Paul D. Clough, BEng (York) PhD (Sheffield) PGCertHE (Sheffield)

I am a Reader in the Information School (formerly the Department of Information Studies) in the Faculty of Social Science University of Sheffield, UK. I am head of the Information Retrieval (IR) Group and coordinator for a new MSc Data Science programme

I am currently Scientific Director of an EU-funded project called PATHS (Personalised Access To cultural Heritage Spaces), running an AHRC-funded project on recommender systems for WorldCat.org with OCLC Inc. and I am co-organiser of the TREC 2013 Session Track. I have also recently been awarded a Google Faculty Research Award for a project about developing a taxonomy of search sessions. This was written about in our Faculty newsletter.

Teaching interests: information storage and retrieval; database design; digital multimedia, information systems and data science.


Research interests: information storage and retrieval, particularly multilingual searching of texts and images; evaluation of retrieval systems; natural language processing, text reuse and plagiarism detection.


Contact Details:

Information School
University of Sheffield
Room 226,
Regent Court,
211 Portobello Street,
Sheffield, S1 4DP UK.
  Tel : +44 (0) 114 2222664
Fax : +44 (0) 114 2780300
mailto: p.d.clough@sheffield.ac.uk