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School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Dr Sergio Ioppolo


Royal Society University Research Fellow & Lecturer

Telephone: +44 20 7882 6775
Room Number: Engineering, Eng E201


Data Mining (Postgraduate)

Data that has relevance for decision-making is accumulating at an incredible rate due to a host of technological advances. Electronic data capture has become inexpensive and ubiquitous as a by-product of innovations such as the Internet, e-commerce, electronic banking, point-of-sale devices, bar-code readers, and electronic patient records. Data mining is a rapidly growing field that is concerned with developing techniques to assist decision-makers to make intelligent use of these repositories. The field of data mining has evolved from the disciplines of statistics and artificial intelligence. This module will combine practical exploration of data mining techniques with a exploration of algorithms, including their limitations. Students taking this module should have an elementary understanding of probability concepts and some experience of programming.


Research Interests:

I apply ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) laboratory techniques to investigate the molecular evolution of the Universe at international large facilities. I use the unique capabilities of  free-electron lasers, ion accelerators, and synchrotrons combined to dedicated UHV systems and laboratory techniques, such as Fourier Transform infrared and THz time-domain spectroscopy as well as quadrupole mass spectrometry, to investigate the formation of molecules relevant to life under space conditions in the broad VUV-Vis-IR-THz spectral range. 

I am currently the head scientist and sole responsible for the Laboratory Ice Surface Astrophysics (LISA) end-station at FELIX Laboratory (Netherlands). In partnership with other international groups, I also lead and manage the Ice Chemistry for Astrophysics (ICA) at ATOMKI (Hungary), and the Portable Astrochemistry Chamber (PAC) at ISA ASTRID2 (Denmark). I am currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Astrophysics & Planetary Science (CAPS), University of Kent, Canterbury, UK; and a Honorary Associate at the School of Physical Sciences (SPS), Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. I am an external Collaborator of the Laboratory for Astrophysics at Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands and the InterCat at Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.

Selected Recent Publications:

1. Ioppolo, S., Fedoseev, G., Chuang, K.-J., Cuppen, H.M., Clements, A.R., Jin, M., Garrod, R.T., Qasim, D., Kofman, V., van Dishoeck, E.F., Linnartz, H.; A non-energetic mechanism for glycine formation in the interstellar medium, 2020, Nature Astronomy, DOI: 10.1038/s41550-020-01249-0.

2. Noble, J.A., Cuppen, H.M., Coussan, S., Redlich, B., Ioppolo, S.; Infrared resonant vibrationally induced restructuring of amorphous solid water, 2020, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 124, 20864.

3. Ioppolo, S., Kanuchová, Z., James, R.L., Dawes, A., Jones, N.C., Hoffmann, S.V., Mason, N.J., Strazzulla, G.; Vacuum ultraviolet photoabsorption spectroscopy of space related ices: 1 keV electron irradiation of nitrogen- and oxygen-rich ices, 2020, Astron. Astrophys., 641, A154.

4. James, R.L., Ioppolo, S., Hoffmann, S.V., Jones, N.C., Mason, N.J., Dawes, A.; Systematic investigation of CO2:NH3 ice mixtures using mid-IR and VUV spectroscopy - Part I: thermal processing, 2020, RSC Advances, 10, 37515.

5. McGuire, B.A., Ioppolo, S., Allodi, M.A., Blake, G.A.; THz time-domain spectroscopy of mixed CO2:CH3OH interstellar ice analogs; 2016, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 18, 20199.