Picture of Brian Brian D. Davison, Ph.D.
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Department of Computer Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
Lehigh University

Dr. Brian D. Davison is professor of computer science and engineering, associate director of the Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems and Computation (I-DISC), co-director of the interdisciplinary Master's Program in Data Science, and director of the undergraduate minor in data science. He regularly teaches data science and previously has taught courses on data mining, web search engines, networking, system administration, and C and UNIX programming. In 2021 he completed his term as editor-in-chief of the ACM journal, Transactions on the Web. During his most recent sabbatical, he worked in the Core Data Science group at Facebook (now called Meta). Dr. Davison earned his B.S. 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.
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Ask me about Lehigh's NEW Master of Science in Data Science program, starting summer 2022!

Special opportunity for colleagues in industry, government, etc.



Office Hours for Summer 2022

    Ofice hours by request.


Recent and Upcoming Travel Plans

Summer 2022 Schedule (but see Google Calendar at right for specific days)

Other items of interest

To Reach Me

  • Email: davison(at)cse.lehigh.edu
  • Office: Building C, Room 233
  • Mailing Address:
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering
    Lehigh University
    113 Research Drive (Building C)
    Bethlehem, PA 18015-4731

A few sayings that I like (the wording is mine, but I've probably picked up the content elsewhere)
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)

Last modified: 16 April 2022