Callum Booth is a computer scientist, NLP & digital humanities researcher, stage technician, graphic designer, and student activist; from Sheffield, UK. Currently researching neural methods for 19th century crime journalism parsing. Their research interests include natural language processing, data science, machine learning, and linguistics. They also have experience with web development and accessibility, technical theatre, broadcast tech, live event production, graphic design, and publicity/advertising.


Education

🎓 PhD in Digital Humanities

The University of Sheffield | 2019 - 2024 | Degree Ongoing

EPSRC funded studentship in Information Extraction and Entity Linkage in Historical Crime Records.

🎓 MComp in Computer Science

The University of Sheffield | 2015 - 2019 | 1st (Hons)

Integrated 4-year Masters degree. Modules studied include Java Programming, Web and Internet Technology, Data Driven Computing, Mainframe Computing, Adaptive Intelligence, and Computer Security and Forensics. A dissertation research project was also taken, titled 'Triple Scoring: Scoring and ranking the truth of factual triples'.

Module List

First year

  • Introduction to Software Engineering
  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Java Programming
  • Machines and Intelligence
  • Devices and Networks
  • Web and Internet Technology
  • Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures

Second year

  • Advanced Programming Topics
  • Human Centred Systems Design
  • Automata, Logic and Computation
  • Data Driven Computing
  • Bio-Inspired Computing and Robotics
  • Software Hut

Third year

  • Text Processing
  • Theory of Distributed Systems
  • Adaptive Intelligence
  • Mainframe Computing
  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • The Intelligent Web
  • The Internet of Things
  • Dissertation Project
  • Finance and Law for Engineers

Fourth year

  • Speech Processing
  • 3D Computer Graphics
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Network Performance Analysis
  • Parallel Computing with GPUs
  • Genesys

Full transcript available on request


Skills

⌨ Programming and Software Engineering

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • ES6 JS
  • jQuery
  • SASS/SCSS
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • C# .NET
  • AI/ML Programming
  • LAMP Stack Development
  • Linux
  • Agile development
  • Kanban/Scrum

🎨 Creative, Live Events, and Production

  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Adobe InDesign CC
  • Adobe After Effects CC
  • Affinity Designer 2
  • Affinity Photo 2
  • Affinity Publisher 2
  • Stage lighting
  • Live video
  • Resolume Arena 6
  • Stage rigging
  • Camera operation
  • Vision mixing

🎓 Academic

  • Research
  • Academic writing
  • Natural language processing

🌍 Languages

  • 🇬🇧 British English (Native)
  • 🇩🇪 German (CEFR B1.2)
  • 🇫🇷 French (Elementary)
  • 🇳🇴 Norwegian BokmÃ¥l (Elementary)
  • 🇩🇰 Danish (Elementary)

Experience

✒ Head of Design

Forge Media, University of Sheffield Student's Union

  • Forge Radio: May 2020 - April 2022

Maintaining Forge Radio’s visual branding and design.

👨‍💻 Head of Online

Forge Media, University of Sheffield Student's Union

  • Forge TV: March 2018 - May 2019
  • Forge Radio: April 2019 - April 2020
  • Forge Radio: April 2022 - January 2023

Maintaining Forge TV and Radio’s website and implementing new features. Involved with helping rework the Sheffield Varsity 2019 website to meet new branding guidelines. Role heavily involved use of Wordpress and Wordpress’ PHP API.

🎛 Senior Crew Member

Technical Services Committee, University of Sheffield Student's Union

February 2018 - February 2020

Member of TSC, involved with video, lighting, and sound services for Students Union events. Involves light rigging, stage building and dressing, live sound mixing, and light programming.

📣 Computer Science Academic Representative

University of Sheffield Computer Science Staff Student Liaison Committee

November 2017 - June 2019

Representing the 3rd and 4th Year computer science student body in talks and negotiations with staff members and lecturers. Collecting feedback from students throughout the year and using the feedback in talks with staff committee members to help change and shape the Department of Computer Science. Feeding back the decisions and changes made by the committee to the students, acting as an intermediary between the staff and student body for 3rd and 4th year students.

📣 Taught Programme Representative

University of Sheffield Computer Science Diversity and Equality Committee

October 2017 - June 2019

Representing taught students in talks with the department surrounding diversity and equality issues. Involved being a student presence at meetings with staff surrounding diversity and equality issues within the department, as well as monitoring student diversity numbers and suggesting ideas as to how the department can improve its diversity statistics in incoming cohorts. The role also involved overseeing and contributing to the department’s Athena SWAN action plan.

🏳️‍🌈 Publicity Design Officer/Publicity Officer

LGBT+/LGBTQ+ Committee, University of Sheffield Student's Union

March 2017 - Present

Elected to the LGBT+ Committee as Publicity Design Officer in 2017. Designing online and printed publicity materials for events and campaigns. Liaising with subcommittee members to create and publicise events throughout the year. Responsible for designing, collating, and editing the yearly committee handbook given out to incoming LGBT+ students in all academic years between 2017 and 2020.

Materials created as part of the role include Committee Handbooks given to incoming student cohorts which required a full creative process from requirements elicitation, to design and editing, to preparing for print, to delivery. Other materials include posters displayed across the University, and all online publicity on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Took a role in producing an LGBT+ club night within the SU, involving branding design, asset design, animation, event management liaison, and a technical production role.

Involved proficiency with Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, After Effects CC, and Affinity Designer/Photo 2.

Re-elected in April 2023 following a constitutional change that renamed the committee to the LGBTQ+ Committee, and combined publicity focused roles into one combined Publicity role. Responsible for the running of the LGBTQ+ Committee’s social media channels, event advertising, and design of all online and printed publicity materials. Also responsible for the full rebrand of the committee from LGBT+ to LGBTQ+, involving new logos and design assets, and changeover of social media channels to new branding.


Short Term Roles

📺 Graphics/Vision Mixer

Forge Media, University of Sheffield Student's Union

March 2020

Operating backstage broadcast tech for Student Union officer elections debates and results night.

💡 Lighting Operator

Sheffield University Theatre Company

  • MoaC: December 2017 - March 2018
  • The Graduate: May 2018 - October 2018

Operating and programming lighting setups for live student theatre productions. Liaising with lighting designers and stage management.

🎥 Camera Operator

Forge Media, University of Sheffield Student's Union

February 2017 / February 2018 / February 2019

Operating cameras during the Sheffield Students Union Officer live debates and results nights.