Professor David Bainbridge

David Bainbridge

Professor (Computer Science)

Qualifications: BEng(Hons) Edin PhD Cant

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About David

I received my Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh in 1991 (class medalist). For the following two years I worked in the area of CAD/CAM design as a research engineer for Thorn EMI (London). In 1993 I was awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to undertake a PhD at the University of Canterbury (NZ) to study the problem of optical music recognition. I joined the department at Waikato in 1996, completing my PhD part-time a year later. In 2001 I was promoted to senior lecturer, to associate professor in 2009, and have held the post of professor since 2016.

Research Interests

Since moving to Waikato I have continued to broaden my interest in digital media, while retaining a particular emphasis on music. I'm the Director of the Greenstone Digital Library Research Project, recepient of the Namur award in 2004 for its IT development for humanitarian aid. Through this work I have collaborated with several United Nations Agencies, the BBC and various national and regional libraries. Our digital music library system, Meldex illustrates some the ideas we are exploring in musical domain, including the ability to retrieve songs by humming part of the tune. Other media I have experimented within a digital library context include oral history, historic primary source documents, and video content.  I have published in the areas of image processing, music information retrieval, digital libraries, human computer interactions, spatial hypermedia, digital humanities, data compression, and text mining.

Recent Publications

  • Hinze, A., Bainbridge, D., & Cunningham, S. J. (2016). The challenge of creating geo-location markup for digital books. In N. Fuhr, L. Kovács, T. Risse, & W. Nejdl (Eds.), Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries: 20th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries Vol. LNCS 9819 (pp. 294-306). Hannover, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-43997-6_23

  • Hinze, A., Bainbridge, D., Cunningham, S. J., & Downie, J. S. (2016). Low-cost semantic enhancement to digital library metadata and indexing: simple yet effective strategies. In Proc 16th ACM/IEEE-CS on Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (pp. 93-102). Newark, NJ, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/2910896.2910910 Open Access version: hdl:10289/10353

  • Hinze, A., Coleman, M., Cunningham, S. J., & Bainbridge, D. (2016). Semantic Bookworm: mining literary resources revisited. In Proc 16th ACM/IEEE-CS on Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (pp. 227-228). Newark, NJ, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/2910896.2925444 Open Access version: hdl:10289/10352

  • Bainbridge, D. (2016). Building digital library collections with Greenstone 3 tutorial. In N. Fuhr, L. Kovacs, T. Risse, & W. Nejdl (Eds.), Proc 20th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries Vol. LNCS 9819 (pp. 468-470). Hannover, Germany: Springer.

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Bainbridge, Prof David 4407 davidb G.1.24 Computer Science

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