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Brian D. Davison, Ph.D.

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Lehigh University

Dr. Brian D. Davison is an associate professor of computer science and engineering and director of the undergraduate minor in data science. He teaches courses on data science, data mining, web search engines, networking, system administration, and C and UNIX programming. He heads Lehigh's Web Understanding, Modeling, and Evaluation (WUME) laboratory and serves as joint editor-in-chief of the ACM journal Transactions on the Web. While on sabbatical during the 2013-2014 academic year, he worked in the Core Data Science group at Facebook. 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 web search and mining, focusing on the integration of text and link analysis applied to search, recommendation and classification problems on the Web and 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, and Sun Microsystems.
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Office Hours (Packard Lab 514C) for Fall 2017

    Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am-noon, and by appointment.


Recent and Upcoming Travel Plans

Fall 2017 Schedule (but see Google Calendar at right for specific days)

Other items of interest

To Reach Me

  • Email: davison(at)cse.lehigh.edu
  • Office: Packard Lab 514C
  • Mailing Address:
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering
    Lehigh University
    19 Memorial Drive West
    Bethlehem, PA 18015

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.

Last modified: 10 September 2017