From Tokyo to Bristol: DSRS welcomes James Neve!

Today we were delighted to welcome Mr James Neve on board, who has been awarded with a prestigious DTP scholarship (Doctoral Training Partnership) by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to start his PhD studies at the University of Bristol. Under the supervision of Ivan Palomares Carrascosa, James will concentrate his research on Reciprocal Recommender Systemsrecsys approaches to recommend users to each other instead of recommending items to users. Online dating is one of the several related application domains of reciprocal recommendation approaches (along with making friends, job recruitment, etc.), which James investigated and worked on as part of his previous role of Principal R&D Engineer in Eureka Inc. TokyoJapan. The Japanese dating application Pairs, along as an underlying system to detect dubious users in such applications, are part of his pre-PhD work, which he will continue to actively investigate within the frame of a very interesting PhD project!

It is noteworthy that, prior to his official PhD start date, James has already recently participated in the IEEE SMC 2018 conference held in Miyazaki, Japan, where he presented his latest developments and research findings as an accepted full paper.

Here are some pictures of this participation in the IEEE SMC 2018 conference two weeks ago.

And finally, the traditional “growing family picture” with our new DSRS team mate!

On behalf of Ercan, Binyamin and Ivan, welcome on board James 🙂


Great News: The Founder of DSRS research group Dr. Ivan Palomares joins the Alan Turing Institute!

We are glad to announce that our DSRS founder Dr Ivan Palomares is joining the Alan Turing Institute (ATI) as a Turing Fellow. Dr Palomares has recently showed his gratitude to the Institute by saying “Very delighted and honoured to have this wonderful opportunity: I’ll make the most of it together with my team“.

By receiving this prestigious Fellowship to become a member of the Turing – the UK’s leading Institute on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence comprising experts across a number of member universities – Ivan and his team will actively work on personalisation and data-driven decision support approaches to address core institute challenges and global societal challenges, joining forces with academics, industrial partners and practitioners across disciplines. We will likewise bet on a highly international research pathway, and expect to work hand in hand with University of Bristol’s Jean Golding Institute of data-intensive research, led by Prof. Kate Robson Brown who also serves as Turing Lead for our university!

DSRS members are immensely fascinated with these exciting good news which came to us so much shortly after our “birth” as a research group. We could not imagine a better way to kick-start our journey!!

Congratulations, and time to do our best for the scientific community and society!

Ercan 🙂

DSRS members attend ACM Recsys 2018 in Vancouver

It has been a hectic yet very enjoyable week for Ercan Ezin and Ivan Palomares who attended the 12th International ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (ACM Recsys 2018) in Vancouver, Canada.

Conference website: https://recsys.acm.org/recsys18/

For the conference program please check out the link here.

Conference venue and Vancouver were astonishing with the service and nature visible from any location of the lovely city.Besides attending exciting tutorials and sessions in the main conference, we presented our preliminary work in collaboration with our – almost graduating! – MSc student Eunchong Kim! Our paper, ‘Fitness that Fits: a prototype model for workout video recommendation’ has been disseminated in the co-located workshop on Health Recommender Systems. Thanks to all the workshop organisers, in particular to Christoph Trattner, Helma Torkamaan and Hanna Schaefer, whom we had the honour to meet in the workshop, as well as ACM-Recsys programme chair Xavier Amatriain (thanks for your valuable feedback on our work!). We were also pleased to meet and network with many other leading experts in health technologies and the recsys community in general!

Here are some photos from the conference and exciting natural parks located not far away from the city centre.

Conference

Sightseeing

Videos

Greetings from Vancouver Intl Airport. Next stop: Miyazaki (Japan) for IEEE SMC 2018 along with our newest arrival James Neve!

Ivan P., Ercan E. 🙂