2019 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
Hui Fang (PhD CS ’07, MS CS ’04) is an Associate Professor and the David L. and Beverley J. C. Mills Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Delaware. She is also affiliated with the Institute of Financial Services Analytics, Data Science Institute, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and Department of Computer and Information Sciences.
Her primary research focus is on information retrieval, natural language processing, and text mining. She is especially interested in applying axiomatic analysis to develop effective and robust general information retrieval models that can be applied to any search domains. She is also conducting research surrounding search results diversification, entity-centric IR, domain specific IR (such as enterprise search and infographic search), contextual suggestion, and biomedical informatics. She enjoys conducting cross disciplinary research in various domains such as disaster, health, finance, and education.
As a student, under the supervision of Professor ChengXiang Zhai, Hui received the ACM SIGIR 2004 Best Paper Award for her work on formalizing Information Retrieval. Thus far as a faculty member, she has received an HP Labs Innovation Research Award (2010-2012) and a University of Delaware College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award (2013), and she has been named a JPMC Interim Faculty Scholar/Fellow since 2017.
On top of her strong research and teaching agendas, Fang has also developed an impressive record for service including numerous conference and program committees, editorial boards, grant and panel reviewer positions, and departmental and college committees on Diversity, Graduate Education, and ACM-W.