2010-2011 Past Talks


Douglas W. Oard, University of Maryland, College Park

Date:  October 15, 2010


Who ëDat?  Identity resolution in large email collections


Douglas Oard is a Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, with joint appointments in the College of Information Studies and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Dr. Oard earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and his research interests center around the use of emerging technologies to support information seeking by end users. His recent work has focused on interactive techniques for cross-language information retrieval, searching

conversational media, and support for sense-making in large digital archival collections.




Brian Davison,  Lehigh University

Fri, Oct 22, 2010


Managing and Mining Information in Microblogs


Brian D. Davison is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Lehigh University. He earned his B.S. from Bucknell University and has an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University. Dr. Davison’s current research interests are broadly in information retrieval, data mining, and network science with applications to web search, web mining, social and information network analysis, reputation systems, expert finding and adversarial information retrieval.

He is an NSF Faculty Early CAREER award winner and in addition to the National Science Foundation has had research supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Microsoft, and Sun.




AbdurChowdhury, Twitter

November 3, 2010

Discovery & Emergence


Dr. Abdur Chowdhury serves as Twitter’s Chief Scientist. Prior to that Dr. Chowdhury co-founded Summize a real-time search engine sold to Twitter in 2008. Dr Chowdhury has held positions at AOL as  Chief Architect for Search, Georgetown’s Computer Science Department and University of Maryland’s Institute for Systems Research. His research interest lay in Information Retrieval focusing on making information accessible.




Martin Hardwick,  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


Dec 3, 2010


The Triumphs and Tragedies of a Standard for Manufacturing Data


As a specialist in data semantics for engineering applications, Dr. Hardwick has supervised ten Ph.D. students and numerous Masters students. Dr. Hardwick joined RPI in 1989 as an Assistant Professor and has risen through the ranks to be a tenured Full Professor with more than 60 referred papers. Currently he is Acting Head of the department. He has won several NSF grants, was a principle investigator for the DARPA Initiative in Concurrent Engineering project, the National Industrial Information Infrastructure Protocols (NIIIP) project and the NIST ATP Model Driven Intelligent Control of Manufacturing project. Software written by Dr. Hardwick is included in the libraries of many Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing systems where it is used to read and write data defined by the ISO 10303 STEP standards. He received his bachelors and doctorate degrees from Bristol University in the




Simson Garfinkel, NAVAL Post Graduate School

October 1, 2010


Automated Digital Forensics


Simson L. Garfinkel is an Associate Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and an associate of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. His research interests include computer forensics, the emerging field of usability and security, personal information management, privacy, information policy and terrorism. He holds five US patents for his computer-related research and has published dozens of referred journal and conference papers. Simson Garfinkel received three Bachelor of Science degrees from MIT in 1987, a Master’s of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 2005




Patrick McDaniel

Nov 18, 2010


Multi-vendor Penetration Testing in the Advanced Metering Infrastructure: Identifying Future Challenges


Patrick McDaniel is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the Pennsylvania State University and co-director of the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security Laboratory. Patrick’s research efforts centrally focus on network, telecommunications, and systems security, language-based security, and technical public policy. Patrick is the editor-in-chief of the ACM Journal Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT), and serves as associate editor of the journals ACM Transactions on Information and System Security, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, and IEEE Transactions on Computers. Patrick was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and has chaired several top conferences in security including, among others, the 2007 and 2008 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy and the 2005 USENIX Security Symposium. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D. in 1996 at the University of Michigan, Patrick was a software architect and program manager in the telecommunications industry.




Dr. Edward Fox,  Virginia Tech

Fri, Apr 29, 2011  


Dr. Edward A. Fox, a renown expert in information retrieval and digital libraries, is Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. He directs the Digital Library Research Laboratory and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, and has been (co)PI on over 110 research and development projects. In addition to his courses at Virginia Tech, Dr. Fox has taught over 74 tutorials in more than 25 countries. He has given more than 63 keynote/banquet/international invited/distinguished speaker presentations, about 154 refereed conference/workshop papers, He has co-authored/edited 13 books, 96 journal/magazine articles, 46 book chapters, and many reports. These are in the areas of digital libraries, information storage and retrieval, hypertext/hypermedia/multimedia, computing education, computational linguistics, CD-ROM and optical disc technology, electronic publishing, and expert systems.




Dr. Ellen Voorhees;  NIST ñ Information Access Division


September 16th, 2011


Coopetitions and Experimental Computer Science


Ellen Voorhees is a Computer Scientist in the Information Access Division of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her primary responsibility at NIST is to manage the Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) project including serving as the chair of the TREC program committee. Her research interests include information retrieval and natural language processing, especially developing appropriate evaluation schemes to measure system effectiveness in these areas. Voorhees received a Ph.D. degree in computer science from Cornell University under the direction of Gerard Salton.




Professor Jimmy Lin

September 23rd , 2011

Hadoop/MapReduce as a Platform for Data-Intensive Computing  




Uzi Vishkin

Friday, December 2nd  , 2011