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Dr Martin Chorley

Dr Martin Chorley


+44 (0)29 2087 4683
Abacws, Ffordd Senghennydd, Cathays, Caerdydd, CF24 4AG
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I am a lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Informatics, where I am course director for the MSc Computational and Data Journalism. 

My research is primarily focused in the areas of mobile and social computing, and computational journalism, 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

  • 2014 - Present: 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, Cardiff University School of Computer Science & Informatics
  • 2010 - 2011: Research Assistant, Cardiff University School of Computer Science & Informatics













I am course director for the MSc Computational and Data Journalism, an innovative new 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.


I am Module Leader for and teach on a number of postgraduate modules within the School of Computer Science & Informatics:

  • CMT112 - Web Application Development
  • CMT212 - Visual Communication and Information Design
  • MCT542 - 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 am also involved in the computer club within the school, and I supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate final projects and dissertations.


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

I currently have two main research interests; firstly in the field 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 secondly in the field of Computational Journalism, 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.

Past Projects

Recently 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.