About

The Media Futures Group is interested in media (text, audio, image and video) on the Web. This includes content creation, publication, distribution and consumption. Current research themes include information retrieval, digital rights management, and statistical modelling of the structural topology of information sources.

The Media Futures Group consists of three academic staff – Ingemar J. Cox, Jun Wang, and Shi Zhou – together with two postdoctoral researchers – Kimberly Moravec and Jianhan Zhu – and 11 Ph.D. students – Ahmad Izuddin Zainal Abidin, Hersh Asthana, Anil Bawa-Cavia, Michael Camilleri, Xiaoying Feng, Ruoxun Fu, Vasileios Giotsas, Jagadeesh Gorla, Mehdi Hosseini, Tamas Jambor, Lei Zheng. In addition, we have several visiting scholars.

Detailed descriptions of our research activities can be found here.

[Invited Talk] The Outlook of Chinese Next Generation Broadcast System by Professor Wenjun Zhang

[ September 16, 2014; 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. ] Time and Date 3pm, 16th September, 2014 Venue Rm 505 & 506, Oneustonsq campus Title The Outlook of Chinese Next Generation Broadcast System Presenter Wenjun Zhang Chief Scientist, National Engineering Research Center of Digital Television (NERC-DTV) Abstract The presentation will introduce the updated status of Chinese broadcast industry. As one of the key public information infrastructures and services, terrestrial broadcast still plays a relevant role [...]

Dynamic IR Modeling – SIGIR Tutorial Practice

There will be a practice SIGIR 2014 tutorial presentation in the Web Science and Big Data Analytics seminar series in Rm 505, 1 Euston Square, UCL at 14.00pm 30th Jun 2014 Please find the abstract and bio of the speaker below. Dynamic IR Modeling – SIGIR Tutorial Practice Marc Sloan UCL PhD Dynamic aspects of Information Retrieval (IR), including changes found in data, users and systems, [...]

[Invited talk] Utilizing Query Change for Session Search – Cancelled

[ April 17, 2014; 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. ] There will be an invited talk in the Web Science and Big Data Analytics seminar series in Rm 505, 1 Euston Square, UCL at 12.30pm 17th Apr 2014 Please find the abstract and bio of the speaker below. Utilizing Query Change for Session Search Grace Hui Yang Georgetown University Session search is the Information Retrieval (IR) task that performs document retrieval for a search session. [...]

Information Retrieval & Data Mining Assignment 2014

The data set for Section A (Text Retrieval) of the Information Retrieval and Data Mining Assignment 2014 can be downloaded using the links below: Information Retrieval Assignment Dataset Part 1 (550)   Information Retrieval Assignment Dataset Part 2 (517) Note: After unzipping the two files, place the fb396001, fr94 and ft folders from Part 2  inside the Documents folder of Part 1.   The Panda Platform [...]

Prof. Ingemar J. Cox and Prof. Stephen Robertson elected Fellows of the ACM

Good news from our group. Ingemar Cox and Stephen Robertson have been elected as Fellows of the ACM. For the official announcement, please refer to URL: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/2013/fellows-2013.

[Invited talk] To be or not be engaged: What is the question (to ask)?

There will be an invited talk in the Web Science and Big Data Analytics seminar series in Rm 6.12, Malet place engineering building, UCL at 1pm 29th Nov 2013 Please find the abstract and bio of the speaker below. To be or not be engaged: What is the question (to ask)? Mounia Lalmas Yahoo Labs London http://labtomarket.wordpress.com In the online world, user engagement refers to the [...]

[Tutorial] CIKM 2013: Real-time Bidding: A New Frontier of Computational Advertising Research

Online advertising is now one of the fastest advancing areas in IT industry. In display and mobile advertising, the most significant development in recent years is the growth of Real-Time Bidding (RTB), which allows selling and buying online display advertising in real-time one ad impression at a time. Since then, RTB has fundamentally changed the [...]

EPSRC IRC in Early Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases.

Early-warning sensor systems that can test and track serious infectious diseases – such as major flu epidemics, MRSA and HIV – using mobile phones and the internet are being developed by a major new Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) led by UCL (University College London). The new £11 million IRC, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences [...]

PassiveSystems wins UCL’s Knowledge Transfer Business of the Year Award

We are pleased to announce that PassiveSystems has been award Knowledge Transfer Business of the Year Award. PassivSystem’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership grants include work on recommender systems supported by Jun Wang and Ingemar J. Cox.

Hersh Asthana wins Best Paper Prize at Large-Scale Distributed Systems for Information Retrieval Workshop

  Congratulations to Hersh Asthana whose paper entitled “Retrieval of Highly Dynamic Information in an Unstructured Peer-to-Peer Network” was awarded Best Paper Prize at the Large-Scale and Distributed Systems for Information Retrieval Workshop in Rome, on 5th February 2013.