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

I am a Professor at the Information School in the Faculty of Social Sciences University of Sheffield, UK. I am head of the Information Retrieval (IR) Group, Director of Research for the Information School and coordinator of our MSc Data Science programme

I am currently PI for Sheffield on the EU-funded EUROPEANA DSI-2 project where we are investigating search tasks and developing an evaluation framework for Europeana. Previously I was 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. In 2015 I was awarded a Google Faculty Research Award for a project about developing a taxonomy of search sessions. I have been a member of the Steering Committee for the Cross Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF) since 2003.

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