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Dr Timothy Cribbin Dr Timothy Cribbin
Senior Lecturer
I am an information scientist with interests and expertise in information visualisation, interactive search UIs and text analytics. I was awarded a BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Portsmouth in 1994 and an MSc Industrial Psychology 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 widely over a number of topics including document similarity modelling and visualization, social media analytics, citation-based search user interfaces and science mapping. I regularly act as reviewer for many conferences and journals in the areas of information science, social media analytics and information visualisation. I'm primarily interested in how we can process, model and interact with large text collections in order to uncover useful insights. My research career has broadly focused on designing and evaluating algorithms, interaction models and end-user tools that support search, navigation, exploration and sense-making within connected information spaces like scholarly publications and social media (e.g. Twitter). My early work focused on the use of interactive visualisation to support search and sense-making in digital document collections, primarily using the distance-similarity or spatial-semantic metaphor. Key contributions in this area included the application of geodesic distance and second-order similarity transformations to optimise the balance between local and global semantic structure in spatial layouts. This was followed by work exploring the use of citation-enhanced information retrieval in scholarly databases (e.g. citation chain aggregation) and then, most recently algorithms and tools to support social media based research (see Chorus: Whilst I still maintain an interest in information visualisation, I am now mainly focused on developing and applying text and citation analytics techniques to live social-media research contexts. This specifically includes author profiling and community detection for demographic/interests-based sampling and classifying UGC according to stance (i.e. sentiment or intent). I am usually open to new collaborations and PhD supervisions, in any of the above areas. Leader of CS5703 Data Visualisation Part-teaching duties on CS5602 Digital Service Design Applications, CS1703 "Data and Information" Level 1, Masters and Placement Tutor Supervisory duties for final year Undergraduate and Masters dissertation projects Deputy Senior Tutor (Academic Misconduct)
Professor George Ghinea Professor George Ghinea
Professor - Mulsemedia Computing
I am a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London. I obtained my BSc. Degree with Computer Science and Mathematics majors from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. I later went on to obtain BSc. (Hons.) and MSc. Degrees, both in Computer Science, from the same university. I was awarded my PhD – Quality of Perception: An Essential Facet of Multimedia Communications - from the University of Reading, UK, in 2000. In it, I proposed the Quality of Perception metric, a precursor of the Quality of Experience (QoE) concept now widely known. However, whilst QoE is still a concept, QoP is a concrete metric. Thus, recognising the infotainment duality of multimedia, QoP not only characterises the subjective enjoyment associated with experiencing multimedia presentations, but also how such presentations aid a person\'s ability to assimilate informational content. My research activities lie at the confluence of Computer Science, Media and Psychology. In particular, my work focuses on the area of perceptual multimedia quality and how one builds end-to-end communication systems incorporating user perceptual requirements. I have applied my expertise in areas such as eye-tracking, telemedicine, multi-modal interaction, and ubiquitous and mobile computing. I am particularly interested in building human-centred e-systems, particularly integrating human perceptual requirements. My work has been funded by both national and international funding bodies – all of it being collaborative work with other teams and stakeholders I have been privileged to be involved with. I have also been honoured to supervise 33 PhD students to completion and to have published over 350 high-quality research articles with them and other research collaborators. Currently, my research pursuits are centered on extending the notion of multimedia with that of mulsemedia – a term which I have put forward to denote multiple sensorial media, ie. media applications that go beyond engaging the by now traditional auditory and visual senses, engaging three of our other human in a realistic manner akin to our experiences of everyday life. • Multimedia and multimodal interactive environments• Mulsemedia applications and environments• Adaptive, cross-layer communication systems• Human-centred e-systems• Mobile and pervasive computing• Communications security I currently lead the level 7 postgraduate module Research Project Management.
Dr stasha Lauria Dr stasha Lauria
Lecturer
Dr Stanislao Lauria has a Laurea awarded by The University of Studies “Federico II” of Napoli in Italy. He holds a Ph.D. in Cybernetics from The University of Reading, UK. Dr Stanislao Lauria is a Lecturer at Brunel University London. Previously he was research fellow at the University of Plymouth and at the University of Reading. Dr. S. Lauria has been working in the area of intelligent robotics for more than 15 years, and is particularly specialised in modelling and training mobile robots by means of intelligent human-machine interactions. Specifically, he has investigated the use of various frameworks for representing knowledge and converting natural language into robot-understandable actions. He has established the Brunel Robotics Laboratory performing exploratory experiments on cognitive mobile robots. He has also investigated the use of various Artificial Intelligence paradigms for various signal processing domains. His current activities focus on Machine-Human interactions. In particular, he is investigating the implication of Social Media on Human-Robot interactions and dialogue management aspects. Finally, he is exploring the use of robotics as an educational tool. Dr Lauria has been involved in designing delivering and assessing several teaching modules with a particular emphasis on programming. Therefore, suitable methods to allow students at a beginner level to increase their confidence in programming have been introduced. The aim has been to both introduce alternative paradigms to stimulate student motivation and to increase student’s perception of their own skills. As part of various outreaching programs Dr. Lauria has developed some innovative methods based on short interactive sessions to allow naive user to be able to control and program robots. Teaching areas. Computer Networks Programming Languages Database Software Engineering Database Algorithms
Dr Arthur Money Dr Arthur Money
Reader
Dr Arthur G. Money is a Reader in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London, where he also received his MSc in Distributed Information Systems with distinction in 2001 and PhD in Multimedia Computing in 2007. Prior to embarking on a fully funded EPSRC PhD scholarship in 2004, he worked for Oracle UK Ltd as an e-Business Technology Consultant. Dr Money’s research focuses on the user-centred design, development and evaluation of multimedia computing systems and the effective deployment of these systems with users who have complex needs spanning a range of domains including older adults, healthcare, education, and defence. Module leader: CS1004 Information Systems and Organisations, Teaching Contributor: CS1701, Supervisor: CS1701 Level 1 Group Project Project, Supervisor: CS3072 & CS3074 Department of Computer Science Projects
Dr Fotios Spyridonis Dr Fotios Spyridonis
Lecturer in Computer Science
Fotis is a Lecturer in Computer Science focusing on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Multimedia. Serious Games and Gamification Digital Accessibility Applications of Extended Reality Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Digital Health CS5604 - Digital Design Methodologies (Module Leader) CS2001 - Year 2 Group Project CS2555 - Work Placement CS3072/3605 - Computer Science/Business Computing Final-Year Project CS1703 - Data and Information