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.

Upcoming Courses

In Fall 2022, I will be teaching an elective on "Thesaurus Construction and Metadata" (LIS 9202). See details.

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

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 Fall 2022 (Section 1) and Winter 2023.

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

My other two 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.