Curriculum Vitae

Max Wilson with Tim Berners-Lee
Max Wilson (right) with Tim Berners-Lee

Dr. Max L. Wilson

Department of Computer Science
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Swansea
SA2 8PP
 

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 602611
Email: m.l.wilson@swansea.ac.uk


Qualifications

PhD: Developing an Analytical Inspection Method for Evaluating Information Seeking Interfaces.
     University of Southmapton (2009)

MEng: First Class Masters Degree in Software Engineering.
     University of Southampton (2005)
     Dissertation Score: 92% (Active Navigation Award, 2004)

College: A-Levels in Maths, Computing and Psychology
      Sir William Borlase's Grammar School (2001)

Research Keywords

Human-Computer Interaction, Information Seeking, Exploratory Search, Information Behaviour, Information Retrieval, Cognitive Load, Sensemaking



Current Research

Publications: 65 (see full list in Appendix A)

My research lies in the valley between Human-Computer Interaction and Information Seeking. I came originally with a software engineering background, designing more usable information systems, but quickly realised that a good system would not be designed without a clear knowledge of Information Seeking Theory. My PhD was motivated by the lack of any design and usability evaluation method that was well informed by the knowledge of how people actually search. Such a method became the contribution of my doctoral work.

Given my interest in designing search user interfaces that work more effectively with the strategies and tactics of human searches, my research continues to focus on more complicated searching scenarios, typically covered by Exploratory Search studies. Consequently, I now have two major focal-points in my research: 1) better understanding of the full extent of different Exploratory Search scenarios, and 2) determining the full extent to which search user interfaces specifically (as opposed to richer metadata or better algorithms) can significantly improve search episodes. As part of my research I also consider multi-modal interaction, attention, cognition and Human-Computer Interaction models.

Industry Collaborations: I currently run a series of industry funded research projects with an international enterprise search company: Pingar. Pingar fund a PhD student on social-media retrieval, an MSc on just-in-time retrieval for government employees, and a MEng software engineering project. Through Pingar, I work with connections at Bing, Microsoft, and at the University of Waikito in New Zealand. Through various other projects, I have also worked on the interactivity and design of software for Rolls Royce, BBC, ITN, Reuters, QinetiQ and General Dynamics.

I frequently consult for both local and international businesses. I have consulted, for example, for a group within Rolls Royce several times since 2008 on the on-going design of some in-house software for engineers.

Teaching and Other Presentations

I currently teach two masters modules at Swansea University, and have introduced introductory HCI classes into the 2nd year Software Engineering module. These modules are:

Previously, at Swansea, I have also taught the Interactive System Design and Seminars and Readings modules. Before starting at Swansea, I used to voluntarily contribute to the 2nd year HCI module in the compsci courses of University of Southampton by presenting some of my research in a lecture given annually. I have also given presentations on my research, largely having published my work at conferences, to large groups of people and now very much enjoy presenting. My experience also includes smaller but more important groups including funding and steering groups, which provides a different experience in communication compared to larger groups. See invited talks below.

Technical Capabilities

Over time I have learnt a number of languages and worked with various technologies. I began with web languages, such as HTML, java-script, ASP, PHP and SQL. At university, I learnt languages such as Java, Perl, c++ and c#; I am strongest in Java and c#. My recent research has led to using knowledge technology languages such as XML/RDF and RDQL/SPARQL. I am also familiar with various technologies and feel equally capable using windows or Linux. I prefer, however, Apple Macs, which provide Linux like power to a stable GUI. My current work environment includes a PC, a Mac and several Linux and Windows servers.

Management and Supervision

I enjoy supervising students. I currently supervise 3 PhD students, 3 MSc students, 4 MEng final year project students, and 4 BSc final year project students. I also mentor small groups of first and second year undergraduate students. I have a hands-on frequent supervision style, to encourage and facilitate students in improving themselves and their work. Beyond direct supervision, and the reading group that I coordinate amongst my own students, I organise a seminar and reading group for our HCI lab, to enrich the breadth of understanding that all of our students and researchers have.

Within research teams, according to the Belbin work role evaluation (see www.belbin.com), I score highly as a mediator/coordinator. I regularly assume the coordinating and leading role internally within group projects both pre- and postgraduate. Beyond working within teams, and before becoming a lecturer, I have also managed the workload and progress of three summer interns at the University of Southampton, employed to reach certain key deliverables.

Community Participation

Recent Awards:

Conference Organisation:

Invited Talks:

Reviewing: I have reviewed for:

Grants

Research Grants:

Travel Grants: I have received 4 grants to support my international research development.



