Susan Gauch, Ph.D.
Computer Science and Computer Engineering
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Office: 531 JBHT
Phone: 479-575-4964
Fax: 479-575-5339
Email: sgauch at uark dot edu


  • Honours B.Sc. in Computer Science & Mathematics, 1981, Queen's University, Ontario
  • M.Sc. in Computer Science, 1982, Queen's University, Ontario
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, 1990, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Teaching and Research Areas

  • Intelligent Information Retrieval
  • Personalization and Web Search
  • Semi-Automated Ontology Construction and Modification
  • Biographical Sketch

    Dr. Gauch's primary research field is Intelligent Information Agents. She received her Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 where she developed an expert search assistant for an online full-text database. While a Senior Research Scientist with the Biological Knowledge Laboratory at Northeastern University, she explored the storage, retrieval, and user interface technologies necessary to present and navigate databases of technical literature.

    While at the University of Kansas, from 1993-2007, her research encompassed intelligent agents for information discovery and fusion from the World Wide Web (ProFusion), content-based searching of digital video libraries, an National Science Foundation-sponsored project on the application of corpus linguistics to the field of information retrieval, and another National Science Foundation project focusing on the use of ontologies of co-ordinating distributed information agents. Her work has been presented at numerous conferences and appears in major journals. Four projects (VISION, ProFusion, ProFilter and OBIWAN) have resulted in software licenses to industry from the University of Kansas. She is past Vice-Chair for the ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval and is a reviewer for major funding organizations, conferences, and archival journals.

    In 2007 Dr. Gauch joined the University of Arkansas in 2007 to become the head of Computer Science and Computer Engineering. She held this position until 2015 after which she rejoined the faculty as a professor. Her research is investigating conceptual and personalized information retrieval within the context of the Citeseer archive of computer science literature. She is also exploring the use of microblogs, e.g., Twitter, to improve recommender systems and the application of professional social networks for expertise finding.