Stuart N WrigleyBSc(Hons) PhD MIET MIEEE
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Computer Science

Stuart Wrigley (photo by Chris Stoddart)


News: From 2 November 2015, I will be taking up the full-time role of Business Development Manager for both the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield.



I have been a post-doctoral researcher (firstly Research Associate, then Research Fellow) for 13 years and have research interests covering low-cost sensing, citizen engagement in science, semantic search, software interface evaluation and novel approaches for improving data understanding. I also maintain interests in audio and speech processing, auditory perception and automatic speech recognition.

I work within the Organisations, Information and Knowledge (OAK) Group led by Prof. Fabio Ciravegna.

I am Principle Investigator (PI) and Project Coordinator of the €170,000 Crowd4Sat - Crowdsourcing for Observations from Satellites project which is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). Crowd4Sat consists of 3 official partners (University of Sheffield, Starlab Limited and e-GEOS SpA) along with 2 demonstration project owners (Alto Adriatico Water Authority and The Floow) and 1 technology provider (AizoOn). The objective of Crowd4Sat is to investigate the different facets of how crowdsourcing and citizen science impacts upon the validation, use and enhancement of ESA Observations from Satellites (OS) products and services, as well as how the ESA products can be used in crowdsourcing. It runs from 1 Feb 2015 until 31 March 2016.

I also work on the WeSenseIt – Citizen Water Observatories project. The €6.2 million WeSenseIt project is a four year European Framework 7 funded project. The project is developing a citizen-based observatory of water, which allows citizens and communities to become active stakeholders in information capturing, evaluation and communication. The project brings together the expertise of 14 European Partners ranging across Academic Institutions to Research Centres and Industry. We are testing, experimenting with and demonstrating the citizen observatory of water in three different case studies in water management with civil protection agencies in UK, NL and Italy. The topic is the entire hydrologic cycle with a major focus on variables responsible for floods and drought occurrences. The project results have the potential to fundamentally change the traditional concept of environmental monitoring and forecasting, as well as models of governance. I am specifically focussed on the development of low-cost sensor devices and mobile device applications with the twin aims of significantly improving the number and geographic coverage of sensor data streams as well as promoting citizen engagement and citizen science.

I am also a member of the Speech and Hearing Research Group and have interests in sound perception, audio processing and audio archive management (my PhD modelled how attention influences the perception and understanding of sound).


I am a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (formerly the Institution of Electrical Engineers - IEE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).

I co-organised the 2nd International Workshop on Evaluation of Semantic Technologies (IWEST 2012) held at the European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2012), Heraklion, Greece. I also co-organised the Semantic Evaluation at Large Scale Tutorial at 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) 2011, Sunday, 29th of May 2011, Heraklion, Greece. I was on the programme committee for the poster track of the 7th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) 2010, May 30th - June 3rd, 2010, Heraklion, Greece. I co-organised the International Workshop on Evaluation of Semantic Technologies (IWEST 2010) which was a full-day workshop at the 9th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2010), November 8th, Shanghai, China.

I co-edited a special issue on the evaluation of semantic technologies for the Journal of Web Semantics which appeared in September 2013.

I organised the Department of Computer Science's inaugural Researchers' Symposium which was held on 26 November 2014. This was a full-day event targeting all researchers working with the department. The first session addressed professional and career development needs including the acquisition of grant funding. The second session was a poster and oral presentation track in which a number of researcher's presented their current research. The best poster prize was awarded to Oscar Saz and the best oral presentation prize was awarded to Amy Beeston.

I have an Erdős number of 4.


I am a member of the Faculty of Engineering Postdoctoral Researcher Society committee (July 2011 - Present).

I am a member of the Department of Computer Science's Ethics Reviewing Panel (October 2013 - Present) and Research Committee (Nov 2010 - Aug 2013; Mar 2014 - Present).

I am also a member of the Department of Computer Science's Diversity and Equality Committee (formerly known as the Athena Swan working group). The Department has recently been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, in recognition of its long-standing commitment to gender equality and support for the career development and progression of women.

Formerly, I was a member of the Department of Computer Science's IT Committee (Oct 2003 - Oct 2009).


Contact Details
Dr. Stuart N. Wrigley BSc(Hons) PhD MIET MIEEE
Department of Computer Science
University of Sheffield
211 Portobello
Sheffield S1 4DP
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 1880
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 1810

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