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CS Professor Receives Nearly $1 Million for Math-Aware Search Engine Research

CS Professor Receives Nearly $1 Million for Math-Aware Search Engine Research

Multiple small grants, totaling close to one million dollars, have been awarded to  Dr. Richard Zanibbi, Associate Professor of Computer Science at RIT and director of the Document and Pattern Recognition Lab, to explore  exploiting text-math relationships in the design of math-aware search engines.

The first is a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and is in collaboration  with Dr. Lee Giles, David Reese Professor at the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA.

The second award comes from the National Science Foundation and is in collaboration with Dr. Giles as well as Anurag Agarwal, Associate Professor in RITs School of Mathematical Sciences and Douglas Oard, Professor in the College of Information Studies and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park.

The total amount of funding is $969,386 across the two grants.

The grants will fund work to improve the discovery of scientific and scholarly information by creating mature, easy-to-use information technologies supporting search of mathematical notation, and deploying these in the well-known CiteSeerX research paper search engine. Support for expert (research paper) and non-expert (Wikipedia) resources will be included in the system. The overarching goal of the work is to bring math search to the masses.

The work will be undertaken at the Document and Pattern Recognition Lab (dprl) which is located in the Department of Computer Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology  in Rochester, New York, USA. The dprl explores ways to improve the algorithms and tools used for automatic recognition and retrieval of information in documents, images, audio and video.  Please visit the lab’s web site at for more information.