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Dr Andrew MacFarlane

Reader in Information Retrieval

School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, Department of Computer Science

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City, University of London
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EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Background

Andy is a Reader in the School of Informatics at City University, and currently co-directs the Centre of Interactive Systems Research with Prof Stephen Robertson of Microsoft Research Cambridge. He got his PhD in Information Science from the same Department under the supervision of Prof Robertson and Dr J.A. McCann (now at Imperial College London). His research interests currently focus on a number of areas including disabilities and Information Retrieval (dyslexia in particular), AI techniques for Information Retrieval and Filtering, and Open Source Software Developement. He is a member of the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group and is a long standing member of that SG as well as a past chair. He is the principle investigator for a project funded by the TSB entitled "PhotoBrief" and is also a co-investigator for the SocialSensor project. He works within the wider of Information Analysis and Visualisation and Information Science.

Qualifications

PGCert Academic Practice, City University London, 2003
PhD Information Science, City University London, 2000
MSc Advanced Methods in Computer Science, University of London, 1994
BSc Computer Science, University of Westminster, 1993

Employment

08/2012 - Date City University London, Reader in Information Retrieval
08/2006 - 07/2012 City University London, Senior Lecturer in Information Science
09/2001 - 07/2006 City University, Lecturer in Information Science
09/2000 - 06/2001 BrightStation PLC, Researcher & Software Engineer
04/1999 - 10/1999 Microsoft Research Cambridge, Intern
10/1994 - 09/1996 Queen Mary University of London, Research Assistant

Membership of professional bodies

7/2001 BCS, MBCS
10/2011 Engineering Council, CEng
5/2004 BCS, CITP
11/2000 Association for Computing Machinery, Professional Member

Some useful links

- The Centre for Interactive Systems Research at City
- The GIS Research Group at City
- Search our publications
- Personal home page

Research Students

Name
Andrew Boyd
Thesis Title
Introducing the Goal-Based Information Framework (GbIF): Documentation and evaluation of Information Flow in the Low Maturity Organisation.
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Completed 2005. PhD Information Science. 2nd supervisor, 1st Supervisor Prof. David Nicholas.
Name
Charlie Inskip
Thesis Title
Upbeat and Quirky, With a bit of a build: Communicating meaning and meeting information needs in the music industry
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Completed 2010. PhD Information Science. 1st Supervisor. 2nd Supervisor: Dr. Pauline Rafferty.
Name
Tamar Sadah
Thesis Title
A model of scientists’ information seeking and a user interface design
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Completed 2011. PhD Information Science. 1st Supervisor. 2nd Supervisor: Prof Stephen Robertson.
Name
Jagdev Bhogal
Thesis Title
Ontologies and IR
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Completed 2011. PhD Computer Science. 2nd Supervisor Primary supervisor: Dr. Peter Smith
Name
Phil Gooch
Thesis Title
An modular, open-source information extraction framework for identifying clinical concepts and processes of care in clinical narratives
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Completed 2012. PhD Health Informatics. 2nd supervisor, 1st supervisor: Prof. Abdul Roudsari.
Name
Daniel Wolff
Thesis Title
Culture aware Music IR.
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Current. PhD Computer Science. 2nd Supervisor. 1st Supervisor: Dr Tillman Weyde.
Name
Juan David Millan.
Thesis Title
Context modelling for causal mobile leisure search.
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Current. PhD Information Science. 1st supervisor, 2nd supervisor: Prof. Ayse Goker.
Name
Sylwia Frankowska-Takhari
Thesis Title
The role of intermediaries in image selection process in online journalism
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PhD Information Science. 1st supervisor, 2nd supervisor: Prof. Ayse Goker/Dr Simone Stumpf.
Name
Zaki Abbas
Thesis Title
Mobile IR in the Law domain.
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Current. PhD Information Science 1st supervisor.
Name
Gopi Chandrasekharan
Thesis Title
Comparative evaluation of knowledge representation models and the impact of knowledge levels of diagnostic performance.
Further Information
(2nd Supervisor, 1st Supervisor: Dr Dympna O’Sullivan).

