Publications & Academia


Here live my publications and posters (copyrights permitting), and bibliographic information in BibTeX and (when I finalise the vocabulary) Semantic Web formats.

Details of conferences, proposals, and so on also appear here.


Michael P. Evans, Richard Newman, Timothy Putnam, Diana J.M. Griffiths — “Search Adaptations and the Challenges of the Web

Published in IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 9, no. 3, May/June 2005. Copyright © 2005 IEEE.

  • Bibliographic details: BibTeX.
  • Abstract:

    Search has become a hot topic in Internet computing, with rival search engines battling to become the de facto Web protal, harnessing search algorithms to wade through information a scale undreamed of by early information retrieval (IR) pioneers. This article examines how search has matured from its roots in specialized IR systems to become a key foundation of the Web. The authors describe new challenges posed by the Web's scale, and show how search is changing the nature of the Web as much as the Web has changed the nature of search.

  • Full text: see the IEEE digital library.

Michael P. Evans, Richard Newman, Timothy A. Millea, Timothy Putnam, Andrew Walker — “The Effects of Blogs and the Semantic Web on the Performance of Web Agents

Presented at ISCIS'04, Turkey, 2004. Published in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol. 3280. Copyright © 2004 Springer-Verlag.

  • Bibliographic details: BibTeX.
  • Abstract:

    Search Engines exploit the Web’s hyperlink structure to help infer information content. The new phenomenon of personal Web logs, or ‛blogs’, encourage more extensive annotation of Web content. If their resulting link structures bias the Web crawling applications that search engines depend upon, there are implications for another form of annotation rapidly on the rise, the Semantic Web. We conducted a Web crawl of 160 000 pages in which the link structure of the Web is compared with that of several thousand blogs. Results show that the two link structures are significantly different. We analyse the differences and infer the likely effect upon the performance of existing and future Web agents. The Semantic Web offers new opportunities to navigate the Web, but Web agents should be designed to take advantage of the emerging link structures, or their effectiveness will diminish.

  • Full text: PDF, TeX.

Conference Attendance

Java One, June 2009

International Lisp Conference, March 2009

Semantic Technology Conference, May 2007 (speaker)

O'Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference, February 2007 (judge)

Internet Identity Workshop, December 2006

Grand Challenges in Computer Science

ISCIS 2004

Presenting The Effects of Blogs and the Semantic Web on the Performance of Web Agents.

ISCIS 2003