Dr Steve Wade
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After my first degree in Computing I worked for a year as a COBOL programmer with British Steel. I then returned to Sheffield University to study for an MSc Information Systems which led to my PhD in IR (Information Retrieval). My research was in the implementation and evaluation of novel algorithms for text-based retrieval. The algorithms in question don 't look particularly novel anymore, they are at the heart of Internet search engines such as Google. I like to think that some of the Google programmers read my papers and that I contributed in some small way to the vast fortunes they have made.
I completed my PhD in 1989 and took up a teaching position at the University of Sheffield in the Department of Information Studies. I left Sheffield to take up my current position at the University of Huddersfield in 1993. During my years in Huddersfield I have been involved in research into the application of object oriented techniques to the development of IR applications; the application of genetic algorithms to IR; the development of agile systems development methods and the application of pedagogical patterns to the design of teaching materials.
My current teaching interests are in the areas of Model-Driven Architecture, Web Programming and Database Development. I am Course Leader and Admissions Tutor for the school's Information Systems courses.
Outside of the University I enjoy fell-walking and various aspects of family life (I have two children). I used to be a keen amateur actor and have been a member of various theatre groups over the years.
Research & Scholarship
My research and teaching interests share a focus on how to develop information systems. I am interested in this from the perspective of both developers and end-users.
From the developer 's perspective I am interested in investigating ways in which we can construct software systems that model real-world situations and are adaptable so that they can evolve as those situations change. The research issues in this area relate to technical features of modern programming languages and the expressive power of the Unified Modelling Language (UML). I have taught the UML at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and to a number of local organisations.
From the end-user perspective I am interested in designing information systems that accommodate people's differing needs and styles of information use. I take the view that information systems development is fundamentally a social activity so I am interested in techniques that help us to understand the organisational and social context in which information systems will be used.
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Salahat, M. and Wade, S. (2014) ‘Teaching Information Systems Development Through an Integrated Framework ’. In: The UKAIS International Conference on Information Systems (UKAIS) 2014, 7-9 April 2014, Oxford University, UK
Elzawi, A., Kenan, T., Wade, S. and Pislaru, C. (2013) ‘Exploratory study of the attitudes of academic staff in Libyan Universities towards the role of the Internet’ 8th International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions ICITST 2013 , pp. 490-493.
Restoum, M. and Wade, S. (2013) ‘The Impact of Providing Information resources on End-users Satisfaction Case study: the Library of Arab International University in Syria ’. In: Proceedings of the 10th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services. York, UK: University of York. .
Restoum, M. and Wade, S. (2013) ‘The impact of library performance on students' satisfaction’. In: 5th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries QQML 2013, 4th-7th June 2013, Rome, Italy
Cai, D. and Wade, S. (2012) ‘A Rule-Based Method for Outlying Rating Detection’ International Journal of Computer and Communication Engineering , 1 (4), pp. 466-471. ISSN 2010-3743
Wade, S., Salahat, M. and Wilson, D. (2012) ‘A Scaffolded Approach to Teaching Information Systems Design’ ITALICS , 11 (1), pp. 56-70. ISSN 1473-7507
Binzabiah, R. and Wade, S. (2012) ‘Proposed method to build an ontology based on Folksonomy ’. In: International Conference on Information Society . London, UK: IEEE. pp. 441-446. ISBN 978-1-4673-0838-0
Kowalska, K., Cai, D. and Wade, S. (2012) ‘Sentiment Analysis of Polish Texts’ International Journal of Computer and Communication Engineering , 1 (1), pp. 39-42. ISSN 2010-3743
Hasan, L. and Wade, S. (2012) ‘An investigation of the Information Needs of Local Historians’. In: Proceedings of UKAIS 2012. Oxford, UK: AIS. .
Wade, S. and Salahat, M. (2012) ‘Pedagogical Evaluation of a Domain-Driven Design Framework’. In: Proceedings of UKAIS 2012. Oxford, UK: AIS. .
