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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. He is an inaugural inductee to the ACM SIGIR Academy, class of 2020, with announcement: "to honor and recognize individuals who have made significant, cumulative contributions to the development of the field of information retrieval (IR). Inductees to the SIGIR Academy are the principal leaders in IR, whose efforts have shaped the discipline and/or industry through significant research, innovation, and/or service."

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 served on the IEEE Thesaurus Editorial Board, and was Chairman of the IEEE-CS Technical Committee on Digital Libraries.

Since 2018 he has served as Chief Technology Officer for Mayfair Group LLC, a startup in the legal and insurance fields, and is PI of a related NSF I-Corps study of automated summarization.

He works in the areas of digital libraries, information storage and retrieval, machine learning/AI, computational linguistics (NLP), hypertext/hypermedia/multimedia, computing education, electronic publishing, and expert systems.

In these areas, he has participated in, organized, presented, and/or reviewed for hundreds of conferences and workshops. 137 grants have funded his research. He has (co)supervised through completion over 86 doctoral or masters students. Papers, publications, and presentations total over 1240: 88 tutorials in over 28 countries; 19 books; 137 journal or magazine articles; over 648 related keynotes, papers, book chapters, posters, demonstrations, and reports; and over 350 other presentations. Google Scholar reports his works have been cited over 18K times, with an h-index of 61 and i10-index of 258.

For the Association for Computing Machinery he served 2018-2019 as a member of its Publications Board (and as 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, for the ACM Book Series section on Information Retrieval and Digital Libraries, and on the board for Information Processing and Management, Multimedia Tools and Applications, and Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, He serves on the editorial boards of International Journal on Digital Libraries, Journal of Intelligent Information Systems, Journal of Universal Computer Science, and PeerJ Computer Science.

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