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Brian D. Davison

Department: Computer Science and Engineering

Position: Associate Professor

Address: Room 233, Building C
113 Research Drive
Mountaintop Campus
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-3453

Areas of Research

  • Social Networks
  • Data Mining
  • Information Retrieval
  • Data Science and Analytics


Brian D. Davison teaches courses on web search engines, networking, system administration, C and UNIX programming. He heads the Web Understanding, Modeling, and Evaluation (WUME) laboratory, where he conducts research in web search and mining, focusing on the integration of text and link analysis applied to search and classification problems on the Web. Dr. Davison's interests additionally include information retrieval, social networking, data mining, network infrastructure for the WWW, and the analysis of trust and authority in information networks.

Davison is an NSF Faculty Early CAREER award winner and one of twelve Microsoft Live Labs "Accelerating Search" award recipients. Dr. Davison's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems. As a graduate student, he led development in the Rutgers DiscoWeb search engine project which was later spun out as an internet startup called Teoma (and was subsequently purchased by Ask Jeeves.) He continues to do research in this area.