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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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of Paisley

1 Jan 200224 Dec 2005

External positions

Honorary Lecturer, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow

1 Jan 2017 → …

Adjunct. Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology

1 Oct 2016 → …

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Output 2003 2018

Conceptualizing agent-human interactions during the conversational search process

Azzopardi, L., Dubiel, M., Halvey, M. & Dalton, J., 12 Jul 2018 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

Economics models of interaction: a tutorial on modeling interaction using economics

Azzopardi, L. & Zuccon, G., 18 Jan 2018, Computational Interaction. Oulasvirta, A., Kristensson, P. O., Bi, X. & Howes, A. (eds.). Oxford, 29 p.

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

Human computer interaction


Chancellor's Fellowship in Data Science

Leif Azzopardi (Recipient), 1 Oct 2016

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Honorary Associate Professor in Computer Science

Leif Azzopardi (Recipient), 1 Sep 2016

Prize: Appointment