Publications

Books (2)

  1. Efthimiadis, E., Fernández-Luna, J.M., Huete, J.F. and MacFarlane, A. (2011). Teaching and Learning in Information Retrieval. Springer-Verlag New York Incorporated. ISBN 978-3-642-22510-9.
  2. Lalmas, M., MacFarlane, A., Rüger, S.M., Tombros, A., Tsikrika, T. and Yavlinsky, A. (Eds.), (2006). Advances in Information Retrieval, 28th European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2006, London, UK, April 10-12, 2006, Proceedings. Springer. ISBN 3-540-33347-9.

Chapters (15)

  1. Millan-Cifuentes, J.D., Millan-Cifuentes, J.D., Göker, A., Göker, A., Myrhaug, H. and MacFarlane, A. (2014). Curiosity driven search: When is relevance irrelevant? In Elsweiler, D., Ludwig, B., Azzopardi, L. and Wilson, M. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th Information Interaction in Context Symposium (pp. 279–282). New York: ACM. ISBN 978-1-4503-2976-7.
  2. MacFarlane, A. and Bhogal, J. (2013). Ontology Based Query Expansion with a Probabilistic Retrieval Model. In Lupu, M., Kanoulas, E. and Loizides, F. (Eds.), Multidisciplinary Information Retrieval (pp. 5–16). Berlin: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-642-41056-7.
  3. MacFarlane, A., Albrair, A., Marshall, C.R. and Buchanan, G. (2012). Phonological working memory impacts on information searching: an investigation of dyslexia. Proceedings of the 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium (pp. 27–34). New York, USA: ACM. ISBN 978-1-4503-1282-0.
  4. Diplaris, S., Papadopoulos, S., Kompatsiaris, I., Goker, A., MacFarlane, A., Spangenberg, J., Hacid, H., Maknavicius, L. and Klusch, M. (2012). SocialSensor: Sensing User Generated Input for Improved Media Discovery and Experience. Proceedings of the 21st international conference companion on World Wide Web (pp. 243–246). New York, USA: ACM. ISBN 978-1-4503-1230-1.
  5. MacFarlane, A. (2011). Using Multiple Choice Questions to assist learning for Information Retrieval. In Efthimiadis, E., Fernández-Luna, J., Huete, J. and MacFarlane, A. (Eds.), Teaching and Learning Information Retrieval Springer. ISBN 978-3-642-22510-9.
  6. Efthimiadis, E.N., Fernández Luna, J.M., Huete Guadix, J. and MacFarlane, A. (2011). Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Information Retrieval. In Efthimiadis, E., Fernández-Luna, J., Huete, J. and MacFarlane, A. (Eds.), Teaching and Learning Information Retrieval Springer. ISBN 978-3-642-22510-9.
  7. MacFarlane, A. (2009). Models Performance Issues in Parallel Computing for Information Retrieval. In Göker, A. and Davies, J. (Eds.), Information Retrieval: Searching in the 21st Century (pp. 255–271). John Wiley & Sons Inc. ISBN 978-0-470-02762-2.
  8. Wei, L., Robertson, S. and MacFarlane, A. (2007). CISR at INEX 2006. In Fuhr, N., Lalmas, M. and Trotman, A. (Eds.), Comparative Evaluation of XML Information Retrieval Systems (pp. 57–63). Germany: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-540-73887-9.
  9. Pickens, J. and MacFarlane, A. (2006). Term Context Models for Information Retrieval. In Yu, P.S. (Ed.), CIKM '06 Proceedings of the 15th ACM international conference on Information and knowledge management (pp. 559–566). New York: ACM. ISBN 1-59593-433-2.
  10. MacFarlane, A., Lu, W. and Robertson, S. (2006). Field-Weighted XML Retrieval Based on BM25. Advances in XML Information Retrieval and Evaluation (pp. 161–171). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-34962-4.
  11. Robertson, S.E., Lu, W. and MacFarlane, A. (2006). XML-structured documents: Retrievable units and inheritance. In Larsen, H.L., Pasi, G., Ortiz-Arroyo, D., Andreasen, T. and Christiansen, H. (Eds.), Flexible Query Answering Systems (pp. 121–132). Berlin: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-540-34638-8.
  12. MacFarlane, A. (2003). Pliers and snowball at CLEF 2002. In Peters, C., Braschler, M., Gonzalo, J. and Kluck, M. (Eds.), Advances in Cross-Language Information Retrieval (pp. 321–335). Berlin: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-540-40830-7.
  13. MacFarlane, A., Robertson, S.E. and McCann, J.A. (2003). Parallel Computing for Term Selection in Routing/Filtering. In Sebastiani, F. (Ed.), Advances in Information Retrieval (pp. 537–545). Berlin: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-540-01274-0.
  14. MacFarlane, A., McCann, J.A. and Robertson, S.E. (2000). Parallel search using partitioned inverted files. Seventh International Symposium on String Processing and Information Retrieval, 2000. SPIRE 2000. Proceedings. (pp. 209–220). IEEE COMPUTER SOC. ISBN 0-7695-0746-8.
  15. MacFarlane, A., McCann, J.A. and Robertson, S.E. (1999). PLIERS: A Parallel Information Retrieval System Using MPI. In Dongarra, J., Luque, E. and Margalef, T. (Eds.), Recent Advances in Parallel Virtual Machine and Message Passing Interface (pp. 317–324). Berlin: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-540-48158-4.

