Professor and Turing Fellow

Department of Computer Science

University College London

Amazon Scholar


Email: emine.yilmaz@ucl.ac.uk

Office : 66 Gower Street

Department of Computer Science

University College London

Short Bio

I am a Professor and Turing Fellow at University College London, Department of Computer Science. I also work as an Amazon Scholar for Amazon. My research interests lie in the areas of information retrieval, data mining, and applications of machine learning, probability and statistics. I am a recipient of the Early Career Fellowship from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). To this date, I have received approximately 1.5 million GBP external funding from funding agencies including European Union, EPSRC, Google, Elsevier and Bloomberg. I have served in various senior roles, including co-editor-in-chief for the Information Retrieval Journal, a member of the editorial board for the AI Journal and an elected member of the executive committee for ACM SIGIR.

I am the recipient of Karen Sparck Jones 2015 Award for the contributions of my work to the information retrieval research. I am also one of the recipients of the Google Faculty Research Award in 2015 and the Bloomberg Data Science Research Award in 2018.

I have served in various roles including PC Chair for ECIR 2020, ACM SIGIR 2018 and ACM ICTIR 2017 Conferences, Track Chair for The Web 2020 and 2018 Conferences, Practice and Experience Chair for ACM WSDM 2017, and as the Doctoral Consortium Chair for ECIR 2017.

I am a co-organizer of the Deep Learning Track, funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Between 2015-2017 I co-organised the TREC Tasks Track. More information on the Tasks Track can be found here.

For more information about recent publications, please visit my publications page.

I am currently recruiting new PhD students and postdocs. Interested applicants with strong backgrounds in machine learning, probability and statistics are highly encouraged to contact me via email.

Group Members

  • Fanghua Ye, PhD student (January 2020 - now)

  • Jarana Manotumruksa, Post-doc researcher (April 2019 - now)

  • Omer Kirnap, PhD student (December 2018 - now)

  • Sahan Bulathwela, PhD student (February 2018 - now)

  • Qiang Zhang, PhD student (September 2017 - now)

  • Bhaskar Mitra, PhD student (February 2016 – now)

  • Andrew Mpapalika, PhD student (September 2016 – now)

Previous Members

  • Andrew Burnie, PhD student, Turing Institute (September 2017 - 2020)

  • Dr. Aldo Lipani, Post-doc researher (October 2018 - 2019)

  • Sebastin Santy, Research intern (Summer 2018)

  • Rishabh Mehrotra, PhD student (February 2014 – 2018)

  • Manisha Verma, PhD student (November 2013 – 2017)

  • Shangsong Liang, Post-doc researcher (May 2015 – 2017)

  • Mengdie Zhuang, Research intern, Turing Institute (Summer 2017)

  • Jiyin He, Visiting researcher (February 2015 – 2016)

Latest News

  • July 2020 - We have three short papers presented at the SIGIR 2020 Conference.

  • May 2020 - I was a PC Chair for the ECIR 2020 Conference.

  • May 2020 - I was a Track Chair for the Web 2020 Conference.

  • April 2020 - We have one full paper accepted to the ICML 2020 Conference.

  • March 2020 - We will be co-organising the TREC Deep Learning Track 2020, a continuation from 2019.