Professor Alexandra I. Cristea

Alexandra I. Cristea


Turing Network Development Award Lead, Durham University


Alexandra I. Cristea is Professor, Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Deputy Head, Director of Research and Founder of the Artificial Intelligence in Human Systems research group in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University. She is Advisory Board Member at the Ustinov CollegeN8 CIR Digital Humanities team lead for Durham. Her research includes web science, learning analytics, user modelling and personalisation, semantic web, social web, authoring, with over 300 papers on these subjects (over 5000 citations on Google Scholar, h-index 38). 

She has led various projects, recent ones include the [email protected] Research Network (2022); the Epistemological Engine (2021-22); Weizman Institute funded JANET (Joint Lab in Learning Analytics for Personalised Science Teaching) project (2020-2022); Predictive and prescriptive analytics for the media industry, Distinctive Publishing (2019-2022).

Recently she has taken giving back to the community to a different level, with leading the the MESSENGER (Women inSTEM and Cultural Diversity) (2022); Empowering women in science through mentoring and exchanging experiences (2021-22) (UK-Brazil Gender Equality Partnership funded by the British Council), and co-leading the TechUP  project series (Bootcamp 2021) (2019-2020: training 100 women in computer science from various (BAME) backgrounds).

She has been keynote/invited speaker, chair, organiser, co-organiser, panellist and program committee member of various conferences in her research field. She is a member of the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, Associate Editor of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence. She acted as UNESCO expert for adaptive web-based education at a high-level (Ministry of Education and Educational institutes) meeting of East European countries, educational invited expert for the Romanian prime minister, as well as EU expert for H2020, FP7, FP6, eContentPlus.”