Work Experience

Lecturer, Swansea University (2009-Present)
Equivalent to an Assistant Professor position in the U.S., I currently teach two masters modules and co-teach a Software Engineering module for 2nd year undergraduates. I also supervise 3 PhD students, a number of Masters and 3rd year projects, as well as 2nd year tutorials. I work in the Future Interaction Technology Lab. My administrative responsibilities include organising the departmental talks, running student challenges and competitions, and supporting undergraduate admissions.

Internship, Microsoft Research (Cambridge, UK) (2008 Summer)
I spent 3 months working as an intern with the Integrated Systems part of the Computer Mediated Living group, working with Natasa Milic-Frayling in the Integrated Systems team.

Research Assistant, University of Southampton. (2004-2008 pt)
I have worked for the university a few times now, but this was my most significant period of work. My research was oriented around usability and semantic web technologies.

Software Engineer, 11+Wizard (2003 - 2004 holidays)
As part of a small entrepreneurial team, i worked on an interactive piece of software designed to prepare primary school children for an entrance exam for grammar schools in the UK.

Junior Database Administrator, Chartered Institute of Marketing (1999 - 2003 holidays)
Amoungst various small jobs, I worked as a database administrator, managing the data consistency in preparation for a change of core system software. I also developed numerous macros for in-house excel spreadsheets.

Web Developer, Self Employed (various)
I have worked on a number of websites including Redhead Music Ltd (http://www.redheadmusic.co.uk) and a website on the treatment of M.E. (http://www.treatingme.com).



Other Interests

Music I have always been interested in music and have learnt to play the bass and from there, taught myself the guitar and double bass. I recently played in a band called The Sways. Together we have produced a commercial album - International Orange - which, for example, can be downloaded from iTunes.

Radio To augment my interests in music, I joined the student radio station in Southampton and became the Technical Manager after my first year. Soon I was fixing headphones, making bespoke equipment and teaching new presenters, as well as presenting/producing a number of my own shows. I also ran the Live Music Show on the station, involving recording/mixing live music and interviewing bands including: Athlete, Polyphonic Spree, Super Furry Animals, Reef, and Aqualung.

Youth Work As part of my church, I have been involved with various youth groups. This has branched out to summer camps and local schools at various points in my past.



Appendix A: Publications


Number of items: 65.

Books (1)

[1] Wilson, M. L. (2011) Search User Interface Design. Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services (Ed. Marchionini, G.), Morgan & Claypool, 143 pages. [DOI] [Amazon]


Peer-Reviewed Monographs (1)

[1] Wilson, M. L., Kules, B., schraefel, m.c. and Shneiderman, B. (2010) From Keyword Search to Exploration: Designing Future Search Interfaces for the Web. Foundations and Trends in Web Science 2 (1), pp 1-97. [DOI] [Amazon]


Book Chapters (2)

[2] Elsweiler, D., Wilson M. L. and Kirkegaard-Lunn, B. (2011) Understanding Casual-leisure Information Behaviour. In Spink, A. and Heinstrom, J. (Eds) New Directions in Information Behaviour. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp 211-241. [Buy it!].

[1] Wilson, M. L. (2011) Interfaces to Information Retrieval. In Ruthven, I. and Kelly, D. (Eds) Interactive Information Retrieval. Facet Publishing. [Buy it!]


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (4)

[4] Wilson, M. L., Craggs, D., Robinson, S., Jones, M. and Brimble K. (2011) Pico-ing into the Future of Mobile Projection and Contexts. In: Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.

[3] Wilson, M. L. and schraefel, m. c. (2010) Evaluating Collaborative Information Seeking Interfaces with a Search-Oriented Inspection Method and Re-framed Information Seeking Theory. Information Processing & Management, 46 (6), pp. 718-732.
Journal Impact Factor 2010: 1.783

[2] Wilson, M. L., schraefel, m. c. and White, R. W. (2009) Evaluating Advanced Search Interfaces using Established Information-Seeking Models. In the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 60 (7). pp. 1407-1422.
Awarded Best JASIST Paper 2009.
Impact Factor in 2009: 2.300

[1] schraefel, m. c., Wilson, M. L., Russell, A. and Smith, D. A. (2006) mSpace: improving information access to multimedia domains with multimodal exploratory search. Communication of the ACM, 49 (4). pp. 47-49.


Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers (19)

[19] Wilson, M. L., Mackay, W., Chi, E. H., Bernstein, M. and Nichols, J. (2012) RepliCHI SIG - From a Panel to a New Submission Venue for Replication (SIG). In CHI'12 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (in press)

[18] Elsweiler, D., Wilson, M. L. and Harvey, M. (2012) Searching For Fun: Casual-leisure Search. In: European Conference on Information Retrieval (Workshop Proposal) (in press).

