I am a Professor for Natural Language Processing and Data Analytics and member of the Interdisciplinary Language and Computation Group with the University of Essex. Prior to this, I was Associate Professor for Data Science and Predictive Analytics with the University of Stirling from August to December 2018. From 2014 to 2018 I had a Professorship of Knowledge Discovery at Kiel University and ZBW (Leibniz Information Centre for Economics) Germany. I was scientific leader of the EU Horizon 2020 project MOVING, enabling young researchers, decision makers, and public administrators to employ and use machine learning and data mining tools to search, organize, and manage large-scale information sources on the web such as scientific publications, videos of research talks, social media, etc.
My research interests are in novel approaches for data analysis by combining symbolic and statistical methods. I bring together methods from Information Retrieval, Data Mining and Machine Learning, and Semantic Web. I apply my novel data analysis approaches to, e.g., very large, distributed Knowledge Graphs on the web with billions of edges or large-scale document corpora in domains like life sciences/medicine, social sciences, economics, and the web.
I am editor of the Journal of Web Semantics (JWS) since 2010. I am co-organizer of several scientific events such as the ACM Workshop series on Events in Multimedia conjunct with ACM Multimedia Beijing, China, 2009 and Firence, Italy, 2010, and Scottsdale, AZ, USA, in 2011. The workshop aims at bringing together different disciplines interested in detecting, processing, representing, and using events in multimedia and social media.