Luc is co-chair of the W3C Provenance Working Group, he initiated the successful Provenance Challenge series, which saw the involvement of over 20 institutions investigating provenance inter-operability in 3 successive challenges, and which resulted in the specification of the community Open Provenance Model (OPM). Previously, he led the development of provenance technonology in the FP6 Provenance project and the Provenance Aware Service Oriented Architecture (PASOA) project. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience. He is currently co-investigator of the Orchid, PATINA: Personal Architectectonics Through Interactions with Artifacts, and e-stats projects.
His research is concerned with large-scale open distributed systems not subject to centralised control; examples of these include the Internet, the World Wide Web, the Grid, the pervasive computing environment and their successors likely to be a combination of these. Multiple properties, sometimes conflicting, are desirable for such systems, including functionality, adaptivity, performance, scalability, security, reliability and trust. In order to address these considerations, Luc's research is both practical and theoretical. His aim is to conceive, build, formalise and prove the correctness of systems, and to use them in specific application contexts. By this complete approach to research, his goal is to improve our capability of engineering robust solutions to tomorrow's computer environment.
Luc has published over 110 articles in the domain of provenance, Grid computing, distributed systems, agent-based systems, and distributed information management. His investigation covers the spectrum of software engineering: design, specification, proof of correctness, implementation, performance evaluation and application. See his citations in Google Scholar.
Luc is a member of the IAM Group, the largest Computer Science research group in the School, with around 120 research staff. The activities of IAM include distributed and Grid computing, agent-based computing, distributed information management, knowledge and Web technologies, digital libraries, pervasive computing and networks.