Elzawi, A. and Wade, S. (2012) ‘Barriers to ICT adoption in quality of engineering research in Libya : how to bridge the digital divide?’. In: Proceedings of The Queens Diamond Jubilee Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers Conference 2012: CEARC12. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 98-103. ISBN 978-1-86218-106-9
Elzawi, A. and Wade, S. (2012) ‘Barriers to ICT adoption in quality of engineering research in Libya : how to bridge the digital divide’. In: Proceedings of The Queens Diamond Jubilee Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers Conference 2012: CEARC12. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. p. 144. ISBN 978-1-86218-106-9
Binzabiah, R. and Wade, S. (2012) ‘An Approach to Developing an Ontology that Represents Knowledge Embedded in Filmed Materials’. In: Proceedings of The Queens Diamond Jubilee Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers Conference 2012: CEARC12. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 91-97. ISBN 978-1-86218-106-9
Binzabiah, R. and Wade, S. (2012) ‘Modeling of an ontology to represent the knowledge embedded in filmed materials’. In: Proceedings of The Queens Diamond Jubilee Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers Conference 2012: CEARC12. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. . ISBN 978-1-86218-106-9
Elzawi, A., Kenan, T., Wade, S. and Pislaru, C. (2012) ‘Bridging the Digital Divide and Enhancing the Quality of Engineering Research in Libyan Universities’. In: 6th Conference on Quality in Middle East, 30 Jan - 2 Feb 2012, Hamdan Bin Mohammed University, Dubai
Binzabiah, R. and Wade, S. (2012) ‘Building an Ontology Based on Folksonomy: An attempt to represent knowledge embedded in filmed materials.’ Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions (JITST) , 2 (1/2). ISSN 2046-3723
Salahat, M. and Wade, S. (2012) ‘Pedagogical Evaluation of a Systemic Soft Domain-Driven Design Framework ’ The UKAIS International Conference on Information Systems 2012 Proceedings .
Wade, S. and Salahat, M. (2009) ‘Application of a Systemic Soft Domain-Driven Design Framework’ Proceedings of the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, (57), pp. 476-486. ISSN 2070-3724
Wade, S. and Salahat, M. (2009) ‘A Systems Thinking Approach to Domain- Driven Design’. In: UK Academy for Information Systems Conference Proceedings 2009. London, UK: UK Academy for Information Systems. .
Salahat, M., Wade, S. and Lu, J. (2008) ‘A systemic framework for business process modelling and implementation’. In: Innovations '08: 5th International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology, 16th - 18th December 2008, Al Ain, Dubai , pp. 247-251
Wade, S (2004) ‘An Approach to Integrating Soft Systems Methodology and Object Oriented Software Development’ Proceedings of UKAIS 2004 .
Wade, S. and Braekevelt, P. (2000) ‘Use of IR_Framework in the Teaching of Information Retrieval’ The New Review of Document and Text Management , 1, pp. 237-253. ISSN 1361-4584
Wade, S., Smith, M. and Wolstenholme, M. (2000) ‘Applying Genetic Programming to the Problem of Term Weight Algorithms’ The New Review of Document and Text Management , Vol. 1, pp. 101-111. ISSN 1361-4584
Wade, S (1995) ‘Application of a Genetic Algorithm to the Production of Text Signatures’ The New Review of Document and Text Management , 1, pp. 147-167. ISSN 1361-4584
Wade, S. and Braekevelt, P. (1994) ‘IR_Framework: a Class Library for Information Retrieval’. In: Software Engineering in Higher Education. Southampton, UK: WIT Press. . ISBN 1-85312-289-0
Research Degree Supervision
- An Application Framework for the Development of Retrieval Applications [PhD]
- Tools and Techniques to support a Systems Thinking Approach to Object Oriented Design [PhD]
- Pedagogical Patterns for the Design of Distance Learning Materials [PhD]
- Teaching Information Systems Skills through Role-Playing and Computer-Based Case Studies [PhD]