I am currently a Vice-Chancellor's Principal Research Fellow, Director of the Centre for Information Discovery, and Associate Professor (Reader in the UK, Full Professor in North America) at RMIT University in the School of Science (Computer Science).
My current research focuses Information Retrieval and Knowledge Discovery (or more succinctly, Information Discovery). Specifically, I am interested in building next generation search engines, and exploring new ways to evaluate the quality of search. More broadly, I'm interested in "Human-driven Data Science", which focuses on transforming data into knowledge for people with an information need. This might be accomplished through algorithms, data structures, machine learning, distributed computing, data analytics, or some combination of all the above.
See my research overview and publications pages for more information.
In 2018, Fernando Diaz and I co-organized the Third Strategic Workshop on Information Retrieval in Lorne (SWIRL), where we discussed the future of IR research. Our primary goal was to revise the IR research manifesto developed at SWIRL2. A preprint of our findings can be found here.
Potential Students and Postdocs
If you are interested in the work we do and wish to pursue a research career,
please read the information included on my
Phd and Postdoc recruiting page to find out more about current
opportunites and selection criteria.
I am interested in taking on an Honours student in 2018/2019 to work on
Learning-to-Rank (Deep Learning), Search Algorithms, Data Structures for
Search, or Data Compression.
An Honours scholarship may be available for suitably qualifed
students working in my group.
Honours students routinely qualify for
PhD scholarships (APA, RTSP, and Vice-Chancellor Scholarships) after completing an Honours degree in my group.
So, if you're interested in learning more about this research opportunity,
please contact me by email so that we can find a time to meet and discuss
Current PhD Students
- Binsheng Liu
- Rodger Benham
- Shixun Huang
- Hui Luo
- Luke Gallagher
- Sheng Wang
- Joel Mackenzie
- Bhagya Wickramasinghe
- Tadele Tedla Damessie
Past PhD Students
- Xiaolu Lu (completed PhD in 2018)
- Farhana Murtaza Choudhury (completed PhD in 2017)
- Gaya Jayasinghe (completed PhD in 2014)
- Matthias Petri (completed PhD in 2013)
Current Honours Thesis Students
I completed a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2008 under the venerable
I currently reside in lovely
Before entering academia, I spent several years in various
technical roles in industry.
For more details, refer to my
My Thesis Wordle