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Dr Timothy Cribbin
Senior Lecturer


I am an information scientist with a primary interest and expertise in visual text analytics. I was awarded a BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Portsmouth in 1994 and an MSc Industrial Psychology (Distinction) from the University of Hull in 1996. In 2006, I was awarded a PhD from Brunel University London for research exploring the use of spatial-semantic interfaces for exploratory document search. After working as a researcher for several years, I was appointed as a lecturer here at the Department of Computer Science (formerly DISC) in 2001. I have taught a wide range of subjects, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including information visualization, human-computer interaction, statistics, databases and programming. I have worked on a number of funded projects during my career, primarily researching new methods and applications of visual text analytics in diverse areas such as requirements elicitation for end-user medical devices and the online development of radical/extremist group identities. I am a founder and lead programmer on the Chorus Twitter analytics project. I have published over 20 peer-reviewed articles spanning a number of topics including document similarity modelling and visualization, social media analytics, citation-based search user interfaces and science mapping. I have acted as reviewer for conferences and journals relating to information science (e.g. JASIST, Information Processing and Management) and information visualisation (e.g. Information Visualisation, iV).


  • 2007 - PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Brunel University
  • 2005 - PhD Information Science, Brunel University
    • "Classifying complex topics using spatial-semantic document visualization: an evaluation of an interaction model to support open-ended search tasks"
  • 1996 - MSc Industrial Psychology, University of Hull
    • Awarded Tom Hoyes Memorial Prize
  • 1994 - Bsc (Hons) Psychology, University of Portsmouth

Newest selected publications

Smith, LGE., Wakeford, L., Cribbin, TF., Barnett, J. and Hou, WK. (2020) 'Detecting psychological change through mobilizing interactions and changes in extremist linguistic style'. Computers in Human Behavior, 108. pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 0747-5632 Open Access Link

Journal article

Brooker, P., Barnett, J. and Cribbin, TF. (2016) 'Doing social media analytics'. Big Data & Society, 3 (2). pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 2053-9517 Open Access Link

Journal article

Brooker, P., Barnett, J., Cribbin, T. and Sharma, S. (2016) 'Have we even solved the first 'big data challenge?' Practical issues concerning data collection and visual representation for social media analytics', in Snee, H., Hine, C., Morey, Y., Roberts, S. and Watson, H. (eds.) Digital Methods for Social Science: An Interdisciplinary Guide to Research Innovation. London : Palgrave. pp. 34 - 50. ISBN 13: 9781137453655. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Beretta, V., Cribbin, TF., Maccagnola, D. and Messina, E. (2015) 'An interactive method for inferring demographic attributes in Twitter'.26th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (Hypertext 2015). Guzelyurt, Northern Cyprus. 24 - 4 September. ACM Press. pp. 113 - 122.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Cribbin, TF. (2014) 'Augmenting Citation Chain Aggregation with Article Maps'.First Workshop on Knowledge Maps and Information Retrieval (KMIR 2014) co-located with the International Conference on Digital Libraries 2014 (DL 2014. City University, London. 12 - 12 September. CEUR Workshop Proceedings. pp. 31 - 39. ISSN: 1613-0073 Open Access Link

Conference paper
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