Brian D. Davison, Ph.D.|
Chair, Department of Computer
Science and Engineering
Dr. Brian D. Davison is Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Professor and Co-founder of the interdisciplinary Master's Program in Data Science, Co-founder of Lehigh's Center for Catastrophe Modeling, member (former associate director) of the Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems and Computation (I-DISC), and was Founding Director of the undergraduate minor in data science. He regularly teaches data science and previously has taught courses on data mining, web search engines, and more. During his most recent sabbatical, he worked in the Core Data Science group at Facebook (now called Meta). Dr. Davison earned his B.S. in (computer) engineering from Bucknell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University. His research includes search, mining, recommendation and classification problems in text, on datasets, on the Web and in social networks. He is an NSF Faculty Early Career award winner. Dr. Davison's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Microsoft, Amazon, and Sun Microsystems.
Dr. Davison's CV is also available.
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Recent and Upcoming Travel Plans
Dr. Davison in the news
My advice to Lehigh students. Updated January 2022
Dr. Xiannong Meng (Bucknell Univ., Spring 2012)
Former undergraduate students:
Yang Yi (2018)
Baiyu Xiang (2017-2018)
Faith Komlo (2016-2017)
Elizabeth Koshelev (Brandeis University, summer of 2017)
Marissa Como (Providence College, summer of 2015)
Former graduate students:
Youshan Zhang (PhD '21)
Sicong Kuang (PhD '20)
Ovidiu Dan (PhD '19)
Zaihan Yang (PhD '14)
William West (MS '14)
Dawei Yin (PhD '13)
Liangjie Hong (PhD '13)
Na Dai (PhD '13)
Yufei Xia (MS '13)
Jennifer Bayzick Tannenbaum (MS '13)
Xiaoguang Qi (PhD '12)
Zhenzhen Xue (MS '10)
Jian Wang (MS '09)
Lan Nie (PhD '08)
Shruti Bhandari (MS '08)
YaoShuang Wang (MS '08)
Baoning Wu (PhD '07)
Vinay Goel (MS '06)
Wei Zhang (MS '04)
Kalyan C. Boggavarapu (MS '04)
Kiran K. Komaravolu (MS '04)
David B. Lewanda (MS '03)
David G. Deschenes (MS '03)
Everything in moderation, also known in Latin as Modus omnibus in rebus.
-- Ancient Greek Proverb (the Latin is from Plautus).
Never ascribe to malice what you can ascribe to stupidity -- especially your own.
-- See Hanlon's Razor and M.N. Plano's version
The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men; Gang aft a-gley
-- Robert Burns: To a Mouse (original Scots)
Love like there is no tomorrow.
-- Multiple popular references
The perfect is the enemy of the good.
-- Voltaire (loosely translated from the French)
A PhD doesn't mean you are an expert in any particular subject; it just means that you could become one if you wanted to.
-- Me (AFAIK)
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.
-- Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut (attributed)