Doctoral Students

Advisor
Jana Diesner
Research focus
Creating tools for the social good and quantifying impact using social computing methodologies.
Advisor
Peter Darch
Research focus
My research draws on perspectives from socio-technical system design and technological assessment frameworks focused on ethical decision making. This work is motivated by the question of how social considerations shape and inform the technical choices we make when designing implantable medical technologies, and with evaluation of how the body is becoming a digitized information resource. My research examines the intersection of humans and machines with emphasis on how information gained during scientific development is shared among multi-level stakeholders through the knowledge transfer process.
Advisor
Rachel M. Magee
Research focus
My research interest is in youth and information access and use, both in formal and informal learning settings. I am particularly interested in diversity and the school performance and economic impacts of computing knowledge and proficiency, and in the role school and public libraries can play in addressing racial end economic disparities in access to information.
Advisor
Bertram Ludäscher
Research focus
My research interests are on topics related to interoperability issues with Knowledge Organisation Systems, especially in the areas of taxonomy alignment. I’m currently working with Professor Bertram Ludäscher on projects where we tried to use RCC-5, logic-based approach to reconcile taxonomies. I’m also interested in ontology mapping, matching problems, and other Semantic Web related topics.
Advisor
J. Stephen Downie
Research focus
My research interests lie in the intersection of technology, human, and music. I am interested in music information retrieval and digital library research using data mining, machine learning, and music signal processing. I have worked on various topics including a cross-cultural exploration of K-Pop genre/mood, automatic music topic classification using texts and audio features, music mood classification, and automatic lyrics-to-audio alignment.
Advisor
Linda Smith
Research focus
I am interested in how information technologies connect people who are spread out in space and time. How has social media technology altered the “international student experience”? How are social media and online learning systems (including both for-credit programs and Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs) connecting geographically dispersed peoples, both for community building and educational purposes? What are the ramifications of changes and new/current patterns in those connections across space and time, and what might the future implications of those changes and patterns be?
Advisor
Jana Diesner
Research focus
Ly's current interests as well as research topic areas lie at the intersection of computational social science, network theories and applications, and organizational communication. More specifically, Ly aims to examine how research methods such as network analysis and social simulation models can be used to advance our understanding of various social and organizational systems. Her current projects place network science at the core to understand and explain a number of social/organizational phenomena ranging from egocentric networks to interagency emergency response networks. Ly is a 2018 Network Science Fellow recipient of the Visible Network Labs. 
Advisor
Catherine Blake
Research focus
The interface between computation and life science has always fascinated me. While studying medical informatics, I came across an interesting case of a chemotherapy drug that sometimes had no effect or could harm the patient depending on the presence of specific genetic markers. The information about these biomarkers had languished in the literature for many years but it was spread across many disciplines. Scientists have trouble keeping up with the literature in their own fields much less several fields. This is an information science problem that could be solved with natural language processing and data and text mining techniques. My goal is to mine the vast scientific literature and genetic databases for biomarkers that predict drug efficacy.
Advisor
Nicole A. Cooke
Research focus
My research interests focus on the information behaviors of African Americans, and the effectiveness of cultural heritage institutions (libraries, archives, museums) at meeting the needs of African American communities. I am also interested in information literacy, community informatics, social justice, community engagement, and diversity and inclusion.
Advisor
Bertram Ludäscher
Research focus
My research interests are in scientific data management; computational reproducibility; data curation; workflows and provenance; information organization, representation and access.
Advisor
Vetle Torvik
Research focus
My current academic interests include data mining, text mining, machine learning, and data visualization, specifically on how DM and TM can help analyze sociotechnical data such as medical data, publication data, or geographical data, etc; how to apply different ML algorithms to different projects and invent new ones; and how to better visualize and story tell the data. 
Advisor
Catherine Blake
Research focus
My research motivation involves extracting patterns and relations from textual data that will help scientists and scholars make discoveries from large text datasets. The related areas include information retrieval, natural language processing, text mining, and ontology.
