Dr HARITH ALANI

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


Office (direct): +44(0)1908 659399
h alani at open ac uk


Biography
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 90 scientific papers in various leading journals and conferences, and have been involved as a Principle Investigator in several national and international research projects. Recently I served as the programme co-chair of WWW 2014 Web Science Track, ISWC 2013, and WebSci 2013. My research interests include social semantics, social media analysis, computational behaviour analysis, semantic sentiment analysis, ontology searching and ranking, offline-online social networks, and eGovernment2.0.


Current Projects

DecarboNet (2013-2016) DecarboNet project is an 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) Sense4Us is an 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) ReelLives is an 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.

AKTivePSI: working with the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) to demonstrate how such information can be semantically described and organised to increase integration and reuse.

ArtEquAKT: The Artequakt project implemented a system that searched the Web and extracted knowledge about artists using ontology guidance, automatically producing tailored biographies of artists.

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

AKT AKTThe aim of AKT is to develop and extend a range of technologies to provide integrated methods and services for capturing, modeling, publishing, reusing and managing knowledge.


Publications

All my publications are available here in ePrints.



Invited Talks

"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

  • 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

  • International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM),  Niagara Falls, Canada, 2013
  • International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-Cap), Banff, Canada, June, 2013
  • Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), in Montpellier, France, 2013
  • Linked Data on the Web (LDOW), at World Wide Web Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2013
  • The 12th International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics (ODBASE), Graz, Austria, 2013
  • ACM Conference on Web Science (WebSci), Paris, France, 2013
  • The International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2013

  • IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2012
  • ACM Conference on Web Science (WebSci), Evanston, IL, USA, 2012
  • The International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), Lyon, France, 2012
  • The 18th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW), Galway, Ireland 2012
  • Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), in Heraklion, Crete, 2012
  • International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), Istanbul, Turkey, 2012
  • The 23rd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (HyperText, Social Media track), Milwaukee, WI. USA, 2012
  • Linked Data on the Web (LDOW), at World Wide Web Conference, Lyon, France, 2012
  • The 11th International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics (ODBASE), Rome, Italy, 2012