Conference Papers and Proceedings (31)

  1. MacFarlane, A., Buchanan, G., Al-Wabil, A., Andrienko, G. and Andrienko, N. (2017). Visual analysis of dyslexia on search. .
  2. MacFarlane, A. and Russell-Rose, T. (2016). Search strategy formulation: A framework for learning. .
  3. Georgiou, D., MacFarlane, A. and Russell-Rose, T. (2015). Extracting sentiment from healthcare survey data: An evaluation of sentiment analysis tools. .
  4. Wolff, D., MacFarlane, A. and Weyde, T. (2015). Comparative Music Similarity Modelling Using Transfer Learning Across User Groups. .
  5. Wolff, D., Bellec, G., Friberg, A., MacFarlane, A. and Weyde, T. (2014). Creating audio based experiments as social Web games with the CASimIR framework. .
  6. MacFarlane, A. and Bhogal, J. (2013). Ontology Based Query Expansion with a Probabilistic Retrieval Model. 6th Information Retrieval Facility Conference, IRFC 2013 7-9 October, Limassol, Cyprus.
  7. Martin, C., Corney, D., Göker, A. and MacFarlane, A. (2013). Mining newsworthy topics from social media. .
  8. Diplaris, S., Papadopoulos, S., Kompatsiaris, I., Göker, A., MacFarlane, A., Spangenberg, J., Hacid, H., Maknavicius, L. and Klusch, M. (2012). SocialSensor: sensing user generated input for improved media discovery and experience. .
  9. MacFarlane, A., Albrair, A., Marshall, C.R. and Buchanan, G. (2012). Phonological working memory impacts on information searching: An investigation of dyslexia. .
  10. MacFarlane, A., Inskip, C. and Rafferty, P. (2010). Upbeat and Quirky with a bit of a build: Interpretive repertories in creative music search. 11th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2010)(ISMIR 2010) 9-13 August, Utrecht, Netherlands.
  11. Inskip, C., MacFarlane, A. and Rafferty, P. (2010). Towards the Disintermediation of Creative Music Search: Analysing Queries To Determine Important Facets. Workshop on Exploring Musical Information Spaces (WEMIS 2009) 1 Oct 2009 – 2 Oct 2009.
  12. Inskip, C., MacFarlane, A. and Rafferty, P. (2008). Music, movies and meaning: communication in film-markers’ search for pre-existing music, and the implications for music information retrieval. 9th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR 2008) 14-18 September, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  13. Inskip, C., MacFarlane, A. and Rafferty, P. (2008). Content or context? Searching for musical meaning in task-based interactive information retrieval. .
  14. MacFarlane, A. (2007). Pedagogic challenges in Information Retrieval – teaching mathematics to Postgraduate Information Science students. 1st International Workshop on Teaching and Learning in Information Retrieval (TLIR 2007) 10 January, London.
