I am Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton in the UK. I work in the department of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) in the Web and Internet Science (WAIS) lab. I am also one of the Directors of the Web Science Institute and one of the Turing University Leads for the University.
Before joining Southampton in 2012, I was at the Technical University of Munich (2002/03); Free University of Berlin (2003/07); Semantic Technology Institute (STI) Innsbruck at the University of Innsbruck, Austria (2007/09); and Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany (2010/12).
My research is at the intersection between AI and crowd computing. It helps designers understand how to build socio-technical systems that combine machine algorithms with human and social capabilities. Recently, I’ve been looking at several classes of online systems that are set up for engagement at scale: citizen science platforms like the Zooniverse and Eyewire; participatory sensing apps creating added value through ingenious mixes of data and crowd contributions; and universal knowledge bases like Wikipedia and Wikidata.