Alex Poulovassilis

Alexandra Poulovassilis

Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems,
Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, U.K.

Co-Director of the London Knowledge Lab

Programme Director of the MSc in Learning Technologies
Assistant Dean for Research in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics,
Member of the Birkbeck Centre for Innovation Management Research

Functional Approach to Data Management, Springer 2004 Web Dynamics, Springer 2004 Reasoning in Event-Based Distributed Systems Principal Investigator on: Co-Investigator on: Co-editor of: Web Dynamics, The Functional Approach to Data Management and Reasoning in Event-Based Distributed Systems

Research interests

New digital technologies and applications are giving rise to increasing volumes and varieties of information: in distributed heterogeneous databases, on the web, in mobile and pervasive computing environments. Users may find it difficult to find the right information for their purposes and to combine and reconcile information from different independent sources. My research interests are in querying, integrating, visualising and personalising heterogeneous information, particularly as arising in learning environments, science and social science. Current research interests include

Some recent research presentations:

Research students:

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.

Publications

See the DBLP Bibliography Server , and also my web pages on: supporting learning and knowledge communities, data management, data integration, web dynamics.

Teaching

My teaching in 2013/14

Other Professional Activities

Programme Committees 2009: ICDE, DILS, WISE, BNCOD
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, WS-FM:FASOCC
2015: DEBS, BNCOD, RuleML
Pro-Vice-Master for Research and International Students, Birkbeck, Oct 2002-Sept 2003
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-
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
Assistant Dean for Research, School of Business, Economics and Informatics, Birkbeck, October 2009-

Brief Biography

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. 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 as Reader in 1999 and Professor from 2001. Since 2003 I have been Co-Director of the London Knowledge Lab, a multi-disciplinary research institution which aims to explore the ways in which digital technologies and new media are shaping the future of knowledge and learning. My current research is in querying, integration and personalisation of information, with applications in e-learning and e-science.