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Clarkson University's Daqing Hou Receives 2007 IBM Faculty Award

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Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Daqing Hou has received a 2007 IBM Faculty Award for $24,000, based on his proposal to the IBM 2007 UIMA Innovation Awards program. The Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) Innovation Awards are highly competitive and recognize the quality of a faculty member's program and its importance to IBM. Hou IBM

The awards program is an international competition designed to encourage the development of community and capabilities around the open source- and open standards-based Apache UIMA for academic curricula and research. UIMA is an open-source framework for the development and integration of natural language processing components. Each year, a small number of the renowned awards is presented internationally to researchers in order to promote the development and distribution of the UIMA software framework.

Hou's proposal, "FrameSense: Mining Newsgroup Discussions and Questions for Architectural Information and Answers," is to build and evaluate a text classification tool that assists in incrementally classifying a newsgroup. Newsgroups are extremely useful repositories of hard to find or undocumented knowledge about a software framework. He hopes to leverage the UIMA framework by developing and integrating with it a domain specific text classifier.

Hou hopes that his research will lead to both the creation of new documentation for, and the redesign of, the relevant parts of the software framework. Paying attention to newsgroups may ultimately improve programming productivity and program quality.

The Clarkson University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is very pleased that Daqing Hou has received this award from IBM, says Thomas H. Ortmeyer, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "We value our strong relationship with IBM, and look forward to seeing the results of this collaboration. These collaborations are also very important for our students, and I know that they will benefit from this exposure to the cutting edge of software engineering."

Hou has been a member of the Clarkson faculty since fall 2006. Prior to this appointment, he did his industrial post-doctoral research at Avra Software Lab Inc. in Edmonton, Alberta. He has a Ph.D. in computing science from the University of Alberta, and master of science and bachelor of science degrees in software engineering from Peking University, Beijing.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

Photo caption: IBM's Gregory Lacey (right), z/OS System Test manager, congratulates Clarkson University Professor Daqing Hou on his receipt of IBM's 2007 UIMA Innovation Award.

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