Dr Frank Hopfgartner

PhD (Glasgow), PG Cert (Glasgow), FHEA

Information School

Senior Lecturer in Data Science

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Dr Frank Hopfgartner
Information School
Regent Court (IS)
211 Portobello
Sheffield
S1 4DP
Profile

I am Senior Lecturer in Data Science at the Information School of University of Sheffield. My research to date can be placed in the intersection of information systems (e.g., information retrieval and recommender systems), content analysis and data science. I have (co-) authored over 150 publications in above mentioned research fields, including a book on smart information systems, various book chapters and papers in peer-reviewed journals, conferences and workshops. To date, I have successfully acquired over £1 Million in research funding from national and international sources to support my research.

I gained manifold work experience at research-led science & engineering centers in the US, Ireland, and Germany, as well as at leading universities in Germany, China, and the UK. Building on this experience, a further theme of my work is to bridge the gap between academia and industry, e.g., by collaborating closely with industry to incorporate real-world challenges in my teaching, or by creating opportunities for academics to benefit from companies’ resources or expertise.

University Responsibilities

  • MSc in Data Science Programme Coordinator
  • Head of the Information Retrieval Research Group
  • Examinations Officer
Research interests
  • Interactive Information Systems such as information retrieval, knowledge sharing, enterprise search, and recommender systems. Experience in user modelling, gamification, personalized search and recommendation, user-centric evaluation, and other challenges that center around satisfying users’ information needs.
  • Content Analysis: Automatic information extraction, indexing, semantic analysis of text documents, analysis of low-level multimedia features, and the application of deep learning methods to classify multimedia content. Manual methods include work on engaging the crowd for data and document annotation and categorization.
  • Self-tracking & lifelogging and its potentials for personalization. Interested in the analysis, and visualisation of sensor and lifelogging data. Other challenges pertain processing vast amounts of data and identifying user interests, skills etc. and their usage in real world systems like health or recommendation systems.
Publications

Books

Edited books

  • Armentano M, Hopfgartner F, Lykourentzou I & Tommasel A (Eds.) (2018) Proceedings of the First Workshop on Knowledge Discovery and User Modelling for Smart Cities co-located with 24th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. London, United Kingdom: CEUR-WS. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Meder M, Rapp A, Plumbaum T & Hopfgartner F (Eds.) (2017) Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Data-Driven Gamification Design co-located with 21st International Academic MindTrek Conference (AcademicMindtrek 2017). CEUR-ws. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hopfgartner F (Ed.) (2016) Smart Information Systems: Computational Intelligence for Real-Life Applications. Springer Verlag. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Giokas K, Bokor L & Hopfgartner F (Eds.) (2016) eHealth 360: International Summit on eHealth, Budapest, Hungary, June 14-16, 2016, Revised Selected Papers. Springer Verlag. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hopfgartner F, Kazai G, Kruschwitz U & Meder M (Eds.) (2016) Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Gamification for Information Retrieval co-located with 39th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR 2016), Pisa, Italy, July 21, 2016. CEUR-WS.org. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rapp A, Cena F, Kay J, Kummerfeld B, Hopfgartner F, Eg Larsen J & van den Hoven E (Eds.) (2016) Proceedings of FuturePD 2016: The future of personal data: Envisioning new personalized services enabled by Quantified Self technologies. CEUR-ws. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rapp A, Cena F, Hopfgartner F, Hamari J & Linehan C (Eds.) (2016) Proceedings of the Workshop on Fictional Game Elements 2016 co-located with The ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY 2016).. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hopfgartner F, Kazai G, Kruschwitz U & Meder M (Eds.) (2015) Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Gamification for Information Retrieval co-located with the 37th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2015). CEUR-ws. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hopfgartner F, Kazai G, Kruschwitz U & Meder M (Eds.) (2014) Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Gamification for Information Retrieval, GamifIR@ECIR ’14, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 13, 2014. ACM. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rapp A, Hopfgartner F, Plumbaum T, Kummerfeld B, Kay J & Herder E (Eds.) (2014) LinkQS 2014: Linking the Quantified Self Workshop. CEUR-ws.org. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gurrin C, Hopfgartner F, Hürst W, Johansen HD, Lee H & Connor NEO (Eds.) (2014) MultiMedia Modeling - 20th Anniversary International Conference, MMM 2014, Dublin, Ireland, January 6-10, 2014, Proceedings, Part I. Springer. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gurrin C, Hopfgartner F, Hürst W, Johansen HD, Lee H & Connor NEO (Eds.) (2014) MultiMedia Modeling - 20th Anniversary International Conference, MMM 2014, Dublin, Ireland, January 6-10, 2014, Proceedings, Part II. Springer. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kruschwitz U, Hopfgartner F & Gurrin C (Eds.) (2014) Proceedings of the Workshop "Beyond single-shot text queries: bridging the gap(s) between research communities" co-located with iConference 2014, Berlin, Germany, March 4, 2014. CEUR-WS.org. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Castells P, Hopfgartner F, Lalmas M & Said A (Eds.) (2013) Proceedings of the International Workshop on Benchmarking Adaptive Retrieval and Recommender Systems, Dublin, Ireland.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hopfgartner F, Kay J, Kummerfeld B & Plumbaum T (Eds.) (2013) Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Lifelong User Modelling, Rome, Italy. CEUR-Ws.org. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gulla JA, Almeroth KC, Tavakolifard M & Hopfgartner F (Eds.) (2013) NRS ’13: Proceedings of the 2013 International News Recommender Systems Workshop and Challenge. ACM. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Joho H, Hopfgartner F, Jose JM & van Rijsbergen K (Eds.) (2008) Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Adaptive Information Retrieval.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Urban J, Hopfgartner F, Villa R, Jose JM & van Rijsbergen K (Eds.) (2007) Abstract Booklet of the Second Summer School on Multimedia Semantics (SSMS’07).. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

