Dr. Shepherd is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University, and served as Dean of the Faculty from 2008 through 2015. As the Dean, he founded the Institute for Big Data Analytics at Dalhousie and chaired two successful Big Data Conferences, in 2015 and 2017. His research area is Information Retrieval, specifically text retrieval from large unstructured data sets. His research also included genre for digital documents and the personalization and delivery of electronic news. More recently, the subject of his research interest is smart cities.
He was also the founder and first CEO of the Centre for Data Analytics and Business Insights at the MYRA School of Business, Mysuru, India. He has served on the boards of a number of notfor- profit organizations and is the Vice-President and Treasurer of the World Confederation of Productivity Science.