Elizabeth D. Liddy

Dean, Trustee Professor

liddy@syr.edu
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Elizabeth Liddy - Curriculum Vitae

Elizabeth D. Liddy is Dean and Trustee Professor in the School of Information Studies (iSchool). After completing her triple award-winning dissertation on the successful application of linguistic theory to search, Liddy successfully developed a wide range of information access technologies based on Natural Language Processing (NLP) – including information extraction, search, data-mining, question-answering, cross- language retrieval & summarization. Her technology has been applied in the domains of security, crisis management, business, banking, patents, travel, public health, government statistics, aerospace engineering, education, and public utilities.

Liddy’s research, spanning 65 projects, has been continuously supported by government agencies, corporate funders, and foundations. In addition to deployable technology solutions, this R & D has produced 110 professional papers and hundreds of presentations. Liddy is the inventor on 8 patents in the area of NLP. In 1994, Liddy founded and led a software startup company, TextWise, and as CEO grew it to 50 employees, winning the prestigious National Tibbetts Award from U.S. Small Business Administration. In 1999, she left the company to found the Center for Natural Language Processing at the iSchool, in order to broaden the application areas of her core technology.

Among her honors, Liddy is a recipient of the Enterprise Award for Technology from the Upstate New York Technology Business Forum (1998), the Outstanding Alumni Award from SU (2000), the Post-Standard and Syracuse-Federation of Women's Clubs Achievement Award (2005), and the 12th Annual Search Engine Conference Best Paper Award (2007).

Professionally, Liddy was elected chair of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group of Information Retrieval, is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the library and information studies honor society, and Sigma Xi, the international honor society of scientific and engineering research. Liddy is currently Chair of the iSchools Caucus, an organization that includes over 50 information schools around the globe.

At Syracuse, Liddy has taught graduate courses in Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, and Data Mining. Liddy was the founding Faculty Advisor of Women in Information Technology (WIT), a student group that supports and mentors female IT students, and is an active member of NCWIT, the National Center for Women in Information Technology.


Interests

Research Interests

natural language processing, information retrieval, data mining

Teaching Interests

Liddys main academic focus is natural language processing (NLP), an area of research in which she has been active since her dissertation research that culminated in her award-winning dissertation in 1988, one of the first to prove the utility of NLP for information science.

Since then, she has led 65 research projects, all based on the use of NLP for improved information access and analytics. Her research has been funded by a wide range of government agencies as well as commercial enterprises.

She has developed advanced system capabilities for information extraction, information retrieval, data-mining, question-answering, document summarization, cross-language retrieval, web-based retrieval, text-mining and automatic metadata generation. Liddy is the co-inventor on five patents dealing with NLP and has authored more than 110 research papers and given hundreds of conference presentations on her work.

Professional Interests

Liddy has authored more than 110 research papers and given hundreds of conference presentations of her work. In addition, she is a co-inventor on five patents in the area of Natural Language Processing. In September 1999, she was named director of Syracuse University's Center for Natural Language Processing. The center's mission is to advance the development of human-like language understanding software capabilities for government, commercial, and consumer applications.

She was elected chair of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group of Information Retrieval for 2007-09. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the library and information studies honor society, and Sigma Xi, the international honor society of scientific and engineering research.

Personal Interests

I enjoy being outdoors, especially kayaking, biking, hiking and cross-country skiing.

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