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School of the Built Environment

Dr Simona Barresi



I joined the University of Salford in 2004 as a researcher on the European eContent funded FUNSIEC project, which aimed to evaluate the feasibility of building a unified semantic infrastructure for the European construction sector.  

Currently I am a lecturer in the School of the Built Environment. My main duties include teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.


I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and I currently teach the following modules:

Undergraduate modules

  • Economics and Management
  • Construction Management

Postgraduate modules

  • Process and Project Systems

Research Interests

My research interests include semantic computing, business process improvement, IT in construction, and virtual organisatons.

Recently, I have conducted research on the use and limitations of ICT in the Construction domain, with a focus on knowledge management. Currently, I am investigating the use of semantics to improve document representation and clustering results.

Qualifications and Memberships


PG Cert in Academic Practice

MSc Managing Information Technology

BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Information Systems


S. Barresi, S. Nefti, Y. Rezgui, 2009, A New Conceptual Approach to Document Indexing. In ENC '09 Proceedings of the 2009 Mexican International Conference on Computer Science, Pages 360-366, IEEE Computer Society Washington, DC, USA 2009

S. Barresi, Y. Rezgui, C. Lima, F. Meziane, 2008, Semantic Resources Integration and Interoperability in the Construction Domain. In Y. Manolopoulos, J. Filipe, P. Constantopoulos and J. Cordeiro (Eds), Enterprise Information Systems, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing,  Springer,  2008 Volume 3, pp 336-347, ISBN 978-3-540-77580-5

Y. Rezgui and S. Barresi, 2008, Interoperable Knowledge: Achievements and Future Challenges. In P. Brandon and T. Kocatürk (Eds.), Virtual Futures for Design, Construction and Procurement, Wiley Blackwell Publishing, USA

S. Barresi, S. Nefti, Y. Rezgui, 2008, A Concept Based Indexing Approach for Document Clustering, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing, IEEE Computer Society, Washington, DC, USA, pp 26-33

S. Barresi, Y. Rezgui F. Meziane, and C. Lima, 2006, Methodology to Support Semantic Resources Integration in the Construction Sector. 8th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS), 23 -27 May 2006. Paphos, Cyprus

S. Barresi, Y. Rezgui, C. Lima and F. Meziane, 2005, Architecture to Support Semantic Resources Interoperability. In Proceedings of the ACM Workshop on Interoperability of Heterogeneous Information Systems (IHIS05), ACM Press, New York, USA. pp 79-82

C. Lima, B. Fiès, C. Ferreira-da-Silva, and S. Barresi, 2004, Setting up the Open Semantic Infrastructure for the Construction Sector in Europe, the FUNSIEC Project, 5th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling in the Building and Construction Industry, ECPPM 2004, Istanbul, Turkey