Leif Azzopardi

Senior Lecturer

Personal Statement

I am currently Chancellor's Fellow / Associate Professor within the Departement of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde, where I lead the Interactive Information Retrieval group. I work on:

- modeling information access and retrieval problems to understand how and why people search for information,
- developing formal models to improve information access systems,
- and study how such information systems shape and influence our lives.

This brings in a wide range of research including theoretical research on the design and modeling of information access systems, empirical lab-based research, simulation of user interaction and the development of suitable methods for evaluating information access and retrieval systems.

Currently, I am particularly interested in describing, predicting and explaining the interaction between users and systems using theory from economics and cognitive science. Often this requires large-scale simulations of the interactions between users and systems and the mining of query and interactions logs to formulate statistical and functional relationships between interaction, performance and effort. Also, I am working towards relating how the cognitive load, physical effort, and temporal costs affect the interaction of users and the performance that they achieve through search systems.

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Publications

(154)
  1. Economics models of interaction: a tutorial on modeling interaction using economics

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

  2. Information scent, searching and stopping: modelling SERP level stopping behaviour

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  3. Algorithmic bias: do good systems make relevant documents more retrievable?

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Prizes

(4)
  1. Chancellor's Fellowship in Data Science

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  2. RCUK Fellowship in Information Retrieval

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

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Projects

(1)
  1. Evaluating Information Access Systems

    Project: Knowledge Exchange (Conference / Seminar Hosting)

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