[17] Hurlock, J. and Wilson, M. L. (2011) Searching Twitter: Separating the Tweet from the Chaff. In: 5th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (in press).

[16] Wilson, M. J. and Wilson, M. L. (2011) Tag Clouds and Keyword Clouds: evaluating zero-interaction benefits In: CHI'11 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (in press).

[15] Wilson, M. L. and Mackay, W. (2011) RepliCHI - We do not value replication of HCI research: discuss (Panel). In: CHI'11: ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (in press).

[14] Eslambolchilar, P., Wilson, M. L., Oakley, I. and Dey, A. (2011) PINC: Persuasion, Influence, Nudge and Coercion through mobile devices (Workshop). In: CHI'11: ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (in press).

[13] Morgan, R. and Wilson, M. L. (2010) The Revisit Rack: Grouping Web Search Thumbnails for Optimal Visual Recognition. In: ASIS&T'10: Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, October 22 2010, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. pp. 1-4.

[12] Wilson, M. L., Robinson, S., Craggs, D., Brimble, K. and Jones, M. Pico-ing into the Future of Mobile Projector Phones. In: CHI'10: ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts, April 9 2010, Atlanta, GA, USA. pp 3997-4002

[11] Oleksik, G., Wilson, M. L., Tashman, C., Rodrigues, E. M., Kazai, G., Smyth, G., Milic-Frayling, N. and Jones, R. (2009) Lightweight Tagging Expands Information and Activity Management Practices. In: CHI '09: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April 2009, Boston, MA, USA. pp. 279-288.

[10] Crowder, R., Wilson, M. L., Fowler, D., Shadbolt, N., Wills, G. and Wong, S. (2009) Navigation Over a Large Ontology for Industrial Web Applications. In: International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, 30 August to 2 September 2009, San Diago, CA, USA.
Awarded Best Paper

[9] Wilson, M. L., Andre, P. and schraefel, m. c. (2008) Backward Highlighting: Enhancing Faceted Search. In: Proceedings of the 21st Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST2008), October 19-22, 2008, Monterey, CA, USA. pp. 235-238.

[8] Wilson, M. L. and schraefel, m. c. (2008) A Longitudinal Study of Exploratory and Keyword Search. In: ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, June 16-20, 2008, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. pp. 52-56.

[7] Smith, D. A., Owens, A., schraefel, m., Sinclair, P., Andre, P., Wilson, M., Russell, A., Martinez, K. and Lewis, P. (2007) Challenges in Supporting Faceted Semantic Browsing of Multimedia Collections. In: The Second International Conference on Semantic and Digital Media Technologies (SAMT2007), 5-7 December 2007, Genova, Italy. pp. 280-283.

[6] Andre, P., Wilson, M. L., Russell, A., Smith, D. A., Owens, A. and schraefel, m. c. (2007) Continuum: designing timelines for hierarchies, relationships and scale. In: UIST2007 (ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology), Newport, Rhode Island. pp. 101-110.

[5] Andre, P., Wilson, M. L., Owens, A. and Smith, D. A. (2007) Journey planning based on user needs. In: CHI '07 extended abstracts, April 2007, San Jose, CA. pp. 2025-2030.

[4] Wilson, M. L., Smith, D. A., Russell, A. and schraefel, m. c. (2006) mSpace Mobile: a UI Gestalt to Support On-the-Go Info-Interaction. In: the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI06), 22-27 April, 2006, Montreal, Canada. pp. 247-250.

[3] Wilson, M. L., Russell, A., Smith, D. A. and schraefel, m. c. (2006) mSpace Mobile: Exploring Support for Mobile Tasks. In: The 20th BCS HCI Group conference in co-operation with ACM (HCI06), 11-15 September 2006, Queen Mary, London. pp. 193-202.

[2] schraefel, m. c., Smith, D. a., Owens, A., Russell, A., Harris, C. and Wilson, M. L. (2005) The evolving mSpace platform: leveraging the Semantic Web on the Trail of the Memex. In: Hypertext, 2005, Sept 6-9 2005, Salzburg. pp. 174-183.

[1] Smart, P. R., Shadbolt, N. R., Carr, L. A., schraefel, m. c., Wilson, M. L. and Russell, A. (2005) Knowledge-Intensive Fusion for Improved Situational Awareness. In: 2nd Annual DIF DTC Conference, 28-29 September 2005, JSCSC Shrivenham, UK.


