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Dhaval Thakker

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science

Faculty/Dept/School Department of Computer Science
(Faculty of Engineering and Informatics)
Telephone +441274 234578


I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Bradford. I have over fifteen years of experience in the European Union(EU) and industrial projects delivering innovative solutions. Prior to joining Bradford, I worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds from 2011 to 2015 and was leading semantic web related research in several EU projects. Before Leeds, I worked in the industry with UK's national news agency (Press Association) as a Research & Development Consultant to provide strategic and technical leadership in implementing Semantic Web and Linked data related projects to improve access to their media repositories.

At Bradford, I lead the work on the Internet of Things(IoT), Smart Cities and Semantic Web research stream with funded projects from European Commission (Smart Cities and Open Data REuse(SCORE)) and two other Innovate UK projects. I supervise 8 Ph.D. students in these two areas and have an extensive publication track record (see my Google Scholar profile here I am also a Programme Leader for an MSc course on the Internet of Things(IoT)


Teaching interests

Internet of Things
Knowledge Representation/AI


Internet of Things(IoT)
Smart Cities
Semantic Web/Knowledge Representation
Natural Language Processing (NLP)
Big Data
Circular Economy


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleUsing Knowledge Anchors to Facilitate User Exploration of Data Graphs (2019)
AuthorsMarwan Al-Tawil, Vanid Dimitrova, Dhavalkumar Thakker
JournalSemantic Web
TitleExamining citizens' perceived value of internet of things technologies in facilitating public sector services engagement (2019)
AuthorsEl-Haddadeh, R.; Weerakkody, Vishanth J.P.; Osmani, M.; Thakker, Dhaval; Kapoor, K.K.
TitleAnalytics-as-a-Service in a Multi-Cloud Environment through Semantically-enabled Hierarchical Data Processing (2017)
AuthorsJayaraman, P.P.; Perera, C.; Georgakopoulos, D.; Dustdar, S.; Thakker, Dhaval; Ranjan, R.
TitleOntology for cultural variations in interpersonal communication: Building on theoretical models and crowdsourced knowledge (2017)
AuthorsThakker D.;Karanasios S.;Blanchard E.;Lau L.;Dimitrova V.
JournalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
TitleA note on exploration of IoT generated big data using semantics (2017)
AuthorsRanjan, R.; Thakker, Dhaval; Haller, A.; Buyya, R.
TitleOntology for cultural variations in interpersonal communication: building on theoretical models and crowdsourced knowledge (2016)
AuthorsThakker, Dhaval; Karanasios, S; Blanchard, E.; Lau, L.; Dimitrova, V.
TitleUser Interaction with Linked Data: An Exploratory Search Approach (2016)
AuthorsThakker, Dhaval; Yang-Turner, F.; Despotakis, D.
TitleUtilising semantic technologies for intelligent indexing and retrieval of digital images (2014)
AuthorsOsman, T.; Thakker, Dhaval; Schaefer, G.