Ian Ruthven

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  • United Kingdom

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PhD projects

information seeking behaviour; interactive information retrieval

19952020

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Personal Statement

I am a Professor of Information Seeking and Retrieval in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

I work in the area of information seeking and retrieval; understanding how (and why) people search for information and how electronic systems might help them search more successfully. This brings in a wide range of research including theoretical research on the design and modelling of information access systems, empirical research on interfaces and user interaction and research on the methodology of evaluating information access systems.

Recent research has included interface design research to help children search for information, information seeking studies on information poverty within marginalised groups and studies on how people use online information to create a sense of happiness.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • information seeking theory
  • interface design for information access
  • user studies

Teaching Interests

  • information retrieval
  • information seeking
  • qualitative and quantitative research methods

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Master of Science, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

Bachelor of Science, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 1992

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