Robert Stevens (scientist)

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Robert Stevens
Robert Stevens
Robert David Stevens

(1965-02-11) 11 February 1965 (age 57)
Alma mater
Known forTAMBIS[1][2][3]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Manchester
ThesisPrinciples for the design of auditory interfaces to present complex information to blind people (1996)
Doctoral advisorAlistair Edwards[8]

Robert David Stevens (born 1965) is a professor of bio-health informatics.[9][10] and former Head of Department of Computer Science at The University of Manchester[11]


Stevens gained his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Bristol in 1986,[12] a Master of Science degree in bioinformatics in 1991 and a DPhil in Computer Science in 1996, both from the University of York.[8]

Career and research[edit]

Stevens current research interests[7][13][14][15] are the construction of biological ontologies,[16][17] such as the Gene Ontology,[18][19][20][21] and the reconciliation of semantic heterogeneity[22] in bioinformatics.[23][24] This research has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),[25][26] Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)[27] and the European Union.[28]

Stevens has been Principal investigator for a range of research projects including Ondex,[29][30] ComparaGrid,[31] SWAT (Semantic Web Authoring Tool)[25] and the Ontogenesis Network.[25]

Stevens served as Program Chair and co-organiser for the International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO) 2012[32] and co-founded the UK Ontology Network.[33] He has also participated in the Health care and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLSIG) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).[34] Stevens is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Biomedical Semantics.[35] Stevens started as a lecturer, then became a senior lecturer, Reader and became a Professor in August 2013.

Stevens has taught on several undergraduate and postgraduate courses on software engineering, databases, bioinformatics and runs introductory and advanced courses on the Web Ontology Language. He has been the main doctoral advisor to five successful PhD students[36][37][38][39][40] and co-supervised several others.[41][42][43]

Since July 2016 he has served as Head of Department of Computer Science at The University of Manchester.[11]


