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Reflection on a Researcher’s Journey: from PhD Student, to Supervisor, to Team Leader

  • Speaker: DR Vania Dimitrova, School of Computing at the University of Leeds, and Co-Director of the Leeds Research Centre in Digital Learning
  • Date: Tuesday, 1 March 2016 from 17:00 to 18:00
  • Location: Room 151, Birkbeck Main Building

My long standing passion, which drives my research, is to develop intelligent methods and techniques to augment individual and collective human intellect. I have worked on intelligent support for learning, knowledge creation, sensemaking, and decision-making with a distinctive focus on knowledge-enriched approaches for personalisation and user-adapted interaction. My research is inter-disciplinary (it falls on the boundaries of applied artificial intelligence and human computer interaction) and cross-disciplinary (we utilise models from other disciplines, e.g. Psychology, Business, Education). Throughout my research journey, I have experienced the joy and satisfaction of addressing real world problems that augment human practice, as well as the confusion and frustration of entering ill-defined domains with multiple perspectives and different interpretations. In this presentation, I will share career-related pearls of wisdom collected during my research journey - from PhD student, to supervisor/research partner, and to leader of an international project.

Dr Dimitrova (http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/vania/) is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Leeds, and Co-Director of the Leeds Research Centre in Digital Learning. Her research is in user-aware intelligent systems, focusing on knowledge-enriched user modelling and adaptation, crowd-wisdom, interactive data exploration, knowledge capture and ontological modelling. She has led research activities in several projects developing user-aware intelligent systems to augment human intellect, involving interdisciplinary partnerships with researchers from Education, Business, Psychology, Engineering and end users from industries (e.g. Ordnance Survey, Rolls Royce, SNCF, various SMEs) and charities (via LeedsACTS!). She has chaired premier international conferences on user modelling and intelligent learning environments, and has served as a member of the editorial boards of major journals in these areas (IEEE TLT, UMIAI, IJAIED).