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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
 ADAPT: Centre for Digital Content Platform Research
 Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL) - Second Cycle
 CULTURA - Cultivating Research and Understanding through Adaptivity
 Fagel Map Collection
 1641 Depositions

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Chair of the EvalUMAP 2016 Workshop - "Towards comparative evaluation in the user modelling, adaptation and personalization space", held in conjunction with the 24th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, at Halifax, Canada 13-17th July, 2016
Chair of the Cultural Heritage Information Access at Scale Workshop, held in conjunction with the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2016, JCDL 2016, "Big Libraries, Big Data, Big Innovation", at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA June 19-23, 2016
General Chair of the 23rd Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2015, held in Trinity College Dublin. 29th June - 3rd July, 2015
Chair of the Joint Workshop on Personalized Information Access, held in conjunction with the 22nd Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, in Aalborg, Denmark 7th July, 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
Technical Chair for CNGL Scientific Committee Meeting in Limerick, Ireland. April, 2010
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
Tailoring Access to Content in, editor(s)Susan Schreibman Ray Siemens John Unsworth , New Companion to Digital Humanities, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016, pp171 - 184, [Séamus Lawless, Owen Conlan, Cormac Hampson], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Yu Xu, M.Rami Ghorab, Zhongqing Wang, Dong Zhou and Séamus Lawless, Do Your Social Profiles Reveal What Languages You Speak? Language Inference from Social Media Profiles, The 38th European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2016, Padua, Italy, March 20th-23rd, 2016, Conference Paper, IN_PRESS
Mostafa Bayomi , Killian Levacher, M. Rami Ghorab, Peter Lavin, Alexander O'Connor, Séamus Lawless, Towards Evaluating the Impact of Anaphora Resolution on Text Summarisation from a Human Perspective, International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems, Salford, UK, June 22-24, edited by Métais, F. Meziane, M. Saraee, V. Sugumaran and S. Vadera , 9612 , Springer International Publishing, 2016, pp187 - 199, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Dong Zhou, Séamus Lawless, Jianxun Liu and Sanrong Zhang, A Study of User Profile Representation for Personalized Cross-language Information Retrieval, Aslib Journal of Information Management, 2016, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Learning theories: e-pedagogical 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, Hershey, New York, Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global), 2015, pp92 - 118, [O'Donnell, E., Lawless, S., Sharp, M., & O'Donnell, L.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Laura Downing and Séamus Lawless, A Closer Look: Developing Mobile Applications to Reveal Hidden Meanings of Art, Annual International Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations 2015, DH2015, Sydney, Australia, June 29th - July 3rd, 2015, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Séamus Lawless, Peter Lavin, Mostafa Bayomi, João P. Cabral and M. Rami Ghorab, Text Summarization and Speech Synthesis for the Automated Generation of Personalized Audio Presentations, 20th International Conference on Application of Natural Language to Information Systems (NLDB), Passau, germany, June 17-19, edited by Springer , Springer, 2015, pp307 - 320, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Yu Xu, M.Rami Ghorab and Séamus Lawless, Search Personalization via Aggregation of Multidimensional Evidence about User Interests, The 16th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics, CICLing 2015, Cairo, Egypt, April 14th - 20th, 2015, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Mostafa Bayomi, Killian Levacher, M.Rami Ghorab, and Séamus Lawless, OntoSeg: a Novel Approach to Text Segmentation using Ontological Similarity, The 5th ICDM Workshop on Sentiment Elicitation from Natural Text for Information Retrieval and Extraction, ICDM SENTIRE. Held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2015, Atlantic City, NJ, USA, Nov 14th, 2015, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Dong Zhou, Séamus Lawless, Jianxun Liu, Sanrong Zhang and Yu Xu, Query Expansion for Personalized Cross-Language Information Retrieval, The 10th International Workshop on Semantic and Social Media Adaptation and Personalization, SMAP 2015, Trento, Italy, November 5th-6th, 2015, 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