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

I keep my website relatively up-to-date, so please feel free to visit it for information About me, about the Courses I teach at Western, about my Research Lab (LiT.RL) and Projects, about individual Graduate Students as part of the Lab, as well as the List of Publications. You will also find me on Twitter @VictoriaRubin (yes, still posting there occasionally, at least for now...) Also, the GoogleScholar keeps tabs on my citation track-record, and many of my pubs are available via ResearchGate and/or Scholarship@Western (Last update: January 12, 2022 08:55 p.m.)

Upcoming Courses

In our MLIS course "Information Organization, Curation and Access" (LIS9002), we aim to develop an understanding of general principles and techniques for the organization, representation, and classification of information. I teach this required course regularly, including Winter 2023.

In Winter 2023, I am teaching "Misinformation and Viral Deception" (FIMS 9328). Please see details here. There is an associated textbook that I was just recently published. See the details about the book.

I typically do not teach it in the summer since summers are dedicated to my research activities. (Just an FYI for current students.)

I last taught my other elective on "Thesaurus Construction and Metadata" (LIS 9202). See details) in Fall 2022, and it seems to be a poplar course. It's likely to be taught in Fall 2023/Winter 2024 again (but no guarantees though.)

My other three electives are currently on hold, they are about MLIA and NLP.

See also my Teaching Philosophy statement. It tells you how I aspire to teach. If you are curious if there is any methodology behind it, yes, of course there is. I use the active and cooperative learning approach to teaching. If you are a student at FIMS, hope this works for you!

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.

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