Dr Brian Matthews

Dr Brian Matthews

Dr Brian Matthews
Scientific Applications Group Leader
e-Science Department
R89, S27
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Oxford
Oxfordshire, OX11 0QX

Tel: +44 (0)1235 446 648


Introduction and profile

Brian Matthews is Group Leader of the Scientific Applications Group within the e-Science Centre, and also Deputy Manager of the W3C Office for the UK and Ireland.

Research and development interests

Brian has worked on a wide-range of different areas of computing and information technology. He took his PhD on equational reasoning systems, and worked in the are of formal methods for software engineering. Brian then worked on projects on structured documentation, data modelling and the Web.

He has been involved with the Semantic Web, developing early versions of the RDF format for thesuari and other knowledge organisation systems, which has evolved into the SKOS recommendation (link opens in a new window).

In recent years, Brian has become increasingly involved in developing technology and tools to support the scientific research and collaboration. This has involved work in data management and distributed systems.

Brian developed the first version of the Scientific Metadata Model which now forms the basis of the ICAT Data Management infrastructure. He has also been involved in developing STFC's institutional repository ePubs, and has been involved in other projects in digital libraries, information management, and digital curation.

Brian has also been involved in distributed systems and Grids, including developing tools and techniques for managing security and trust in Grids. He has been the STFC leader in the European Project XtreemOS, which is developing a Grid based operating system.

Brian now leads a team which has a wide range of interests, including Grids, scientific visualisation, data and information management and digital curation across a range of scientific applications.

Skills, expertise and qualifications

  • PhD in Computing Science, Glasgow University. Thesis title "Dynamic Term Rewriting Systems"
  • BSc maths, Bristol University
  • MSc Foundations of Advanced Information Technology, Imperial College, London.

Professional activities: memberships / external organisations

Brian is a chartered member of the BCS.

Grants, awards, teaching and other activities

Brian is a part-time lecturer in Computer Science at Oxford Brookes University (link opens in a new window), where he teaches on the M.Sc. in Web Technology.


A list of Brian's publications are available on STFC's e-Pubs (link opens in a new window).

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