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

I am Professor of Search and Analytics at the Information School, University of Sheffield, UK. I also work part-time as Data Scientist for Peak Indicators, a Business Intelligence and Analytics company based in Chesterfield, UK. Previously, I was head of the Information Retrieval (IR) Group at Sheffield, Director of Research for the Information School and Coordinator of our MSc Data Science programme.

I acted as Project Coordinator in 2017-18 for the EU-funded FashionBrain project to investigate the use of Data Science and Big Data within the fashion industry. I have also been PI for Sheffield on the EUROPEANA DSI-2/3 projects, where we have been 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: search and analytics; natural language processing; database design; information systems and data science.


Research interests: information retrieval, particularly multilingual searching of texts and images; evaluation of retrieval systems; interactive search systems; data analytics; 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