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Dr Dhaval Thakker

Dr Dhaval Thakker

BIOGRAPHY +

I am a Lecturer in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Bradford. I have over ten years of experience in the European Union(EU) and industrial projects delivering innovative solutions. Prior to joining Bradford, I worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds from 2011 to 2015 and was leading semantic web related research in several EU projects like the EU FP7 NeTTUN, ImREAL and DICODE. Before Leeds, I worked in the industry with UK's national news agency (Press Association) as a Research & Development Consultant to provide strategic and technical leadership in implementing Semantic Web and Linked data related projects to improve access to their media repositories.

Please visit my full website for more details on my research, projects, and PhD opportunities.

GRANTS +

Current, and significant recent, funded projects

1. Smart Cities and Open Data(SCORE) (EC funded: €400k)
2. Big Data and IoT based smart digital vouchering solution (Innovate UK funded: £136k)

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION +

1. Best in-use paper award winner (first author) at Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2015)
2. Runner up Best Student Paper Award winner (first author) at IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2006)
3. PhD Scholarship (40k GBP) by Nottingham Trent University

INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES +

==chairing==
Co-organiser, UK Ontology Network 2015, Leeds, UK
Co-chair, founder, Intelligent Exploration of Semantic Data (IESD) 2015 workshop at International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2015)
Project Liaison Co-Chair, UMAP 2015 conference, Dublin, Ireland.
Co-Chair, IESD workshop at the ISWC 2014.
Project Liaison Co-Chair, 22nd User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalisation Conference UMAP 2014
Co-Chair, Workshop on UMAP Project Synergy (UMAP PROS) workshop at the 22nd User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalisation Conference UMAP 2014
Co-Chair for the International Workshop on Intelligent Exploration of Semantic Data 2013, in conjunction with theHypertext2013, Paris, France.
Chair for the International Workshop on Intelligent Exploration of Semantic Data 2012, in conjunction with the EKAW 2012, Galway City, Ireland.
Co-organizer for the first workshop on Challenges and Promise of Semantic Web services, 6 September 2006, Nottingham Trent University, UK.
Co-chair for the second workshop on Challenges and Promise of Semantic Web, 26-27 September 2007, Nottingham Trent University, UK.


==Journal Reviewer==
Elsevier Future Generation Computer Systems
IEEE Cloud Computing
IEEE transactions on computers
ILE Special Issue on Linked Data for Education and TEL
IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies Journal
Applied Ontology Journal
Enterprise Information Systems Journal
Journal of Service Oriented Computing and Applications


==Program Committee/Reviewing==
PC Member, the 23rd User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalisation Conference UMAP 2015
PC Member, the IEEE iNIS 2015
PC Member, Linked Learning 2015 Workshop at the WWW
PC Member, the 22nd User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalisation Conference UMAP 2014
PC Member, 5th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development (KEOD2013), Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, 19-22 September 2013.
PC Member, Third International Workshop on Linked Learning 2013 (Lile2013), in conjunction with World Wide Web conference, Brazil.
PC Member, 6th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development (KEOD2014),
PC Member, 4th International Workshop on Culturally-Aware Tutoring Systems (CATS2013), in conjunction with International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) 2013, Memphis, USA.
Reviewer, International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) 2013, Memphis, USA.
PC Member for the 2nd International Workshop on Learning and Education with the Web of Data (LiLe2012) in conjunction with the WWW 2012, Lyon, France
PC Member for the 2nd International Workshop on Augmented User Modelling (AUM 2012) in conjunction with the UMAP 2012, Montreal, Canada
PC Member for the 1st International workshop on Learning Analytics and Linked Data in conjunction with the LAK 2012, Vancouver, Canada
PC Member for the International Conference on Advances in Cloud Computing, Bangalore, India
PC Member for the Augmenting User Models with Real World Experiences to Enhance Personalization and Adaptation (AUM) workshop - part of the UMAP 2011.
Technical Committee member and reviewer for the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE 2008) in conjunction with 2008 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2008), Hong Kong, June 2008.
Reviewer for the Special Session on Web Services and the Semantic Grid organized with the 2008 International Conference High Performance Computing & Simulation, Nicosia, Cyprus, June 2008.

