2014 Distinguished Lecture Series: Honoring Dr. Paul Kantor

The 2014 Distinguished Lecture Series event was held on May 14, 2014, and hosted by NJ ASIS&T (New Jersey Association for Information Science and Technology) and RU ASIS&T (Rutgers University Chapter – Association for Information Science and Technology).  The event honored Professor Paul Kantor for his outstanding research in the field of Information Science.

Opening Reception

With cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, NJ ASIS&T sponsored reception opened the event and it was well-attended with approximately 50 people that include ASIS&T members and non-members.

Distinguished Lecture Series Opening Reception
Distinguished Lecture Series Opening Reception

Award Presentation 

After some good food, drinks and networking, NJ ASIS&T Chair Dr. Chirag Shah said a few words about the ASIS&T organization and introduced Professor Claire McInerney, Acting Dean of School of Communication & Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University. Dean McInerney presented the prestigious Distinguished Lectureship award to Professor Kantor.

Acting Dean of SCI Claire McInerney, presenting award to Professor Paul Kantor
Acting Dean of SC&I Claire McInerney, presenting award to Professor Paul Kantor

In her introduction, Dean McInerney engaged the audience to respond with answers to a short trivia quiz about Dr. Kantor, highlighting aspects of his academic work and outside interests (including folk dancing and being a pilot).

Dr. Paul Kantor’s Bio
Paul Kantor is Distinguished Professor of Information Science at Rutgers and a founding editor of the journal Information Retrieval. He serves as Research Director of the CCICADA Center for Advanced Data Analysis. Paul has worked on information retrieval and evaluating information systems since 1972. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and a member of the American Statistical Association, ASIS&T and the ACM. He is co-Editor of the Springer Recommender Systems Handbook first edition. His research has been supported by NSF, ARDA, DARPA, DHS, ONR, and other organizations. At Rutgers he is also a member of DIMACS Center for Discrete Mathematics and Computer Sciences; and on the graduate faculties of Computer Science and Operations Research. His hobbies include flying and folk dancing, with a very recent foray into woodturning.

Dr. Kantor will be transitioning from SC&I to focus on further research with CCICADA: Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence

Lecture: Search Personalization

Dr. Paul Kantor
Dr. Paul Kantor

Dr. Kantor presented a lecture that explored light and dark aspects of search personalization, acknowledging the usefulness of personalized recommendations, but also expressing a concern for how they could be reshaping our society and interactions. He acknowledged the risks such a system presents to diverse dialogue, and cautioned that ubiquitous personalization could be “very very dangerous to what I consider the American way of life: disagreement, discussion, debate and resolution.”  He then touched on research into alternative models, including localized and individually controlled personalization.

Following the lecture, there was a lively Q&A that engaged everyone.

The 2014 Distinguished Lecture Series was successful! Attendees enjoyed the event and were excited to learn that NJ ASIS&T is back and will be doing more events going forward.

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