Alexandra Poulovassilis CEng, CITP, FBCS
Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at
Birkbeck, University of London.
Founding Director of the
Birkbeck Knowledge Lab (Feb 2016-March 2021)
and before that Co-Director of the
London Knowledge Lab (2003-2015).
Deputy Dean for Research Enhancement in the
School of Business, Economics & Informatics (2015-21)
and before that Assistant Dean for Research (2009-15).
Founding Head of the
Graduate Research School (2003-5).
Former Head of
Computer Science and Information Systems
In these roles I have championed interdisciplinary links between the sciences,
social sciences and arts by leading cross-disciplinary discourse,
establishment of collaborative research centres,
and engagement with research stakeholders and professionals across disciplines and sectors.
I am passionate about achieving gender equality in STEM career development,
representing our School on Birkbeck's
committee from its inception till 2017,
which oversaw the submission of two successful Bronze Award applications.
I also served on the committee's Action Plan subgroup 2012-2017 coordinating the
implementation of the action plans arising from the 2012 and 2016 awards.
More recently I have served as a mentor for mid-career women on the
Aurora Leadership programme,
as a member of our department's Athena SWAN self-assessment team,
and as a Project Board member of the EU
New digital technologies and applications are giving rise to increasing volumes and varieties of data: in heterogeneous data stores, on the web, in mobile and pervasive computing environments.
Users may find it difficult to find the right data for their purposes, combine data from different sources, and extract value from their data.
My research interests are in data integration, querying, analysis, visualisation and personalisation.
Much of my work is in interdisciplinary collaborative projects with domain experts from
the arts, life sciences and social sciences, most recently in the
Mapping Museums and
Museums in the Pandemic
My current research is in:
This research has been pursued through over 20 externally awarded research grants,
including funding for fundamental research in data management from EPSRC,
and for interdisciplinary research with educationalists (ESRC, EU, JISC),
life scientists (BBSRC), and humanities scholars (AHRC).
I have co-edited four books:
Web Dynamics (Springer, 2004);
The Functional Approach to Data Management (Springer, 2004);
Reasoning in Event-Based Distributed Systems (Springer, 2011);
New Perspectives in Gender, Science & Innovation (Edward Elgar, 2020).
Visualizing data about UK museums, SAGE Research Methods: Data Visualization, April 2021.
Managing missing and uncertain data on the UK museum sector, July 2020.
Approximate Querying Over Property Graphs, Feb. 2020.
Designing awareness tools for teachers in exploratory learning settings, June 2019.
A Conceptual Modelling Approach to Visualising Linked Data, Oct 2019.
Towards Data Visualisation based on Conceptual Modelling, Oct 2018.
Mapping Museums: research challenges and approaches, Oct 2018.
Designing Knowledge Bases for Humanities Research: challenges and approaches, May 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.
Flexible Querying of Knowledge Bases, Oct 2015.
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Pro-Vice-Master for Research and International Students, Birkbeck, 2002-03
Richard Brownlow, working on
data integration in dataspaces
Veronica Cucuiat, learning analytics to support practice-based teaching and learning
Mirko Dimartino, recently awarded his PhD in semantic integration of Linked Data
Alastair Green, graph data management
Riccardo Frosini, awarded his PhD in flexible querying of Linked Data
Petra Selmer, awarded her PhD in flexible querying of graph-structured data
Beate Grawemeyer and Konstantinos Karoudis - LIBE project
Valeri Katerinchuk and Nick Larsson - Mapping Museums project
Founding Head of the Graduate Research School, Birkbeck, 2003-05
Head of Computer Science and Information Systems, Birkbeck, 2003-06, 2009-10
Co-Director, London Knowledge Lab, 2003-2015
Director, Birkbeck Knowledge Lab, Feb 2016-March 2021
Assistant Dean for Research, School of Business, Economics and Informatics, 2009-15
Deputy Dean (Research Enhancement), School of BEI, 2015-21
Member of Birkbeck's Athena SWAN Committee, 2011-17
Member of the department's Athena SWAN Self-Assessment team
Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College
Member of the RAE 2008 and REF 2014 Computer Science and Informatics sub-panel
General Chair of the 31st British International Conference on Databases -
Invited speaker at FQAS 2017, ICFCA 2017, EDBT 2015 Summer School, NLDB 2013
Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
Fellow, British Computer Society
Fellow of Birkbeck, University of London
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 PhD in Computer Science
at Birbeck funded by a studentship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY).
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.
I became a full Professor in 2001, and Professor Emerita and Fellow of the College in 2021.