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Curriculum Vitae

Experience

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Junior Professor for eHumanities

Halle (Saale), Germany

01.01.2018 - Present

Research and Teaching in the field of eHumanities / Digital Humanities.

Edge Hill University

Senior Lecturer

Ormskirk, United Kingdom

30.09.2013 - 01.12.2017

Teaching a variety of modules ranging from an introduction to programming to the development of mobile web applications. Research focuses on the areas of information visualisation, particularly for qualitative data, the question of how to give a user an overview over a given data-set, and the user evaluation of interactive information retrieval systems.

University of Sheffield

Research Associate

Sheffield, United Kingdom

01.11.2012 - 27.09.2013

Working on the `PROMISE `_ EU project with a focus on developing an evaluation framework and test-bed for Interactive Information Retrieval.
Research Associate

Sheffield, United Kingdom

01.02.2011 - 27.09.2013

Working on the `PATHS `_ project that aims to develop novel user-interfaces for accessing digital Cultural Heritage collections.

The National Archives

Web Developer

London, United Kingdom

01.04.2010 - 31.01.2011

My work focused on developing an automatic geo-referencing system for historical records. This made it possible to automatically locate historic documents for a given place or area. In addition I developed some sample applications, such as the Domesday on a Map.

Cardiff University

Research Associate

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

01.01.2010 - 31.03.2011

My work focused on developing and maintaining the demonstration systems for the Tripod EU project in the run-up to the final review.
Associate Lecturer

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

01.10.2009 - 31.01.2010

I wrote, taught, and examined the “Internet Computing” course that is part of the M.Sc. degree in the School of Computer Science and Informatics.
PhD Studentship

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

01.01.2007 - 31.12.2009

PhD studentship on the Tripod project researching methods for the automatic translation between natural language and co-ordinate representations of locations.

Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria

01.10.2006 - 28.02.2007

I part-wrote, taught, and examined an “Introduction to Computers Science” course that is part of the Geographic Information Systems specialisation of the Geography degree at the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt.

Self-Employed

Software Consultant

Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria

01.06.2006 - 31.07.2006

Contract-work to develop an HTML+CSS rendering system.

Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria

01.11.2004 - 30.06.2006

Employed on the HarmonISA EU project to develop a system for automatically integrating land-use and land-cover data-sets from Austria, Italy, and Slovenia.
Software Developer

Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria

01.12.2003 - 31.03.2004

With a colleague we developed an on-line system for digitising historic documents for the History Department.
Software Developer

Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria

01.07.2001 - 30.11.2003

I was responsible for the introduction, development and maintenance of an on-line course management system.

Education

Edge Hill University

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education

Ormskirk, United Kingdom

01.01.2014 - 12.11.2015

My work looked at the potential negative impact of various quality assurance processes on the quality of higher education.

Cardiff University

PhD in Computer Science

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

01.01.2007 - 01.02.2011

My PhD focused on developing quantitative models for spatial prepositions. Based on these quantitative models I developed systems for automatically interpreting and generating spatial-language expressions that can be tried out online. The PhD was conducted in the context of the Tripod EU project and is available from the `publications <{filename}../pages/publications.rst>`_, as are a number of papers on various aspects of the work.

Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt

Diplom Ingenieur

Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria

04.11.2005 - 04.05.2006

Equivalent to a M.Sc. in Computer Science. My specialisation was in Knowledge Engineering and Geographical Information systems, which led to my master thesis “A Semantic Similarity Measure for Formal Ontologies”.
Bakkalaureus der technischen Wissenschaften

01.10.1999 - 03.11.2005

Equivalent to a B.Sc. in Computer Science with a specialisation in Computational Linguistics.

Awards

TPDL 2017

Best Paper Award - Honorary Mention

Thessaloniki, Greece

18.09.2017 - 21.09.2017

Honorable mention in the best paper award for the paper "The Ghost in the Museum Website: Investigating the General Public's Interactions with Museum Websites".

iConference 2016

Best Paper Award

Philadelphia, USA

20.03.2016 - 23.03.2016

Best poster award for the poster “Analyzing the influence of Language Proficiency on Interactive Book Search Behaviour” at the iConference 2016, Philadelphia.

TPDL 2013

Best Poster Award

Malta

23.09.2013 - 25.09.2013

Best Poster award for the poster titled “Regional Effects on Query Reformulation Patterns” at TPDL 2013, Malta.

Europeana Hackathon

Innovation Prize

Leuven, Netherlands

13.06.2012 - 15.06.2012

Won the “Innovation” prize at the Europeana Hackathon in Leuven 2012 with the Storyana system.

EuropeanaTech Hackathon

Third Place

Vienna, Austria

03.10.2011 - 05.10.2011

Won third place at the EuropeanaTech Hackathon 2011 in Vienna, with the Wikiana system.

ACM GIS'08

Best poster-presentation

Irvine, CA, USA

05.11.2008 - 07.11.2008

Best poster-presentation at the ACM GIS 2008 conference in Irvine, California, USA

Training

Digital Humanities & Language Resources

Joint "Culture & Technology" and CLARIN-D European Summer School

Leipzig, Germany

20.07.2014 - 03.08.2014

Participated in the "Culture & Technology" and CLARIN-D European Summer School on digital humanities, focusing on machine learning techniques.

Edge Hill University

Training Workshops

Ormskirk, United Kingdom

30.09.2013 - 01.12.2017

Undertook a number of training workshops on topics including grant writing, programme design, research degree supervision, being a principal investigator, postgraduate recruitment, and writing for publication.

University of Sheffield

Sheffield Teaching Assistant Programme

Sheffield, United Kingdom

01.11.2011 - 31.12.2011

Completed the University of Sheffield Teaching Assistant Programme which included 1-day sessions on assessment & feedback, supervising research projects, small-group teaching, and large-group teaching.

Cardiff University

1-Day Training Workshops

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

01.01.2007 - 31.12.2009

Undertook a number of 1-day training workshops on topics including project management, plagiarism, lab demonstration, small-group teaching, lecturing, and the philosophy of science.