Math search for the masses.


  • ARQMath was presented at ECIR 2021 by Behrooz Mansouri (video).
  • MathDeck will be demonstrated in an interactivity session at CHI 2021. Congratulations to Yancarlos Diaz, Gavin Nishizawa, and Behrooz Mansouri, the student authors on the paper.

MathDeck @ CHI 2021

An updated version of our math-aware search interface (MathDeck) has been selected for demonstration at CHI 2021 (demo video). The (older) live online version is described in an earlier ECIR 2020 demo videopaper, and  news story.
Note: MathDeck works best with Google Chrome. 

ARQMath 2021! 

The second Answer Retrieval for Questions on Math (ARQMath) Lab is now running for CLEF 2021. Visit the task web page and twitter page for more information. ARQMath contains tasks for both mathematical question answer retrieval, and math formula retrieval.


We are creating a system to make finding mathematical information easier. We want students of all ages and the general public to be able to quickly lookup unfamiliar symbols, and see how formulas are defined, used, and analyzed in online resources like Wikipedia, Math StackExchange, and technical document collections such as CiteSeerX. 

These technologies will also be useful for math experts, and for exploring how math is used within and across disciplines. For example, a mathematician studying graph theory could use our system to find related applications in physics, ecology, and social networks.  

Research Goals

To be successful, we need to create innovative search engines, interfaces, and algorithms for extracting and recognizing math. Here are the research topics we are currently working on: 
  • How people search for math online
  • Search interfaces with easy formula authoring, easy inclusion of math in queries, and that present search results so they are easily read, organized, and reused 
  • Indexing and search techniques for individual formulas
  • Indexing and search techniques for document collections that contain both text and math, with support for queries that combine keywords and formulas
  • Fast and accurate recognition of math in handwriting and images
  • Fast and accurate extraction of math from web pages and technical documents (including PDF files, which do not represent the locations or content of formulas)

Related Activities

  • ARQMath. The Answer Retrieval for Questions on Math task is being run for the second time as part of CLEF 2021. See the ARQMath web page and Twitter page for updates. If you are interested sign up soon - CLEF registration ends Apr. 30.
  • CROHME + TFD 2019 Competition.  In 2019 we again ran an international competition organized around data and evaluation tools concerned with advancing the state-of-the-art in handwritten formula recognition, and detecting formulas in document images. Mashad Mahdavi and Richard Zanibbi co-organized the competition along with Harold Mouchère (Univ. Nantes, France) and Utpal Garain (ISI, India).  The ICDAR paper on the competition is available.

The MathSeer Team

MathSeer is being developed through a collaboration of students and faculty at the Document and Pattern Recognition Lab at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Intelligent Information Systems Research Laboratory at PennState, along with faculty from the RIT Math department and the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Our multi-disciplinary team includes recognized experts in Information Retrieval, Pattern Recognition, Mathematics, and Math Education. Additional information may be found on the Members page.  


The MathSeer project is made possible through research grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation (USA). All materials on this website reflect the work and opinions of the project team, and not the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation or the NSF. 

MathSeer is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation