Dr Cristina Luca

Associate Professor

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Computing and Information Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Computing and technology

Research Supervision:Yes

Cristina conducts research information management and artificial intelligence with particular interests in semantic technologies and machine learning. She has an interest and expertise in cross- disciplinary projects.

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Cristina has 20 years' research and teaching experience in the general area of computer science. Her core expertise comes from having applied her ideas to commercial products for five years, as well as reading various courses in software engineering, web applications development, programming languages and algorithms, and formal languages in universities.

Research interests

  • Semantic web
  • Knowledge graphs on the web and their applications
  • Knowledge representation
  • Ontologies
  • Algorithms
  • Artificial intelligence

Cristina is a member of our Computing, Informatics and Applications Research Group with specialisms in semantic web technologies.

Areas of research supervision

PhD students supervised to completion:

A. Fatima (2016), A novel approach for semantic search (C. Luca, G. Wilson)

K. Spiteri (2017), A framework for modelling complex business systems within cloud hosted services (T. Reynolds, C. Luca, G. Wilson)

M. Kettouch (2017), An approach for interlinking and integrating semi-structured and Linked Data (C. Luca, M. Hobbs)

W, Sawyerr (2018), VWADM: A Generative Method for Designing Virtual World Applications (C. Luca, G. Wilson, M. Hobbs, S, Cirstea)

PhD students (current)

V. Milke (2017- present), Intraday Machine Learning for the Securities Market (C. Luca, G. Wilson, A. Fatima) 

T. Wamambo (2017- present), Predictive Product Review Analysis Using Sentiment Analysis and Machine Learning (C. Luca, M. Hobbs, A. Fatima)

P. Mann (2018-present), A Web-Based Platform: For the Digitization and Equitable Management of Ownership of Traditional Knowledge (M. Zeilinger, C. Luca)

H. Duarte (2019 – present), Named Entity Recognition: An ontology-based approach for information extraction (A. Fatima, C. Luca, G. Wilson) 

D. Egan (2019-present) A thematic approach to decision making and requirements prioritisation for software releases for IoT software product lines (I. Kypraios, C.Luca, P. Defoe)

A. Chakraborty (2015-present) Mobile enabled intelligent Retinal image base diagnosis (Mi-Retina) (G.Wilson, C.Luca)

PhD examination

Nurul Izrin Binti Md Saleh (2019), Ontology Reuse and Synthesizing for Simulation Modelling (Co-examiner: S. Kent, Brunel University)

F. Aina (2019), Performance Analysis of a Developed Admission Control Model in Mobile Ad-Hoc Network (MANET) (Co-examiner: S. Al-Khayyat, Open University)

Yaacoub Yousef (2018), “Identify the causes and effects of poor privacy practices by online social network users: The potential of advisory monitoring software in changing user behaviour”. (Co-examiner: M. Garvey, University of Wolverhampton)

G. Constantinou (2018), “Use of a high-resolution 3D optical scanner for 3D model creation, game design and facial expression” (Co-examiner: S. Dascalu, University of Reno, USA).

Mohammed Al-Amin (2017), “An Investigation in Optimising RF MEMS Switching for Integrated Mobile Wireless Systems”. (Co-examiner: J. Schormans, Queen Mary University of London).

Cristina would be pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students. Find out more about our Computing and Information Science PhD and exciting PhD project opportunities.

N. Lewis (2020) Pedagogy Through Technology: Investigating Different Technology Approaches to the Pedagogic Environment of Undergraduate Education (C.Luca, A. Carter, S. Yousef)


  • Software Engineering 
  • Advanced Web Solutions
  • Developing Web Applications and Fundamentals of Design.


  • PhD Computer Science, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • MSc Mathematical Methods and Software Products, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania
  • Postgraduate Certificate Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, British Computer Society
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Knowledge exchange

Wilson, G. & Luca, C. (2019-2021). Knowledge Transfer Partnership, AT Technology Services Limited, “Applying Artificial Intelligence, particularly Machine Learning, Fusion and Optimisation algorithms to existing Business Intelligence (BI) platform to enhance efficiency and productivity in patient health management.”, £194000.

Luca, C. & Wilson, G. (2017-2018). Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnership, LaneData Limited, “Develop an IT solution to provide a one-stop Instant Messaging (IM) service specific for healthcare professionals in the UK”, £57.579.

Luca, C. & Dinita, R. (2014-2015), Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnership, Glazing Vision Ltd  “Develop a ‘real time’ web-based software platform to replace the current, carbon-heavy costing and manufacturing programs”, £84,840.

Luca, C. & Dinita, R. (2015), Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnership, Glazing Vision Ltd “Embed an “add rooflight” feature to the existing web-based software platform”, £24,070.

Luca, C. & Dinita, R. (2015) Eclipse Veterinary Ltd, “Enhance existing JavaScript based Veterinary Mobile App to further help reduce customer carbon footprint” (£28,080).

Sarhan, A. & Luca, C. “Integrate better communication of data, information and cultural stances within the Company” CH Lindsey Ltd (£29,080)

Principal Investigator for “Captivator”, Horizon2020-EASME (£18,017).