  15. Lu, W., Robertson, S. and Macfarlane, A. (2007). CISR at INEX 2006. .
  16. Lu, W., Robertson, S., MacFarlane, A. and Zhao, L. (2007). Window based Enterprise Expert Search. Fifteenth Text REtrieval Conference (TREC 2006) 14 Nov 2006 – 17 Nov 2006, Gaithersburg, Maryland.
  17. Pickens, J. and MacFarlane, A. (2006). Term Context Models for Information Retrieval. 15th ACM international conference on Information and knowledge management 5-11 November, Arlington, Virginia.
  18. Lu, W., Robertson, S. and MacFarlane, A. (2006). Field-weighted XML retrieval based on BM25. .
  19. Robertson, S., Lu, W. and MacFarlane, A. (2006). XML-structured documents: Retrievable units and inheritance. .
  20. MacFarlane, A., Petrie, H. and Jones, S. (2005). A user study on the effect of Dyslexia on Information Retrieval. COLIS 2005 Workshop on Evaluating User Studies in Information Access 8 June, Glasgow.
  21. MacFarlane, A. and Taheri-Panah, S. (2004). Music Information Retrieval systems: why do individuals use them and what are their needs? 5th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval 10-14 October, Barcelona, Spain.
  22. MacFarlane, A. (2003). Pliers at TREC 2002. Eleventh Text REtrieval Conference (TREC 2002) .
  23. MacFarlane, A., Robertson, S.E. and McCann, J.A. (2003). Parallel computing for term selection in routing/filtering. .
  24. MacFarlane, A. (2003). Pliers and snowball at CLEF 2002. .
  25. MacFarlane, A., Robertson, S.E. and McCann, J.A. (2000). PLIERS AT TREC8. Eight Text REtrieval Conference (TREC 2008) .
  26. MacFarlane, A., McCann, J.A. and Robertson, S.E. (1999). PLIERS: A Parallel Information Retrieval System using MPI. Recent Advances in Parallel Virtual Machine and Message Passing Interface, 8th European PVM/MPI Users' Group Meeting Santorini/Thera, Greece.
  27. MacFarlane, A., Robertson, S.E. and McCann, J.A. (1999). PLIERS at VLC2. Seventh Text REtrieval Conference (TREC 2007) .
  28. MacFarlane, A., Robertson, S.E. and McCann, J.A. (1999). PLIERS at TREC8 - Appendix. .
  29. MacFarlane, A., McCann, J.A. and Liddell, H. (1996). A Common Data Model for Meta-Data in Interoperable Environments. 2nd international Baltic conference on IS and DB Estonia.
  30. McCann, J.A., MacFarlane, A. and Liddell, H. (1996). Management Tools for Distributed Interoperable Environments. High Performance Computing & Networking .
  31. MacFarlane, A., Robertson, S.E. and McCann, J.A. (1995). On Concurrency Control for Inverted Files. 18th Annual BCS Colloquium on Information Retrieval (BCS IRSG) Manchester Metropolitan University.

