Curriculum Vitae

Max L. Wilson

Max Wilson

Dr. Max L. Wilson

School of Computer Science
University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road

Tel: +44 (0) 115 84 66551


PhD: Developing an Analytical Inspection Method for Evaluating Information Seeking Interfaces.
     University of Southampton (2009)
     Examined by: Prof Gary Marchionini, UNC

MEng: First Class Masters Degree in Software Engineering.
     University of Southampton (2005)
     Dissertation Score: 92% (Active Navigation Award, 2004)

College: A-Levels in Maths, Computing and Psychology
      Sir William Borlase's Grammar School (2001)

Research Keywords

Human-Computer Interaction, Information Seeking, Exploratory Search, Information Behaviour, Information Retrieval, Mental Workload, Sensemaking

Publications: 107 (see full list in Appendix A)

Current Research

My research lies in the valley between Human-Computer Interaction and Information Seeking, and is focused on the Human Information Processing Loop: 1) Social Media Data, as an information resource, which is both created and consumed by users. 2) Search User Interfaces, which can be designed to work more effectively with the strategies and tactics of human searches to help people access information, 3) Exploratory Search, as a mode of investigating the tasks and a framework for studying information processing, and 4) Mental Workload Studies, to investigate how information rich tasks affect Mental Workload for users. These aspects represent a loop between data, interfaces, behaviour, and cognition.

Industry Collaborations: I currently run a series of industry funded research projects with an international enterprise search company: Pingar. Pingar fund a PhD student on social-media retrieval, an MSc on just-in-time retrieval for government employees, and a MEng software engineering project. Through Pingar, I work with connections at Bing, Microsoft, and at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. I also collaborate frequently with UXLabs Through various other projects, I have also worked on the interactivity and design of software for Rolls Royce, BBC, ITN, Reuters, QinetiQ and General Dynamics.

I frequently consult for both local and international businesses. I have consulted, for example, for a group within Rolls Royce several times since 2008 on the on-going design of some in-house software for engineers.

Teaching and Other Presentations

I am currently Qualifying Year (first year) Coordinator at the University of Nottingham, and my current teaching is listed below; Previously I have taught HCI research methods, Interactive IR, HCI History, and Mixed Reality.

  • G51ISE: Software Engineering
  • G53DEV: Developer Experience Credits

My work involves giving many other presentations, including research talks at several institutions around the UK and Europe, at expert workshops (Dagstuhls, NII Shonan), for funding bodies and stearing groups, and at large international conferences. At CHI2010 and CHI2011, I led a plenary session infront of all 2,600 attendees. See invited talks below for more detail.

Technical Capabilities

Over time I have learnt a number of languages and worked with various technologies. I primarily work with web languages, such as HTML, java-script, Python, ASP, PHP and SQL. At university, I learnt languages such as Java, Perl, c++ and c#; I am strongest with Web Languages, Java and c#. My recent research has led to using knowledge technology languages such as XML/RDF and RDQL/SPARQL. Recent projects have led me to work with Python, Perl, and I am also familiar with various technologies and feel equally capable using windows or Linux. I prefer, however, Apple Macs, which provide Linux like power to a stable GUI. My current work environment includes a PC, a Mac and several Linux and Windows servers.

Management and Supervision

I enjoy supervising students. I currently supervise 6 PhD students, 4 MSc students and 3-5 final year undergraduate students per year. I also mentor small groups of first and second year undergraduate students. I have a hands-on frequent supervision style, to encourage and facilitate students in improving themselves and their work. Beyond direct supervision, and the reading group that I coordinate amongst my own students, I have organised a seminar & reading group in the past, to enrich the breadth of understanding that all of our students and researchers have.

Within research teams, according to the Belbin work role evaluation (see, I score highly as a mediator/coordinator. I regularly assume the coordinating and leading role internally within group projects both pre- and postgraduate. Beyond working within teams, and before becoming a lecturer, I have also managed the workload and progress of three summer interns at the University of Southampton, employed to reach certain key deliverables.

Community Participation

Recent Awards:

Conference Organisation:

Committee/Board Membership Workshop Organisation

Invited Talks:

  • Keynote: The HCI Perspective on IR, DIR2016 - 25th Nov 2016
  • Analysing Social Media Campaigns, Content Marketing Show - Nov 5th 2014
  • Evaluating Sensemaking & Learning, University of Southampton - May 2014
  • HCI & Session Evaluation, Dagstuhl, Germany - October 2013
  • Search User Interface Design, Leeds University, UK - May 2013
  • HCI & Session Evaluation, NII Shonan, Japan - October 2012
  • Search User Interface Design, Glasgow University, UK - June 2012
  • Social Media for Business Use, at Software Alliance Wales, Swansea - December 2010
  • Casual-Leisure Information Seeking, at Enterprise Search Meetup, London - December 2010
  • Casual-Leisure Information Seeking, at Gregynog Colloquium, Wales - December 2010
  • Investigating Search Behaviour with Tweet Reports, at Erlangen University, Germany - March 2010
  • Investigating Search Behaviour with Tweet Reports, at UCL Interaction Centre Seminar - February 2010
  • Workshop on Capturing and Visualising Temporal Information in eScience. Hosted by INRIA, Paris, June 2008.
  • Seminar at Swansea University FIT Lab. July 2008.
  • Faceted Timeline Interfaces at Nokia. 2007.
  • Advanced Faceted Interaction at Endeca. 2007.

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