 2013, London, UK
  • ‘High Performance Computing: Enabling Businesses and Researchers Access To World-Class, Secure Technology’. In: Research Information Management: The Challenges and Opportunities of Open Access , 24th January 2013, London, UK
  • ‘Iceotope, one year on’ In 24th Daresbury Machine Evaluation Workshop, 28 November 2013, Liverpool, UK
  • Invited Keynote Speaker at an International Conference on Network and Computer Science - ICNCS, January 2015, Portsmouth, UK
  • Invited Speaker at The Group for Learning in Art and Design (GLAD) conference, February 2015, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • Invited Speaker at the Big Data Risk Analysis (BDRA) Symposium, April 2015, The University of Huddersfield, UK

Membership of Conference Program Committees

  • Program Committee member and Session Chair of the 15th IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC 2013), November 2013, Zhangjiajie, China
  • Program Committee member of the 16th IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing 2014 (HPCC 14), 20-22 August 2014, Paris, France
  • Program Committee member of the IEEE Science and Information Conference SAI 2014, 27-29 August, London, UK
  • Program Committee member of the IEEE Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems FedCSIS 2014, September 7-10, Warsaw, Poland
  • Program Committee member of the IEEE Science and Information Conference SAI 2015, 28-30 July, London, UK
  • Program Committee member and Session Chair of the IEEE SAI Intelligent Systems Coference IntelliSys 2015, 10-11 November, London, UK
  • Program Committee member and Session Chair of the 8th IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things IThings 2015, 11-13 December, Sydney, Australia

Dr. Holmes was an external examiner for Leeds Metropolitan University, Sheffield Hallam University, and UCLAN Engineering and Computing courses, and an external advisor for Bournemouth University and Chester University.

She is currently an external examiner for University of Chester and Portsmout University for Electronic and Electrical Engineering Courses.

She is an Academic Accreditor for the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Research Degree Supervision

Completed Master by Research projects

  • Huddersfield University Campus Grid
  • Hybrid HPC – Establishing Bi-Stable Dual Boot Cluster
  • Implementing a Condor pool using Green-IT Policy
  • Design of a wireless patient diagnosis systems
  • Design of HPC network infrastructure for campus grid
  • Electronic Brail Document Reader
  • Scaling Campus Grids
  • GPU cluster for Processing and Visualisation of Scientific Data

Completed PhD projects

  • Intelligent Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Application of Chaos theory in designing a measurement system
  • An Intelligent Robust Mouldable Scheduler for HPC & Elastic Environments

PhD Projects under supervision

  • Agent mediated information exchange
  • Advancing Research Infrastructure using Docker Containers in HPC
  • Cloud Robotics
  • Research Data Management

Master by research project under supervision

  • Multi-core ECU embedded system for automotive industry
  • Cross-Platform CPU/GPU/FPGA computing with OpenCL

Current opportunities

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Violeta Holmes

2017-18

PhD

Enterprise Activities

Support in commisioning and production trials of HPC Iceotope System http://www.iceotope.com/ at 3MBIC http://www.3mbic.com/ from November 2013 to August 2014. HPC Iceotope liquid cooled system (scalable, energy efficient and silent) enables access to HPC technology for Start-Ups, SME’s Researchers for required R&D applications.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Subject Area Leader (Electronic and Electrical Engineering)
  • HPC Research Group Leader

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Subject Area Leader (Electronic and Electrical Engineering)

  • HPC Research Group Leader

  • MSc Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation, MSc Electronic and Communication Engineering, MSc Embedded Systems Engineering
    MSc modules:
    • Computer Clusters
    • Virtual Instrumentation
       
  • MEng/BEng Electronic and Electrical Enigneering
    MEng/ BEng modules
    • PCA, Clusters and Grids
    • DSP Applications
    • Digital Audio Signal Processing