Cristina has lead two Innovation Bridge projects with Growth Software Solution Ltd and Geo Strategies Ltd.

Cristina has received two rounds of funds from the British Computer Society, Network of Excellence to train master teachers in Computing.


Reviewer, Newton Funds/Science Research Grants.

Reviewer, Newton Prizes.

Selected recent publications

Published papers

Wamambo, T., Luca, C., Fatima, A., Maktab-Dar-Oghaz, M., 2021. Use Case Prediction using Deep Learning, Proceedings of 2021 Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys)  

Milke, V., Luca, C., Wilson, G., Fatima, A., 2020. Using Convolutional Neural Networks and Raw Data to Model Intraday Trading Market Behaviour, Proceedings of International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART 2020), doi: 10.5220/0008992402240231  

Wamambo, T., Luca, C., Fatima, A., 2019. Use Case Prediction Using Product Reviews Text Classification, Intelligent Data Engineering and Automated Learning – IDEAL 2019, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-33607-3_28

Kettouch, M., Luca, C., Hobbs, M., 2018. SemiLD: Mediator-based Framework for Keyword Search over Semi-structured and Linked Data, Journal of Intelligent Information System, doi: 10.1007/s10844-018-0536-1

Hossain, M., Wu, R., Painumkal, J.T., Kettouch, M., Luca, C., Dascalu, S., Harris, F.C., 2017. Web-service framework for environmental models, Proceedings of Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA). doi: 10.1109/ITECHA.2017.8101919

Kettouch, M., Luca, C., Hobbs, M., Dascalu, S., 2017. Using semantic similarity for schema matching of semi-structured and linked data, Proceedings of Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA). doi: 10.1109/ITECHA.2017.8101923

Milke, V., Luca, C., Wilson, G., 2017. Minimisation of parameters for optimisation of Algorithmic Trading Systems, Proceedings of International Conference OPTIM_ACEMP. doi: 10.1109/OPTIM.2017.7975121

Kettouch, M., Luca, C., Khorief, O., Wu, R., Dascalu, S., 2017. Semantic Data Management in Smart Cities, Proceedings of International Conference OPTIM_ACEMP. doi: 10.1109/OPTIM.2017.7975123

Fatima, A., Ghazi, A., Luca, C., 2017. Semantic graph from free-text, Proceedings of International Conference OPTIM_ACEMP. https://doi.org/10.1109/OPTIM.2017.7975124

Kettouch, M., Luca, C., Hobbs, M., 2017. Schema Matching for Semi-structured and Linked Data, IEEE 11th International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSC.2017.104.

Wu, R., Chen, C., Ahmad, S., Luca, C., Harris, F., Dascalu, S., 2016. A Real-time Web-based Wildfire Simulation System, Proceedings of International Conference IEEE IECON, https://doi.org/10.1109/IECON.2016.7793478.

Fatima, A., Luca, C., Wilson, G., 2015. User Queries for Semantic Search Engine, International Journal of Simulation Systems, Science & Technology, v16, no 4. https://doi.org/10.5013/IJSSST.a.16.04.11

Fatima, A., Luca, C., Wilson, G., Kettouch, M., 2015. Result Optimisation for Federated SPARQL Queries, UKSIM. https://doi.org/10.1109/UKSim.2015.50

Fatima, A., Luca, C., Hobbs, M., 2015. Free-text User Queries for Semantic Search, IEEE 13th International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN), Cambridge. https://doi.org/10.1109/INDIN.2015.7281845

Kettouch, M., Luca, C., M.Hobbs, 2015. An Interlinking Approach Based on Domain Recognition for Linked Data, IEEE 13th International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN), Cambridge. https://doi.org/10.1109/INDIN.2015.7281782

Kettouch, M., Luca, C., Hobbs, M., Fatima, 2015. A., Data Integration Approach for Semi-structured and Structured Data (Linked Data), IEEE 13th International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN), Cambridge. https://doi.org/ 10.1109/INDIN.2015.7281842

Spiteri, K. Luca, C., Reynolds, T., Wilson, G., 2015. Methodology for Deriving a Business Complexity Index through the Application of the Complexity Framework for SaaS, IEEE 13th International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN), Cambridge. https://doi.org/10.1109/INDIN.2015.7281779

Hobbs, M., Luca, C., Fatima, A., Warnes, M., 2014. Ontological analysis for dynamic data model exploration. Electronic Journal of Applied Statistical Analysis. https://doi.org/ 10.1285/i2037-3627v5n1p42

Fatima, A., Luca, C. and Wilson, G., 2014. New Framework for Semantic Search Engine. Proceedings of UKSim-AMSS 16th International Conference on Modelling and Simulation, 2014.

Fatima, A., Luca, C. and Wilson, G., 2014. User Experience for a Semantic Search Engine. Proceedings of 14th International Conference on Optimization of Electrical and Electronic Equipment, 2014.

Spiteri, K, Luca, C., Reynolds, T. and Wilson G., 2014. Complexity metric for Device Integration within Business SaaS. Proceedings of 14th International Conference on Optimization of Electrical and Electronic Equipment, 2014.