  1. ^ Goble, C. A.; Stevens, R.; Ng, G.; Bechhofer, S.; Paton, N. W.; Baker, P. G.; Peim, M.; Brass, A. (2001). "Transparent access to multiple bioinformatics information sources" (PDF). IBM Systems Journal. 40 (2): 532–551. doi:10.1147/sj.402.0532.
  2. ^ Stevens, R.; Baker, P.; Bechhofer, S.; Ng, G.; Jacoby, A.; Paton, N. W.; Goble, C. A.; Brass, A. (2000). "TAMBIS: Transparent Access to Multiple Bioinformatics Information Sources". Bioinformatics. 16 (2): 184–185. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/16.2.184. PMID 10842744.
  3. ^ Baker, P. G.; Brass, A.; Bechhofer, S.; Goble, C.; Paton, N.; Stevens, R. (1998). "TAMBIS--Transparent Access to Multiple Bioinformatics Information Sources". Proceedings. International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. 6: 25–34. PMID 9783206.
  4. ^ Field, D.; Garrity, G.; Gray, T.; Morrison, N.; Selengut, J.; Sterk, P.; Tatusova, T.; Thomson, N.; Allen, M. J.; Angiuoli, S. V.; Ashburner, M.; Axelrod, N.; Baldauf, S.; Ballard, S.; Boore, J.; Cochrane, G.; Cole, J.; Dawyndt, P.; De Vos, P.; Depamphilis, C.; Edwards, R.; Faruque, N.; Feldman, R.; Gilbert, J.; Gilna, P.; Glöckner, F. O.; Goldstein, P.; Guralnick, R.; Haft, D.; et al. (2008). "The minimum information about a genome sequence (MIGS) specification". Nature Biotechnology. 26 (5): 541–7. doi:10.1038/nbt1360. PMC 2409278. PMID 18464787.
  5. ^ Goble, C.; Harper, S.; Stevens, R. (2000). "The travails of visually impaired web travellers" (PDF). Proceedings of the eleventh ACM on Hypertext and hypermedia - HYPERTEXT '00. p. 1. doi:10.1145/336296.336304. ISBN 978-1581132274. S2CID 7099946.
  6. ^ Stevens, Robert (2007). "Day in the life of a disabled(?) scientist: Sightless in Science" (PDF). The Biochemist. doi:10.1042/BIO02903030. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b Robert Stevens publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ a b Stevens, Robert David (1996). Principles for the design of auditory interfaces to present complex information to blind people (PDF) (Ph.D. thesis). University of York. OCLC 931328170. EThOS
  9. ^ "Professor Robert Stevens, research profile - personal details (The University of Manchester)". Archived from the original on 28 December 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  10. ^ Klein, J.; Eales, J.; Zürbig, P.; Vlahou, A.; Mischak, H.; Stevens, R. (2013). "Proteasix: A tool for automated and large-scale prediction of proteases involved in naturally occurring peptide generation". Proteomics. 13 (7): 1077–1082. doi:10.1002/pmic.201200493. PMID 23348921. S2CID 8604093.
  11. ^ a b "Weekly newsletter for the School of CS". 11 July 2016. Archived from the original on 3 October 2019.
  12. ^ Meng, Y. B.; Stevens, R. D.; China, W.; McGill, S.; Ashburner, M. (1988). "Five glycyl tRNA genes within the noc gene complex of Drosophila melanogaster". Nucleic Acids Research. 16 (14): 7189. doi:10.1093/nar/16.14.7189. PMC 338370. PMID 3136440.
  13. ^ Robert Stevens at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  14. ^ Robert Stevens publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  15. ^ Robert Stevens author profile page at the ACM Digital Library Edit this at Wikidata
  16. ^ Malone, J.; Brown, A.; Lister, A. L.; Ison, J.; Hull, D.; Parkinson, H.; Stevens, R. (2014). "The Software Ontology (SWO): A resource for reproducibility in biomedical data analysis, curation and digital preservation". Journal of Biomedical Semantics. 5: 25. doi:10.1186/2041-1480-5-25. PMC 4098953. PMID 25068035.
  17. ^ Lord, P.; Stevens, R. (2010). Friedberg, Iddo (ed.). "Adding a Little Reality to Building Ontologies for Biology". PLOS ONE. 5 (9): e12258. Bibcode:2010PLoSO...512258L. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012258. PMC 2933225. PMID 20838431.
  18. ^ Jupp, S.; Stevens, R.; Hoehndorf, R. (2012). "Logical Gene Ontology Annotations (GOAL): Exploring gene ontology annotations with OWL". Journal of Biomedical Semantics. 3 Suppl 1 (Suppl 1): S3. doi:10.1186/2041-1480-3-S1-S3. PMC 3337258. PMID 22541594.
  19. ^ Kalankesh, L. R.; Stevens, R.; Brass, A. (2012). "The language of gene ontology: A Zipf's law analysis". BMC Bioinformatics. 13: 127. doi:10.1186/1471-2105-13-127. PMC 3473240. PMID 22676436.
  20. ^ Lord, P. W.; Stevens, R. D.; Brass, A.; Goble, C. A. (2003). "Semantic similarity measures as tools for exploring the gene ontology" (PDF). Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing: 601–612. doi:10.1142/9789812776303_0056. ISBN 978-981-238-217-7. PMID 12603061.
  21. ^ Wroe, C. J.; Stevens, R.; Goble, C. A.; Ashburner, M. (2003). "A methodology to migrate the gene ontology to a description logic environment using DAML+OIL". Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing: 624–635. doi:10.1142/9789812776303_0058. ISBN 978-981-238-217-7. PMID 12603063.
  22. ^ "Semantic Heterogeneity in Bioinformatics Resources". Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  23. ^ Lord, P. W.; Stevens, R. D.; Brass, A.; Goble, C. A. (2003). "Investigating semantic similarity measures across the Gene Ontology: The relationship between sequence and annotation". Bioinformatics. 19 (10): 1275–1283. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btg153. PMID 12835272.
  24. ^ Hastings, J.; Magka, D.; Batchelor, C.; Duan, L.; Stevens, R.; Ennis, M.; Steinbeck, C. (2012). "Structure-based classification and ontology in chemistry". Journal of Cheminformatics. 4: 8. doi:10.1186/1758-2946-4-8. PMC 3361486. PMID 22480202.
  25. ^ a b c "Grants awarded to Robert Stevens by the EPRSC". Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  27. ^ "Investigator / Supervisor details - Robert Stevens @ BBSRC". Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  28. ^ Duck, G.; Nenadic, G.; Brass, A.; Robertson, D. L.; Stevens, R. (2013). "BioNerDS: Exploring bioinformatics' database and software use through literature mining". BMC Bioinformatics. 14: 194. doi:10.1186/1471-2105-14-194. PMC 3693927. PMID 23768135.
  29. ^ Kohler, J.; Baumbach, J.; Taubert, J.; Specht, M.; Skusa, A.; Rüegg, A.; Rawlings, C.; Verrier, P.; Philippi, S. (2006). "Graph-based analysis and visualization of experimental results with ONDEX". Bioinformatics. 22 (11): 1383–1390. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btl081. PMID 16533819.
  30. ^ "BBSRC Award details BB/F006012/1: Ondex".
  31. ^ "BBSRC Award details BBS/B/17131: ComparaGrid - enabling GRID technologies for comparative genomics".
  32. ^ "ICBO FOIS 2012". Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  33. ^ UK Ontology Network
  34. ^ "Re: introductions: eric miller, w3c from Robert Stevens on 2005-12-01 ( from December 2005)". Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  35. ^ "Journal of Biomedical Semantics". Journal of Biomedical Semantics. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  36. ^ Egaña Aranguren, Mikel (2009). Role and application of ontology design patterns in bio-ontologies (PhD thesis). University of Manchester.
  37. ^ Brenchley, Rachel (2009). Towards automated annotation of protein phosphatases (PhD thesis). University of Manchester. OCLC 855121149. EThOS}.
  38. ^ Brown, Andrew J. (2007). Non-visual interaction with graphs (PhD thesis). University of Manchester. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014.
  39. ^ Fisher, Paul Ryan (2009). Towards a systematic approach to the large-scale analysis of genotype-phenotype correlations (PhD thesis). University of Manchester. OCLC 711956205. EThOS
  40. ^ Hull, Duncan (2008). Semantic matching of bioinformatic web services (PhD thesis). University of Manchester. OCLC 1064135556. EThOS
  41. ^ Yesilada, Yeliz (2005). Annotation and transformation of web pages to improve mobility for visually impaired users (Ph.D. thesis). University of Manchester. Copac 36711980.
  42. ^ Zhao, Jun (2007). Conceptual model for e-science provenance (PDF) (PhD thesis). University of Manchester. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2012.
  43. ^ "Prof Robert Stevens - The University of Manchester". Retrieved 10 January 2019.
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Preceded by Head of Department of Computer Science, University of Manchester