Project Advisory Board:

The RAINBOW Advisory Board is made up of external, independent experts covering the fog/edge services application development, orchestration, resource optimization and security enforcement and privacy preserving domains.

Its main role is to closely monitor and directly provide consultation to the research and technological development activities performed by the RAINBOW’s partners throughout the project lifecycle. Moreover, their active involvement and participation in the requirements elicitation and prioritization process, is bringing within RAINBOW their personal experience and the experience of the organizations that they are affiliated to. The Advisory Board members are also invited to provide feedback and recommendations for one or more of our demonstrator cases.

We are very proud to the following experts, all of them world leaders in their domains, who have joined RAINBOW’s Advisory Board!


Rajkumar Buyya

Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne

Dr. Rajkumar Buyya is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also serving as the founding CEO of Manjrasoft, a spin-off company of the University, commercializing its innovations in Cloud Computing. He served as a Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council during 2012-2016. He serving/served as Honorary/Visiting Professor for several elite Universities including Imperial College London (UK), University of Birmingham (UK), University of Hyderabad (India), and Tsinghua University (China). He has authored over 850 publications and seven text books including “Mastering Cloud Computing” published by McGraw Hill, China Machine Press, and Morgan Kaufmann for Indian, Chinese and international markets respectively. He also edited several books including “Cloud Computing: Principles and Paradigms” (Wiley Press, USA, Feb 2011). He is one of the highly cited authors in computer science and software engineering worldwide (h-index=138, g-index=307, 104,000+ citations). “A Scientometric Analysis of Cloud Computing Literature” by German scientists ranked Dr. Buyya as the World’s Top-Cited (#1) Author and the World’s Most-Productive (#1) Author in Cloud Computing. Dr. Buyya is recognized as a “Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher” for five consecutive years since 2016, IEEE Fellow, Scopus Researcher of the Year 2017 with Excellence in Innovative Research Award by Elsevier, and the “Best of the World”, in Computing Systems field, by The Australian 2019 Research Review.

Software technologies for Grid and Cloud computing developed under Dr. Buyya’s leadership have gained rapid acceptance and are in use at several academic institutions and commercial enterprises in 50 countries around the world. Dr. Buyya has led the establishment and development of key community activities, including serving as foundation Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing and five IEEE/ACM conferences. These contributions and international research leadership of Dr. Buyya are recognized through the award of “2009 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing” from the IEEE Computer Society TCSC. Manjrasoft’s Aneka Cloud technology developed under his leadership has received “2010 Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award”. Recently, Dr. Buyya received “Mahatma Gandhi Award” along with Gold Medals for his outstanding and extraordinary achievements in Information Technology field and services rendered to promote greater friendship and India-International cooperation. He served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing. He is currently serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Software: Practice and Experience, which was established 50 years ago. For further information on Dr.Buyya, please visit his cyberhome:

Weisong Shi

Professor of Computer Science, IEEE Fellow

Associate Dean, College of Engineering

Dr. Weisong Shi is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at College of Engineering, Wayne State University. He is a Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow and a Professor of Computer Science, and leads the Wayne Mobility Initiative (WMI) and directs the Mobile and Internet Systems Laboratory and Connected and Autonomous Driving Laboratory, investigating performance, reliability, power- and energy-efficiency, trust and privacy issues of networked computer systems and applications. Dr. Shi founded the IEEE International Conference on Connected and Autonomous Driving (MetroCAD). Latest version is MetroCAD 2020, Feb. 27-28, 2020.

Dr. Shi is one of the world leaders in the edge computing research community, and has been advocating Edge Computing (Fog Computing) since 2014, a new computing paradigm in which the computing resources are placed at the edge of the Internet, in close proximity to mobile devices, sensors, end users and the emerging Internet of Everything. In 2016, he co-chaired the NSF Workshop on Grand Challenges in Edge Computing, and was the founding steering committee chair of ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing (SEC). He was interviewed by China Science Daily on the Rise of Edge Computing in December 2016. In 2018, Dr. Shi has led the development of IEEE Course on Edge Computing. In 2019, Dr. Shi serves as the lead guest editor for the edge computing special issue on the prestigious Proceedings of the IEEE journal. Check out his books on Edge Computing: 《边缘计算》 by Science Press and “Edge Computing: A Primer” by Springer. Their work on edge computing is in part supported by NSF and several industry partners, such as Facebook. Dr. Shi and the CAR lab was recently featured on IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magzine.

