Since 1997 Alan Smeaton has been a Professor of Computing at Dublin City University. Prior to that he was a Senior Lecturer and before that he was a Lecturer at DCU. He joined DCU (then NIHED) in 1987 having completed his PhD in UCD under the supervision of Prof. Keith van Rijsbergen. He also completed an M.Sc. and B.Sc. at UCD.
In 1994 Alan Smeaton was the chair of the 17th ACM SIGIR Conference which he hosted in Dublin, and in 2001 he hosted an NSF-DELOS Workshop on Personalisation and Recommender Systems, also in Dublin. He hosted the second conference on AI and Cognitive Sciences in DCU (1989), he was program co-chair of the ACM SIGIR Conference in Toronto in 2003 and general chair of the Conference on Image and Video Retrieval (CIVR) which he hosted in Dublin in 2004. In 2005 he hosted the European Summer School in Information Retrieval in Dublin and was also program co-chair of the International Conference on Multimedia and Expo in Amsterdam. In 2009 he was program co-chair of ACM MultiMedia Modeling conference in Sophia Antipolis, France and in 2010 co-chair of the program committee for CLEF-2010 in Padova, Italy.
Alan has published over 300 book chapters, journal and refereed conference papers as well as dozens of other presentations, seminars and posters and he has a Google Scholar h-index of 35. He was an Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Information Systems for 8 years, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Document and Text Management, and is presently a member of the Editorial Boards of Information Retrieval, Information Processing and Management, Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval, the Journal on Digital Libraries and the ACM Journal on Computers and Cultural Heritage. Since 1989 he has served on over 170 separate program committees for conferences or international workshops and has also refereed papers for 29 different journals, many of them on numerous occasions, and in a range of disciplines.
Extracted from: http://www.computing.dcu.ie/people/prof-alan-f-smeaton