Dr Tony Russell-Rose

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
Department Computing
Email t.russell-rose (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 5755
Twitter @tonygrr
Dr Tony Russell-Rose

Tony joined Goldsmiths in September 2019 as Senior Lecturer in Computer Science. He is also Director of UXLabs, a research and design consultancy specialising in complex search and information access applications, and founder of 2Dsearch, a start-up applying AI, natural language processing and data visualisation to create the next generation of professional search tools.

He has served as vice-chair of the BCS Information Retrieval group and chair of the CIEHF Human-Computer Interaction group. He is Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Interactive Systems Research, City University, London, and also holds the position of Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Cognitive Computing and AI at Essex University.

He began his career with a PhD investigating the use of statistical and knowledge-based language modelling techniques to improve the accuracy of handwriting recognition and information retrieval systems. He was then awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship at HP Labs working on speech recognition interfaces to mobile devices, and a further research fellowship at BT Labs working on intelligent agents for information retrieval.

He then took up a post as Senior Research Scientist at Canon Research Centre Europe, where he became Head of the Information Retrieval Group, leading a team developing next generation information access products and services. He was then appointed Leader of Language Technology at Reuters, responsible for establishing a global centre of excellence for NLP and leading the development of advanced search user interfaces and prototypes. After a period heading up the software development team at the Advanced Computation Lab of Cancer Research UK, he was approached by Oracle to lead their user experience practice in Europe, where he also took on the role of editor of the Endeca UI Design Pattern Library.

He is now Director of UXLabs, a research and design consultancy specialising in complex search and information access applications, and founder of 2Dsearch, a start-up applying AI, natural language processing and data visualisation to create the next generation of professional search tools. He also holds the position of Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Cognitive Computing at Essex University. 

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD Computer Science, Nottingham Trent University
  • MSc Cognition, Computing & Psychology, Warwick University
  • BEng (2:1) Production Engineering & Production Management, Nottingham University

Research Interests

Tony's research interests centre on human information interaction; in particular the challenges involved in understanding and modelling the context in which people interact with information and social systems and in developing novel interaction metaphors and technologies that apply that understanding.

His approach combines theory with experimentation, in analyzing existing practices, building novel interactive technologies and systems, and studying their impact on real users in naturalistic settings. Much of my recent work has focussed on the challenges involved in searching, navigating and sense-making within complex information spaces. This has three primary facets:

  • investigation of novel NLP methods for extracting structure and meaning from unstructured information sources
  • development of new interaction and visualisation techniques for exploring complex information spaces
  • empirical studies of human information-seeking behaviour, in particular the user experience of exploratory search and knowledge discovery applications.

Tony has ongoing research collaborations with a variety of organisations, including City University’s School of Informatics (where I hold an honorary fellowship), Essex University’s NLP group, Glasgow University’s Information Retrieval group and Sheffield University’s Information Retrieval group.

Areas of supervision

Human-computer interaction & user experience, AI and natural language processing, search & information retrieval. 


Book Section

Russell-Rose, Tony and Clough, Pauk. 2015. Mining search logs for usage patterns. In: Markus Hofmann and Andrew Chisholm, eds. Text Mining and Visualization: Case Studies using Open-Source Tools. 40 Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, pp. 153-172. ISBN 9781482237573


Russell-Rose, Tony. 2020. Technological solutions for reproducibility and “showing of work”: a response to “Redundancy of Terms Is Not an Error but Plays a Positive Role in Composing Search Strategies”. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 108(3), pp. 498-499. ISSN 1536-5050

Shokraneh, Farhad and Russell-Rose, Tony. 2020. Lessons from COVID-19 to Future Evidence Synthesis Efforts: First Living Search Strategy and Out of Date Scientific Publishing and Indexing Industry. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 123, pp. 171-173. ISSN 0895-4356

