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.

Director of the Birkbeck Knowledge Lab
Formerly Co-Director of the London Knowledge Lab
Member of the Birkbeck Athena SWAN Committee

Programme Director of the MSc in Learning Technologies
Deputy Dean (Research Enhancement) in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics

Functional Approach to Data Management, Springer 2004 Web Dynamics, Springer 2004 Reasoning in Event-Based Distributed Systems Principal Investigator on: Co-Investigator on the Weaving Communities of Practice project - semantic integration and search of rich data on Andean Textiles. Internal Project Board Member of the TRIGGER project - Transforming Institutions by Gendering Contents and Gaining Equality in Research. Co-editor of Web Dynamics, The Functional Approach to Data Management, Reasoning in Event-Based Distributed Systems.


Research | Talks | Students | Publications | Teaching | Community | Bio |

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 sources. My research interests are in integrating, querying, visualising and personalising heterogeneous information. I work in interdisciplinary projects in collaboration 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. Current research areas 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 models and languages, data integration.


Teaching

My teaching in 2015/16


Other Professional Activities

Programme Committees 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, ODBASE
2016: ITS, IDA, GraphQ, Bx, ODBASE
2017: CSEDU
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
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 (BEI), Birkbeck, Oct 2009-June 2015
Deputy Dean (Research Enhancement), School of BEI, Birkbeck, July 2015-


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. 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.