Peer-Reviewed Workshop Items (22)

[22] Wilson, M. L., Alhodaithi, B. and Hurst M. (2012) A Diary Study of Information Needs Produced in Casual-Leisure Reading Situations. In: Search4Fun Workshop at ECIR2012. April 1, Barcelona, Spain.

[21] Wilson, M. L. (2011) Evaluating the Cognitive Impact of Search User Interface Design Decisions. In: euroHCIR2011 Workshop: 1st European Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval. July 4, Newcastle, UK. pp 27-30.

[20] Wilson, M. L., Foster, D., Lawson, S. and Eddison, S. (2011) Nudging People at Work and Other Third-Party Locations. In PINC'11 Workshop: Persuasion, Infuence, Nudge, and Coercion through mobile devices. May 7 2011, Vancouver, Canada. pp 47-50.

[19] Wilson, M. L. and Wilson, M. J. (2010) Social anxieties and collaborative information seeking. In: CIS'10 Workshop - Collaborative Information Seeking: Towards New Theories and Applications, Nov 7 2010, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA.

[18] Wilson, M. L. and Elsweiler, D. (2010) Casual-leisure Searching: the Exploratory Search scenarios that break our current models. In: 4th International Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval, Aug 22 2010, New Brunswick, NJ. pp 28-31.

[17] Diriye, A., Wilson, M. L., Blandford, A. and Tombros A. (2010) Revisiting Exploratory Search from the HCI Perspective. In: 4th International Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval, Aug 22 2010, New Brunswick, NJ. pp 99-102.

[16] Elsmore, C., Wilson, M. L., Jones, M., and Eslambolchilar, E. (2010) Neighbourhood Wattch - Community Based Energy Visualisation For The Home. In NIMD'10 Workshop: Nudge & Influence Through Mobile Devices. September 7 2010, Lisbon, Portugal. pp 7-10.

[15] Crawford, T. J., Wilson, M. L., and Laramee, R. S. (2010) Giving Files Behaviours. In: Workshop on Personal Knowledge Management (PKM2010), Sep 12 2010, Duisberg, Germany.

[14] Wilson, M. L. (2010) The Exaggerated Role of Perception Within Collaborative Information Seeking. In: 2nd International Workshop on Collaborative Information Seeking, Feb 7 2010, Savannah, GA, USA.

[13] Wilson, M. L. and schraefel, m. c. (2009) Exploring Heterogeneous Datasets from Different Searcher Perspectives. In: Semantic Web User Interaction at ISWC 2009: Sharing Ideas for Complex Problems in User Interaction, 25th October 2009, Washington DC.

[12] Wilson, M. L. and schraefel, m. c. (2009) The Importance of Conveying Inter-Facet Relationships for Making Sense of Unfamiliar Domains. In: CHI2009 Workshop on Sensemaking, 4th April 2009, Boston, MA, USA.

[11] Wilson, M. L. (2009) Keyword Search: Quite Exploratory Actually. In: Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (HCIR'09), 23rd October 2009, Washington DC. pp. 106-108.

[10] Wilson, M. L. and schraefel, m. c. (2009) Reading between the lines: identifying user behaviour between logged interactions. In: SIGIR09 Workshop: Understanding the User - Logging and interpreting user interactions in information search and retrieval, 23rd July 2009, Boston, MA, USA.

[9] Wilson, M. L. and schraefel, m. c. (2009) Sii: the lightweight analytical search interface inspector. In: JCDL09 Workshop: Lightweight User-Friendly Evaluation Knowledge for Digital Librarians, Austin, TX, USA.

[8] Wilson, M. L. (2009) Using Twitter to Assess Information Needs: Early Results. In: HCIR'09, 23rd October 2009, Washington DC. pp. 109-112.

[7] Wilson, M. L. and schraefel, m. c. (2008) Evaluating Collaborative Search Interfaces with Information Seeking Theory. In: 1st International Collaborative Search Workshop, 20th June 2008, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

[6] Wilson, M. L. and schraefel, m. c. (2008) Improving Exploratory Search Interfaces: Adding Value or Information Overload? In: Second Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval, 23rd October 2008, Redmond, WA, USA. pp. 81-84.

[5] Andre, P., schraefel, m., Wilson, M. L. and Smith, D. A. (2008) The Metadata is the Message. In: Web Science Workshop at WWW'08.

[4] Wilson, M. L. and schraefel, m. c. (2007) Bridging the Gap: Using IR Models for Evaluating Exploratory Search Interfaces. In: SIGCHI 2007 Workshop on Exploratory Search and HCI, 28th April 2007, San Jose, CA, USA.

[3] Wilson, M. L. and schraefel, m. c. (2006) mSpace: What do Numbers and Totals Mean in a Flexible Semantic Browser. In: The 3rd International Semantic Web User Interaction Workshop at ISWC2006, November, 2006, Athens, GA.

