Dr Marco Palomino

Dr Marco Palomino

Lecturer in Information Systems and Big Data

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


Lecturer in Information Systems and Big Data


PhD in Computer Science
Downing College, University of Cambridge
I investigated the fastest way to crawl the Web with the smallest amount of computational resources. I designed and implemented a prototype, Web crawler that preserved an up-to-date index of Web pages without making a priori assumptions about the way the Web changes.


Research Areas

I have carried out work on the following research areas:
  • Web-based horizon scanning: A systematic examination of information to identify potential threats, risks, emerging issues and opportunities, allowing for better preparedness and the incorporation of mitigation and exploitation into the policy making process.
  • Web crawling: Search engines make use of large indices of word occurrences on Web pages to cross-reference Web sites to keywords. Such indices are maintained by crawlers, a special kind of computer program that browses the Web autonomously. I have reviewed several alternatives to split a crawler's work into multiple processes, and examine their weaknesses and strengths experimentally.

Professional membership

Professional Member of the British Computing Society (MBCS)


Palomino, M.A. SharpSpider: A Continuous, Parallel and Distributed Spider - Design and Implementation of Software to Navigate the Web Autonomously. VDM Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany, July 2009, ISBN 978-3639148862.

R. Owen, M. Depledge, J. De Lurio, S. Bardsley, and M. A. Palomino, "Chapter 10: Emerging Issues in Oceans and Human Health: Managing Uncertainty and New Knowledge", in Oceans and Human Health: Implications for Society and Well-Being, R. E. Bowen, M. H. Depledge, C. P. Carlarne, and L. E. Fleming, Eds., Hoboken, NJ, USA: Wiley-Blackwell, May 2014, pp. 267-289, ISBN: 978-1-119-94131-6.

Journal and Conference Papers

M. Palomino, T. Taylor, A. Goker, J. Isaacs, and S. Warber, "The online dissemination of nature-health concepts: Lessons from sentiment analysis of social media relating to nature-deficit disorder", in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, A. van den Berg and J. Roe, Eds. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI AG, January 2016, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 142, EISSN 1660-4601.

M. A. Palomino, T. Taylor, G. McBride, H. Mortimer, R. Owen, and M. Depledge, "The Impact of Relevance Feedback on Web-based Information Retrieval for Horizon Scanning Applications", in Business Informatics, J. Korczak, H. Dudycz, and M. Dyczkowski, Eds. Wroclaw, Poland: Publishing House of Wroclaw University of Economics, September 2013, vol. 2, no. 28, pp. 77-99, ISSN 1507-3858.

M. A. Palomino, T. Taylor, and R. Owen, "Evaluating business intelligence gathering techniques for horizon scanning applications", in Advances in Soft Computing and Its Applications, Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, F. Castro, A. Gelbukh, and M. Gonzalez, Eds., Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, November 2013, vol. 8266, pp. 350 - 361, ISBN 978-3-642-45110-2.

M. Palomino, T. Taylor, G. McBride, H. Mortimer, R. Owen and M. Depledge, "Optimising Web-Based Information Retrieval Methods for Horizon Scanning Using Relevance Feedback", in Proceedings of the 2013 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (FedCSIS 2013), Krakow, Poland, September 2013, pp. 1139 - 1146.

M. Palomino, T. Taylor, G. McBride and R. Owen, "Instability in Search Engine Results: Lessons Learned in the Context of Horizon Scanning Applications", in Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA), Prague, Czech Republic, August 2013, pp. 53 - 57.

M. A. Palomino, A. Vincenti, and R. Owen, "Optimising web-based information retrieval methods for horizon scanning", foresight, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 159 - 176, 2013, ISSN 1463-6689.

M. A. Palomino, G. McBride, T. Taylor, and R. Owen, "Web-based Horizon Scanning: Recent Developments with Application to Health Technology Assessment". Business Informatics, vol. 3, no. 25, pp. 139 - 159, December 2012.


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