Professor Justin Zobel

  • Room: Level: 09 Room: 9.25
  • Building: Doug McDonell Building
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Bioinformatics and health informatics
  • Research methods
  • Search engines and information retrieval

Personal webpage


Professor Justin Zobel is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate and International Research). He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne and, prior to returning to Melbourne in 2008, worked at RMIT and NICTA. Prof Zobel is an associate editor of the International Journal of Information Retrieval and in 2008-9 was President of the CORE association of Australasian Departments & Schools of Computer Science. In the research community, he is best known for his role in the development of algorithms for efficient text retrieval. He is the author of "Writing for Computer Science", third edition, and co-author of "How to Write a Better Thesis", third edition and "How to Write a First Minor Thesis". His interests include search, bioinformatics, fundamental data structures, and research methods.

Recent publications

  1. Bouadjenek M, Zobel J, Verspoor C. Automated assessment of biological database assertions using the scientific literature. BMC BIOINFORMATICS. Biomed Central. 2019, Vol. 20, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1186/s12859-019-2801-x
  2. Wicaksono A, Moffat A, Zobel J. Modeling user actions in job search. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Springer Verlag. 2019, Vol. 11437 LNCS. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-15712-8_42
  3. Salehi B, Spina D, Moffat A, Sadeghi S, Scholer F, Baldwin T, Cavedon L, Sanderson M, Wong W, Zobel J. A Living Lab Study of Query Amendment in Job Search. 41st Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3209978.3210082
  4. Spina D, Maistro M, Ren Y, Sadeghi S, Wong W, Baldwin T, Cavedon L, Moffat A, Sanderson M, Scholer F, Zobel J. A preliminary comparison of job, talent, and web search. CEUR Workshop Proceedings. Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen * Lehrstuhl Informatik V. 2018, Vol. 2140.
  5. Chen Q, Wan Y, Zhang X, Lei Y, Zobel J, Verspoor C. Comparative Analysis of Sequence Clustering Methods for Deduplication of Biological Databases. ACM JOURNAL OF DATA AND INFORMATION QUALITY. Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2018, Vol. 9, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1145/3131611
  6. Chen Q, Zhang X, Wan Y, Zobel J, Verspoor C. Search Effectiveness in Nonredundant Sequence Databases: Assessments and Solutions.. J Comput Biol. Mary Ann Liebert Publishers. 2018. DOI: 10.1089/cmb.2018.0198
  7. Bouadjenek M, Verspoor C, Zobel J. Automated detection of records in biological sequence databases that are inconsistent with the literature. JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS. Academic Press. 2017, Vol. 71. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbi.2017.06.015
  8. Bouadjenek M, Verspoor C, Zobel J. Automated Detection of Records in Biological Sequence Databases that are Inconsistent with the Literature. . 2017. DOI: 10.1101/101246
  9. Chen Q, Zobel J, Verspoor C. Benchmarks for measurement of duplicate detection methods in nucleotide databases.. Database (Oxford). Oxford University Press. 2017. DOI: 10.1093/database/baw164
  10. Graham Y, Baldwin T, Moffat A, Zobel J. Can machine translation systems be evaluated by the crowd alone. NATURAL LANGUAGE ENGINEERING. Cambridge University Press. 2017, Vol. 23, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1017/S1351324915000339
  11. Chen Q, Zobel J, Verspoor C. Duplicates, redundancies and inconsistencies in the primary nucleotide databases: a descriptive study. DATABASE-THE JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL DATABASES AND CURATION. Oxford University Press. 2017. DOI: 10.1093/database/baw163
  12. Bouadjenek M, Verspoor C, Zobel J. Learning Biological Sequence Types Using the Literature. ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2017, Vol. Part F131841. DOI: 10.1145/3132847.3133051
  13. Bouadjenek M, Verspoor C, Zobel J. Literature consistency of bioinformatics sequence databases is effective for assessing record quality. DATABASE-THE JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL DATABASES AND CURATION. Oxford University Press. 2017, Vol. 2017, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1093/database/bax021
  14. Bouadjenek M, Verspoor C, Zobel J. Literature Consistency of Bioinformatics Sequence Databases is Effective for Assessing Record Quality. . 2017. DOI: 10.1101/101873
  15. Fray KS, Morgan KJ, Wirth A, Zobel J. Practical adaptive search trees with performance bounds. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 2017, Vol. Part F126226. DOI: 10.1145/3014812.3014836

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