Research & Employment Opportunities

 

Graduate Assistantships are Available Now!

Interested students are urged to contact the faculty and students listed below or Prof. Paul Kantor, to learn more about the projects, and about graduate study in our Ph.D. program.

There are many excellent opportunities for doctoral level study and research with members of the LIS faculty at SCILS. We do research, at the school's Alexandria Project Laboratory, in the areas of: Indexing and Retrieval of Dynamic Brain Images, DIMACS Monitoring Message Streams: Retrospective and Prospective Event Detection, High Quality Interactive Question Answering, Economics of Information and Internet Commerce; Information Finding and Information Retrieval; Valuing Library and Information Services. Much of our work is interdisciplinary, and so various kinds of undergraduate and Master's level education provide a good foundation for these diverse areas. Relevant foundational studies are listed with each area below.

 

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  Indexing and Retrieval of Dynamic Brain Images

  DIMACS Monitoring Message Streams: Retrospective and Prospective Event Detection

  High Quality Interactive Question Answering

  Economics of Information/Internet Commerce

  Information Finding/Information Retrieval

  Valuing Information Systems

 

 

Indexing and Retrieval of Dynamic Brain Images

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DIMACS Monitoring Message Streams: Retrospective and Prospective Event Detection

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High Quality Interactive Question Answering

Our project on developing natural language technology, to allow intelligence analysts and other users of information systems to pose questions and obtain relevant, factual answers, or the assistance they require in order to perform their tasks, is a subawarded to Rutgers University by SUNY/Albany (Primary Investigator:  Tomec Strzalkowski) and headed by Prof. Paul Kantor, supported by Advanced Research and Development Activity of the Intelligence Community.

 

This project includes development of a novel system, and extensive evaluation and implementation studies.

 

It has been described in ___________________________________________numerous articles and reports in the general press, and will be ready for ____________________________public use in _______________.

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Economics of Information/Internet Commerce

 Economics of Information

Our project on economically rigorous evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of America's largest research libraries is headed by Prof. Paul Kantor, with funding by the Council on Library and Information Resources, and is described in several forthcoming papers in the October 1998 conference of the American Society for Information Science. It is the subject of dissertation research by Wonsik Shim.

Internet Economics

Our project on adaptive pricing, a new concept for maximizing revenue from sales on the Internet is headed by Prof. Paul Kantor, with funding by the Council on Library and Information Resources. It is described in a forthcoming paper in the October 1998 conference of the American Society for Information Science. It is the subject of additional dissertation research by Kyunghye Kim.

 Relevant Educational Foundations: Economics; Operations Research; Industrial Engineering

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Information Finding/Information Retrieval

Information Finding

Our project on finding information on the Internet, and in other networked environments, (the "AntWorld" project) is headed by Prof. Paul Kantor, with major support from the Defense Advanced Projects Agency. This project includes development of a novel system, and extensive evaluation and implementation studies. It has been described in numerous articles and reports in the general press, and will be ready for public use in the Summer of 1998.

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Information Retrieval

Our ongoing work a new approach, called "data fusion" to improve information retrieval, is described in numerous articles and reports in the Text Retrieval Conferences. Headed by Prof. Paul Kantor, it is the subject of ongoing research, and of the dissertation of Kwong Bor Ng.

Relevant Educational Foundations: Librarianship; Computer Science; Psychology; Human Factors (Industrial Engineering)

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Valuing Information Systems

Networked Access to Images

This study of the value and impact of giving patrons direct Internet access to special collections of rare material is headed by Prof. Paul Kantor, and funded by New York University. Graduate students working on the project include Lynn Kennedy; Michael Chumer and Soyeon Park.

 

Valuing Special Libraries

This study involves some 200 users of 10 corporate libraries is directed by Prof. Paul Kantor and Prof. Tefko Saracevic, and continues a long-term research agenda aimed at determining the dimension of library value, in academic and corporate settings. It is funded by the Special Libraries Association, and is described in a Final Technical Report, and a paper to appear at the October 1998 conference of the American Society for Information Science.

 

Evaluation of Text Retrieval Conferences

This research asks whether statistically significant conclusions can be drawn from the results of the Text Retrieval Conferences. Headed by Prof. Paul Kantor, it is a collaboration of Rutgers, SCILS, and the Rank Xerox Organization in Grenoble, France (Dr. David Hull, Co-PI.)

  Relevant Educational Foundations: Librarianship; Economics; Statistics; Philosophy; Sociology.

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