Dr Mark Hall

Research Qualifications
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Information Retrieval
  • Digital Humanities
  • Evaluation
  • Bakk. techn. (BSc equivalent) Computer Science
  • Dipl. Ing. (MSc equivalent, with distinction) Computer Science
  • PhD — “Modelling and reasoning with quantitative representations of vague spatial language used in photographic image captions”
Teaching Contact
  • Web-based applications
  • Web development and design
  • User Experience and Usability
  • Computer Science Theory
Phone: 01695 657653
Email: Mark Hall
Office: THF10
Dr Mark Hall
Department of Computer Science
Edge Hill University
L39 4QP


Mark is a senior lecturer in the Information Retrieval research group, with a research focus on human-computer interfaces for overviewing large collections of data and on the evaluation of interactive information retrieval systems. In previous work at the University of Sheffield, the UK National Archives, Cardiff University, and the Alps-Adriatic University of Klagenfurt he has also investigated web-search sessions, geo-referencing of historical texts, modelling people’s uses of vague spatial language, and ontology alignment questions. He has worked as a software developer, developing web-based applications ranging from simple data visualisations to online course management systems.

His teaching interests focus on web-based application development, usability, and teaching computer science topics to non-computer science students. He has also taught on a wide range of other subjects including advanced programming languages and techniques, geographic information systems, database development, and project supervision.

He maintains an active interest in information retrieval evaluation campaigns, co-organising the Text REtrieval Conference’s (TREC) “Session” track in 2011 – 2014, the Interactive CHiC (Cultural Heritage in CLEF) task at the Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum (CLEF) in 2013, and the interactive social book search task at CLEF 2014.

He also runs the department’s research seminar series. If you are interested in speaking at the seminar, please contact him at the e-mail address given above.

External Academic Activities

  • Co-organiser of the “Interactive Social Book Search” lab at the Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum 2014 and 2015
  • Co-organiser of the “Supporting Complex Search Tasks” workshop at the European Conference on Information Retrieval 2015 in Vienna, Austria
  • Local Co-Organiser for the Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum 2014 conference in Sheffield, UK
  • Program committee member for the Demo track at the WWW conferences 2012, 2013, and 2014.
  • Program committee member for the International Workshop on Supporting Users’ Exploration in Digital Libraries (SUEDL) 2012 and 2013 at the Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries 2012 and 2013 conferences.
  • Co-organiser of the “Session” track at the Text REtrieval Conferences 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
  • Co-organiser of the “Interactive” task of the Cultural Heritage in CLEF (CHiC) lab at the Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum 2013.

Selected Publications

For a full list of publications and pre-prints see here.

  Journal Articles

  • M. M. Hall, S. Fernando, P. Clough, A. Soroa, E. Agirre, and M. Stevenson, “Evaluating hierarchical organisation structures for exploring digital libraries,” Information retrieval, vol. 17, iss. 4, pp. 351-379, 2014.
  • P. D. Clough, J. Tang, M. M. Hall, and A. Warner, “Linking archival data to location A case study at the UK National Archives,” Aslib proceedings, vol. 63, iss. 2/3, pp. 127-147, 2011.
  • M. M. Hall, P. D. Smart, and C. B. Jones, “Interpreting Spatial Language in Image Captions,”Cognitive processing, vol. 12, iss. 1, pp. 67-94, 2011.

 Refereed Conference Articles

  • M. M. Hall, “Explore the stacks: a system for exploration in large digital libraries,” in 2014 ieee/acm joint conference on digital libraries (jcdl), 2014.
  • M. M. Hall, P. D. Clough, S. Fernando, P. Goodale, M. Stevenson, E. Agirre, A. Otegi, A. Soroa, K. Fernie, J. Griffiths, and R. Bergheim, “Information seeking in digital cultural heritage with PATHS,” in SIGIR ’13: Proceedings of the 36th international ACM SIGIR conference on Research and development in information retrieval, New York, NY, USA, 2013, pp. 1105-1106.
  • M. M. Hall, S. Katsaris, and E. Toms, “A Pluggable Interactive IR Evaluation Work-bench,” in European Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval, 2013, pp. 35-38.
  • M. M. Hall and E. Toms, “Building a Common Framework for IIR Evaluation,” in CLEF 2013 – Information Access Evaluation. Multilinguality, Multimodality, and Visualization, 2013, pp. 17-28.
  • M. M. Hall and P. D. Clough, “Exploring Large Digital Library Collections Using a Map-Based Visualisation,” in Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries , 2013, pp. 220-231.
  • E. Agirre, N. Aletras, P. Clough, S. Fernando, P. Goodale, M. Hall, A. Soroa, and M. Stevenson, “PATHS: A System for Accessing Cultural Heritage Collections,” in Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: System Demonstrations, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2013, pp. 151-156.
  • M. Hall, P. Clough, and M. Stevenson, “Evaluating the Use of Clustering for Automatically Organising Digital Library Collections,” in Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, 2012, pp. 323-334.
  • S. Fernando, M. M. Hall, E. Agirre, A. Soroa, P. Clough, and M. Stevenson, “Comparing taxonomies for organising collections of documents,” in Proceedings of COLING 2012: Technical Papers, 2012, pp. 879-894.
  • M. M. Hall and L. Hamer, “Der Einfluss der Eisenbahn auf das Konzertwesen des 19. Jahrhunderts,” in Angewandte Geoinformatik 2009: Beiträge zum 21. AGIT-Symposium, 2009, pp. 806-815.
  • M. M. Hall and C. B. Jones, “Quantifying Spatial Prepositions: an Experimental Study,” inProceedings of the ACM GIS’08, 2008, pp. 451-454.
  • P. Mandl and M. M. Hall, “HarmonISA – ein Geoinformationswerkzeug zum Studium grenzüberschreitender Landnutzung,” in Angewandte Geoinformatik 2006. Beiträge zum 18. AGIT-Symposium Salzburg, 2006, pp. 397-406.
  • M. M. Hall, “Automatisierte semantische Harmonisierung von Landnutzungsdaten,” inAngewandte Geoinformatik 2006. Beiträge zum 18. AGIT-Symposium Salzburg, 2006, pp. 201-210.
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