Dr. Shi is an expert in energy efficient computer systems research, including battery management for mobile systems and energy efficient data center design. He is also very active on the workload characterization and has received the best paper award of IISWC 2012 for their work on Taobao Hadoop workload analysis. His work has been adopted and used by industry, such as Baidu, Alibaba, and Intel. In addition to publications, his group has developed several tools that have been widely used by the community, including pTop, a process-level power profiling tool, has been downloaded more than 600 times from more than 30 countries; SPAN, a software power analyzer, has been downloaded more than 400 times since its release in 2012.

Dr. Shi is also well known for his research and leadership on smart and connected health. He leads the Wireless Health Initiative at Wayne State University, and serves as the inaugural Editor-In-Chief of Smart Health Journal. In 2016, he served as the founding steering committee chair of IEEE/ACM Conference on Connected Health (CHASE). He was interviewed by Healthcare Analytics News on How Edge Computing Can Advance Healthcare in January 2018.

Dr. Shi is a recipient of the National Outstanding Ph.D. dissertation award of China (2002), the NSF CAREER award (2007), Wayne State University Career Development Chair award (2009), Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow (2015), College of Engineering Faculty Research Excellence Award (2016), IEEE TCI Distinguished Service Award (2020), the outstanding article award from CAST (2020), and several best paper awards, e.g., the Best Paper award of ICWE’04, IEEE IPDPS’05, HPCChina’12, IEEE IISWC’12, the Best Paper Nominee award of ACM UbiComp’14, the Best Student Paper Award of IEEE HealthCom’15, IEEE eHealth Best Paper Award 2017. He is an IEEE Fellow and a Distinguished Scientist of ACM. According to Google Scholar, his H-index is 45 and has a total of 11000+ citations. Dr. Shi’s research group is actively collaborating with industry partners, such as Verizon, Continental, DENSO, Facebook, Intel, Nvidia, to name a few.

Dr. Shi was on leave with the National Science Foundation as a program director in the Division of Computer and Network Systems, Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering during 2013-2015. During his tenure at NSF, Dr. Shi mainly responsible for the Computer Systems Research (CSR) core program and two crosscutting programs, including Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES), Smart and Connected Health (SCH). Dr. Shi has been actively involved in the activities of IEEE Computer Society. He had served as the Chair of the Technical Committee on the Internet (TCI) during 2012-2016. He is currently serving on the Research Advisory Board (RAB) of IEEE Computer Society.

Liqun Chen

Liqun joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey as Professor in Secure Systems in 2016. Prior to this appointment, she was a Principal Research Scientist at Hewlett Packard Laboratories in Bristol, UK, which she joined in 1997. Before that, she worked at Royal Holloway, University of London, the University of Oxford, and Southeast University in P.R. China. Liqun is a visiting professor at Southeast University.

Liqun supervises various PhD, MSc and undergraduate projects while also teaching the following two MSc modules:

  • COMM047: Secure Systems and Applications
  • COMM048: Information and Network Security

During her 19 years working for Hewlett Packard, Liqun had a number of patents granted and more out for review. Details of her granted US patents can be obtained from “US patents granted”, and details of her other US patent applications from “US patent applications”. Details of US patents in general can be found at She has also had patents granted and applied for in other countries and regions, but details of these patents are not provided here as they are mostly duplicates of the US ones. All of the patents are assigned to Hewlett Packard Enterprise or Hewlett Packard Inc.

Liqun’s current research interests include cryptography applied to a broad range of areas in secure systems, such as trusted computing, hardware security, 5G, cloud computing, distributed ledger and Internet of Things, and she is also interested in quantum-resistant cryptographic solutions.

Anthony Chelidonis

Mr. Anthony Chelidonis is a commercial lawyer with five years’ experience in the legal industry. He holds a BSc in Political Science and Public Administration from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Kingston University (LLB) and a Master’s degree in Law from University College London (UCL) in International Commercial Law (LLM). He is also a member of the Athens Bar Association and he speaks fluently Greek, English as well as Russian at an elementary level.

Mr. Chelidonis in his capacity as a commercial lawyer, he works with domestic and international startups and businesses in the provision of contractual and investment advice in the field of UK and Greek law. In addition, he works towards incorporating and structuring different kinds of SME’s, while also preparing and drafting joint venture agreements, articles of associations, shareholders agreements and other related agreements. Mr. Chelidonis possesses also experience in the data protection field as he has been advising its clients on compliance activities regarding data protection laws, rules and guidance and in particular with respect to collecting, sharing and accessing personal information, providing notifications, and responding to data breach incidents.

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