Christopher Brewster

POSITION: DR. | APPLICATION OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
TNO UNIT: ICT (DATA SCIENCE)
UNIVERSITY: MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY (INSTITUTE OF DATA SCIENCE)
 
TNO LOCATION: SOESTERBERG
EMAIL: CHRISTOPHER.BREWSTER@TNO.NL
TEL: +31627054646

RESEARCH AREA

My research area lies within Artificial Intelligence with a technical focus is on technologies for describing and sharing data between multiple parties. I am interested in technologies for interoperability, knowledge representation, and architectures for data sharing including Linked Data, Blockchain technologies and the FAIR principles. I have applied these technologies in the domains of food, agriculture, logistics and supply chains, and more generally I am interested in the role ICT can play in the reduction of human impact on the environment. TNO’s ICT Unit has a major focus on data sharing and interoperability, as making data available is a prerequisite for the use of machine learning and other AI technologies. My most recent work has been in the area of applying the FAIR principles to the agrifood domain and I expect to this application area to raise a number of technical and ethical challenges as we seek to use data more effectively to manage the impact of agriculture on climate breakdown.

RECENT RESULTS

Most of our work concerns the acquisition of research projects. So we wrote and act as technical lead for the Techruption Blockchain project (2017-18) and its successor the Techruption project (2019-2022). Other projects:

At TNO:

  • We are scientific lead (Principal Investigator) for the BLOCK.IS project (https://blockis.eu/).

At Maastricht, from 1 January 2020:

  • H2020 EUREKA European Knowledge repository for best agricultural practices. Submitted January 2019 and will run Jan 2020 - Dec 2021. IDS/Maastricht project funded by H2020-RUR-2019-1. Role: Principal Investigator for Maastricht. Total budget €2M. I lead a work package on the design of the data repository based on the FAIR principles.
  • Erasmus Plus project Agtech 7 submitted February 2020. Knowledge Alliance of Agribusinesses, Academia and Business Angels for Disruptive Farm-to-Fork Agri-Tech Training. Jan 2020-Dec 2022. IDS/Maastricht project funded by Eureka Plus. Role: Principal Investigator for IDS/Maastricht. Total budget €800k.
  • H2020 DiTECT project DIgital TEChnologies as an enabler for a conTinuous transformation of food safety system. Submitted in Sept 2019 and will run May 2020 - April 2023. IDS/Maastricht project funded by H2020-SFS-2019-2. Role: Principal Investigator for Maastricht. Total budget €4M.

PHD SUPERVISION

  • Hercules Panoutsopoulos (H2020 funding) from Jan 2020.

TOP PUBLICATIONS

  • Brewster, B. Nowt, S. Raaijmakers, J. Verhoosel, Ontology-based access control for FAIR Data, Data Intelligence. 2 (2019) 66–77. https://doi.org/10.1162/dint_a_00029.
  • Gholami, A. Molla, S. Goswami, C. Brewster, Green information systems use in social enterprise: the case of a community-led eco-localization website in the West Midlands region of the UK, Information Systems Frontiers. 20 (2018) 1345–1361. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10796-016-9733-z.
  • Brewster, I. Roussaki, N. Kalatzis, K. Doolin, K. Ellis, IoT in Agriculture: Designing a Europe-Wide Large-Scale Pilot, IEEE Communications Magazine. 55 (2017) 26–33. https://doi.org/10.1109/MCOM.2017.1600528.

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