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Dr Leif Azzopardi

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

I am currently Chancellor's Fellow / Associate Professor within the Departement of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde, where I lead the Interactive Information Retrieval group. I work on:

- modeling information access and retrieval problems to understand how and why people search for information,
- developing formal models to improve information access systems,
- and study how such information systems shape and influence our lives.

This brings in a wide range of research including theoretical research on the design and modeling of information access systems, empirical lab-based research, simulation of user interaction and the development of suitable methods for evaluating information access and retrieval systems.

Currently, I am particularly interested in describing, predicting and explaining the interaction between users and systems using theory from economics and cognitive science. Often this requires large-scale simulations of the interactions between users and systems and the mining of query and interactions logs to formulate statistical and functional relationships between interaction, performance and effort. Also, I am working towards relating how the cognitive load, physical effort, and temporal costs affect the interaction of users and the performance that they achieve through search systems.


The impact of fielding on retrieval performance and bias
Wilkie Colin, Azzopardi Leif
ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2018, (2018)
Information retrieval in the workplace : a comparison of professional search practices
Russell-Rose Tony, Chamberlain Jon, Azzopardi Leif
Information Processing and Management Vol 54, pp. 1042-1057, (2018)
Investigating how conversational search agents affect user's behaviour, performance and search experience
Dubiel Mateusz, Halvey Martin, Azzopardi Leif, Daronnat Sylvain
The Second International Workshop on Conversational Approaches to Information Retrieval, (2018)
Conceptualizing agent-human interactions during the conversational search process
Azzopardi Leif, Dubiel Mateusz, Halvey Martin, Dalton Jeffery
The Second International Workshop on Conversational Approaches to Information Retrieval, (2018)
Measuring the utility of search engine result pages : an information foraging based measure
Azzopardi Leif, Thomas Paul, Craswell Nick
41st International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, (2018)
Information scent, searching and stopping : modelling SERP level stopping behaviour
Maxwell David, Azzopardi Leif
Advances in Information Retrieval - 40th European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2018, Proceedings, pp. 210-222, (2018)

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