I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Intelligent Interactive Systems at Bournemouth University, where I am a member of the Smart Technology Research Group and the Human Computer Interaction Group. I am also a member of the Data Science Initiative at BU. My research is in the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and Human Computer Interaction. More specifically, I am interested in how to best present and adapt complex data (using both natural language generation, and interactive and adaptive visualizations) in artificial advice giving systems.
I am also an honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.

Relevant keywords: explanations, natural language generation, human-computer interaction, personalization (recommender systems), and adaptive visualization.


Track record: I have published over 35 peer reviewed papers. H-index: 14, i10-index: 15, most cited article: >200 citations (>850 total), according to Google scholar on the 03/09/16. I have previously worked on Natural Language Generation projects in a variety of domains, including Recommender Systems, Scrutable Autonomous Systems (SAsSy), nature conservation (MinkApp), cultural heritage (CURIOS), and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) ("How was school today...?"). I have also worked in industry (at Telefonica R&D) on human-centered issues in recommender systems.

Academic service: I have been reviewing for the Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, and ACM Conference on Recommender Systems since 2011. I have also reviewed for IEEE Intelligent Systems, ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS), and ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (TIST) among others. This year, I am an Associate Editor for an ACM TiiS Special issue on Human Interaction With Artificial Advice Givers.
In the past, I have served as Demo and Poster chair for UMAP'15 and IUI'16. I also served as Workshop and Tutorial chair for IUI'15, and publicity chair for both IUI'2014 and UMAP'2014.

News

28th of September: The joint workshop on Interfaces and Human Decision Making in Recommender Systems (IntRS) featured in a piece by Strands Retail on the ACM Recsys highlights.

17th of September: I am delighted to act as track chair for the Intelligent User Interfaces track at UMAP'17.

1st of September: I am excited to be chairing a panel on ``Privacy and Ethics in Big Data and AI/Cognitive Computing'' at the Big Data Conference, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, 8th of December, 2016.The Big Data Conference is the largest annual data analytics conference held in Scotland; it is supported by ScotlandIS and The Data Lab.

21st of August: Paper accepted to SocInfo'16: "What am I not seeing? An Interactive Approach to Social Content Discovery in Microblogs", with Byungkyu Kang, Tobias Hollerer and John O'Donovan.

13th of July: We were awarded 50K from the English Higher Education and Innovation Fund (HEIF) for the project: Data Science and Analytics Training and Engagement Services for Business. With Bogdan Gabrys (PI), Kaska Musial-Gabrys, Marcin Budka, and Paul Yoo.

29th of June: ESRC Festival of Social Science event proposal accepted! We will be running focus groups and an information session on the topic: "What is the internet hiding from you?" on November 8th, 2016. Event held at the Executive Business Centre. Details and registration here: Afternoon session 2.30-5pm, OR Evening session 6-8:30pm (two slots of the same sort of session).