Journal Articles (32)

  1. Frankowska-Takhari, S., MacFarlane, A., Goker, A. and Stumpf, S. (2017). Selecting and tailoring of images for visual impact in online journalism. INFORMATION RESEARCH-AN INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC JOURNAL, 22(1) .
  2. Cole, L., MacFarlane, A. and Buchanan, G. (2016). Does dyslexia present barriers to information literacy in an online environment? A pilot studynformation Research. Library and Information Research, 40(123), pp. 24–46.
  3. Göker, A., Butterworth, R., MacFarlane, A., Ahmed, T.S. and Stumpf, S. (2016). Expeditions through image jungles: The commercial use of image libraries in an online environment. Journal of Documentation, 72(1), pp. 5–23. doi:10.1108/JD-01-2014-0019.
  4. Konkova, E., Andrew, M. and Göker, A. (2016). Analysing creative image search information needst. Knowledge Organization, 43(1), pp. 13–21.
  5. MacFarlane, A. (2016). Knowledge organisation and its role in multimedia information retrieval. Knowledge Organization, 43(3), pp. 180–183.
  6. Konkova, E., Göker, A., Butterworth, R. and MacFarlane, A. (2014). Social tagging:Exploring the image,the tags,and the Game. Knowledge Organization, 41(1), pp. 57–65.
  7. Margree, P., MacFarlane, A., Price, L. and Robinson, L. (2014). Information behaviour of music record collectors. Information Research, 19(4) .
  8. MacFarlane, A. (2013). Web Search Engine Research. JOURNAL OF DOCUMENTATION, 69(4), pp. 594–596. doi:10.1108/JD-04-2013-0047.
  9. Russell-Rose, T., Kruschwitz, U. and MacFarlane, A. (2011). Future Searching. ITNOW, 53(1), pp. 14–15. doi:10.1093/itnow/bwq226.
  10. Inskip, C., MacFarlane, A. and Rafferty, P. (2010). Creative professional users musical relevance criteria. Journal of Information Science, 36(4), pp. 517–529. doi:10.1177/0165551510374006.
  11. MacFarlane, A., Al-Wabil, A., Marshall, C.R., Albrair, A., Jones, S.A. and Zaphiris, P. (2010). The effect of dyslexia on information retrieval: A pilot study. Journal of Documentation, 66(3), pp. 307–326. doi:10.1108/00220411011038421.
  12. Inskip, C., MacFarlane, A. and Rafferty, P. (2010). Organising music for movies. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 62(4), pp. 489–501. doi:10.1108/00012531011074726.
  13. MacFarlane, A., Secker, A., May, P. and Timmis, J. (2010). An experimental comparison of a genetic algorithm and a hill-climber for term selection. JOURNAL OF DOCUMENTATION, 66(4), pp. 513–531. doi:10.1108/00220411011052939.
  14. Lu, W., MacFarlane, A. and Venuti, F. (2009). Okapi-based XML indexing. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 61(5), pp. 483–499. doi:10.1108/00012530910989634.
  15. Fernandez-Luna, J.M., Huete, J.F. and MacFarlane, A. (2009). Introduction to the special issue on teaching and learning in information retrieval. INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, 12(2), pp. 99–101. doi:10.1007/s10791-009-9090-3.
  16. MacFarlane, A. (2009). Teaching mathematics for search using a tutorial style of delivery. INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, 12(2), pp. 162–178. doi:10.1007/s10791-008-9078-4.