Advisor
Carol Tilley
Research focus
My current research interest lies in comics and cultural studies, especially in the evaluations of cultural elements reflected in comics, readers' information behaviors, comic-related data analysis, and possibly ways to promote cultural communications on this basis.
Advisor
Lori Kendall
Research focus
My research interests are in records management and archives administration, personal archiving, and memory media and memory institutions. Currently, I am examining a number of specific personal memory practices (e.g., personal scrapbooking) in more detail and exploring potential comparative research angles between such practices in the US and China.
Advisor
J. Stephen Downie
Research focus
My research interest lies in music information retrieval (MIR), especially music mood/genre classification using text mining and signal processing techniques, as well as topics related to MIR evaluation.
Advisor
Jodi Schneider
Research focus
My research interests include information management, knowledge discovery, and data analytics. I am motivated in building smarter information systems that can help people get insights from data and make important decisions, without the hassle of going through the laborious work of collecting and disambiguating knowledge. I am currently working with Prof. Jodi Schneider on information extraction on healthcare data. Particularly, we study medication systematic review process and propose solutions for automatic extraction of important medical data elements that could help reduce the time necessary to complete a systematic review in healthcare.
Advisor
Vetle Torvik
Research focus
My research interests are on topics related to knowledge diffusion and scholarly communication. I'm current working with Professor Vetle Torvik to study how the patents are cited in the scientific papers.
Advisor
J. Stephen Downie
Research focus
My research interests include digital humanities and digital libraries. I want to apply digital tools and computational methods to the study of texts and innovate the way we interpret literature. I am also very interested in library and information sciences education.
Advisor
Allen Renear
Research focus
I employ formal methods to examine issues in the conceptual foundations of information access, organization, and retrieval, especially with regards to web and data semantics. Knowledge representation techniques and modeling exercises, such as ontology development and conceptual modeling, represent a sizable area of overlap in my research.
Advisor
Jana Diesner
Research focus
I'm interested in developing computational methods for better understanding the propagation of information from public discourse on social issues. The related research areas include text mining, natural language processing and information retrieval.
Advisor
Jerome McDonough
Research focus
My research focuses on standards for moving image digitization - the social aspects of their design, the technical choices that drive their development and the decision-making processes of large and small cultural heritage repositories when picking an encoding/container combination for digitizing legacy video materials.
Advisor
Jerome McDonough
Research focus
My research interests are in preservation of intangible cultural heritage, specifically the seeking, acquisition, and sharing of indigenous knowledge. I am particularly interested to know how varied indigenous groups acquire and transmit existing and new knowledge; understanding challenges and how choices are negotiated; as well as identifying strategies for facilitating ongoing indigenous practices and preserving existing knowledge for future generations.
Advisor
Kate Williams
Research focus
I am interested in library and information services provision for the marginalized community in Africa, especially historically marginalized communities and those who have had to leave their homes due to environmentally, political, social or economic problems.  My focus will be on identifying existing library and information services to the marginalized communities, assess their impact on the ground and identify best practices. 
Research focus
I work in the philosophy of information (broadly construed), within which I focus on issues related to political philosophy, readers/reading, popular romance fiction, and aesthetics (especially taste and recommendation).
Advisor
Catherine Blake
Research focus
My research focuses on biomedical scientific claims made in grant funded projects. Especially, I am interested in analyzing the effect of collaboration on evolving scientific claims in multiple projects, which are appeared in text such as grant abstracts and full-text articles. The textual analysis on scientific claims are conducted with various techniques in information retrieval, natural language processing, and text mining.
Advisor
Peter Darch
Research focus
My current research interests include two different areas: citizen science and human information behaviors. I am now working with Professor Peter Darch on a project related to citizen science in astronomy. I am also working with Professor Melissa Ocepek on the projects about everyday information behavior and passive information behavior.
Advisor
Carol Tilley
Research focus
Critical theory in LIS education and information organizations. Information behavior of children. Youth services in public libraries with emphasis on diverse users. Children's literature. Research methods. Management of public libraries.
