Professional Activities

Departmental Duties | Standing in the Profession | Invited talks | Reviewing

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Departmental Duties

Previous responsibilities:

Programme Coordinator for the undergraduate BA courses we run in the Department with the Sheffield University Management School (SUMS): Business Management/Information Management (NP21/MGTU17) and Accounting & Finance/Information Management (NP41/MGTU18). [2006-2009]

Member of the Board of the Faculty of Pure Science. [2006-2009]

Dissertation coordinator on the MSc Health Informatics Programme. [2006-2009]

Current responsibilities:

Postgraduate exams officer. [2010-2014]

I am a member of the Departmental Research Committee (DRC).

Co-ordinator of four modules: Database Design (undergrad and postgrad), Digital Multimedia and Information Systems in Health.

Standing in the Profession

Programme co-chair of the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) 2011.

On the Senior Programme Committee for the Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) 2010.

Co-organiser of 6th Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval (GIR'10), Zurich 18-19 February 2010.

Co-organiser of Session Track at Text REtrieval Conference (TREC 2010).

Organiser of TrebleCLEF Query Log Analysis Workshop "Query Log Analysis: From Research to Best Practice" (QLAW2009), May 27-28 2009, London.

Acted as internal and external PhD examiner (University of Huddersfield).

External advisor on the MSc, PGDip and PGCert in Geospatial Intelligence run by the Royal School of Military Survey (RSMS) and Cranfield University [from 2010]

Advisory member of the Research Information Network (RIN). [2007-2009]

Acted as internal and external PhD examiner (University of Huddersfield).

External advisor on the MSc, PGDip and PGCert in Geospatial Intelligence run by the Royal School of Military Survey (RSMS) and Cranfield University [from 2010]

Involved in the Cross Language Evaluation Form (CLEF) for several years, both on the steering committee and as a track organiser (ImageCLEF and iCLEF) I was involved in setting up a cross-language image retrieval track (called ImageCLEF) in 2003 (this still runs).

I have been involved in the mentoring programme for SIGIR (2008 and 2009).

Editorial board of the International Journal of Digital Library Systems (IJDLS) and Plagiary

External reviewer for the UK National Archives (TNA) for their search committee (2009)

External reviewer for research projects for the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC).

Invited Talks

I have been invited to give the following talks:

I was invited to talk at the Online Computer Library Centre, Inc. in Dublin (Ohio, USA) as a part of their Distinguished Seminar Series (23 Sept. 2009)

The TrebleCLEF Summer School on Multilingual Information Access (Pisa, Italy) 15-19 June 2009. I ran two tutorials: "Multilingual Search Assistance: Interactive Aspects of Cross Language Information Access" and "MultiMatch: A Multilingual/Multinedia Search Engine for Cultural Heritage: Interface Design and Demo"

I was invited to the University of Valencia to give a number of talks to postgraduate students and members of the Computer Science department. Talks included "Experiments involving a Web2.0 application called Flickr", "Research in Geographical Information Retrieval" and "Measuring Text Reuse in the British Press Industry" (June 2009).

Invited speaker at the MAVIR 2008 event (Nov. 2008) in Madrid, Spain. My talk was entitled "Multimedia retrieval and evaluation".

Guest lecturer at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) to teach on plagiarism detection and business intelligence (Nov. 2008).

Invited to speak at an interdisciplinary workshop held at Cambridge University on July 1st 2008. The workshop was entitled "Inspiration, Innovation, or Infringement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Piracy and Copyright" and organised by the Centre for Intellectual Property & Information Law and held at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. I gave a paper on my PhD work entitled "Measuring Text Reuse in Journalism".

The Umbrella 2007 conference organised by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals - "Trends in multimedia retrieval - the professional implications" (June 2007).

Panel session on evaluation of medical retrieval systems at ISHIMR2007 conference -  "Current state-of-the-art in image retrieval", Sheffield (July 2007).

Panel session on evaluation of image retrieval systems at American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) - "ImageCLEF: the CLEF Cross-Language Image Retrieval Campaign", Austin, Texas USA (November 2006).

A review of “News at Seven”, a new US personalised video news service by a New Scientist journalist in 2006. The article appeared online.

The DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries Demo Day, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Francois-Mitterand site Paris, France - "Building and Evaluating Systems for Cross-Language Image Retrieval" (1st Feb, 2006).

The MICHAEL (Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe) conference: towards a catalogue for the European digital library - "Bridging the Language Gap: making digital collections available to a multilingual society", The Watershed, Bristol (15th November, 2005)

Universidad Iberoamericana, Torreon, Coahuila - "SPIRIT: spatially-aware information retrieval on the Internet" (August 2005)

Lancaster University to the Corpus Linguistics Research Group (CRG) - "Measuring Text Reuse" (26th May 2005)

Talk on literary forensics to local Sheffield college students studying forsensics (Audiometry Day organised by Department of Computer Science) - "Analysing Texts for Style and Authorship" (21st April 2005)

Departmental Advisory Panel (Information studies, University of Sheffield) - "Cross-Language Image Retrieval" (5th April 2005)

Geneva University with Bill Hersh on ImageCLEF - "Cross-language image retrieval" (17th March 2005)

Press Association, London - "METER - Measuring Text Reuse" (4th November 2004)

Keynote speaker at a Digital Forum event organised by Buiness Link South Yorkshire, Sheffield, UK - "SPIRIT: Spatially-Aware Information Retrieval on the Internet" (September 23rd 2004).

Keynote speaker at RIAO'2004, Avignon, France - "The CLEF cross language image retrieval campaign - ImageCLEF" (May 2004).

Lecture to the Information Storage and Retrieval (ISR) students, Sheffield - "Measuring Text Reuse" (February 2003).

Lecture to Machine Learning students, Sheffield - "Waikato Environment for Knowledge Engineering (WEKA)" (annually).

Institute of Language, Speech and Hearing (ILASH), Sheffield - "Measuring the reuse of text in journalism" (May 2002).


I have reviewed for several conferences, workshops and journals including:

SIGIR 2010 Workshop on the Simulation of Interaction (SimInt).

Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP2010).

European Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL) workshop on New Texts (2006)

Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) workshop on Geographic IR (GIR'05-07)

Plagiary (cross-disciplinary studies in plagiarism, fabrication and falsification)

European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR)

Computer Speech and Language (CSL) Special Issue on Word Sense Disambiguation (March 2004)

Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR)

Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval (SIGIR)

Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL)

International Journal on Geographic Information Systems (IJGIS)

European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2005)

Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (CEUS)

Database Systems for Advanced Applications (DASFAA)

ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM)

Information Processing and Management (IPM)

Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS)

ACM Transactions on Asian Language Information Processing (TALIP)

ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB)

Computers and the Humanities (CHUM)

Contact Details:

Information School
University of Sheffield
Room 226,
Regent Court,
211 Portobello Street,
Sheffield, S1 4DP UK.
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