Dr. Fox is Director of the Digital Library Research Laboratory. At Virginia Tech he is a Professor in Computer Science and member of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction and the Discovery Analytics Center. He serves as Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations – promoting open access to student research results.
Prior to coming to Virginia Tech in 1983 he was Manager of Information Systems, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria – helping address global food issues. His Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science are from Cornell and his B.S. is from MIT. Dr. Fox worked from 1972-1978 as a Data Processing Manager, Vulcraft, Div. of NUCOR Corporation, Florence, SC, giving him experience with civil engineering (steel joist design and construction).
Dr. Fox focuses on “information”, but also works with data and artificial intelligence (e.g., machine learning, computational linguistics / natural language processing). He built his first search engine in 1980, and has held international leadership positions regarding information retrieval and digital libraries. He works with documents, text, multimedia (esp. images but also fingerprints), hypertext/hypermedia/WWW, etc. Interests span from theory to algorithms to systems to (IRB approved) experiments with users/communities. Current efforts, in collaboration with University Libraries, that might be helpful to those in GCC who require processing of and access to very large datasets, leverage large big data stores and the latest DevOps practices involving containers, Kubernetes, and CI/CD. Dr. Fox is interested in helping those studying global change to collect and archive webpages and tweets of interest, and to assist with their analysis and exploration (search, browse, visualize). This also could lead to specialty portals on key issues and threats.