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A distinguished Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Umass) in Amherst, Massachusetts, his work focuses on areas of information retrieval, including retrieval models, representation, Web search, query processing, cross-lingual retrieval, and search architectures. In 1992 he founded the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR), which combines basic research with technology transfer to a variety of government and industry partners. He served as the Editor-In-Chief of ACM Transactions on Information Systems from 1995 to 2002. He was also a member of the National Research Council Computer Science and Telecommunications Board from 2000 to 2003. He earned a B.Sc. (Honors) degree in 1973, and an M.Sc. in Computer Science in 1974 from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge in 1979 and joined the University of Massachusetts, Amherst faculty later that year. He was elected an ACM Fellow in 1997. He received the American Society for Information Science and Technology Research Award in 2000. In 2003 he received the Gerard Salton Award from the ACM Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval (SIGIR) for, “More than twenty years of significant, sustained and continuing contributions to research in information retrieval. His contributions to the theoretical development and practical use of Bayesian inference networks and language modelling for retrieval, and to their evaluation through extensive experiment and application, are particularly important. The Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval which he founded illustrates the strong synergies between fundamental research and its application to a wide range of practical information management problems.” In addition, he received the Tony Kent Strix award in 2013; and in 2014 the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, "For outstanding contributions to information retrieval and the development of search engines." He has published more than 200 articles and has served on numerous program committees. He has published more than 250 articles with an h-index of 85 according to Google Scholar. He has also been involved in the organization of many workshops and conferences.
Noted For:Contributor to research in information retrieval and the theoretical development and practical use of Bayesian inference networks and language modelling for retrieval
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