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About Dr. Blake

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Dr. Blake is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UI) with a courtesy appointment in Computer Science and Medical Information Science. She serves as Associate Director of the Center for Informatics in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS). Funded by an IMLS grant entitled Socio-technical Data Analytics (SODA) she developed the SODA specialization that formed the basis of the Information School's new Master's degree in Information Management MSIM.

Dr. Blake's research explores both human and automated methods to synthesize evidence from text. She brings industrial experience as a software developer, formal training in information and computer science and more than a decade of research experience in text mining , in particular from full-text scientific articles in medicine, toxicology, epidemiology, and diabetes. She has also explored text mining in humanities to detect authorship from movie reviews, recognize textual entailment in news stories and summarize multiple new stories. See the research page for projects and published articles, which are also linked in her curriculum vitae (August, 2018).

Dr. Blake regularly teaches an introductory course on databases (IS490DB) and text mining (IS590TX). She developed new courses on evidence-based discovery (IS490AG) and foundations of socio-technical data analytics (IS490AD) and heavily revised the ISchool's programming course to use java.

Before joining UI, she was an assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), a graduate student in the School of Information and Computer Science (ICS) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and a graduate and undergraduate student in the Faculty of (Informatics) at the University of Wollongong (UoW) in Australia (Note that Aussies call a School a Faculty). She also worked as a research scientist for what was BHP Melbourne Research Labs (MRL) and as a programmer analyst at what was BHP Information Technology. The research lab has since toggled between being part of BHP Billiton and is now back to just BHP, and BHP-IT has since been purchased by Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).

Contact Details

School Information Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
501 E. Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 61820-6212
Telephone:(217) 333 0115
Facsimile: (217) 244 3302
Email: cl followed by my last name @illinois.edu

Last Updated August 2018