Dr Leif Azzopardi


Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

I am an Associate Professor in Artifical Intelligence and Data Science within the Departement of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde, where I lead the Interaction Lab (i-lab). My group specializes on developing, evaluating and modelling information rich and information intensive applications and agents -- and thus we develop novel Recommender Systems and Information Retrieval Systems underpinned by Natural Language Processing, Language Modelling, Machine Learning and Deep Learning.

Given such technology, my group focuses on understanding and modelling how information systems shape and influence people and society. Thus, at the heart of our research is the focus on modelling and predicting the interaction between people and systems. Current and recent research projects include:

  • 4 Year EU funded project on Domain Specific Search and Information Extraction and Retrieval (DoSSIER) for Information Professionals, with projects inc:
  • Building economic models of information-interactions
  • Modelling and measuring the cognitive costs of interaction
  • Developing exploratory search interfaces for professional search
  • Deep neural models for contextual search
  • 3 Year EPSRC funded project on Cumulative Revelations of Personal Data
  • 4 Year EPSRC iCase project with BAE on Optimising Information Intensive Interfaces in High Pressured Situations
  • 4 year industry project with Thales on Agent Reliability on Trust and Performance in Human-Agent Collaboration
  • 4 year project on Analyzing the relationship between Bias and Performance in neural and language models2.5 year Knowledge Exchange Project with BIP Solutions on applying machine learning to procurement search
  • Modelling and measuring search engine result pages with economic theory (in collaboration with Microsoft)
  • Developing and evaluating interactive conversational search agentd (with Capita)
  • Developing continous active learning agents for systematic search

In addition to teaching Deep Learning, I also teach Startup Engineering, where I have written Tango with Django, which is a beginner's guide to web application development using Python and the Django web application framework.



Predicting perceptual speed from search behaviour
Foulds Olivia, Suglia Alessandro, Azzopardi Leif, Halvey Martin
SIGIR '20 - Proceedings of the 43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval The 43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR 2020), pp. 1989–1992 (2020)
DataMirror: reflecting on one's data self : a tool for social media users to explore their digital footprint
Htait Amal, Azzopardi Leif, Nicol Emma, Moncur Wendy
SIGIR '20 - The 43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval The 43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR 2020), pp. 2125–2128 (2020)
Impact of agents' errors on performance, reliance and trust in human-agent collaboration
Daronnat Sylvain, Azzopardi Leif, Halvey Martin
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, pp. 1-5 (2020)
Early risk detection of self-harm and depression severity using BERT-based transformers : iLab at CLEF eRisk 2020
Martínez-Castaño Rodrigo, Htait Amal, Azzopardi Leif, Moshfeghi Yashar
Early Risk Prediction on the Internet (2020)
Using sentiment analysis for pseudo-relevance feedback in social book search
Htait Amal, Fournier Sebastien, Bellot Patrice, Azzopardi Leif, Pasi Gabriella
The 10th International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (2020)
Analyzing the influence of bigrams on retrieval bias and effectiveness
AlQatan Abdulaziz, Azzopardi Leif, Moshfeghi Yashar
ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval 2020 (2020)

More publications


Using Chatbot Technology To Assure Quality Knowledge Capture From Space
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Azzopardi, Leif (Co-investigator) Minisci, Edmondo (Co-investigator) Moshfeghi, Yashar (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2023
DoSSIER: Domain Specific Systems for Information, Extraction and Retrieval (H2020 MSCA)
Azzopardi, Leif (Principal Investigator) Halvey, Martin (Co-investigator) Ruthven, Ian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2023
Cumulative Revelations in Personal Data
Azzopardi, Leif (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2018 | Foulds, Olivia
Azzopardi, Leif (Principal Investigator) Halvey, Martin (Co-investigator) Foulds, Olivia (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
KTP - BiP Solutions Ltd
Azzopardi, Leif (Principal Investigator) Moshfeghi, Yashar (Co-investigator)
30-Jan-2018 - 29-Jan-2021
BiP Tracker - Search and Recommendation
Moshfeghi, Yashar (Principal Investigator) Azzopardi, Leif (Co-investigator)
05-Jan-2018 - 07-Jan-2018

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