About Me

I'm an associate professor in the iSchool at the University of Maryland, with appointments in the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) and the Department of Computer Science. I joined the faculty in August 2004, shortly after completing my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and was promoted to associate professor in March 2009.

I work on "big data", with a particular focus on large-scale distributed algorithms for text processing. My research lies at the intersection of natural language processing (NLP) and information retrieval (IR). I'm a member of both the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Lab (CLIP) and the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL).

I recently spent an extended sabbatical (from 2010 to 2012) at Twitter working on large-scale data analytics. You should follow @lintool on Twitter here! Previously, I've also consulted for for Cloudera, the enterprise Hadoop company.

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Contact Information

Jimmy Lin
Hornbake Building, South Wing
The iSchool — College of Information Studies
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

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