Professor Fabio Ciravegna

Professor of Language and Knowledge Technology
Director of IT

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 1940

Head of the Organisations, Information and Knowledge research group
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Prof. Fabio Ciravegna


Prof. Dr. Fabio Ciravegna is Professor of Language and Knowledge Technologies and Head of OAK Group in the Department of Computer Science. His research field concerns Information and Knowledge Management over large scale in distributed organisations or the World Wide Web. He is Director of the European Project WeSenseIt (14 partners, €6.5m budget) on creating citizen observatories of water. In 2006-2010 he was director of the European Integrated Project IST X-Media (15 partners, €13.6m budget) and in 2002-2005 he was director of the EU project Dot.Kom. He is part of the editorial board of the International Journal on Web Semantics. In 2009 he was General Chair of the European Semantic Web Conference.

He holds a PhD from the University of East Anglia and a Doctorship from the University of Torino, Italy.

Other professional activities and achievements

Fabio Ciravegna has created two spin-out companies. He is:

  • Co-founder and Director of K-Now Technologies Ltd, a University of Sheffield spin-off company
  • Co-founder and Scientific Advisor to The Floow, a company providing telematics motor insurance solutions


Focus is on knowledge and information management over large scale. The research covers 3 main areas:

  • How to capture information over large scale (the Web, the Social Web, distributed organisational archives, mobile devices, drones, sensors, etc.)
  • How to use the captured information (e.g. for knowledge management, business intelligence, customer analysis, management of large scale events via social media, etc.)
  • How to communicate the information (to final users, problem owners, etc.)

Research areas covered are knowledge and information management, Web technologies, human computer interaction, search technologies and natural language processing.

Prof Ciravegna’s research income since 2006 tops £8.5 million, of which about 15% directly from industry (e.g., Rolls-Royce plc, Football Whispers, JustGiving, etc.)


Current grants

Previous grants

  • Crowdsourcing for Observations from Satellites, Euopean Space Agency France, 02/2015 to 03/2016, £85,360, as PI
  • Sustained Process Excellence through Embedding of Analytics and Knowledge Management into Process Chains, Innovate UK, 10/2014 to 03/2016, £95,350, as Co-PI
  • ReDites: Real Time, Detection, Tracking, Monitoring and Interpretation of Events in Social Media, EPSRC, 07/2013 to 07/2014, £51,398, as PI
  • WeSenseIT: Citizen Observatories of Water, EC FP7, 10/2012 to 09/2016, £817,196, as PI
  • Time to change! Using the transition from school to university to promote healthy lifestyle habits in young people, MRC, 04/2012 to 12/2014, £330,463, as Co-PI
  • The BIG Energy Upgrade, European Regional Development Fund, 07/2010 to 03/2014, £865,090, as Co-PI
  • Siloet, Rolls Royce PLC, 03/2010 to 12/2013, £140,000, as PI
  • Samulet, Rolls Royce PLC, 11/2009 to 12/2013, £100,000, as PI
  • TRIDS: Tracking Real-time Intelligence in Data Streams, Innovate UK, 07/2011 to 12/2011, £49,184, as PI
  • SEALS: Semantic Evaluation At Large Scale, EC FP7, 06/2009 to 06/2012, £251,236, as PI
  • SmartProducts: Proactive Knowledge for Smart Products, EC FP7, 02/2009 to 01/2012, £554,594, as PI
  • Rolls Royce, Rolls Royce PLC, 10/2008 to 06/2009, £91,349, as PI
  • weKnowIt: Emerging, Collective Intelligence for personal, organisational and social use, EUROPEAN COMMISSION - FP6/FP7, 04/2008 to 03/2011, £607,521, as PI
  • Archaeotools: Data mining, facetted classification and E-archaeology, University of York, 09/2007 to 08/2009, £146,591, as PI
  • MultiMATCH: Multilingual/Multimedia Access to Cultural Heritage, EC FP7, 05/2006 to 10/2008, £237,101, as Co-PI
  • ARMADILLO: Information Mining in Distributive Research Datasets in the Arts and Humanities, AHRC (AHRC), 10/2005 to 10/2007, £35,856, as PI
  • X-Media: Knowledge Sharing and Reuse Across Media, EC FP7, 03/2006 to 02/2010, £1,431,822, as PI
  • IPAS: Integrated Products and Services, Department of Trade and Industry, 04/2005 to 09/2008, £222,225, as PI
  • Collaboration with Environmental Agency, Environment Agency, 04/2005 to 05/2006, £20,000, as PI
  • Abraxas: Automating Ontology Learning for the Semantic Web, EPSRC, 10/2004 to 01/2007, £164,614, as Co-PI
  • Dot.Kom: Designing adaptive infOrmation exTraction from text for KnOwledge Management, EC FP6, 10/2002 to 03/2005, £447,455, as PI