Knowledge Media institute
The Open University
Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
United Kingdom

h alani at open ac uk

Currently I am a senior lecturer at the Knowledge Media institute, The Open University, where I am leading a group specialising in Social Semantics and Web Science. Previously to joining KMi, I was a senior research fellow at the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. I have published around 120 scientific papers in various leading journals and conferences, and have been involved as a Principal Investigator in several national and international research projects. Recently I served as the programme co-chair of World Wide Web Conference (WWW) 2014 Web Science Track, International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) 2013, and ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci) 2013.

Current Projects

COMRADES (2013-2016) a European H2020 project to research and develop a collaborative platform for supporting communities during crises, which incorporates automated methods for processing and linking of crowdsourced information and for safeguarding communities during critical scenarios from inaccurate, distrusted and fragmented information posted about the crises on social media

DecarboNet (2013-2016) EU FP7 project to develop platforms for raising collective awareness and influencing behavioural change using a suit of socio-technical strategies and techniques.

Sense4Us (2013-2016) EU FP7 project that aims to develop tools and techniques to enable policy makers to gather, integrate, and analyse policy-related discussions and networks on social media.

ReelLives (2013-2016) EPSRC project that aims to develop filmic representations of social media content for individuals and groups using a mixture of semantic, content, and network analysis and narrative generation techniques.

Past Projects
ROBUST (2010-2013) The objective of ROBUST was to analyze, manage and care for online communities, in order to support their well being, to measure their created values and to exploit the knowledge and information contained within.

WeGov (2010-2012) EU project WeGov developed a toolset so full advantage can be taken of well-established social networking sites when engaging citizens as part of governance and policy-making processes.

TAGora (2006-2009) This EU funded project helps to define Semiotic Dynamics, a new field that studies how semiotic relations can originate, spread and evolve over time in populations. It investigates web-scale collaborative tagging behaviour to further our understanding of the dynamics of information in online communities.

OntoMediate (2006-2009) Aims to explore the extent to which collaborative environments can be used to support the identification of mappings between ontologies.

BioOntoSearch: A three month project funded by the Leverhulme Trust to investigate searching and ranking of biomedical ontologies at the Stanford Medical Institute


All my publications are available here in ePrints.

Invited Talks

”Making more sense out of social data” 4th Workshop on Linked Science 2014 — Making Sense Out of Data (LISC2014), , at 13th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), Trentino, Italy, 2014. (slides)

"Social Media Analytics with a pinch of semantics" SSSW'13; The 10th Summer School on Ontology Engineering and the Semantic Web , DERI, NUIG, Cercedilla, Spain, July 2013. (slides)

"Monitoring and Analysis of Online Communities" at the Web Science Doctoral Summer School , DERI, NUIG, Galway, Ireland, July 2011. (slides) (video)

"Live Social Semantics" at 8th Summer School on Ontology Engineering and the Semantic Web (SSSW 2011), Cercedilla, Spain, July 2011. (slides)

"I know what you did last conference: Tracking and analysis of social networks " at Social Data on the Web (SDoW), at 9th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), Shanghai, China, November 2010. (slides)

"Interlinking Semantics, the Social Web, and the Real-world" at Workshop on Adaptation, Personalization and REcommendation in the Social-semantic Web (APRESW), at the Extended Semantic Web conference (ESWC), Crete, Greece, June 2010. (slides)

Conference Organisation

Program Committees

  • The 25th World Wide Web Conference (WWW), Montreal, Canada, 2016
  • ACM Conference on Web Science (WebSci), Hannover, Germany, 2016

  • The 14th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), Pennsylvania, USA, 2015
  • The 8th International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-Cap), Palisades, NY, USA, 2015
  • The 2tth ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (HyperText), Northern Cyprus, 2015
  • The 12th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), Portoroz, Slovenia, 2015
  • The 24th World Wide Web Conference (WWW), Florence, Italy, 2015
  • The 23rd Conference on User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP), Dublin, Ireland, 2015

  • The 11th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), Crete, Greece, 2014
  • The Third ASE International Conference on Social Informatics (SocialInformatics), Cambridge, MA, USA, 2014
  • The 6th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2014), Barcelona, Spain, 2014
  • International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), Beijing, China, 2014
  • The 25th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (HyperText), Santiago, Chile, 2014
  • The International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), Trentino, Italy, 2014
  • Linked Data on the Web (LDOW), at World Wide Web Conference, Seoul, Korea, 2014
  • ACM Conference on Web Science (WebSci), Indiana, USA, 2014
  • The 22nd Conference on User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP), Aalborg, Denmark, 2014
  • The First European Network Intelligence Conference (ENIC), Wroclaw, Poland, 2014