David Blair is an Associate Professor of Computer and Information Systems in the Graduate School of Business, and a Faculty Fellow of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor. He has held appointments in the Industrial Technology Institute, the School of Information and UTEP (the Urban, Technology and Environmental Planning program). Professor Blair's doctoral degree is from the
University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Blair's work focuses on the problems of representing information, particularly documents, on large-scale, computerized information retrieval systems. Before coming to
the University of Michigan, Professor Blair worked for several years designing and testing large-scale litigation support systems. His 1990 book, Language and Representation in Information Retrieval, was
selected as the "Best Information Science Book of the Year" by the Association for Information Science. He has also received a "Best Paper of the Year" award from the Journal of the American
Society for Information Science, and this year was named "Researcher of the Year", also by the Association for Information Science. Dr. Blair has received a "Worldtech Technology Award" from
the Control Data Corporation, and a "Quest for Technology Award" from the Institute for Science and Technology (University of Michigan).