Dr. Michael Shepherd

Phone: 902-494-1199
Email: shepherd@cs.dal.ca
Homepage: http://web.cs.dal.ca/~shepherd/
Location: Room 105
By Mail or Courier:

Faculty of Computer Science
Dalhousie University
6050 University Avenue
PO BOX 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Canada

Education:

PhD - University of Western Ontario (1978)
MSc - University of Western Ontario (1970)

Titles & Honours:

Board of Governors, Dalhousie University (2001-2005)
Advisory Committee for Programs in Health Services Research for the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (2003-2005)
Board of Studies, International School for Information Management, University of Mysore, India (2007-2009)
Board of Directors, Information Technology Industry Alliance of Nova Scotia (ITANS) (2008-2011)
Vice-President, Canadian Association of Computer Science (2009-2011)

Research Interests:

Information retrieval, hypertext, web information systems, electronic news delivery, information filtering, genre in digital documents, medical informatics

Publications:

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Abidi, Samina and Michael Shepherd. 2008. A Clinical Practice Guideline-based Ontology Driven Clinical Decision Support System for Breast Cancer Follow-up. The Journal on Information Technology in Healthcare 2008; 6(1): 23–32
  • Rekha Gaikwad, Ingrid Sketris, Michael Shepherd and Jack Duffy. 2007. Evaluation of accuracy of drug interaction alerts triggered by two electronic medical record systems in primary healthcare. Health Informatics Journal. Vol 13, No, 3, pp. 163–177.
  • Kellar, M., Watters, C. and M. Shepherd. 2007. A Field Study Characterizing Web-Based Information Seeking Tasks. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Vol. 58, No. 7, pp. 999-1018.
    Shepherd, M., Abidi, S.R.R., Gao, Q., Chen, Z., Qi, Q. and G. Allen Finley. 2006. Accessing Tacit Knowledge and Linking it to the Peer-Reviewed Literature. 2006. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 17, pp. 873-894.
  • Shepherd, M., Watters, C. and Alistair Kennedy. 2004. Cybergenre: Automatic Identification of Home Pages on the Web. Journal of Web Engineering. Vol. 3, No. 3 & No. 4, pp. 236-251.
  • Watters, C.R., Shepherd, M.A., Chiasson, T. and L. Manchester. 2004. An Evaluation of Two Metaphors for Electronic Newspapers. Electronic Publishing. Published in Lecture Notes In Computer Science, Volume 2003/2004, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, pp. 223-241.