==Invited Talks==
Ontology Summit 2014: Modeling Cultural Variations in Interpersonal Communication for Augmenting User Generated Content
GATE summer school 2011 : GATE and Press Association
GATE summer school 2010: Information Extraction and Linked Data Cloud

RESEARCH STUDENTS +

Current PhD students
1. Yusuf Tukur (UoB)
2. Faryar Ameli-Savehchi (UoB)
3. Ebtesam Taktek (UoB)
4. J Phengsuwan (Newcastle University)



Past PhD students at University of Leeds

1. Marwan Al-Tawil Thesis title: Intelligent exploration of heterogeneous datasets
2. Dimoklis Despotakis Thesis title: Viewpoint Semantics (now with BBC, UK)

Past MSc students (at University of Leeds)

1. Gaye EDIBOGLU title: Extending a Semantic Data Browser with Cultural Prompts
2. Odoma Michael title: Enriching Semantic Browsers with Linked Data: A Benchmarking Study Completed
3. Parvez Shaik title: Signposting For Exploratory Search In Linked Semantic Data Completed
4. Bala C. Development of a Hybrid Mobile Application for Job Application Market

PUBLICATIONS

Edited Books +

  • Thakker D., Schwabe D., Kozaki K. and Garcia R. (eds.) 2015, "Intelligent Exploration of Semantic Data ", Bethlehem, USA.

Journal Publications +

  • Mehmood O., Thakker D., Dimitrova V. and Cohn A. A.(2017): "An Ontological Approach for Pathology Assessment and Diagnosis of Tunnels " Elsevier Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies.
  • Fenning R., Thakker D., Shah T. and Jayaraman P. (2017): "Big Data Fusion using Linked Data Techniques" Information Fusion (Under Review).
  • Thakker D., Karanasios S., Blenchard E., Lau L. and Dimitrova L. (2016): "Ontology for Cultural Variations in Interpersonal Communication: Building on Theoretical Models and Crowdsourced Knowledge" JASIST - American Society for Information Science.
  • Jayaraman P., Perera C., Georgakopoulos D., Thakker D. and Ranjan R. (2016): "Analytics-as-a-Service in a Multi-Cloud Environment through Semantically-enabled Hierarchical Data Processing" Journal of Software: Practice and Experience, Wiley.
    For more information see: https://bradscholars.brad.ac.uk/handle/10454/8523
  • THAKKER D. (2015): "User Interaction with Linked Data: An Exploratory Search Approach" International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies (IJDST).
  • Taha Osman, Dhavalkumar Thakker, Gerald Schaefer (2014): "Utilising semantic technologies for intelligent indexing and retrieval of digital images." Journal of Computing, 96 651-668.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00607-013-0350-0
  • Stan Karanasios, Dhavalkumar Thakker, Lydia Lau, David K. Allen, Vania Dimitrova, Alistair Norman (2013): "Making sense of digital traces: An activity theory driven ontological approach." Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 64 2452-2467.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.22935
  • Taha Osman, Dhavalkumar Thakker, David Al-Dabass (2009): "Utilisation of Case-Based Reasoning for Semantic Web Services Composition." International Journal of Intelligent Information Technologies(IJIIT), 5 24-42.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/jiit.2009092102

