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Professor Alexandra Cristea

Professor of Computer Science


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Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer ScienceMCS 1030+44 (0) 191 33 42761
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  



Alexandra I. Cristea is Professor, Deputy Head, Director of Research and Head 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. She is Honorary Professor at the Computer Science Department, Warwick University. Her research includes web science, learning analytics, user modelling and personalisation, semantic web, social web, authoring, with over 300 papers on these subjects (over 4000 citations on Google Scholar, h-index 36). Especially, her work on frameworks for adaptive systems has influenced many researchers and is highly cited (with the top paper with over 200 citations). She was classified within the top 50 researchers in the world in the area of educational computer-based research according to  Microsoft Research (2015-02-10). Prof. Cristea has been highly active and has an influential role in international research projects. She has led various projects - Weizman Institute funded JANET (Joint Lab in Learning Analytics for Personalised Science Teaching) project (2020-2022); Newton funded workshop on Higher Education for All ('14-'18), Santander funded Education for disadvantaged pupils ('14-18'), Warwick-funded project APLIC ('11-;12), EU Minerva projects ALS (06-09) and EU Minerva ADAPT (’02-’05); as well as participated as university PI in several EU FP7 projects - BLOGFOREVER (’11-’13), GRAPPLE (’08- ’11), PROLEARN (’07) and as co-PI in the Warwick-funded Engaging Young People with Assistance Technologies (’13-’15) also featured by the BBC. Recently she has taken giving back to the community to a different level, with the project TechUP  (Bootcamp 2021) (2019-2020: training 100 women in computer science from various (BAME) backgrounds). She has been keynote/invited speaker, organiser, co-organizer, panelist and program committee member of various conferences in her research field (including, for example, ITS, AIED, UMAP, ED-MEDIA, Hypertext, Adaptive Hypermedia, ICCE, ICAI). She is a member of the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, Associate Editor of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and she was co-editor of the Advanced Technologies and Learning Journal and executive peer reviewer of the IEEE LTTF Education Technology and Society Journal. 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. She has interacted with various international and local media (she has given a recent live radio interview to Power 106FM in Jamaica; work from her lab has been publicised by Free Radio Coventry & Warwickshire, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail,, The Daily Dot, Mirror, Vice Motherboard, BBC News, Pinterest, Globenewswire, Romanian TV). She is a BCS fellow, a HEA fellow, IEEE Senior Member and IEEE CS member, EATEL (European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning) founding member, ACM member.


Delighted to say that two major conferences coming to Durham: AIED 2022 and EDM 2022!

Special Issues coming up:


Research interests

  • Web Science
  • User Modelling
  • Adaptive, personalised web
  • Social Web
  • Semantic Web
  • Applied AI
  • Learner Analytics Data Analytics
  • VR, XR, CR

Research groups

  • Innovative Computing

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Computer Science: Web Science
  • Computer Science: Learner Analytics
  • Education: Learner Analytics
  • Gender differences:


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