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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.


Validating simulated interaction for retrieval evaluation
Pääkkönen Teemu, Kekäläinen Jaana, Keskustalo Heikki, Azzopardi Leif, Maxwell David, Järvelin Kalervo
Information Retrieval, (2017)
A task completion engine to enhance search session support for air traffic work tasks
Moshfeghi Yashar, Rothfeld Raoul, Azzopardi Leif, Triantafillou Peter
European Conference on Information RetrievalLecture Notes in Computer Science Vol 10193, pp. 278-290, (2017)
Building cost-benefit models of information interactions
Azzopardi Leif
Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, pp. 425-428, (2017)
Second International Workshop on the Evaluation of Collaborative Information Seeking and Retrieval (Ecol'17)
Azzopardi Leif, Pickens Jeremy, Shah Chirag, Soulier Laure, Tamine Lynda
Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Conference Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, pp. 429-431, (2017)
Lucene4IR : developing information retrieval evaluation resources using Lucene
Azzopardi Leif, Moshfeghi Yashar, Halvey Martin, Alkhawaldeh Rami S., Balog Krisztian, Di Buccio Emanuele, Ceccarelli Diego, Fernández-Luna Juan M., Hull Charlie, Mannix Jake, Palchowdhury Sauparna
ACM SIGIR Forum Vol 50, pp. 58-75, (2017)
Agents, simulated users and humans : an analysis of performance and behaviour
Maxwell David, Azzopardi Leif
Proceedings of the 25th ACM International on Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, pp. 731-740, (2016)

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