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Dr. Seamus Lawless

Ussher Assistant Professor (Computer Science)


Prof. Séamus Lawless is an Assistant Professor in the discipline of Intelligent Systems in the School of Computer Science and Statistics in Trinity College Dublin. Séamus' research interests are in the areas of information retrieval, information management and digital humanities with a particular focus on adaptivity and personalisation. The common focus of this research is Digital Content Management and the Application of Technology to Support Enhanced, Personalised Access to Knowledge. This research has a strong user focus and all of his work aims to improve the experiences of users when interacting with content and information systems. He has built significant momentum in the publication of papers in peer-reviewed journals and major worldwide conferences. Séamus is also passionate about education and has developed strong teaching experience. He has supervised M.Sc., MPhil and Ph.D. students. Séamus collaborated on the design and planning of two modules for the new MPhil in Digital Humanities and Culture being offered by TCD. He is an active member of the international research community and the College community. Séamus has coordinated and collaborated with researchers in the disciplines of Linguistics, English, History, Pedagogy, Speech and Language Technologies and Localisation. Through these collaborative research projects in such a variety of disciplines he has developed insight and skills in communication and in conducting multi-disciplinary research. Séamus has significant industry experience having worked in the both the IT and Retail Industries. This has provided him with a wealth of commercial experience which he incorporates in his research and teaching.
  Data Analysis   Databases, database management, data mining   Digital systems, representation   Information systems development   Information technology in education   Information technology, Science   Internet technologies   Knowledge and data engineering   Knowledge Management   Knowledge Representation   Machine Translation   Natural Language Programming   Word/Text Processing
 Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL) - Second Cycle
 CULTURA - Cultivating Research and Understanding through Adaptivity
 Fagel Map Collection
 1641 Depositions
 Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL)

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Chair of the First Workshop on Personalised Multilingual Information Access, PMIA 2014, to be held in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Conference on User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalization, Aalborg, Denmark. July 7-11, 2014
Tutorial Chair for the 36th Annual ACM SIGIR (Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval) Conference to be held in Trinity College Dublin. 2013
Local Chair and Member of the Organising Committee for the 36th Annual ACM SIGIR (Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval) Conference to be held in Trinity College Dublin. July, 2013
Chair of the First Workshop on Exploration, Navigation and Retrieval in Cultural Heritage, ENRICH 2013, held in Conjunction with the 36th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference, Dublin, Ireland. August 1st 2013
Chair of the CNGL Scenario Working Group 2013-2014
Chair of the First Workshop on Personalised Multilingual Hypertext Retrieval held in Conjunction with 22nd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia , Eindhoven, The Netherlands. June 6th 2011
Technical Chair for CNGL Scientific Committee Meeting in Limerick, Ireland. April, 2010
Tailoring Access to Content in, editor(s)Susan Schreibman Ray Siemens John Unsworth , New Companion to Digital Humanities, Wiley, 2014, [Séamus Lawless, Owen Conlan, Cormac Hampson], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Learning Theories: ePedagogical Strategies for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Higher Education in, editor(s)Associate Professor Elspeth McKay (RMIT University, Australia) Dr. John Lenarcic (RMIT University, Australia) , Macro-Level Learning Through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Strategies and Predictions for the Future, RMIT, 2014, [O'Donnell, E., Lawless, S., Sharp. M. and O'Donnell, L.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Owen Conlan, Alex O'Connor, Órla Ní Loinsigh, Gary Munnelly, Séamus Lawless, Rachel Murphy, Revolutionary Identities: Turning Data in Knowledge to Drive Personalized Exploration of The Irish Rising of 1916, The IEEE Workshop on Big Humanities Data, held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Washington D.C., October 27-30, 2014, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Ghorab, M.R., Lawless, S., O'Connor, A. and Wade, V., Does Personalization Benefit Everyone in the Same Way? Multilingual Search Personalization for English vs. Non-English Users., 1st International Workshop on Personalised Multilingual Information Access (PMIA 2014) held in conjunction with the 22nd Conference on User Modelling, Adaptation, and Personalization, UMAP 2014, Aalborg, Denmark, July 7th, 2014, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Steichen, B., Ghorab, M.R., O'Connor, A., Lawless, S. and Wade, V, Towards Personalized Multilingual Information Access - Exploring the Browsing and Search Behavior of Multilingual Users., 22nd conference on User Modelling, Adaptation, and Personalization, UMAP 2014, Aalborg, Denmark, 2014, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Cormac Hampson, Séamus Lawless, Eoin Bailey, Christina M. Steiner, Eva Hillemann, Owen Conlan, Metadata-Enhanced Exploration of Digital Cultural Collections, International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies, 2014, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Eileen O'Donnell, Mary Sharp, Séamus Lawless, Vincent Wade, A Review of Personalised E-Learning: Towards Supporting Learner Diversity, International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 2014, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Seamus Lawless, David Brown, Micheál Ó Siochrú, Eoin Bailey, The Down Survey of Ireland, EUROGI imaGIne Conference, Dublin, Ireland, March 7th, 2013, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  URL
Jonathan Grimes, Séamus Lawless, Linked Data for Music Collections: A User-Centred Approach, The 25th Digital Humanities Conference, DH2013, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA., 16th-19th July, 2013, Conference Paper, IN_PRESS  URL
C. Hampson, E. Bailey, G. Munnelly, S. Lawless and O. Conlan, Dynamic Personalisation for Digital Cultural Heritage Collections, UMAP 2013 Extended Proceedings, 6th International Workshop on Personalized Access to Cultural Heritage, Rome, Italy, July 2013, 997, CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 2013, pp1-12 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

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Séamus Lawless, Leveraging Content from Open Corpus Sources for Technology Enhanced Learning, Trinity College Dublin, 2009, Thesis, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Gold Medal distinction from the University of Dublin, Trinity College for the standard of Undergraduate Degree. 2003