Dr Mehandjiev is a Professor of Enterprise Information Systems at the Centre for Service Research, MBS. He has initiated and managed projects worth €5,5m of which € 2,2m to the University of Manchester. The most recent project in which he participates is SOA4All, a €13.6 mln project involving 17 partners, including SAP, BT and Atos Origin. He is currently involved with the EUD4Services.org initiative, aiming to open the design of software services to non-programmers.
Nikolay's visiting appointments include:
- Visiting Academic to SAP Research Labs, Karlsruhe, Germany in 2007. He initiated collaboration on End User Development and worked on three collaborative project proposals.
- Visiting Senior Lecturer with Dept Informatics, University of Sussex, UK in 2007. Discussed setting up collaboration exploring shared research interests in User-oriented Service Systems.
- Visiting Academic to Atos Origin SAE, Barcelona, Spain. He initiated the work on two collaborative project proposals and a Springer book on cross-organisational workflow management.
- Short-Term Fellowship with BT Research Labs, Ipswich (now BT Exact Technologies) in 1998. There he researched agent systems for coordinating distributed teamwork, and their continuing collaboration led to PhD funding by BT, two patent applications and enhancements of the BT agent development toolkit Zeus
- Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 2001. He worked on an e-commerce textbook and established research collaboration in the area of service-based workflow software.
Before joining The University of Manchester, he was a lecturer in Information Systems in the School of Management at the University of Hull, from 1995 to 1998. He delivered modules on Management Information Systems, Simulation, Systems Development, Expert Systems, Business Object Modelling. He also participated in the development and delivery of MBA and BSc Degree Programmes in Information Management.
Dr Nikolay Mehandjiev researchers approaches and models which enable non-technical audience to design dynamic service systems. Key techniques used are intelligent software systems and formalised domain knowledge, and an example of a key result is a recursive model linking goals and processes involved in setting up and coordinating the work of dynamic collaborative organisations. The research is grounded in the actual needs of our industrial partners, including IT companies (e.g. SAP, Atos Origin, BT), and automotive companies (e.g. MAN, Magna Intier).
Achieving the core research objective requires the pursuit of two main strands of research: (a) end user development in the context of service-based systems; and (b) knowledge-based support software for collaborative work. The results from each strand are then integrated to enable the construction of flexible systems supporting the collaborative user-driven development of service-based systems. Mehandjiev collaborates with the telecommunications, e-commerce and energy sectors and has had collaborative projects with BT Research Labs, BG Technology, SAP, IBM, Atos Origin, MAN, etc. New technologies underlying these projects include visual interactive business models and visual programming: intelligent agents; ultra-fast application development and end-user development; simulation; software architectures; and ontologies.