Conference proceedings papers

Reports

Working papers

  • Gurrin C, Joho H, Hopfgartner F, Zhou L, Ninh V-T, Le T-K, Albatal R, Dang-Nguyen D-T & Healy G (2019) Overview of the NTCIR-14 Lifelog-3 Task. Online Proceedings of the Fourteenth NTCIR conference (NTCIR-14). View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lommatzsch A, Kille B, Hopfgartner F & Ramming L (2018) NewsREEL multimedia at MediaEval 2018: News recommendation with image and text content. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 2283. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gurrin C, Joho H, Hopfgartner F, Zhou L, Dang-Nguyen D-T, Gupta R & Albatal R (2017) Overview of NTCIR-13 Lifelog-2 Task. Proceedings of the 13th NTCIR Conference on Evaluation of Information Access Technologies, Tokyo, Japan. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kille B, Lommatzsch A, Hopfgartner F, Larson M & Brodt T (2017) CLEF 2017 NewsREEL overview: Offline and online evaluation of stream-based news recommender systems. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 1866. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gurrin C, Joho H, Hopfgartner F, Zhou L & Albatal R (2016) Overview of NTCIR-12 Lifelog Task. Proceedings of the 12th NTCIR Conference on Evaluation of Information Access Technologies, National Center of Sciences, Tokyo, Japan, June 7-10, 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kille B, Lommatzsch A, Hopfgartner F, Larson M, Seiler J, Malagoli D, Serény A & Brodt T (2016) CLEF NewsREEL 2016: Comparingmulti-dimensional offline and online evaluation of news recommender systems. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 1609, 593-605. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kille B, Lommatzsch A, Turrin R, Serény A, Larson M, Brodt T, Seiler J & Hopfgartner F (2015) Overview of CLEF NewsREEL 2015: News recommendation evaluation lab. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 1391. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kille B, Brodt T, Heintz T, Hopfgartner F, Lommatzsch A & Seiler J (2014) Overview of CLEF NEWSREEL 2014: News recommendation evaluation labs. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 1180, 790-801. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Scott D, Guo J, Foley C, Hopfgartner F, Gurrin C & Smeaton AF (2011) TRECVID 2011 experiments at Dublin city university. 2011 TREC Video Retrieval Evaluation Notebook Papers. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Scott D, Guo J, Foley C, Hopfgartner F, Gurrin C & Smeaton AF (2011) TRECVid 2011 Experiments at Dublin City University. TRECVID 2011 - Text REtrieval Conference TRECVid Workshop. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilkins P, Byrne D, Jones GJF, Lee H, Keenan G, Mcguinness K, O'Connor NE, O'Hare N, Smeaton AF, Adamek T , Troncy R et al (2008) K-Space at TRECVid 2008. 2008 TREC Video Retrieval Evaluation Notebook Papers. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Urban J, Hilaire X, Hopfgartner F, Villa R, Jose JM, Chantamunee S & Gotoh Y (2006) Glasgow university at TRECVID 2006. 2006 TREC Video Retrieval Evaluation Notebook Papers. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Current PhD students

