Dr. Edward Fox

Computer Science

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 include building and deploying a 20-node Hadoop cluster (74 TB storage) for big data research and education; this might be helpful to others in GCC that require ongoing access to very large datasets. 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.



Recent Relevant Publications

Richard Gruss, Tarek Kanan, Xuan Zhang, Mohamed Farag, Mary C. English, and Edward A. Fox. Teaching Big Data Through Project-based Learning in Computational Linguistics and Information Retrieval. Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges (ISSN 1937-4771) 31(2): 260-270. From Proc. 29th Annual Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges: Southeastern Conference (CCSC:SE), Roanoke College, Salem, VA, November 6-7, 2015.

Mohamed M. G. Farag, Edward A. Fox. Building and archiving event web collections: A focused crawler approach. Bulletin of IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries, 11(2), October 2015, http://www.ieee-tcdl.org/Bulletin/v11n2/papers/farag.pdf

Jonathan P. Leidig and Edward A. Fox. Intelligent Digital Libraries and Tailored Services. Journal of Intelligent Information Systems, Nov. 2014, 1-18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10844-014-0342-3

Sherif Elmeligy Abdelhamid, Maksudul Alam, Richard Alo, Shaikh Arifuzzaman, Pete Beckman, Tirtha Bhattacharjee, Hasanuzzaman Bhuiyan, Keith Bisset, Stephen Eubank, Albert Esterline, Edward A. Fox, Geoffrey Fox, S.M.Shamimul Hasan, Harshal Hayatnagarkar, Maleq Khan, Christopher Kuhlman, Madhav V. Marathe, Natarajan Meghanathan, Henning Mortveit, Judy Qiu, S. S. Ravi, Zalia Shams, Ongard Sirisaengtaksin, Samarth Swarup, Anil Vullikanti and Tak-Lon Wu. CINET 2.0: A CyberInfrastructure for Network Science. The 10th IEEE International Conference on e-Science, Guaruja, Brazil, Oct. 20-24, 2014

Edward A. Fox and Jonathan P. Leidig, editors. Digital Library Applications: CBIR, Education, Social Networks, eScience/Simulation, and GIS. Morgan & Claypool Publishers, San Francisco, March 2014, 175 pages, ISBN 9781627050326, http://dx.doi.org/10.2200/S00565ED1V01Y201401ICR032

Edward A. Fox and Ricardo da Silva Torres, editors. Digital Library Technologies: Complex Objects, Annotation, Ontologies, Classification, Extraction, and Security. Morgan & Claypool Publishers, San Francisco, March 2014, 205 pages, ISBN 9781627050302, http://dx.doi.org/10.2200/S00566ED1V01Y201401ICR033.

Uma Murthy, Edward A. Fox, Yinlin Chen, Eric M. Hallerman, Donald J. Orth, Ricardo da S. Torres, Lin Tzy Li, Nadia P. Kozievitch, Felipe S.P. Andrade, Tiago R.C. Falcao & Evandro Ramos. SuperIDR: A Tool for Fish Identification and Information Retrieval. Fisheries 38(2): 65-75, Feb. 2013