Sci Comm biographies

 Ayşe Göker, General Chair

Goker received her PhD in Information Retrieval in 1994 at City University, London. Since the early 1990s, Ayşe’s research has focused on developing novel search techniques and environments, with an emphasis on personalised and context-sensitive information retrieval. Currently, Ayşe is a Professor of Computational Systems at the School of Computing and Digital Media at The Robert Gordon University, and she holds an Enterprise Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Scottish Enterprise. Formerly, Ayşe was the Chair of the British Computing Society’s Specialist Group in Information Retrieval (2000-2005), and she has successfully undertaken various leadership positions at several projects funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board, EPSRC and the EU. Ayşe was selected for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Entrepreneurship Development Program and was a finalist in the Blackberry Women & Technology Awards (2005) for best woman in technology (Academia).


Committee in Alphabetical Order

Dyaa Albakour (University of Glasgow, UK)

He is a post-doctoral researcher in the IR Terrier research group. Prior to this he worked for University of Essex as a research officer on the AutoAdapt project, an EPRSC project that developed and evaluated methods for adapting automatically constructed domain models to the population of users' search or browsing behaviour. He was also a researcher on a Technology Strategy Board project to develop an innovative technique for collaboration in cross-enterprise projects. The work involved analysing emails and applying natural language processing and semantic search technologies to help users discover information.

Richard Boulton (Digital Cabinet Office, UK)

He works for the Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office, in the UK, where he works on a range of software development projects. He is a graduate of Cambridge University with an MA in Mathematics and Diploma in Computer Science. Since University he has been working as software engineer and then entrepreneur in two companies, where he has been researching, leading, and developing various new and innovative search engine and software platform technologies, respectively for Celestial Navigation Ltd, Lemur Consulting, BrightStation PLC, and Muscat Ltd. He has industry experience with both closed and open source development.

Pia Borlund (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Pia Borlund is a Professor in Interactive Information Retrieval at the University of Copenhagen. She is a member of several editorial boards and programme committees, while acting as a referee for a large number of journals—such as the Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice (since 2013), the Educational Media & Library Sciences (since 2010), and Information Retrieval (since 2007). Pia’s current research focuses on methodological issues, test design and recommendations for the evaluation of user-based performance and search interaction. Pia is also a docent at the School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland.

Fazli Can (Bilkent University, Turkey)

As Professor he leads the Information Retrieval group in the Computer Engineering Department. The group aims to develop effective and efficient information retrieval tools with emphasis on the Turkish language. The research topics has emphasis on IR, text mining, knowledge-discovery and data mining. He has been the principal investigator of research projects on topics of news retrieval, event detection and tracking, and text and visual analysis of Ottoman document collections. He was awarded the Miami University Researcher of the Year Award in 1998.

Bekir Dincer (Mugla University, Turkey)

He works currently as Associate Professor at Mugla University in Antalya, Turkey. His MSc is from Mugla University with PhD from Ege University in Mathematics. He has several publications in information retrieval, where he applies his mathematical and statistical expertise. He was also recently a visiting researcher at Glasgow University.

Mohamed Gaber (Robert Gordon University, UK)

He is Reader at The Robert Gordon University with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Monash University in Australia, and MSc in Computer Science from University of Louisville. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules, and is the course leader of Data Science. His research interests and publications are on Big Data Analytics, Mining Data Streams, Mobile Data Mining and Sentiment Analysis. We was awarded several research grants whilst at Monash University on topics of: context-aware systems for smart energy management; adaptive data stream processing in heterogeneous distributed computing environments using real-time context; context-aware smart robots for ambient assisted living; and context-aware networks.

Martin Halvey (University of Strathclyde, UK)

He is post-doctoral research assistant in the multi-modal interaction group working on the MobileVCE project, where he focuses on user collaboration and different feedback modalities. Prior to this he worked on the SEMEDIA EU project for the Information Retrieval Group. He researched interactive video retrieval, including recommender systems for video search, novel interfaces and understanding user issues for multimedia retrieval. His PhD is in Computer Science from University College Dublin, investigating time as a factor in personalisation services for mobile devices.

David Harper (Google Zurich, Switzerland)

David Harper is a former Lecturer at University College Dublin and the University of Glasgow, and a Research Professor at The Robert Gordon University. David joined Google (Switzerland) as a Tech Lead Manager in 2007, where he ran a number of software engineering teams in charge of personalised search, recommendations systems and iGoogle. Currently, David works as Head of EMEA University Relations, developing and strengthening links with universities across the EMEA region, specifically around computing science and engineering, covering research, teaching and outreach activities.

