I am now a Chancellor's Fellow within the Departement of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde, where I lead the Interactive Information Retrieval group and my new page is at: https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/azzopardileifdr/.
I am also an honorary lecturer within the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow where I supervise PhD students and support the Web Application Development Courses. Prior to this, I was a Senior Lecturer within the School and a member of the Information Retrieval group.
I work on:
modelling information access and retrieval problems to understand how and why people search for information,
how we can improve search systems,
and how such systems shape and influence our lives.
This brings in a wide range of research including theoretical research on the design and modelling 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. 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.
To learn more about developing in Python Django, we host online book called How to Tango with Django at www.tangowithdjango.com. The site has received over 1.5 million visitors since its release in October, 2013. The code to the book and the application that you create is available via my GitHub repository.
Central to his research is the theoretical development of statistical language models for Information Retrieval, where his research interests include:
Previously, Dr. Leif Azzopardi was a Senior Lecturer within the Glasgow Information Retrieval Group and a full time academic member of staff within the School of Computing Science, at the University of Glasgow from 2007-20016. Dr Azzopardi was a Post Doctoral Researcher within iLab at the University of Strathclyde in 2006 under the direction of Prof. Fabio Crestani and Prof. Ian Ruthven, and ILPS at the University of Amsterdam in 2005 under the supervision of Prof. Maarten de Rijke. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Paisley in 2005, where he was supervised by Prof. Mark Girolami, Prof. Malcolm Crowe and Prof. Keith van Rijsbergen. Prior to this he received First Class Honours Degree in Information Science from the University of Newcastle, Australia, 2001. He is a lifetime member of the ACM and a member of the BCS.
Check out our online book on web application development in Python/Django
Check out my work on economics in IR:
Proceedings from the Simulation of Interaction Workshop.
The Open Source PuppyIR Framework for developing Interactive Information Retrieval Services for Children (and Adults).