Russell-Rose, Tony and Shokraneh, Farhad. 2020. Designing the Structured Search Experience: Rethinking the Query-Builder Paradigm. Weave: Journal of Library User Experience, 3(1), ISSN 2333-3316

Verberne, Suzan; He, Jiyin; Kruschwitz, Udo; Wiggers, Gineke; Larsen, Birger; Russell-Rose, Tony and de Vries, Arjen. 2019. First International Workshop on Professional Search. ACM SIGIR Forum, 52(1), pp. 153-162. ISSN 0163-5840

Russell-Rose, Tony; Chamberlain, Jon and Azzopardi, Leif. 2018. Information retrieval in the workplace: A comparison of professional search practices. Information Processing & Management, 54(6), pp. 1042-1057. ISSN 0306-4573

Russell-Rose, Tony and Chamberlain, Jon. 2017. Expert search strategies: the information retrieval practices of healthcare information professionals. JMIR Medical Informatics, 5(4), e33. ISSN 2291-9694

Russell-Rose, Tony and Chamberlain, Jon. 2016. Searching for talent: The information retrieval challenges of recruitment professionals. Business Information Review, 33(1), pp. 40-48. ISSN 0266-3821

Conference or Workshop Item

Russell-Rose, Tony and MacFarlane, Andrew. 2020. 'Towards Explainability in Professional Search'. In: The 3rd International Workshop on ExplainAble Recommendation and Search (EARS 2020). Xi'an, China 30 July 2020.

Russell-Rose, Tony and Chamberlain, Jon. 2019. 'An Open-Access Platform for Transparent and Reproducible Structured Searching'. In: 42nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval. Paris, France 21-25 July 2019.

Russell-Rose, Tony; Chamberlain, Jon and Kruschwitz, Udo. 2019. 'Rethinking ‘Advanced Search’: A New Approach to Complex Query Formulation'. In: European Conference on Information Retrieval. Cologne, Germany 14-18 April 2019.

Russell-Rose, Tony; Chamberlain, Jon and Shokraneh, Farhad. 2019. 'A Visual Approach to Query Formulation for Systematic Search'. In: Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval. Glasgow, United Kingdom 10-14 March 2019.

Russell-Rose, Tony and Gooch, Philip. 2018. '2dSearch: A Visual Approach to Search Strategy Formulation'. In: Design of Experimental Search and Information REtrieval Systems (DESIRES 2018). Bertinoro, Italy 28-31 August 2018.

Bennett, Zachary; Russell-Rose, Tony and Farmer, Kate. 2017. 'A scalable approach to legal question answering'. In: International Conference on Articial Intelligence and Law. London, United Kingdom 12-16 June 2017.

MacFarlane, Andrew and Russell-Rose, Tony. 2016. 'Search Strategy Formulation: A Framework For Learning'. In: 4th Spanish Conference on Information Retrieval. Grenada, Spain 14-16 June 2016.

Russell-Rose, Tony and Chamberlain, Jon. 2016. 'Real-world expertise retrieval: The information seeking behaviour of recruitment professionals'. In: 38th European Conference on IR Research, ECIR 2016. Padua, Italy 20-23 March 2016.

Georgiou, Despo; MacFarlane, Andrew and Russell-Rose, Tony. 2015. 'Extracting sentiment from healthcare survey data: An evaluation of sentiment analysis tools'. In: 2015 Science and Information Conference (SAI). London, United Kingdom 28-30 July 2015.

Russell-Rose, Tony; Lamantia, Joe and Makri, Stephann. 2014. 'Defining and Applying a Language for Discovery'. In: 10th International Workshop, Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval (AMR) 2012. Copenhagen, Denmark 24-25 October 2012.

Russell-Rose, Tony; Clough, Paul and Toms, Elaine G.. 2014. 'Categorising Search Sessions: Some Insights from Human Judgments'. In: IIiX 2014: 5th Information Interaction in Context Symposium. Reghensburg, Germany 26-30 August 2014.