Professor of Computer Science,
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems,
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
for Innovation Management Research
email: ap at dcs.bbk.ac.uk
Principal Investigator on:
The Functional Approach to Data Management and
Reasoning in Event-Based Distributed Systems
MiGen project -
intelligent support for students and teachers in exploratory learning environments;
MyPlan project -
supporting learners in sharing and formulating their learning and career plans;
SeLeNe project -
semantic services for the discovery and sharing of learning resources;
AutoMed project -
tools for data integrators and users of heterogeneous scientific data resources.
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
intelligent support for learning and knowledge communities
flexible querying of complex data
data languages, data models, data quality,
query interfaces, query processing, query optimisation,
semi-structured data, semantic web,
system architectures and performance,
web information retrieval, information extraction.
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.
DBLP Bibliography Server ,
and also my web pages on:
supporting learning and knowledge communities,
My teaching in 2013/14
2008: EDBT, NLDB, BNCOD, WISE, ISWC, ER
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.
Combining Approximation and Relaxation in Semantic Web Path Queries, Nov 2010.
The design of Teacher Assistance tools in an exploratory learning environment
for mathematics generalisation, October 2010.
Querying complex heterogeneous data sets, July 2010.
The Conceptual and Architectural Design of a System Supporting Exploratory Learning of
Mathematics Generalisation, October 2009.
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
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-
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.