FIMS Profile

Victoria L. Rubin
Associate Professor

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4046
Phone: 519-661-2111 x88479

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506
  • About Me

  • Teaching

  • Research

Watch a two-minute Video Self-Introduction on my website.

Ongoing and Upcoming Courses (Plus a Couple on Hold)

The "Misinformation and Viral Deception" FIMS-wide course (FIMS 9328) will be offered again in Winter 2020 term.

What's it about? Here is the official brief description:

"Foundations of credibility assessment and information quality verification. Philosophical and psychological underpinnings of deceptive behaviors. Information manipulation by digital environment type (fudging, forging, spamming, trolling), format (image- or text-based), domain (communication, news provision, information organization). Best prevention guidelines for digital/off-line environments. Technological advancements in lie detection and information verification." See more details on my Teaching homepage.

In LIS 9002 "Organization of Information", we aim to develop an understanding of general principles and techniques for the organization, representation, and classification of information. I teach this required course quite regularly including in Fall and Winter terms, including the current 2019 Fall term. I typically do not teach it in the summer since summers are dedicated to my research activities. (Just an FYI for current students.)

I regularly offer three (3) other electives courses in our MLIS program, and some are cross listed in our Doctoral LIS and Linguistics MA Programs. Each elective course is described in more detail on my personal Teaching webpage here. To get a sense of my electives, see below:

1. The details about this Fall (2019 term) elective course on "Thesaurus Construction and Metadata" (LIS 9202) are here.

2. The LIS 9733 course on "Multilingual Information Access" is not currently offered in the 2019/2020 academic year. When it is, it will provide critical assessment of linguistically complex electronic environments and roles of multilingual resources putting emphasis on linguistic, societal, and technological issues in the global information access context. Best multilingual and cross-lingual practices (e.g., cross-language information retrieval, language identification, and machine translation) as well as resources (e.g., dictionaries and corpora) are revisited. In the context of global information production and usage, most users (especially, ethnocentric monolinguals) can benefit from an in-depth understanding of linguistic and socio-cultural issues associated with multilingual digital archives as well as insights into previously proposed technological solutions for multilingual information access (MLIA).

3. The LIS 9732/9832 "Language and Computer Technologies for Libraries and Beyond" course critically evaluates natural language technologies and envisages their creative applications in library settings and digital media at large. (No computer programming background required. No linguistic background required.) This course however is not offered in the 2019/2020 academic year.

What do I value in teaching? How do I aspire to teach? I use the active and cooperative learning approach to teaching. See more about about it in my Teaching Philosophy.

My general interests are in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Information Retrieval. NLP is a field that studies how computers can be used to analyze and represent human languages in order to facilitate human-computer communications, be it search, retrieval, or dialogue. My focus is on subtle but discernible properties of written text including writer's certainty about what is said, writer's emotions, opinions, and biases. I am modeling credibility assessment factors and investigating the feasibility of their automation with NLP techniques. My latest effort is in understanding the phenomenon of deception and its types, and in creating an ontology of deceptive cues for deception detection techniques. These different strands of research can also be classified as studying Human Information Behavior within LIS. If you are a student who is interested in and would like to study any of the above topics, please contact me.

The LiT.RL Lab
My Research page describes LiT.RL team and our projects. The page will lead you to publications and all things research-related.

The blog - Newsbits 'n Bytes - is dedicated to tech news and reflections on language technologies, languages, and broader information organization and LIS issues. You will find here LiT.RL Lab updates and Western University campus event alerts.

News Verification Project has been recently completed and the lab just released the resulting News Verification Browser as a Chrome self-downloadable plug-in. This suite of tools is meant to assist users in identification of various types of "fakes" by their type: falsified news, satirical fakes and clickbait. We also have a DB of satirical fakes available for research purposes. Please inquire.

Research Profiles, Publication Record, Social Media
On Research Gate - On GoogleScholar - On Twitter - On Newsbits 'n Bytes Blog.