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Jim Longstaff

01642 342637
Job title:
School of Computing, Media & the Arts
Computing, Media & the Arts research

About Jim Longstaff

­­Jim Longstaff has worked as an IBM Research Fellow, as a Lecturer and Industrial Reader at Leeds Polytechnic, and is currently a Reader in Computing at Teesside University. His current teaching is mainly in the areas of rapid development tools (web/database systems), database management, data warehouses, and data mining.

Jim gained a PhD in Relational Databases in 1980. Amongst subsequent research achievements, he was awarded two SERC grants (1981, 1983) for database research in collaboration with Dr (later Professor) S M Deen of Aberdeen University. Other research awards included a Teaching Company Scheme at Leeds Polytechnic, DoH funding for an epidemiological study into childhood asthma and pollution with Newcastle University Medical School, and NHS (Connecting for Health) funding for the prototyping of electronic medical records and security systems. Consultancies included the design and prototyping for a database query system for a British company, and also for a security (authorisation) system for an American company.

He acted as chairman (of both the Organising and Programme Committees) for the Third British National Conference in Databases (BNCOD3), held at Leeds Polytechnic in 1984. He has also acted as Director of Studies for three successfully-completed PhD degree projects, and as an external examiner for PhD and MPhil research degree programmes.

Research interests

Jim’s current research interest is in Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC), and its enterprise-level implementation using database and big data systems. This interest extends into authorisation systems for data stored by network applications, including Internet of Things.


Jim is the lead author on some sixty refereed conference, book chapter, and journal publications, including ACM SIGMOD, ACM SACMAT, IEE Journal (Software), the Health Informatics Journal, and the Harrogate Health Informatics conferences (2000-2009).
Recent publications giving details of Jim’s current research activity are:

Extending Attribute Based Access Control to facilitate trust in eHealth and other applications, Jim Longstaff, Edited Collection of papers published by Springer, presented to TDL and Cyber Security and Privacy EU Forum Conference, Brussels, April 2013.
Attribute Based Access Control for Big Data applications by Query Modification. Jim Longstaff and Joanne Noble, proceedings of the IEEE Big Data Computing Service and Applications conference, Oxford, April 2016.