Conference Contributions +

  • Al-Tawil M., Dimitrova V., Thakker D. and Bennett B. (2016): "Identifying Knowledge Anchors in a Data Graph", In the Proceedings of Hypertext 2016, Halifax, Canada.
  • Dhavalkumar Thakker, Vania Dimitrova, Anthony G. Cohn, Joaquin Valdes (2015): "PADTUN - Using Semantic Technologies in Tunnel Diagnosis and Maintenance Domain.", Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) 2015 (winner of the best in-use paper award), pp. 683-698, Portoroz, Slovenia.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-18818-8_42
  • Al-Tawil M, Dimitrova V and Thakker D (2015): "Using Basic Level Concepts in a Linked Data Graph to Detect User’s Domain Familiarity. ", User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalisation (UMAP 2015) Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Dhavalkumar Thakker, Lydia Lau, Ronald Denaux, Vania Dimitrova, Paul Brna, Christina M. Steiner (2014): "Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Intelligent Exploration of Semantic Data (IESD 2014) co-located with the 13th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2014), Riva del Garda, Italy, October 20, 2014.", IESD@ISWC, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 207-218.
  • Ronald Denaux, Vania Dimitrova, Lydia Lau, Paul Brna, Dhavalkumar Thakker, Christina M. Steiner (2014): "Employing linked data and dialogue for modelling cultural awareness of a user.", IUI, pp. 241-246.
    For more information see: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2557500.2557529
  • Marwan Al-Tawil, Dhavalkumar Thakker, Vania Dimitrova (2014): "Nudging to Expand User's Domain Knowledge While Exploring Linked Data.", IESD@ISWC, pp. 241-246.
    For more information see: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1279/iesd14_7.pdf
  • Dhavalkumar Thakker, Lydia Lau, Ronald Denaux, Vania Dimitrova, Paul Brna, Christina M. Steiner (2014): "Using DBpedia as a Knowledge Source for Culture-Related User Modelling Questionnaires.", UMAP, pp. 207-218.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08786-3_18
  • Dimoklis Despotakis, Vania Dimitrova, Lydia Lau, Dhavalkumar Thakker, Antonio Ascolese, Lucia Pannese (2013): "ViewS in User Generated Content for Enriching Learning Environments: A Semantic Sensing Approach.", AIED, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 121-130.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39112-5_13
  • Dhavalkumar Thakker, Vania Dimitrova, Lydia Lau, Fan Yang-Turner, Dimoklis Despotakis (2013): "Assisting User Browsing over Linked Data: Requirements Elicitation with a User Study.", ICWE, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 376-383.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39200-9_31
  • Fan Yang-Turner, Lydia Lau, Vania Dimitrova, Dhavalkumar Thakker (2013): "Profiling Exploratory Browsing Behaviour with a Semantic Data Browser.", AMCIS, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 121-130.
    For more information see: http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2013/HumanComputerInteraction/RoundTablePresentations/6
  • Dimoklis Despotakis, Vania Dimitrova, Lydia Lau, Dhavalkumar Thakker (2013): "Semantic Aggregation and Zooming of User Viewpoints in Social Media Content.", UMAP, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 51-63.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-38844-6_5
  • Ronald Denaux, Dhavalkumar Thakker, Vania Dimitrova, Anthony G. Cohn (2012): "Interactive Semantic Feedback for Intuitive Ontology Authoring.", FOIS, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 160-173.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-084-0-160
  • Dimoklis Despotakis, Dhavalkumar Thakker, Vania Dimitrova, Lydia Lau (2012): "Diversity of user viewpoints on social signals: a study with YouTube content.", UMAP Workshops, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 160-173.
    For more information see: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-872/aum2012_paper_1.pdf
  • Jyoti Mishra, Stan Karanasios, Dhavalkumar Thakker (2012): "Modelling ill-defined domains using activity theory for semantic augmentation of the social web.", AMCIS, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 51-63.
    For more information see: http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2012/proceedings/Posters/37
  • Dhavalkumar Thakker, Dimoklis Despotakis, Vania Dimitrova, Lydia Lau, Paul Brna (2012): "Taming Digital Traces for Informal Learning: A Semantic-Driven Approach.", EC-TEL, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 348-362.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33263-0_27
  • Dhavalkumar Thakker, Vania Dimitrova, Lydia Lau (2012): "I-CAW: Intelligent Data Browser for Informal Learning Using Semantic Nudges.", EKAW, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 434-437.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33876-2_41
  • Dhavalkumar Thakker, Vania Dimitrova, Lydia Lau, Ronald Denaux, Stan Karanasios, Fan Yang-Turner (2011): "A priori ontology modularisation in ill-defined domains.", I-SEMANTICS, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 167-170.
    For more information see: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2063518.2063541
  • Dhavalkumar Thakker, Taha Osman, Shakti Gohil, Phil Lakin (2010): "A Pragmatic Approach to Semantic Repositories Benchmarking.", ESWC (1), CEUR-WS.org, pp. 379-393.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-13486-9_26
  • Dhavalkumar Thakker, Taha Osman, David Al-Dabass (2008): "Knowledge-Intensive Semantic Web Services Composition.", UKSim, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 673-678.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/UKSIM.2008.89
  • Dhavalkumar Thakker, Taha Osman, David Al-Dabass (2007): "Semantic-Driven Matchmaking and Composition of Web Services Using Case-Based Reasoning.", ECOWS, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 67-76.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ECOWS.2007.11
  • Taha Osman, Dhavalkumar Thakker, Gerald Schaefer, Phil Lakin (2007): "An Integrative Semantic Framework for Image Annotation and Retrieval.", Web Intelligence, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 366-373.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/WI.2007.69
  • Taha Osman, Dhavalkumar Thakker, David Al-Dabass (2006): "Semantic-Driven Matchmaking of Web Services Using Case-Based Reasoning.", ICWS, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 29-36.
    For more information see: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/ICWS.2006.118
  • Taha Osman, Dhavalkumar Thakker, Yanwu Yang, Christophe Claramunt (2006): "Semantic Spatial Web Services with Case-Based Reasoning.", W2GIS, CEUR-WS.org, pp. 247-258.
    For more information see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11935148_23
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