Asst. Prof Dr Joeran Beel

Prof Dr Joeran Beel, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Dr Joeran Beel is a tenure-track Ussher Assistant Professor in Intelligent Systems at the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. He is also affiliated with the ADAPT Centre, an interdisciplinary research centre that closely cooperates with industry partners including Google, Deutsche Bank, Huawei, and Novartis. Joeran is further a Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, where he also completed his postdoctoral research. Joeran holds two master´s degrees and obtained a PhD in computer science from Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg (Germany). During his PhD studies, Joeran completed three research visits at the University of California, Berkeley and one at the University of Cyprus. Joeran has industry experience as a product manager at / HRS Holidays, as a freelance consultant and as the founder of two business start-ups, which both received several awards at business plan competitions such as start2grow and BPW. Joeran is currently preparing to spin out his third business start-up.

Joeran’s research focuses on automated machine learning (AutoML) & meta-learning, information retrieval (IR), natural language processing (NLP), the blockchain and other technologies, in areas including recommender systems, algorithm selection, news analysis, plagiarism detection, and document engineering. Domains he is particularly interested in include digital libraries & digital humanities, eHealth, tourism, law, FinTech, and mobility. Joeran published more than 70 peer-reviewed publications that have received over 2,000 citations. He acts as a reviewer for venues such as SIGIR, ECIR, RecSys, UMAP, ACM TiiS, and JASIST and served as general co-chair of the 26th Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. Joeran acquired more than 1 million Euro in funding for his research, prototype development, and business start-ups.

Andrew Collins

Andrew Collins is a PhD researcher at the ADAPT Centre and School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin. Andrew was awarded an Honours Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin, and subsequently pursued a Master of Science Degree in Technology and Innovation Management at the College of Business at Dublin Institute of Technology. During the Masters programme, Andrew acquired first-hand experience of the business opportunities that recommender systems present, through his consultancy work with a high-potential start-up company to develop and recommend a business strategy for their proprietary recommender product. This led him to undertake his PhD in recommender systems under Professor Beel.

Previously, Andrew was also a staff member at Trinity College Dublin where he worked on a project to digitise the Printed Catalogue of the Trinity College Library. This catalogue was printed in the 19th century and is the primary record of collections of the library up until 1872. This research developed his expertise and knowledge in the areas of document processing and information extraction. Andrew has also spent time at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo as a visiting researcher. Here he worked in the Aizawa Laboratory, which invites global researchers in information retrieval and natural language processing to collaborate.

Alan Griffin

Alan Griffin, Machine-Learning Engineer, TCD Dublin, Ireland

Alan is a software engineer on the Darwin & Goliath project. He graduated from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in 2016 with an MSc. in Business Analytics, having previously graduated with a BSc. in Computer Science from University College Dublin in 2015.

Since then he has worked as a data analyst for RiskSystem, a cloud-based risk intelligence firm, before joining ADAPT to work on D&G. While at RiskSystem, he worked on a number of custom software projects in database management, API development and validation of proprietary metrics.

Conor O’Shea

Conor is a Software Engineer on the Darwin & Goliath project. He graduated Trinity College in 2016 with an MAI in Computer Engineering.

Since then he has worked as as a software engineer for Bearing Point, a European consultancy firm before joining ADAPT to work on D&G. While at Bearing Point, he worked on lage scale custom software projects in banking regulation, healthcare products regualtion and telecoms customer account management.

Among his particular interests are the deployment of Machine Learning in production environments, health informatics and FinTech.

Aicha Chorana

Aicha Chorana is a visiting PhD student from the University of Laghouat in Algeria. She works with us for 1.5 years in the field of machine learning, natural language processing, and recommender systems. Aicha’s PhD topic is analyzing user engagement behaviour in online social networks for personalized recommendations.

Before starting her PhD, Aicha received her Bachelor and Master degree in Computer Science from the University of Laghouat, Algeria. Since her graduation, she had been working as an assistant lecturer at the University of Laghouat for four years. She was a research assistant in the “Laboratory of Computer Science and Mathematics” with the optimization and modelling research group at the same university. As a research assistant, Aicha participated in different research projects including community detection in online social networks and Algerian dialect identification. Her works have been published in Socialcom 2016, LREC 2016, and EACL 2017.

External PhD-Student Collaborators

Corinna Breitinger

Corinna Breitinger is a PhD student in Information Science at the University in Konstanz, Germany, and a regular collaborator of our group. She received a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and completed a 6-month research internship (full-scholarship) at the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Tokyo. Her research interests lie in the field of Information Retrieval (IR) with a focus on human-centric IR, where she performs research on academic recommender systems, semantic and link-based similarity measures, and on blockchain-based applications. For details on her current research, teaching, and student projects, visit her university profile.

Norman Meuschke

Norman Meuschke is a PhD student in the Information Science Group at the University of Konstanz, Germany. His main research interests are methods for semantic similarity analysis and their application for information retrieval. Beyond his core research, he is interested in applied data science and knowledge management challenges and the application of blockchain technology to tackle these challenges. His research spans the fields of:

  • Information Retrieval for text, images, and mathematical content
  • Plagiarism Detection
  • Citation and Link Analysis
  • Blockchain Technology
  • Information Visualization

Norman very much enjoys collaborating with other researchers and students. For details on his research and offered student projects, please contact him.

Felix Hamborg

Felix Hamborg is a researcher in computer science at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and an external PhD collaborator of our group. His research focuses on the automated identification of biased news coverage and text analysis as well as on natural language processing (NLP) and information retrieval. He has received a scholarship by the Carl Zeiss Foundation for his doctoral research. Felix is involved in several open-source projects; the source codes are available on GitHub. Felix is also involved in teaching, including modules about cryptocurrencies and blockchain, software engineering, data science, and information retrieval.


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