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Dr Martin Chorley

Dr Martin Chorley

Senior Lecturer

School of Computer Science and Informatics

Email:
chorleymj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4683
Location:
N/2.15, Queen's Buildings - North Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Informatics where I serve as the Director of Learning and Teaching. I am responsible for overseeing all of our taught programmes at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.

I am course director for the MSc Computational and Data Journalism, an innovative joint-honours course I designed and now run with my colleague Glyn Mottershead in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture.

My current research focuses on a number of areas: firstly relating to education, both in terms of Computer Science education, but also in educating students with non-STEM backgrounds in STEM areas such as coding and data analysis, as with many of our data journalism students. Secondly, I focus on the field of Computational and Data Journalism, looking at advances in information dissemination and collection, and their effect on media and society.  I am also interested  in the areas of Mobile and Social computing, where I examine the ways in which humans and society interact with systems and technology.

Education and Qualifications

  • 2012: PhD (Computer Science) - Cardiff University, UK
  • 2007: MSc High End Computing - Edinburgh University, UK
  • 2005: BSc Computer Science - Cardiff University, UK

Career Overview

  • 2018 - Present: Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University School of Computer Science & Informatics
  • 2014 - 2018: Lecturer, Cardiff University School of Computer Science & Informatics
  • 2013 - 2014: EPSRC Doctoral Award Fellowship,Cardiff University School of Computer Science & Informatics
  • 2011 - 2013: Research Associate (RECOGNITION project), Cardiff University School of Computer Science & Informatics
  • 2010 - 2011: Research Assistant (SOCIALNETS project), Cardiff University School of Computer Science & Informatics

Committees and reviewing

I am a co-organiser and co-founder of the European Data and Computational Journalism Conference

  • Guest Editor, special issue of International Journal of Human Computer Interaction: "Following User Pathways"
  • Reviewer for:
    • Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience
    • Computer Communications
    • Computer Physics Communications
    • Journal of Computational Science
    • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
    • ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
    • Transactions on Internet Technology
  • I have been on the organising committee and various panels for a number of conferences and workshops:

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Overview

I am the Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Computer Science and Informatics, where I am responsible for overseeing all aspects of our taught courses at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Within this role I am focused on ensuring consistent high quality of teaching and learning, and on delivering the best possible student experience across all our modules and programmes,

I am course director for MSc Computational and Data Journalism, an innovative joint-honours degree delivered by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and the School of Computer Science & Informatics. The programme focuses on the development of knowledge and skills through research-informed and practice-based learning in data journalism, computer coding and digital development.

Teaching

I am Module Leader for and teach on a number of postgraduate modules within the School of Computer Science & Informatics, where I teach web development, data visualisation and communication, and run a student-led project-based module focusing on the practical application of Computational and Data Journalism skills:

  • Web Application Development
  • Visual Communication and Information Design
  • Digital Investigation (co-module leader with Glyn Mottershead, JOMEC)

I also co-manage the shared seminar/lab series on the MSc Computational and Data Journalism, where students are invited to spend time working on side projects and improving both their journalistic and coding skills. I supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate final projects and dissertations.

Previous Roles

I have previously served as Senior Personal Tutor for taught postgraduate students, chair of the Postgraduate Taught Programmes Operations Team, and Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching for the School of Computer Science & Informatics.

My current research focuses on a number of areas: firstly relating to education, both in terms of Computer Science education, but also in educating students with non-STEM backgrounds in STEM areas such as coding and data analysis, as with many of our Data Journalism students. Secondly, I focus on the field of Computational and Data Journalism, both in terms of advancing the field, but also in terms of studying the field itself, where Computer Science and technology are being harnessed to both improve the communication of information and to understand better the role that the media plays in society. I am also interested  in the areas of Mobile and Social Computing, where advances are driven by the ever increasing use and power of smartphone devices, the potential of social networks, and the rise of small, wearable computing devices, and where I examine the ways in which humans and society interact with systems and technology.

Past Projects

Before gaining a position as a Lecturer I was working on a 12 month EPSRC Fellowship (2013 Doctoral Award Prize) examining the relationship between an individual’s personality (in terms of the OCEAN five-factor personality model) and the places they visit or check in to.

Prior to my fellowship, I was working on the Recognition project, an EU FP7 project attempting to use relevance and human cognitive processes within IT systems to improve content dissemination and filtering. The work included areas such as how human decision making processes relate to twitter and micro-blogging, and examining the relationship between spatial places/venues and people in terms of both their personality and the expression they use towards the places they’ve been.

Before the Recognition project, I spent a year and a half working on the SocialNets project, another EU FP7 project concerning pervasive adaptation looking to improve mobile and ad-hoc systems using social network information and adaptive strategies.