  17. Fernandez-Luna, J.M., Huete, J.F., MacFarlane, A. and Efthimiadis, E.N. (2009). Teaching and learning in information retrieval. INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, 12(2), pp. 201–226. doi:10.1007/s10791-009-9089-9.
  18. MacFarlane, A. and Tuson, A. (2009). Local search: A guide for the information retrieval practitioner. Information Processing and Management, 45(1), pp. 159–174. doi:10.1016/j.ipm.2008.09.002.
  19. Inskip, C., Butterworth, R. and MacFarlane, A. (2008). A study of the information needs of the users of a folk music library and the implications for the design of a digital library system. Information Processing and Management, 44(2), pp. 647–662. doi:10.1016/j.ipm.2007.05.004.
  20. Inskip, C., MacFarlane, A. and Rafferty, P. (2008). Meaning, communication, music: Towards a revised communication model. Journal of Documentation, 64(5), pp. 687–706. doi:10.1108/00220410810899718.
  21. MacFarlane, A. (2007). Evaluation of web search for the information practitioner. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 59(4-5), pp. 352–366. doi:10.1108/00012530710817573.
  22. MacFarlane, A., McCann, J.A. and Robertson, S.E. (2007). Parallel methods for the update of partitioned inverted files. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 59(4-5), pp. 367–396. doi:10.1108/00012530710817582.
  23. Bhogal, J., Macfarlane, A. and Smith, P. (2007). A review of ontology based query expansion. INFORMATION PROCESSING & MANAGEMENT, 43(4), pp. 866–886. doi:10.1016/j.ipm.2006.09.003.
  24. Mountain, D. and MacFarlane, A. (2007). Geographic information retrieval in a mobile environment: evaluating the needs of mobile individuals. JOURNAL OF INFORMATION SCIENCE, 33(5), pp. 515–530. doi:10.1177/0165551506075333.
  25. MacFarlane, A., McCann, J.A. and Robertson, S.E. (2005). Parallel methods for the generation of partitioned inverted files. ASLIB PROCEEDINGS, 57(5), pp. 434–459. doi:10.1108/00012530510621888.
  26. Richter, G. and MacFarlane, A. (2005). The impact of metadata on the accuracy of automated patent classification. World Patent Information, 27 . doi:10.1016/j.wpi.2004.08.001.
  27. Vakkari, P., Jones, S., MacFarlane, A. and Sormunen, E. (2004). Query exhaustivity, relevance feedback and search success in automatic and interactive query expansion. JOURNAL OF DOCUMENTATION, 60(2), pp. 109–127. doi:10.1108/00220410410522016.
  28. MacFarlane, A. (2004). Introduction to modern information retrieval, 2nd edition. PROGRAM-ELECTRONIC LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 38(3), pp. 216–217. doi:10.1108/00330330410547304.
  29. MacFarlane, A., Robertson, S.E. and McCann, F.A. (2004). Parallel computing for passage retrieval. ASLIB PROCEEDINGS, 56(4), pp. 201–211. doi:10.1108/00012530410549231.
  30. MacFarlane, A. (2003). On open source IR. ASLIB PROCEEDINGS, 55(4), pp. 217–222. doi:10.1108/00012530310486575.
  31. MacFarlane, A. (1997). Project research in information systems: A student's guide - Cornford,T, Smithson,S. JOURNAL OF DOCUMENTATION, 53(4), pp. 430–431.
  32. Macfarlane, A., Robertson, S.E. and McCann, J.A. (1997). Parallel computing in information retrieval - An updated review. JOURNAL OF DOCUMENTATION, 53(3), pp. 274–315. doi:10.1108/EUM0000000007201.