[2] schraefel, m. c., Smith, D. A., Russel, A., Owens, A., Harris, C. and Wilson, M. L. (2005) The mSpace Classical Music Explorer: Improving Access to Classical Music for Real People. In: V MUSICNETWORK OPEN WORKSHOP: Integration of Music in Multimedia Applications, July 4 and 5, 2005, Vienna, Austria.

[1] Wilson, M. L., Russell, A., Smith, D. A., Owens, A. and schraefel, m. c. (2005) mSpace Mobile: A Mobile Application for the Semantic Web. In: End User Semantic Web Workshop, ISWC2005, 07/11/2005, Galway, Ireland.


Edited Workshop Proceedings (3)

[3] Wilson, M. L., Russell-Rose, T. Larson, B. and Kalbach, J. (2011). Proceedings of the 1st European Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (euroHCIR2011). July 4, Newcastle, UK.

[2] Eslambolchilar, P., Wilson, M. L., Oakley, I, and Dey, A. (2011). Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Persuasion, Influence, Nudge & Coercion Through Mobile Devices (PINC2011). May 8, Vancouver, Canada.

[1] Eslambolchilar, P., Wilson, M. L. and Komninos A. (2010). Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Nudge & Influence through Mobile Devices (NIMD). September 7, Lisbon, Spain.


Posters (3)

[3] Wilson, M. L., Geng, Z., Cheeseman, T., Laramee, R. S., Rothwell, A., Berry, D. M., and Ehrmann, A. (2011) Studying International Variations in Culture and Literature: Visualising Translation Variations in Shakespeare's Othello. In: The 3rd International Conference on Web Science, 14-17 June 2011, Koblenz, Germany.

[2] Wilson, M. L. and schraefel, m. c. (2008) EPrintCast - A Document Repository Podcast. In: The 3rd International Conference on Open Repositories, 1-4 April 2008, Southampton, UK.

[1] Wilson, M. L., Russell, A., Smart, P. R., Shadbolt, N., Carr, L. and schraefel, m. c. (2005) Using Semantic Web Technologies to Support Enhanced Situation Awareness. In: 4th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), 6-10 November 2005, Galway, Ireland.


Theses (1)

[1] Wilson, M. L. (2009) An Analytical Inspection Framework for Evaluating the Search Tactics and User Profiles Supported by Information Seeking Interfaces. PhD Thesis, University of Southampton.


Technical Reports (9)

[9] Wilson, M. (2009) The Tetris model of the information seeking process. Technical Report UNSPECIFIED, Department of Computer Science, Swansea University. (Unpublished)

[8] Wilson, M. L. and schraefel, m. c. (2008) Structured Inspections of Search Interfaces: A Practitioners Guide. Technical Report UNSPECIFIED, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton.

[7] Wilson, M. L. (2008) A Transfer Report on the Development of a Framework to Evaluate Search Interfaces for their Support of Different User Types and Search Tactics. Technical Report 2008032515642, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton.

[6] Wilson, M. L. and schraefel, m. c. (2008) A Validated Framework for Measuring Interface Support for Interactive Information Seeking. Technical Report 1513520080128, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. (Submitted)

[5] Van Kleek, M., Andre, P., A. Smith, D., L. Wilson, M., Bernstein, M., Karger, D. and schraefel, m. c. (2007) AtomsMasher: PeRSSonalized Information Delivery and Management on the Web. Technical Report UNSPECIFIED, CSAIL / ECS, MIT / University of Southampton. (Submitted)

[4] Wilson, M. L. (2007) A Nine Month Report on Progress Towards a Framework for Evaluating Advanced Search Interfaces considering Information Retrieval and Human Computer Interaction. Technical Report UNSPECIFIED, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton.

[3] Smith, D. A., Owens, A., schraefel, m., Sinclair, P., Andre, P., Wilson, M., Russell, A., Martinez, K. and Lewis, P. (2007) Reflections on Challenges in Supporting Faceted Semantic Browsing of Multimedia Collections. Technical Report UNSPECIFIED, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton.

[2] schraefel, m. c., Smith, D. A., Russell, A. and Wilson, M. L. (2006) Semantic Web meets Web 2.0 (and vice versa): The Value of the Mundane for the Semantic Web. Technical Report eprintNo. 12665, ECS-IAM, University of Southampton.

[1] schraefel, m. c., Wilson, M. L. and Karam, M. (2004) Preview Cues: Enhancing Access to Multimedia Content. Technical Report UNSPECIFIED, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton.