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Michael Huggett
PhD, Computer Science

E-mail: mike[at]cs.ubc.ca
Office Phone: 604-827-3993
Office Fax: 604-822-5485
Office: ICICS/CS2 569

BSc Computer Science, University of Toronto (1999); MSc Computer Science, University of British Columbia (2001); PhD, University of British Columbia (2007).

I am affiliated with both the Laboratory of Computational Intelligence (LCI) in the Department of Computer Science, and with the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS).

Research Interests

  • Information management -- of the Personal (PIM), human-centred (HCIR), and cognitive (Cogs-IR) varieties.
  • Information behaviour.
  • Hypertext and hypermedia.
  • Cognitive augmentation and memory prosthesis.
  • Spreading activation networks.
  • Summarization of large semantic corpora.
     Latent semantic interests :
  • Knowledge representation and ontologies.
  • User modeling and collaborative filtering.
  • Ubiquitous and contextual computing.
  • Information visualization.
  • Applications of information management to business, home, libraries, and education.

Thesis Topic

My Ph.D. dissertation proposes a principled biomimetic approach to information management based on the properties of human memory, and comes to the conclusion that a spreading-activation network representation offers cognitive and computational benefits for the organization and retrieval of knowledge. Human memory is clearly successful at storing knowledge for the fulfillment of human goals. Designing information systems based on models of human memory can provide more effective interaction with information sources, and fast retrieval of relevant information. Human information-seeking behaviours tend to be episodic and situational, and therefore associating user activity with temporal and physical cues will improve retrieval of contextuallly appropriate information.

    My research supervisors are Edie Rasmussen and Richard Rosenberg.

    The project page is here.


  • Graduate Assistant Teaching Award - University of British Columbia (2007)
  • Graduate TA Award - Department of Computer Science, UBC (2006)
  • NSERC Post-Graduate Scholarship (PGS) - NSERC (2003-2005)
  • NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship (IPS) - NSERC (2002-2003)
  • University Graduate Fellowship (UGF) - University of British Columbia (2002, declined)
  • Trenwith Computer Science Award - University of Toronto (1998-1999)
  • Regents In-Course Scholarship - University of Toronto (1998-1999)

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