David Hawking (Bing Canberra, Australia)

He is an IR specialist based in Canberra, Australia, currently working as Applied Researcher in the Bing (Microsoft) team. His research interests cover enterprise and web search with focus on search evaluation in realistic contexts, distributed search techniques, retrieval through textual annotations, enterprise search, query suggestion and improvement, improvement of search through exploitation of context, personal search and search efficiency. He has been a member of the editorial board for the Information Retrieval journal (INRT) since its inception in 1999, and holds an adjunct professorship, College of Engineering and Computer Science, at the Australian National University, where he advises PhD and other research students there.

Daqing He (University of Pittsburgh, USA)

Daqing He obtained a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Division of Informatics (formerly the Department of Artificial Intelligence) of the University of Edinburgh. He worked as a Research Fellow at The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, before becoming a Research Scientist at the University of Maryland, and then an Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences of the University of Pittsburgh, where he is based at present. Daqing’s research addresses the design and development of methodologies and systems that enable users to effectively retrieve relevant information regardless of their personal experience or language proficiency.

Joemon Jose (University of Glasgow, UK)

Joemon Jose graduated with a PhD in computing Science from The Robert Gordon University. He is a Professor at the Department of Computing Science of the University of Glasgow, where he leads the Multimedia Information Retrieval group. Joemon’s research focuses on adaptive and personalised search systems, multimodal interaction for information retrieval, and multimedia mining and search. He has been the Principal Investigator on a number of externally funded projects, and he has successfully organised various workshops and conferences on different aspects of information retrieval in the textual and multimedia domain.

Jaana Kekäläinen (University of Tampere, Finland)

Jaana Kekäläinen is a Senior Researcher at the School of Information Sciences of the University of Tampere, Finland. Jaana’s research interests lie in the areas of XML retrieval, interactive information retrieval, evaluation methods, and query structures. She is a member of the Finnish Information Retrieval Experts group, which pursues basic and applied research on all aspects of information storage and retrieval, including text and multimedia databases. Additionally, Jaana is part of the editorial board of the journal on Information Processing & Management.

Ismail Sengor Altingovde (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)

He is Assistant Professor in Deptartment of Computer Engineering, at the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. He was awarded the 2013 Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement Program (FREP) award.He has his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Computer Engineering Dept. of Bilkent University. Prior to this he was a post-doc researcher at Computer Engineering, Bilkent University, and also at L3S Research Center in Hannover/Germany. His PhD thesis from Bilkent University was on improving the efficiency of search engines in terms of finding strategies for focused crawling, searching, and index pruning.

Dawei Song (The Open University, UK)

After graduating with a PhD in Information Systems from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dawei joined the Open University as a Senior Lecturer. Currently, Dawei is a Professor of Computing at the Knowledge Media Institute. His research interests include theoretical and practical aspects of information retrieval—such as logical models, language models, high-dimensional indexing and dimensionality reduction, relevance feedback and query expansion. Dawei has also worked on text mining, applied logic, and their applications in knowledge discovery and management. Over the years, he has been involved in several projects/bids on multi-media retrieval.

Eero Sormunen (University of Tampere, Finland)

Eero Sormunen graduated from the University of Tampere, Finland, with a PhD in Information Studies. He previously worked as a Senior Research Scientist at VTT Information Technology, and currently he is a Professor at the University of Tampere. Eero’s expertise is on the areas of text and multimedia retrieval, information literacy and learning.

Yasar Tonta (Hacettepe University, Turkey)

Professor Tonta works in the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University, Turkey. He performs research on information retrieval, information architecture, information systems design, networked information services, digital libraries, electronic publishing, open access and bibliometrics. He also served as the director of the National Academic Network and Information Center of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, HoD of Information Management, the Chair of the Information Management Committee of NATO’s Research & Technology Organization, and Director of IMC’s Lecture Series on Electronic Information Management. He has also been involved in EU projects, and received his PhD in library and information studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

Olga Vechtamova (University of Waterloo, Canada)

Olga Vechtamova is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Sciences in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo—cross-appointed in the School of Computer Science. Olga conducts research in information retrieval, natural language processing and computational linguistics. She is lately working on entity retrieval, targeted opinion retrieval, interactive and automatic query expansion, and the use of multi-word units and word co-occurrences in information retrieval. Olga has previously been a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge and a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.