Thesis/Dissertation

  1. Gooch, P. A modular, open-source information extraction framework for identifying clinical concepts and processes of care in clinical narratives. (PhD Thesis)

Other Activities

Editorial Activities (52)

  1. BCS IRSG FDIA 2009: BCS-IRSG Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access/Retrieval. Organising committee..
  2. BCS IRSG FDIA 2011: BCS-IRSG Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access/Retrieval. Programme committee..
  3. BCS IRSG FDIA 2013: BCS-IRSG Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access/Retrieval. Programme committee..
  4. BCS IRSG Search Solutions 2008 Organising Committee. Session Chair..
  5. BCS IRSG Search Solutions 2009 Organising Committee. Session Chair..
  6. BCS IRSG Search Solutions 2010 Organising Committee. Session Chair..
  7. BCS IRSG Search Solutions 2011 Organising Committee. Session Chair..
  8. BCS IRSG Search Solutions 2012 Organising Committee. Session Chair..
  9. BCS IRSG Search Solutions 2013 Organising Committee. Session Chair, Tutorial Chair..
  10. Second International Workshop on Teaching and Learning in Information Retrieval (TLIR’08), Organising Committee, Workshop at IIiX 2008..
  11. Programme Committee member of 24th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), Special Track on Information Access and Retrieval Systems..
  12. Programme Committee member of 25th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), Special Track on Information Access and Retrieval Systems..
  13. Programme Committee member of 26th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), Special Track on Information Access and Retrieval Systems..
  14. Programme Committee member of 27th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), Special Track on Information Access and Retrieval Systems..
  15. Programme Committee member of 28th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), Special Track on Information Access and Retrieval Systems..
  16. Programme Committee member of 29th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), Special Track on Information Access and Retrieval Systems..
  17. Programme Committee member of IIiX 2008 - Second Symposium on Information Interaction in Context..
  18. Programme Committee member of IIiX 2010 – Third Symposium on Information Interaction in Context..
  19. Programme Committee member of IIiX 2012– Fourth Symposium on Information Interaction in Context. Papers and posters. Session Chair..
  20. Programme Committee member of IIiX 2014 – Fifth Symposium on Information Interaction in Context..
  21. Programme Committee member of CIKM 2008, Retrieval Track – ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management..
  22. Programme Committee member of CIKM 2009, Retrieval Track – ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management..
  23. Programme Committee member of CIKM 2010, Retrieval Track – ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management. Tutorial Co-Chair..
  24. Programme Committee member of CIKM 2011, Retrieval Track – ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management..
  25. Programme Committee member of AIRS 2008 - Fourth Asia Information Retrieval Symposium..
  26. Programme Committee member of SIGIR 2008: 31st Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval. Full papers, posters and demonstrations..
  27. Programme Committee member of SIGIR 2009: 32nd Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval. Full papers, posters and demonstrations..
  28. Programme Committee member of SIGIR 2010: 33rd Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval. Full papers, posters and demonstrations..
  29. Programme Committee member of SIGIR 2011: 34th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval. Full papers, posters and demonstrations..
  30. Programme Committee member of SIGIR 2012: 35th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval. Full papers, posters and demonstrations..
  31. Programme Committee member of SIGIR 2013: 36th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval. Full papers, posters and demonstrations..
  32. Programme Committee member of ECIR 2008: 30th European Conference on Information Retrieval Research, member of Best Poster Committee..
  33. Programme Committee member of ECIR 2009: 31st European Conference on Information Retrieval Research..
  34. Programme Committee member of ECIR 2010: 32nd European Conference on Information Retrieval Research. Best paper award panel..
  35. Programme Committee member of ECIR 2011: 33rd European Conference on Information Retrieval Research. Workshops PC..
  36. Programme Committee member of ECIR 2012: 34th European Conference on Information Retrieval Research..
  37. Programme Committee member of ECIR 2013: 35th European Conference on Information Retrieval Research. Member of the GRUMPS workshop PC..
  38. Programme Committee member of ECIR 2014: 36th European Conference on Information Retrieval Research..
  39. BCS IRSG FDIA 2008: BCS-IRSG Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access/Retrieval. Organising committee..
  40. Programme Committee member of AIRS 2009 – Fifth Asia Information Retrieval Symposium..
  41. Programme Committee member of AIRS 2012 – Eight Asia Information Retrieval Symposium..
  42. Programme Committee member of AIRS 2013 – Ninth Asia Information Retrieval Symposium..
  43. Programme Committee member of ICTIR 2011 - 3rd International Conference on the Theory of Information retrieval..
  44. Programme Committee member of TPDL 2012 - International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries..
  45. Programme Committee member of ISKO UK biennial conference 2013 Knowledge Organization - pushing the boundaries". Session Chair..
  46. Programme Committee member of Conference of the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAEPIA'13)..
  47. Organiser – Mobile Data Association (MDA)/KTN Network forum 2011: Market Analysis..
  48. Organiser – Mobile Data Association (MDA)/KTN Network forum 2012: Market Analysis..
  49. Organiser – Mobile Data Association (MDA)/KTN Network forum 2013: Market Analysis..
  50. Editorial Board: Journal of Information Science.
  51. Programme Committee member of SIGIR 2014: 37th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval. Full papers, posters and demonstrations..
  52. Local chair and organising committee joint JCDL/TPDL 2014 conference..

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