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Professor Elena Simperl

Professor of Computer Science

Research interests

  • Computer science

Biography

Elena Simperl is a Professor of Computer Science and Deputy Head of Department for Enterprise and Engagement in Informatics. In March 2023 she was appointed Director of Research for the Open Data Institute (ODI) where she will lead on the Institute’s research strategy. She is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society and features in the top 100 most influential scholars in knowledge engineering of the last decade.

Professor Elena Simperl obtained her doctoral degree in Computer Science from the Free University of Berlin, and her diploma in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich. Prior to joining King’s in 2020, she was a former Turing Fellow, and held positions in Germany, Austria and at the University of Southampton.

Her research is at intersection between AI and social computing, helping designers understand how to build smart sociotechnical systems that combine data and algorithms with human and social capabilities. Professor Simperl has been involved in forty European and national research projects, including more recently QROWD, ODINE, Data Pitch, Data Stories, and ACTION.

She is currently the scientific and technical director of MediaFutures, a Horizon 2020 programme that is using arts-inspired methods to design participatory AI systems that tackle misinformation and disinformation online.

Elena’s interest in leading initiatives within the scientific community has also taken form through chairing several conferences in her field, including the European and International Semantic Web Conference series, the European Data Forum, and the European Semantic Technologies conference. She is the president of the Semantic Web Science Association.

Research interests

  • Knowledge graphs
  • Knowledge engineering
  • Semantic technologies
  • Human and social computation
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Open data
  • Human data interaction
  • Data storytelling
  • Human-centric AI

Further information

Research

AI network
Distributed Artificial Intelligence

The group explores the use of AI in social and economic contexts where an intelligent entity may be interacting with other entities.

IMPETUS

Citizen science projects in Europe

Project status: Ongoing

Data Springboard

An innovative data sharing initiative focusing on the Strand-Aldwych redevelopment.

Project status: Ongoing

FEATURE CUSP Window
Centre for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) London

CUSP London is a collaboration between King’s College London and New York University, which brings together researchers, businesses, local authorities and government agencies, to apply data science and visual analytics to challenges in and for London.

News

King's hackathon explores solutions to making generative AI more trustworthy and accurate

The hackathon brought together researchers and practitioners with an interest in using the latest advances in pre-trained language models (PLMs) and...

Hackathon 2023-thumbnail

Strand-Aldwych data springboard

An innovative data sharing initiative with Westminster City Council.

a woman sitting at a desk on her computer above a cloud connected to servers

Impact story: crowdsourcing tool for matching company data

Most governments across the world run programmes that aim to provide microenterprises and SMEs with better opportunities to compete with big business

cartoon image of two males and two females

King's investigates the use of quantitative modelling to predict innovation programme success

A team of researchers from the Department of Informatics have been exploring how quantitative modelling and machine learning techniques can be used to predict...

Computer Science

The ACTION Final Conference

The future of citizen science: two days of networking and sharing

image of promotional poster for the action online conference

Boost for citizen science

Welcoming Impetus for citizen science

boost-for-citizen-science-780x440

Professor of Computer Science Elena Simperl named in top 100 most influential Artificial Intelligence researchers

Elena Simperl, Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Informatics, has been recognised by ArnetMiner (AMiner) as one of the most influential AI...

Professor Elena Simperl

Events

23MarNMES ILS generic banner - 780x440

Informatics Inaugural Lecture: Professors Carmine Ventre and Elena Simperl

Join us to celebrate a special milestone for our new professors and hear about their inspiring career journeys.

Please note: this event has passed.

Features

"I don't know why we weren't thinking of this sooner": King's students tackle community issues with Amazon Web Services

Informatics students partnered with public sector organisations to solve real-world issues with digital solutions

asw v2-hero image

Improving the world's data commons

Investigating the provenance of Wikidata facts across languages at scale

luke-chesser-D8QbsYyiFmw-unsplash

Research

AI network
Distributed Artificial Intelligence

The group explores the use of AI in social and economic contexts where an intelligent entity may be interacting with other entities.

IMPETUS

Citizen science projects in Europe

Project status: Ongoing

Data Springboard

An innovative data sharing initiative focusing on the Strand-Aldwych redevelopment.

Project status: Ongoing

FEATURE CUSP Window
Centre for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) London

CUSP London is a collaboration between King’s College London and New York University, which brings together researchers, businesses, local authorities and government agencies, to apply data science and visual analytics to challenges in and for London.

News

King's hackathon explores solutions to making generative AI more trustworthy and accurate

The hackathon brought together researchers and practitioners with an interest in using the latest advances in pre-trained language models (PLMs) and...

Hackathon 2023-thumbnail

Strand-Aldwych data springboard

An innovative data sharing initiative with Westminster City Council.

a woman sitting at a desk on her computer above a cloud connected to servers

Impact story: crowdsourcing tool for matching company data

Most governments across the world run programmes that aim to provide microenterprises and SMEs with better opportunities to compete with big business

cartoon image of two males and two females

King's investigates the use of quantitative modelling to predict innovation programme success

A team of researchers from the Department of Informatics have been exploring how quantitative modelling and machine learning techniques can be used to predict...

Computer Science

The ACTION Final Conference

The future of citizen science: two days of networking and sharing

image of promotional poster for the action online conference

Boost for citizen science

Welcoming Impetus for citizen science

boost-for-citizen-science-780x440

Professor of Computer Science Elena Simperl named in top 100 most influential Artificial Intelligence researchers

Elena Simperl, Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Informatics, has been recognised by ArnetMiner (AMiner) as one of the most influential AI...

Professor Elena Simperl

Events

23MarNMES ILS generic banner - 780x440

Informatics Inaugural Lecture: Professors Carmine Ventre and Elena Simperl

Join us to celebrate a special milestone for our new professors and hear about their inspiring career journeys.

Please note: this event has passed.

Features

"I don't know why we weren't thinking of this sooner": King's students tackle community issues with Amazon Web Services

Informatics students partnered with public sector organisations to solve real-world issues with digital solutions

asw v2-hero image

Improving the world's data commons

Investigating the provenance of Wikidata facts across languages at scale

luke-chesser-D8QbsYyiFmw-unsplash