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Soum is a Lecturer in Information and Communication Technology within the Operations and Information Management department and is the Course Director of the undergraduate programme BSc Business Computing and Information Technology (BCIT). After completing his MSc and PhD in Computing Science at the University of Glasgow, he held postdoctoral appointment for the project Integrated Multimedia City Data at the ESRC Urban Big Data Center. Prior to joining Aston in 2017, Soum was working in Singapore as a Lecturer of InfoComm Technology.    

Administrative Roles

Programme Director BSc Business Computing and IT

Membership of Professional Bodies

British Computing Society
Fellow of Higher Education Academy 
European Operations Management Network 


2018 -19 Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Aston University  [First]  
2011-2014 PhD Computing Science, University of Glasgow
2009-10 MSc Computing Science, University of Glasgow  [Distinction] 
2005-09 Bachelor of Technology Computer Science and Engineering [Distinction] 


04/2017 - Current: Lecturer Information and Communication Technology, Aston Business School
07/2015 - 03/2017: Lecturer InfoComm Technology, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore 
and Honorary Lecturer University of Glasgow [School of Computing Science]
06/2014 - 07/2015: Research Associate ESRC funded Urban Big Data  Research Center [University of Glasgow]
05/2011 - 06/2014: Tutor and Graduate Teaching Assistant [Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow]

Teaching Activity

Year 1 
BN1119: Applications Development 

Year 2
BN2208: Database Applications
Guest Lecture BN2213 Doing E-Business

Final Year
BN3389: Theory and Practice of E-commerce
BN3353: BCIT Final Year Project [2018-19]
BN3383 Management Science Project

BDM151 MBA Project 
BDM130 MSc Business Analytics Dissertation 
DC3010 Degree Apprenticeship Individual Project

Research Interests

My research interests primarily fall into following themes
Theme 1: Applications and utility of technology in different business sectors, including tourism, maufacturing, crisis and disaster management, retail, supply-chain and operations, risk management. 
Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality applications. 
Theme 2: Social Media and Business Analytics (Sense-making and Sense-giving) for creating and capturing value.
Machine and Deep Learning, Data Visualisation, Intuitive Interfaces, Data-driven decision-making, Collaborative Intelligence in Industry4.0 
Theme 3: Enhancing Student Engagement and Experience in Higher Education.
Digital backchannel systems, Design thinking, Purposeful use of Technology, Problem-based learning, Student Assessments, Effective communication 
Theme 4: Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.
Circular Economy, Business Productivity and Sustainaibility, Mental Health and Well-being, Energy Management, Digitalisation and Digital Transformation.

Research Projects/Collaborations

Global Challenges Research Fund [GCRF] Project - Towards Stabilisation of the Virtual Financial Assets Regulatory Framework: Trans-national partnership in Blockchain and crypto currency innovation between the UK and Caribbean States
Aston Team: Dr. Soumyadeb Chowdhury and Professor Vladlena Benson 
Caribbean Team: University of West Indies [Antigua, Jamaica, Saint Lucia]
Industry Partners includes Common Wealth Legal Education Association, Haines Watts Controls & Assurance and  Vanquis Wealth Management

ESRC Funded  Productivity Insights network project, Understanding the impact of mental health on business performance in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
Aston PI: Dr. Soumyadeb Chowdhury
Aston Team: Professor Prasanta Dey, Dr Oscar Rodriguez-Espindola and Dr Ian Maidment 
Collaboration with  Keele University, Birmingham University, York University, University of Glasgow
Industry Partners includes SMEs in Midlands and Black County 

Industry Academia Partnership Programme (Royal Academy of Engineering and Newton) Circular economy adoption within SMEs in India and the UK.
Partner University: Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management; Jadavpur University; Industrial Partners: 6 SMEs in each country
Principal Investigator Aston: Professor Prasanta Dey.
Co-Investigators Aston: Dr. Soumyadeb Chowdhury, Professor. Pavel Albores, Dr. Oscar Rodríguez-Espíndola, Professor Edward Sweeney.

Midlands Innovation Pilot Project, Mental Health and Well-being Challenges for West Midlands SMEs’ Sustainability and Productivity. 
Partner University: Keele University; Loughborough University; University of Birmingham. 
Principal Investigator Aston: Professor Prasanta Dey.
Co-Investigators Aston:Dr. Soumyadeb Chowdhury, Dr. Oscar Rodríguez-Espíndola, Dr. Ian Maidment.

Past Grants in Singapore
Ignition Grant - Singapore Institute of Technology, Open Source Knowledge Management
Status: Completed
Industry Partner: DSO National Laboratory
Thematic Area:  Digital transformation, Semantic Modelling, Knowledge Graph visualisation, Analytics, Information management User Centered Design. 
SIT Advancement for Learning and Teaching Grant, Enhancing Student Learning and Module Development using Implicit Techniques
Multi-disciplinary Collaborators: Accountancy and Food Technology
Realted themes: Digital backchannel system, Live in-class interactions, Student engagement, Query-based Approach, Implicit Techniques, Trends Analysis, data analytics, sensemaking and sense-giving.

Collaborative projects with University of Glasgow
1. Sensemaking and Sensegiving Tourism Reviews: Novel User Interface Design - web and mobile, Business Analytics to create value for consumers and businesses.
2. Virtual Reality applications for society and businesses: Refugee app, Tuorism app 
3. Blockchain application: Designing and developing a game for consumers and business
4. Smartwatch interfaces and applications: WHISPER (anonymous social media)
5. Web and mobile application for phobia patients 

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising doctoral work in the broad fields of application of ICT and data science in different domain, innovation, sustainability, gamified experiences, and agile-lean-green practices in business and beyond. Topics may include and not limited to 
1. Blockchain applications in different business sector
2. Analytics and AI in differnt sectors of business
3. Drone applications in different business sectors
4. VR and AR applications in business and higher education settings
5. Digitalisation and Digital transformation 
6. Social media analytics and application for business and higher education
7. Technology in Higher Education 
8. Machine learning and deep learning [applications for business and scoial good]
9. Data driven decision-making 
10. User experience, data visualisation, sensemaking and sense-giving 

Current Research Supervision.
1. Artificial Intelligence for general and higher education
2. E-commerce innovation and security 
3. Quality and Accessibility of NHS Mental Health Services: Surviving or Thriving? A New Model to Improve Mental Health Services in Primary Health Care
4. Blockchain in Supply chain and humaniratian domain


Funding Applications and Awards

ESRC Productivity Insights Network 
GCRF Project with Caribbean Nations

Contact Details
Phone:0121 204 3088
Room: ABS 263


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