Room 233, Building C
113 Research Drive
Mountaintop Campus
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone Number: 
(610) 758-3453

Areas of Research

Information Retrieval
Data Mining
Social Networks
Data Science and Analytics
Natural Language Processing
Machine Learning
Web Search


Brian D. Davison is director of Lehigh's undergraduate minor in data science and teaches courses on data science, web search engines, and data mining, among others. He heads the Web Understanding, Modeling, and Evaluation (WUME) laboratory, and serves as editor-in-chief of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) journal Transactions on the Web. He spent his most recent sabbatical with the Core Data Science group at Facebook.  His research includes search, mining, recommendation and classification problems in text, on datasets, on the Web and in social networks.

Davison is an NSF Faculty Early CAREER award winner and one of twelve Microsoft Live Labs "Accelerating Search" award recipients. Dr. Davison's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Microsoft, Amazon, and Sun Microsystems. As a graduate student, he led development in the Rutgers DiscoWeb search engine project which was later spun out as an internet startup called Teoma (and was subsequently purchased by Ask Jeeves.)


Ph.D., Computer Science
M.S., Computer Science,
B.S., Engineering,