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 Result Diversification on Search Behaviour and Performance
Maxwell David, Azzopardi Leif, Moshfeghi Yashar
Information Retrieval Journal (2019)
Overview of the CLEF ehealth evaluation lab 2018
Suominen Hanna, Kelly Liadh, Goeuriot Lorraine, Névéol Aurélie, Ramadier Lionel, Robert Aude, Kanoulas Evangelos, Spijker Rene, Azzopardi Leif, Li Dan, Jimmy , Palotti João, Zuccon Guido
Experimental IR Meets Multilinguality, Multimodality, and Interaction - 9th International Conference of the CLEF Association, CLEF 2018, Proceedings 9th International Conference of the CLEF Association, CLEF 2018 Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) Vol 11018 LNCS, pp. 286-301 (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)
CLEF 2018 technologically assisted reviews in empirical medicine overview
Kanoulas Evangelos, Li Dan, Azzopardi Leif, Spijker Rene
CEUR Workshop Proceedings Vol 2125 (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)
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)

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