Other Refereed Publications

  • Mason, J., Shepherd, M., Duffy, J., Keselj, V., and C. Watters. An n-gram Based Approach to Multi-labeled Web Page Genre Classification. 43rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, 5-8 January 20010.
  • Mason, J., Shepherd, M., and J. Duffy. Classifying Web Pages by Genre: An n-gram Based Approach. The 2009 IEEE/WIC/ACM Conf. on Web Intelligence. 15-18 Sept 2009. Milan, Italy
  • Mason, J., Shepherd, M., and J. Duffy. Classifying Web Pages by Genre: A Distance Function Approach. Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST) 2009. Lisboa, Portugal. 23-26 March 2009.
  • Sampalli, T., Shepherd, M. and R. Fox. Boundary objects in the multidisciplinary care management of chronic conditions: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Information Technology and Communications in Health, Victoria, Canada, 19-22 February 2009.
  • Mason, J., Shepherd, M. and J. Duffy. An N-gram Approach to Automatically Identifying Web Page Genre. 42nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, 5-8 January 2009.
  • Patterson, K., Watters, C. and M. Shepherd. Document Retrieval using Proximity-based Phrase Searching. 41st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, 7-10 January 2008.
  • Dong, L., Watters, C., Duffy, J. and M. Shepherd. An Examination of Genre Attributes for Web Page Classification, 41st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, 7-10 January 2008
    Abidi, R.R., Abidi, Samina and M. Shepherd. Ontology-based Modeling of Clinical Practice Guidelines: A Clinical Decision Support System for Breast Cancer Follow-up Interventions at Primary Care Settings. Medical Informatics (MEDINFO). 20-24 August 2007. Brisbane.
    Marath, S., Shepherd, M., van Zanten, S., Duffy, J. and C. Watters. Evaluation of Health Information on the Web. International Conference on Semantic Web and Digital Libraries. 21-23 February 2007. Bangalore, India.
  • Abidi, Samina and M. Shepherd. A CPG-Based Ontology Driven Clinical Decision Support System for Breast Cancer Follow-up. Information Technology and Communications in Health (ITCH). 15-18 February 2007. Victoria, B.C., Canada.
  • Sharma, A., Shepherd, M. and H. Chen. Enabling the Semantic Reasoning in the Health Level 7 Clinical Document Using the Web Ontology Language. Information Technology and Communications in Health (ITCH). 16-18 February 2007, Victoria, BC.
  • Dong. L., Watters, C., Shepherd, M. and J. Duffy. Binary Cybergenre Classification Using Theoretic Feature Measures. IEEE/WIC/ ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence. 18-22 December 2006. Hong Kong.
    Shepherd, M. Challenges in Health Informatics. Proceedings of the 40th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. 3-6 January 2007. Hawaii.
  • Zhang, R., Shepherd, M., Duffy, J. and C. Watters. Automatic Web Page Categorization using Principal Component Analysis. Proceedings of the 40th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. 3-6 January 2007. Hawaii.
  • Sarabdeep Singh, S., Shepherd, M., Duffy, J. and C. Watters. An Adaptive User Profile for Filtering News Based on a User Interest Hierarchy. Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology. Austin, Texas, 3-9 November 2006.
  • Kellar, M., Watters, C. and M. Shepherd. A Goal-based Classification of Web Information Tasks. Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology. Austin, Texas, 3-9 November 2006.
  • Gaikwad, R.K., Sketris, I., Shepherd, M. and J. Duffy. Evaluation of Accuracy of Drug Interaction Alerts triggered by Two Electronic Medical Record Systems in Primary Health Care. 11th International Symposium for Health Information Management Research, Halifax, Canada, 16-18 July 2006.
  • Abidi, Samina, Elvidge, K., Kharrazi, Hadi, Shepherd, M., Watters, C. and J. Duffy. Reformulation of Consumer Health Queries with Standard Medical Vocabulary. 11th International Symposium for Health Information Management Research, Halifax, Canada, 16-18 July 2006.
  • Kellar, M., Watters, C. and M. Shepherd. The Impact of Task on the Usage of Web Browser Navigation Mechanisms. In the Proceedings of Graphics Interface (GI 2006). Quebec City. 7-9 June 2006.
  • Chen, Z., Shepherd, M., Abidi, S.S.R. and G.A. Finley. Linking Tacit Knowledge in the Pediatric Pain e-Mail Archives and Explicit Knowledge in PubMed. 39th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Hawaii. 4-7 January 2006.
  • Watters, C., Oore, S., Shepherd. M., et al. Extending the Use of Games in Health Care. 39th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Hawaii. 4-7 January 2006. September 8, 2005.
  • Tang, B., Heywood, M.I. and M. Shepherd. A Novel Self-Organizing Network Determining the Optimal Cluster Structure Automatically. 5th Workshop on Self-Organizing Maps. Paris. 5-8 September 2005.
  • Tang, B., Shepherd, M., Heywood, M.I. and X. Luo. 2005. Comparing Dimension Reduction Techniques for Document Clustering. The Eighteenth Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Victoria, BC, Canada. 9-11 May 2005.
  • Qi, Q., Gao, Q., M. Shepherd, M. and G.A. Finley. Accessing Tacit Knowledge in the Pediatric Pain e-Mail Archives. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, 3-6 January 2005.
    Kennedy, A. and M. Shepherd. Automatic Identification of Home Pages on the Web. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, 3-6 January 2005.
  • Abidi, Syed Sibte Raza, Finley, Allen, Milios, Evangelos , Shepherd, Michael and David Zitner. Knowledge Management in Pediatric Pain: Mapping On-Line Expert Discussions to Medical Literature. Medical Informatics (MEDINFO) 2004. San Francisco. 7-11 September 2004.
  • Kellar, M., Watters, C., Duffy, J. and M. Shepherd. Effect of Task on Time Spent Reading as an Implicit Measure of Interest. American Society for Information Science & Technology 2004 Annual Meeting. 13-18 November 2004, Providence, Rhode Island.
  • Kellar, M., Stern, H., Watters, C. and M. Shepherd. An Information Architecture to Support Dynamic Composition of Interactive Lessons and Reuse of Learning Objects. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. 5-8 January 2004.
  • Shepherd, M., Watters, C. and J. Young. Context Thesaurus for the Extraction of Metadata from Medical Research Papers. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. 5-8 January 2004.
  • Covvey, H.D., Zitner, C., Berry, D.M. and M. Shepherd. Formal Structure for Specifying the Content and Quality of the Electronic Health Record. 11th IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference (RE’03). 8-12 Sepember 2003. Monerey Bay, California.
  • Tang, B., Heywood, M.I. and M. Shepherd. The Self_Organization by Lateral Inhibition Model: Validation of Clustering. 2003 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks. 20-24 July 2003. Portland, Oregon.
    Basu, A., C. Watters and M. Shepherd. Support Vector Machines for Text Categorization. 36th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Hawaii. 6-9 January 2003.
  • Liang, Z., Bodorik, P. and M. Shepherd. Storage Model for CDA Documents. 36th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Hawaii. 6-9 January 2003.

Refereed Workshops

  • Tang, B., Shepherd, M., Milios, E. and M.I. Heywood. Comparing and Combining Dimension Reduction Techniques for Efficient Text Clustering. International Workshop on Feature Selection for Data Mining – Interfacing Machine Learning and Statistics in conjunction with 2005 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining, April 23, 2005, Newport Beach, California.
  • Shepherd, M. and C. Watters. Identifying Web Genre: Hitting a Moving Target. WWW2004 Conference Workshop on Measuring Web Search Effectiveness: The User Perspective. New York, 18 May 2004.

Refereed Poster Sessions appearing in Conference Proceedings

  • Gaikwad, R., Sketris, I., Shepherd, M. and L. Napier. Evaluation of Accurracy of Drug Interaction Alerts Issued by Electronic Medical Record Systems. Atlantic Networks for Prevention Research Forum. White Point Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada. 25-26 October 2005.
  • Watters, C., Liu, F., Kharrazi, H., Kellar, M. and M. Shepherd. Building Classes of Entertaining Games for Health Education. Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) 2005. Vancouver, 16-20 June 2005.
  • Kennedy, A., Shepherd, M. and C. Watters. Exploring the Role of Genre in Web Searching. American Society for Information Science & Technology 2004 Annual Meeting. 13-18 November 2004, Providence, Rhode Island.