C. Lee Giles | College of Information Sciences and Technology
Close Open

Please Update Your Browser.

It is recommended that you update your browser to the latest version to view the website's full experience.


C. Lee Giles

You are here

C. Lee Giles
311A Information Sciences and Technology Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-7884
  • Ph.D., Optical Sciences, University of Arizona

  • M.S., Physics, University of Michigan

  • B.S., Engineering Physics, University of Tennessee

  • B.A., General Studies, Rhodes College, Memphis Tennessee


In 2000,  Dr. Giles left NEC Research Institute, now NEC Labs, to become the David Reese Professor at the School of Information Sciences and Technology. He is also Affiliate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Affiliate Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems, and Associate Director of Research at the eBusiness Research Center at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. He has been associated with Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, the University of Pisa and the University of Maryland; and has taught at all of the above.

He and his collaborators, including current and former graduate students, have published over 300 journal and conference papers, book  chapters, edited books and proceedings. His work has over 10,000 citations and his h-index is 49, according to Google Scholar and is one of the top 100 h-indexes in Computer Science. His 2006 co-authored paper in Science proposes a cyberinfrastructure for the historial sciences. His co-authored paper in 2004 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences created an automatic acknowledgement indexing methodology and showed that various funding agencies and individuals in computer and information science are much more acknowledged than others.

In 2002, he co-authored the paper "Winners Don't Take All," published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, on how the topic-based Web does not follow a power law distribution. In 1998, he co-authored a paper published in Science on the size and search engine coverage of the Web that was well cited in the popular press, and in 1999 a  well received follow-up paper appeared in Nature. Several of his papers have won or been nominated for best paper awards and have been  reprinted in edited collections. His research has been highlighted in many places including the Society for Industrial and Applied  Mathematics (SIAM) news, Wired magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, and Business 2.0.

He serves on many related conference program committees and has helped organize many related meetings and workshops. He has given many invited talks and seminars. He has been or is an advisor and reviewer to USA and other government and university research programs. He has served or is currently serving on the editorial boards of IEEE Intelligent Systems, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Machine Learning Journal, Computational Intelligence and Applications, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, Journal of Computational Intelligence in Finance, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Neural Networks, Neural Computation, and Academic Press.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the International Neural Network Society, and ACM. He is also a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu. His previous positions include a Program Manager at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Washington D.C.; and an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y. During part of his graduate education he was a research engineer at Ford Motor Company's Scientific Research Laboratory. His academic genealogy includes two Nobel laureates and prominent mathematicians.

Research Interests:

Giles’ current research and consulting interests are in intelligent information processing systems:- Search engines, intelligent portals, novel web tools, web search and measurement- Business models for search and search engines- Knowledge management and extraction, information and data mining, digital libraries and web databases- Computational issues in e-commerce, the e-world, markets and betting- Novel applications of neural and machine learning, agents and artificial intelligence.

He has been involved in the creation and development of various novel search engines and digital libraries. He was one of the creators of  the novel metasearch engines, Inquirus and Inquirus2. He was also one of the creators of the popular computer and information science search engine, CiteSeer, an autonomous citation indexing search engine and digital library.  Recently, it has been replaced by the next generation CiteSeer, CiteSeer^X. He also created a nichesearch engine eBizSearch, a search engine for e-business documents,and SMEALSearch, a search engine and digital library for academic business documents.

He is very interested in cyberinfrastructure for science and the academy, and is currently a co-developer in the research and development of a portal and search tool for environmental chemistry, Chem_X Seer. He prototyped a  novel search engine for archaeology, ArchSeer, and also developed a new search engine for robots, BotSeer, which indexed over two million robots.txt files.