  • Ahmed Alnuhayt: The Role of Computational Intelligence and Aggregation Systems in Decision Making
  • Anas Alsuhaibani: Investigating the Role of Social Media in Supporting International Students Transition to Study in the UK
  • Marc Bonne: Educational games and their impact on mathematics anxiety in University students
  • Cui Cui: Towards a framework for constructing an open digital library of web archives - Creating a small scale, topic-based digital library of web archives of Chinese studies
  • Omaima Fallatah: Mapping and aligning large Knowledge Bases
  • Paula Goodale: Constructing Personal Narratives Through Exploration of Cultural Spaces Online
  • Ofulue Nchemko: Understanding Motivation and its Impacts on Governance within Crowdsourcing Platforms
  • Lee Pretlove: The quantified runner: the long-term value and preservation of parkrunners' self-tracking fitness data from the perspectives of the parkrunner, self-tracking device manufacturers and archival institutions
  • David Walsh: Supporting information access in digital cultural heritage
  • Zhixue Zhao: Learning from unbalanced data and limited data for automated hate speech detection
Teaching interests

Experience: I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have completed a teaching certificate at University of Glasgow. I have taught students of STEM and HASS programs in China, Germany, and the UK, and have provided tutorials on current research challenges, e.g., funded by ACM and IEEE, and the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.

Topics: My lectures centred around information systems such as databases, information retrieval, semantic search, and recommender systems. Moreover, I directed modules on document encoding, multimedia analysis & design, data analysis, visualisation & communication, and on technical communication for computer scientists. Currently, I direct the Big Data Analytics module of the Data Science program and teach across other PGT programs.

Philosophy: I am committed to enable students to gain advanced skillsets in research & development that are in high demand. For example, I have initiated a collaboration with industry that allows students to evaluate recommendation algorithms in a real-world setting, and frequently host industry partners for the delivery of guest lectures.

Professional activities
  • Steering committee member of the Information Retrieval Special Interest Group of The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS IRSG, since 2017).
  • Member of the editorial board of the Information Processing & Management Journal (Elsevier, since 2016).
  • Guest editor of special issues on gamification, quantified self, and lifelogging of the International Journal of Online Information Review, User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction Journal (UMUAI), and International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (2018).
  • Organiser of the living lab CLEF NewsREEL (News Recommendation Evaluation Lab) in which researchers can develop news recommendations and have them tested by millions of users in real-time (2014–17).
  • Co-Organiser of the evaluation task NTCIR Lifelog, focusing on different methods of retrieval and access of lifelogging data (2015–19).
  • 25+ invited talks, e.g., at National Archives of The Netherlands, Nankai University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Film studios Babelsberg.
  • Keynotes and invited talks at conferences and workshops, e.g., at FIRE’16 in Kolkata, India, CBRecSys@RecSys’15 in Vienna, Austria, Living Labs for IR Challenge Workshop 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, MediaEval’13 in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Co-organiser of 30+ workshops and tutorials at major conferences, e.g., on gamification (ACM SIGIR, ECIR, ACM CHI PLAY), quantified self (ACM UbiComp, ACM UMAP, ACM Hypertext, IEEE BIBM), lifelogging (ACM CHIIR, ACM Multimedia, IEEE ICME), news recommendation and retrieval (ACM RecSys, ECIR), real-time data processing and living lab evaluation (ACM RecSys, ECIR, IEEE ICME), and personalization and user modelling (ACM SIGIR, IIiX, UMAP).
  • Involved in the organisation of various conferences, including iConference’18 (Poster Chair), MMM’17 (Demo Chair), HealthWear’16 (General Chair), MMM’14 (Special Session Chair), ICMR’14 (Proceedings Chair), MMM’12 (Demo Chair).
  • Member of the technical programme committees of all major conferences in the fields of information access (e.g., SIGIR, WWW, CIKM, ECIR, RecSys, IUI, CLEF, TPDL, ESWC) and multimedia (e.g., ACM MM, ICME, ICMR, MMM, MMSys). Moreover, frequent reviewer for various leading journals in the fields.
  • Expert reviewer for various research funding bodies including COST Action, EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), FWF (Austrian Science Fund).
  • Examiner of PhD dissertations submitted to TU Berlin, University of Glasgow, Queen’s University, Glasgow Caledonian University, and other universities
  • Steering committee member of the CLEF 2015 and 2016 Living Labs for Information Retrieval evaluation campaign.
  • Member of the advisory board of the FP7 CrowdRec project (2015, 2016).
  • Fellow of the Zukunftsbrücke programme of Mercator Stiftung, BMW Foundation and The All-China Youth Federation (since 2017).
  • Alumni of the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst.