Dr Leif Azzopardi

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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.

 

Publications

Conversational strategies : impact on search performance in a goal-oriented task
Dubiel Mateusz, Halvey Martin, Azzopardi Leif, Anderson Damien, Daronnat Sylvain
The Third International Workshop on Conversational Approaches to Information Retrieval (2020)
Reflecting upon perceptual speed tests in information retrieval : limitations, challenges, and recommendations
Foulds Olivia, Azzopardi Leif, Halvey Martin
CHIIR '20: Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, pp. 234-242 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1145/3343413.3377982
Data-driven evaluation metrics for heterogeneous search engine result pages
Azzopardi Leif, White Ryen W, Thomas Paul, Craswell Nick
CHIIR 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval CHIIR 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, pp. 213–222 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1145/3343413.3377959
The impact of result diversification on search behaviour and performance
Maxwell David, Azzopardi Leif, Moshfeghi Yashar
Information Retrieval Journal Vol 22, pp. 422-446 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10791-019-09353-0
CLEF 2019 technology assisted reviews in empirical medicine overview
Kanoulas Evangelos, Li Dan, Azzopardi Leif, Spijker Rene
CEUR Workshop Proceedings Vol 2380 (2019)
Building economic models and measures of search
Azzopardi Leif, Moffat Alistair, Thomas Paul, Zuccon Guido
SIGIR 2019 - Proceedings of the 42nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval 42nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2019 SIGIR 2019 - Proceedings of the 42nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, pp. 1401-1402 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1145/3331184.3331379

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Projects

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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