Speaker: Ray B. Larson
April 11-14, 2007
San Francisco, California

Speakers: Biography

Ray B. Larson

University of California, Berkeley
School of Information
102 South Hall
Berkeley CA
94720-4600 USA

Ray Larson is Professor in the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in the design and performance evaluation of information retrieval systems, and the evaluation of user interaction with those systems. His background includes work as a programmer/analyst with the University of California Division of Library Automation (DLA) where he was involved in the design, development, and performance evaluation of the UC public access online union catalog (MELVYL). His research has concentrated on the design and evaluation of information retrieval systems, with an emphasis on digital libraries. Prof. Larson was the principal investigator for the "CHESHIRE Demonstration and Evaluation Project" sponsored by the US Dept. of Education, that developed a next-generation online catalog and full-text retrieval system.

Prof. Larson has been PI or Co-PI with Michael Buckland and Fredric C. Gey for a series of projects, including "Searching Unfamiliar Metadata Vocabularies" (funded by DARPA) and four Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership grants "Seamless Searching of Numeric and Textual Resources," "Going Places in the Catalog: Improved Geographic Access," "Support for the Learner: What, Where, When and Who," and, currently, "Bringing Lives to Light: Biography in Context."

He was also the principal investigator of the "Cross-Domain Resource Discovery: Integrated Discovery and Use of Textual, Numeric and Spatial Data" project sponsored by NSF as part of the International Digital Libraries program.

Dr Gey is one of the track coordinators for the GeoCLEF track of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF) and for the Heterogeneous Track of the Initiative for the Evaluation of XML Retrieval (INEX).

Prof. Larson teaches courses on the design and evaluation of information systems.

Ray will demonstrate Access to Heritage Resources using What, Where, When, and Who. [Demonstration]