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

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 and the Master's Program in Catastrophe Modeling and Resilience, 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 National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Microsoft, Amazon, and Sun Microsystems.
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Office Hours for Spring 2024

    Mondays (starting Jan 29) 9:30-10:30am in Rauch lobby, Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm in BC 215, or by request in person or via Zoom.

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Recent and Upcoming Travel Plans

Spring 2024 Schedule (but see Google Calendar at right for specific days)

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To Reach Me

  • Email: davison(at)cse.lehigh.edu
  • Office: Building C, Room 215
  • 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: 6 February 2024