Professor David Bainbridge

Chairperson, Professor (Computer Science)

Qualifications: BEng(Hons) Edin PhD Cant

Contact Details

Room: G.1.23
Phone: +64 7 838 4407
Extension: 4407

About David

I received my Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh in 1991 (class medalist). For the following two years I worked in the area of CAD/CAM design as a research engineer for Thorn EMI (London). In 1993 I was awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to undertake a PhD at the University of Canterbury (NZ) to study the problem of optical music recognition. I joined the department at Waikato in 1996, completing my PhD part-time a year later. In 2001 I was promoted to senior lecturer, to associate professor in 2009, and have held the post of professor since 2016.

Research Interests

Since moving to Waikato I have continued to broaden my interest in digital media, while retaining a particular emphasis on music. I'm the Director of the Greenstone Digital Library Research Project, recepient of the Namur award in 2004 for its IT development for humanitarian aid. Through this work I have collaborated with several United Nations Agencies, the BBC and various national and regional libraries. Our digital music library system, Meldex illustrates some the ideas we are exploring in musical domain, including the ability to retrieve songs by humming part of the tune. Other media I have experimented within a digital library context include oral history, historic primary source documents, and video content.  I have published in the areas of image processing, music information retrieval, digital libraries, human computer interactions, spatial hypermedia, digital humanities, data compression, and text mining.

Recent Publications

  • Tudu, A., Bainbridge, D., & Rogers, B. (2020). Finding a safe port: Cyber-security analysis for open source digital library software. In Proc ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2020) (pp. 349-352). Virtual event, China: ACM. doi:10.1145/3383583.3398612

  • Bainbridge, D. (2020). Building digital library collections with Greenstone 3 tutorial. In Proc ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2020) (pp. 571-572). New York, NY, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/3383583.3398503

  • Bainbridge, D. (2019). Digital libraries: mission accomplished?. SRELS Journal of Information Management, 56(4), 159-170. doi:10.17821/srels/2019/v56i4/146594

  • Heydarian, P., & Bainbridge, D. (2019). Dastgàh recognition in Iranian music: different features and optimized parameters. In Proc 6th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM '19) (pp. 53-57). The Hague, Netherlands: ACM Press. doi:10.1145/3358664.3361873 Open Access version:

Find more research publications by David Bainbridge