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    Prof. Alan Smeaton, Dublin City University, Ireland



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    Alan Smeaton is a full Professor of Computing at Dublin City University where he is Director of the Centre for Digital Video Processing and leads the Multimedia Information Retrieval Research Group. He was Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (1998-2001) and is Head of the School of Computer Applications. He holds the B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the National University of Ireland.

    His early research interests covered the application of natural language processing techniques to information retrieval (text) but this has broadened to cover the indexing and content-based retrieval of information in all media, text, image, audio (spoken) and digital video. At present his major research funding is in the area of indexing and retrieval of digital video and in Digital Libraries, and has also got funded research in music IR and in web searching.

    His research has received funding from the European Union under the ESPRIT, LTR, Information Engineering, Language Engineering, VALUE and Libraries programmes as well as from national funding agencies (National Software Directorate, Forbairt/Enterprise Ireland, Informatics Programme) and from industry. In 1994 he was the chair of the 17th ACM SIGIR Conference which he hosted in Dublin. He has co-edited a book on Hypertext and Information Retrieval (Kluwer) and has published over 80 book chapters, journal and conference papers. He is an Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Information Systems, an Associate Editor of the Kluwer Journal Information Retrieval and a member of the Editorial Board of Information Processing and Management.

    Professor Smeaton has graduated over twenty M.Sc. and PhD students. He has acted as examiner for PhD theses from the Universities of Glasgow (twice), Sheffield, Ulster (Jordanstown, twice), Sunderland, Trinity College (Dublin), RMIT (Melbourne), Tampere (Finland), ETH Zurich and Southampton as well as examiner for M.Sc. theses from 5 other Universities. He has been on the accreditation boards for new degree programs outside his own University. He has assisted the European Commission as an evaluator or reviewer in the ESPRIT, LRE, Language Engineering, Information Engineering, MLAP, LTR, INCO-Copernicus and IST programmes as well as acting as reviewer for several specific projects.

    Alan Smeaton is a member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society and a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society.