Mimno selected as 2017-2019 iSchool research fellow

David Mimno

David Mimno, assistant professor in the Information Science department at Cornell University, has been selected by the iSchool faculty as a research fellow for the 2017-2019 academic years. Research fellows are chosen because their work is relevant to the interests of the School's faculty and students. During the period of their appointments, fellows give at least one public lecture.

Mimno's interests include text mining, machine learning, digital humanities, computational humanities, and computer-assisted scholarship. His work is supported by a fellowship from the Sloan Foundation and an NSF CAREER Award.

"My ongoing research focuses on three areas," explained Mimno. "Machine learning systems need to be able to produce useful results while respecting privacy and copyright. Users also need better tools and guidance on ‘data cleaning,’ based on consistent, predictive theories that explain how characteristics of noisy, inconsistent collections affect the results of data mining algorithms. Finally, multi-modal analysis that links text and images can take advantage of recent stunning improvements in image analysis to provide new perspectives for scholars."

Mimno earned his PhD in computer science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass). Prior to arriving at UMass, he worked for an internet auction startup; the Natural Language Processing Research Group at the University of Sheffield; and the Perseus Project, a cultural heritage digital library.

"I was delighted by the invitation to become a research fellow. The iSchool at Illinois is at the forefront of technological approaches to scholarship that take advantage of digitized libraries. But it also represents a long tradition of research in how we can manage information and support scholars and the general public. I hope we never forget that all of the amazing technology that we're building is ultimately about connecting people to the world around them," he said. 

Updated on
Backto the news archive

Related News

Experience trailers offer a flavor of the user experience

When Nintendo introduced the Wii home video game console in 2006, the company needed to show the general public how the Wii was unlike other game consoles currently on the market. To do so, Nintendo created an experience trailer to help potential users understand how it would feel to use the Wii. Professor and MS/IM Program Director Michael Twidale and Stefan Rennick-Egglestone, a senior research fellow in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, discuss this area of research in their article, "Experience Trailers."

Cheng to discuss classification systems at international workshop

Doctoral student Jessica Cheng will present her research at the 18th European Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop, which will take place on September 13 in Porto, Portugal. The workshop, held in conjunction with the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2018) and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI 2018), will explore the potential of knowledge organization systems (KOS) such as classification systems, taxonomies, thesauri, ontologies, and lexical databases in the context of current developments and possibilities.

Jett presents at digital humanities conference

Doctoral candidate Jacob Jett presented his research in digital cultural heritage collections at the Japanese Association for the Digital Humanities annual conference (JADH 2018), which was held September 9-11, in Tokyo, Japan. The theme of this year's conference was "Leveraging Open Data."

Diesner to deliver keynote at HNR 2018

Associate Professor and PhD Program Director Jana Diesner will serve as a keynote speaker for the fifth annual Historical Network Research Conference (HNR 2018), which will be held from September 11-13 in Brno, the Czech Republic. The conference brings together historians, social scientists, and computer scientists to foster awareness of the possibilities of network research and create opportunities for sharing cross- and multidisciplinary approaches to the networked past.

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner

Brooks, students, publish paper based on class project

A class project in the Global Health Informatics course has resulted in a journal publication for Ian Brooks, instructor and research scientist, and students Noah Samuel (PhD) and Janina Sarol (CAS).