Edward A. Fox Information Page

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General Information

Dept. of Computer Science

Digital Library Research Laboratory (DLRL)

Short Biographical Sketch

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Dr. Edward A. Fox holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University, and a B.S. from M.I.T. He is a Fellow of both ACM and IEEE, cited for leadership in digital libraries and information retrieval.

Since 1983 he has been at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI&SU or Virginia Tech), where he serves as Professor of Computer Science, and by courtesy, of ECE. He directs the Digital Library Research Laboratory and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. He was an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association and was Chair (now a member) of the ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) Steering Committee. He has been (co)PI on over 126 research and development projects. In addition to his courses at Virginia Tech, Dr. Fox has taught over 83 tutorials in more than 28 countries. He has given more than 65 keynote/banquet/international invited/distinguished speaker presentations, 221 refereed conference/workshop papers, and over 460 additional presentations. He serves on the IEEE Thesaurus Editorial Board.

For the Association for Computing Machinery he serves as a member of its Publications Board (and co-chair of its digital libraries committee). He was editor for information retrieval and digital libraries in the ACM Books series. He was founder and co-editor-in-chief for the ACM Journal of Educational Resources in Computing, was a member of the editorial board for ACM Transactions on Information Systems, and was General Chair for JCDL 2001. Earlier, he served 1988-91 as a member of the Publications Board and as editor-in-chief of ACM Press Database Products (responsible for the broad area of electronic publishing including online, CD-ROM, hypertext, interactive multimedia, and developing a digital library). He also served from 1987-95 as vice chair and then chair of the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval, from 1992-94 as founder and chairman of the Steering Committee for the ACM Multimedia series of conferences, and from 1995-1998 as founder and chairman of the Steering Committee for the ACM Digital Libraries series of conferences. He served as Program Chair for ACM DL'99, ACM DL'96, and ACM SIGIR'95 - and Program Co-chair for JCDL 2018, CIKM 2006, and ICADL 2005. He was lead guest editor for Communications of the ACM special issues July 1989, April 1991, April 1995, April 1998, and May 2001.

In the 1980s he was project director for the Virginia Disc series of CD-ROMs as well as for VPI&SU work on interactive digital video. He was editor for the Morgan Kaufmann Publishers book series on Multimedia Information and Systems, and on the board for Information Processing and Management. He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, Journal of Universal Computer Science, Multimedia Tools and Applications, and PeerJ Computer Science. He served as Chairman of the IEEE-CS Technical Committee on Digital Libraries. He has co-authored/edited 19 books, 130 journal/magazine articles, 49 book chapters, and many reports. These are in the areas of digital libraries, information storage and retrieval, machine learning/AI, computational linguistics (NLP), hypertext/hypermedia/multimedia, computing education, CD-ROM and optical disc technology, electronic publishing, and expert systems.

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