Dr Monica Lestari Paramita

BSc (Indonesia), MSc (Sheffield), PhD (Sheffield)

Information School

Lecturer in Data Science

Monica Paramita
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Dr Monica Lestari Paramita
Information School
Room C227
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

I obtained my BSc in Computer Science from the University of Indonesia in 2006 and MSc in Information Management from the University of Sheffield in 2008. Since 2008, I have worked as a researcher in diverse areas in Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing.

My research roles included investigating cross-lingual similarity in the Web, developing systems to support information access (e.g., incorporating voice-based input, visualising bias and transparency in search results), and analysing users' behaviour when interacting with such systems.

I obtained my PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2019 where I developed approaches for identifying cross-lingual similarity in Wikipedia articles.

I joined the Information School as a Lecturer in Data Science in September 2021.

University Responsibilities

  • Deputy Programme Coordinator for BSc Data Science
  • Researcher Development Lead
Research interests

My research focuses on the study of bias and transparency in information retrieval and multilingual information access. I am especially interested to investigate how bias-aware search engines should be designed to support users in their search tasks. I am also interested in researching cross-lingual similarity in Wikipedia; this includes creating methods to measure cross-lingual similarity, understanding why dissimilar information exists, and how this impacts different users (e.g., users in different locations or those speaking different languages).

I would be interested in supervising PhD topics in the following areas:

  • bias and transparency in search engines
  • multilingual information access, such as multilingual search and cross-lingual similarity in Wikipedia.

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Research group

I am part of the Information Retrieval research group.

Teaching activities

I am the module coordinator for INF113 (Data-Driven Organisations) and contribute to the following modules: INF6027 (Introduction to Data Science) and INF6060 (Information Retrieval). I also supervise MSc Data Science students on their dissertation (INF6000).

Professional activities and memberships
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Committee Member of the British Computer Society's Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG)
  • Co-lead of the Shef.AI Interest Group: "Revolutionising data-driven research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences"