Professor of Computer Science,
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems,
Birkbeck University of London,
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, U.K.
Director of the
Birkbeck Knowledge Lab
Formerly Co-Director of the
London Knowledge Lab
Deputy Dean (Research Enhancement) in the
School of Business, Economics and Informatics
Member of the college and department
Athena SWAN committees
Principal Investigator on the LIBE project - developing personalised tools to support inquiry-based learning.
Co-Investigator on the
Weaving Communities of Practice projects -
developing techniques for semantic integration, querying and visualisation of rich data sets in the humanities.
Internal Project Board Member of the
TRIGGER project - investigating gender equality in research careers.
Member of Birkbeck's
Centre for Innovation Management Research and
Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling.
I am a co-founder of ComputingWomen@BBK
New digital technologies and applications are giving rise to increasing volumes and varieties of data: in distributed heterogeneous databases, on the web, in mobile and pervasive
Users may find it difficult to find the right data for their
purposes, to combine data from different sources, and to extract value from their data.
My research interests are in data integration, querying, analysis, visualisation and personalisation.
I work in interdisciplinary collaborative projects with domain experts from education, the arts, and the sciences.
The goal of such research is to effectively support learning communities in capturing, organising, discovering and sharing knowledge.
My current research is in:
I have co-edited books on:
The Functional Approach to Data Management;
Reasoning in Event-Based Distributed Systems.
Designing Knowledge Bases for Humanities Research: challenges and approaches, March 2018.
Supporting Users' Flexible Querying of Knowledge Graphs, June 2017.
Combining Flexible Queries and Knowledge Anchors to facilitate the exploration of Knowledge Graphs, June 2017.
Scalable monitoring of student interaction indicators in exploratory learning environments, April 2016.
Analysing Engagement in an Online Management Programme and Implications for Course Design, April 2016.
Flexible Querying of Knowledge Bases, Oct 2015.
Applications of Flexible Querying to Graph Data, EDBT Summer School, Aug-Sept 2015. Draft lecture notes
Graph-based modelling of students' interaction data from exploratory learning environments, June 2015.
Visualisation and analysis of students' interaction data in exploratory learning environments, May 2015.
Flexible querying for SPARQL, Nov 2014.
Building event-based services for awareness in P2P groupware systems, Oct 2013.
Flexible querying of heterogeneous graph data, June 2013.
Supporting Exploratory Learning through data visualisation and notification tools for Teachers, Workshop on Big Data and Learning Analytics, LKL, March 2013.
Collaborative planning of lifelong learning - a flexible approach, June 2011.
The design of Teacher Assistance tools in an exploratory learning environment
for mathematics generalisation, October 2010.
Awareness in P2P groupware systems: a convergence of contextual
computing, social media and semantic web, September 2010.
The Conceptual and Architectural Design of a System Supporting Exploratory Learning of
Mathematics Generalisation, October 2009.
Vacancies: Please contact me if you would like to collaborate
on any of the above or related areas. There are frequently funding
opportunities for PhD students, postdocs and visiting researchers.
Richard Brownlow, working on
data integration in dataspaces
Veronica Cucuiat, learning analytics to better support practice-based teaching and learning
Mirko Dimartino, semantic integration of Linked Open Data
Azeem Khan, optimisation techniques for graph queries
Riccardo Frosini, recently awarded his PhD in flexible querying of Linked Open Data
Petra Selmer, recently awarded her PhD in
flexible querying of graph-structured data
Beate Grawemeyer and Konstantinos Karoudis - LIBE project
Nick Larsson - Mapping Museums project
BIROn and the
DBLP Bibliography Server;
also my web pages on
supporting learning and knowledge communities,
data models and languages,
Teaching in 2017/18
2010: VLDB, DILS, BNCOD, WISE
2011: EDBT, BNCOD, APWeb, DEBS, CIKM
2012: ITS, APWeb, DEBS, IDA, ISWC
2013: CSEDU, DEBS, IDA
2014: ITS, DEBS, IDA
2015: DEBS, BNCOD, RuleML, ODBASE
2016: ITS, IDA, GraphQ, Bx, ODBASE
2017: CSEDU, IDA, GraphQ, Digitial Learning @ WWW, DaWaK
General Chair of the 31st British International Conference on Databases -
2018: CIKM, ITS, CSEDU, ICLS, EC-TEL, IDA
Pro-Vice-Master for Research and International Students, Birkbeck, Oct 2002-Sept 2003
Founding Head of the College Research School, Birkbeck, Oct 2003-Feb 2005
Head of School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Birkbeck, August 2003-Sept 2006
Head of Dept. of Computer Science and Information Systems, Birkbeck, August 2009-Jan 2010
Co-Director of the London Knowledge Lab, Oct 2003-Feb 2016
Assistant Dean for Research, School of Business, Economics and Informatics (BEI), Birkbeck, Oct 2009-June 2015
Deputy Dean (Research Enhancement), School of BEI, Birkbeck, July 2015-
Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College 2000-
Member of ESRC/EPSRC Technology Enhanced Learning II Commissioning Panel 2007/8
Member of the RAE 2008 Computer Science and Informatics sub-panel
Member of the REF 2014 Computer Science and Informatics sub-panel
After a BA in Maths at Cambridge and working at IBM Greece in
the early to mid 1980s, I returned to the UK to do an MSc and a PhD in Computer Science
at Birbeck. My PhD and postdoctoral research was in data models and languages for graph-structured data.
I held a SERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at University College London during 1989-91
and then joined King's College London.
After eight years there as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer,
I returned to Birkbeck in 1999, with the award of a Readership
under Birkbeck's 175th Anniversary Chairs & Readers scheme, and became a full Professor in 2001.
During 2003-2016 I was Co-Director of the
London Knowledge Lab, a multi-disciplinary research institution aiming to
explore the ways in which digital technologies and new media are
shaping the future of knowledge and learning.