Luc was co-chair of the W3C Provenance Working Group, which resulted in four W3C Recommendations and nine W3C Notes, specifying PROV, a conceptual data model for provenance the Web, and its serializations in various Web languages. Previously, 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 on the editorial board of "ACM Transactions on Internet Technology" and before that, he was editor-in-chief of the journal Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience.
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 160 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 head of f the WAIS Group, the largest Computer Science research group in the department, with around 120 research staff. WAIS research activity focuses on socio-technical aspects of the Web and Internet.
Two recent books authored by Luc. The first, co-authored with Paul Groth, is a hands-on introduction to PROV for practitioners; associated Web site: http://www.provbook.org/. The second is an extensive survey of the research literature for provenance on the Web.