James Allan
College of Information and Computer Sciences
140 Governors Drive
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9264
Room 370
+1 413/545-3240 (only does voicemail right now for some reason)
+1 413/545-1789 (fax)

allan at cs.umass.edu

I am a Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst and Director of the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR). My current work focuses on these areas:

In Fall 2022 I am teaching COMPSCI 446, an undergraduate course in search engines. You can read a short summary of course information; the primary course content will be on Moodle once that opens (only for registered students).

I serve on the organizing and program committees for major conferences in the area (SIGIR, CIKM, WSDM, etc), have been an associate editor of ACM's Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS) journal and Elsevier's Information Processing and Management (IPM) journal, and have served as chair of the SIGIR organization. I am currently on the editorial board of Foundation and Trends in Information Retrieval. With my students, we received Best Paper awards in SIGIR in 2001 and in 2006 as well as a Best Student Paper from CHIIR in 2017. We also received a SIGIR Test of Time Award for a 1998 paper on event detection and tracking. In 2018 and again in 2021, I was elected to the CRA Board of Directors for a three-year term; I also serve as the CRA's Treasurer.

I received an M.S. degree and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Cornell University in 1991 and 1995, respectively, and an A.B. in Mathematics from Grinnell College in 1983.

A list of my papers is available here. (This list is generated by the CIIR publications database.)


Last modified: August 29, 2022