Advisors
Jana Diesner, Vetle Torvik
Research focus
I conduct research on extracting and analyzing information from temporally changing social data. I have applied human-in-the-loop as well as semi-supervised machine learning techniques to extract information from social media datasets. I have also worked on quantifying conceptual novelty and expertise in biomedical articles. I have also worked on studying the effects of gender, ethnicity, and author age on self-citation rates in biomedical articles. Most of my research is available in form of open source tools, and open datasets.
Advisor
Linda Smith
Research focus
My research focus is on the social design of technical systems (mobile and web applications) for diverse user groups which embodies both interaction design as well as user experience. My research utilizes Design Thinking (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test) as a method to approach the complex problems encountered during the product development and user acquisition phase. My passion is connecting people with information and building models and systems that help connect people with information that fulfills their information seeking needs. Holistically my research aims to understand how user experience impacts the overall goals and missions of an organization.
Advisors
Kate McDowell, Jana Diesner
Research focus
My research interests focus on interactions and behaviors in online environments. Specifically, I am interested in understanding the leadership processes and practices in online spaces by exploring what environmental structures help or hinder the leadership process, the differences or similarities to online leadership practices as compared to real life practices, and general information behavior in groups.
Advisor
Jana Diesner
Research focus
My current research is focused on computational social sciences in which I use natural language processing, machine learning, and network analysis to extract meaningful information from (online) text. I am particularly interested in analyzing social discourse (i.e.: social media, reviews and news articles) and developing computational models to better understand behavior, psychology, and culture of people in real world.
Advisor
Bonnie Mak
Research focus
My research interests live within the spaces of art, design and archives, and involve the exploration of how their intersections can increase and enhance public access to knowledge.
Advisor
Kathryn La Barre
Research focus
My research primarily focuses on institutionalized bigotry in classification systems, especially with regards to queer and trans issues. I am also interested in where intersectional approaches are, and are not, found in library work.
Advisor
Kate Williams
Research focus
My research interests lie in the intersection between people and technology; I am interested in how people innovate with technology in a community setting and most importantly the potential for entrepreneurial development in local maker labs and the lessons that can be learnt from such labs. Should we be excited about the maker culture as it is currently being promoted in the US and are there lessons and potential benefits for African countries that may want to adopt this initiative in promoting innovation among its teaming youths?
Research Scientist, Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship
Advisor
Ted Underwood
Research focus
My research interests focus on curatorial and collaborative research practices within the digital humanities. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how top-down incentives to engage in collaborative research projects impact scholars’ information behaviors, curatorial practices, and social networks.
Advisor
Jana Diesner
Research focus
I am currently studying applications of entity linking to information retrieval. That is, how can we use information derived from mentions of people, places, things, and ideas in documents and queries to help us improve the performance of retrieval systems.
Advisor
Elizabeth Hoiem
Research focus
I use interdisciplinary methods, particularly Chicana Feminist Theory and Performance Studies, to interrogate strategies for minoritarian resistance deployed in the picturebook art form. My project considers how aesthetic/political strategies contribute to decolonial library services for children and families. Through this work, I aim to foster conversations between critical ethnic studies approaches in library science curriculum and children's library services.
PhD, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in progress)
MS, Library and Information Science, University of North Texas
BS, Marketing, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Advisor
Carol Tilley
Research focus
My research interests include multicultural representation in youth literature; library services for teens (collections, programming, teen spaces, and evaluation of services offered); everyday life information-seeking behaviors of teens; public libraries as informal learning centers; and library leadership and management.
Advisor
Jana Diesner
Research focus
My current focus is on the temporal aspects of relevance. This includes the exploration of what it means for a query to be temporally sensitive as well as techniques for incorporating temporal information from queries and document collections into general retrieval models.
Advisor
Alistair Black
Research focus
Popular reception of and access to scientific research; early modern transmission of information and development of scholarly networks; evolution of scholarly journal format and editorial peer review; materiality of scientific communication; application of socio-technical theories to history of publication in the sciences from early modern Europe to present day; preprint publication and the economics of scientific publication houses in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; STS perspectives in information science discipline and pedagogy.