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A304D, College Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



David is a research scientist with a strong interest in natural and artificial intelligence. After his PhD in machine learning, he has worked in several areas including visual neuroscience, computational linguistics, image processing, botanical taxonomy and most recently, online social networks and journalism. In each case, he has helped to develop robust solutions to complex, data-centred problems.


  1. PhD Computer Science, University College London, United Kingdom, 1998 – 2002
  2. MSc Computational Intelligence, Plymouth University, United Kingdom, 1997 – 1998
  3. BSc (Hons) Cognitive Science, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, 1991 – 1994


  1. Senior Research Fellow, Robert Gordon University, Apr 2012 – present
  2. Honorary Research Fellow, City, University of London, Apr 2012 – present
  3. Research Fellow, University of Surrey, Jul 2009 – Mar 2012
  4. Visiting Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire, 2008 – 2011
  5. Research Fellow, University College London, 2006 – 2009
  6. Part-time tutor / teaching assistant, Queen Mary University of London, Feb 2004 – Feb 2006
  7. Senior Research Fellow, University College London, Nov 2001 – Jul 2006



I am currently part of the SocialSensor consortium (FP7), researching how to find and make good use of user-generated input from online social networks. I'm part of a team researching how to find interesting news stories from the huge streams of information available through Twitter, Reddit, Facebook and other online social networks. We're collaborating with journalists from the Department of Journalism and with universities and industrial partners across Europe to produce useful, real-time software. I'm based jointly at Robert Gordon University (Senior RF) and the City University London (Honorary RF).



  1. Corney, D., Byrne, E., Buxton, B. and Jones, D. (2008). A Logical Framework for Template Creation and Information Extraction. In Lin, T.Y., Xie, Y., Wasilewska, A. and Liau, C.-.J. (Eds.), Data Mining: Foundations and Practice (pp. 79–108). Springer. ISBN 978-3-540-78487-6.

Conference papers and proceedings (5)

  1. Corney, D., Martin, C., Göker, A., Spyromitros-Xioufis, E., Papadopoulos, S., Kompatsiaris, Y. … Thomee, B. (2013). SocialSensor: Finding Diverse Images at MediaEval 2013.
  2. Diplaris, S., Petkos, G., Papadopoulos, S., Kompatsiaris, Y., Sarris, N., Martin, C. … Point, J. (2012). SocialSensor: Surfacing Real-Time Trends and Insights from Multiple Social Networks.
  3. Byrne, E.L., Corney, D.P.A. and Lotto, B. (2011). An Ecology-based Approach to Perceptual Modelling.
  4. Corney, D. (2002). Designing food with Bayesian belief networks. 5 Sep 2008.
  5. Corney, D. and Parmee, I.C. (1999). N-Dimensional Surface Mapping Using Genetic Programming.

Journal articles (12)

  1. Aiello, L.M., Petkos, G., Martin, C., Corney, D., Papadopoulos, S., Skraba, R. … Jaimes, A. (2013). Sensing trending topics in twitter. IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, 15(6), pp. 1268–1282. doi:10.1109/TMM.2013.2265080.
  2. Martin, C. and Corney, D.G. (2013). Finding newsworthy topics on Twitter. IEEE Computer Society Special Technical Community on Social Networking E-Letter, 1(3).
  3. Schifferes, S., Newman, N., Thurman, N., Corney, D., Göker, A. and Martin, C. (2013). Identifying and verifying news through social media: Developing a user-centred tool for professional journalists. .
  4. Corney, D.P.A., Tang, H.L., Clark, J.Y., Hu, Y. and Jin, J. (2012). Automating digital leaf measurement: The tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth. PLoS ONE, 7(8). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042112.
  5. Clark, J.Y., Corney, D.P.A. and Tang, H.L. (2012). Automated plant identification using artificial neural networks. 2012 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Computational Biology, CIBCB 2012 pp. 343–348. doi:10.1109/CIBCB.2012.6217250.
  6. Cope, J.S., Corney, D., Clark, J.Y., Remagnino, P. and Wilkin, P. (2012). Plant species identification using digital morphometrics: A review. Expert Systems with Applications, 39(8), pp. 7562–7573. doi:10.1016/j.eswa.2012.01.073.
  7. Corney, D.P.A., Clark, J.Y., Lilian Tang, H. and Wilkin, P. (2012). Automatic extraction of leaf characters from herbarium specimens. Taxon, 61(1), pp. 231–244.
  8. Lotto, R.B., Clarke, R., Corney, D. and Purves, D. (2011). Seeing in colour. Optics and Laser Technology, 43(2), pp. 261–269. doi:10.1016/j.optlastec.2010.02.006.
  9. Corney, D., Haynes, J.D., Rees, G. and Lotto, R.B. (2009). The brightness of colour. PLoS ONE, 4(3). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005091.
  10. Corney, D. and Lotto, R.B. (2007). What Are Lightness Illusions and Why Do We See Them? PLoS Computational Biology, 3.
  11. Corney, D.P.A., Buxton, B.F., Langdon, W.B. and Jones, D.T. (2004). BioRAT: Extracting biological information from full-length papers. Bioinformatics, 20(17), pp. 3206–3213. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/bth386.
  12. Corney, D. (2002). Food bytes: intelligent systems in the food industry. British Food Journal, 104(10). doi:10.1108/00070700210448890.