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Caroline M. Eastman
Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
College of Engineering and Information Technology
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
3A44 Swearingen Engineering Center
eastman in domain engr.sc.edu


BA: Applied Mathematics, Radcliffe College, 1968

MS: Computer Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1974
Ph.D.: Computer Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1977 

Current Research

Effective Web Searching

Customizable Information Systems

Security in Multimedia Web Databases

Fall 2010 Courses

CSCE 204: Program Design and Development

CSCE 210: Computer Hardware Foundations



I am a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Carolina, where I have been working since January 1986. . My principal research interests focus on effective and efficient algorithms for information. When you want information, how easily and quickly can you find it? Is it useful and correct when you do find it? My dissertation work on file organizations to support information retrieval applications has expanded to address other aspects of the retrieval process, including user interfaces and knowledge organization. 

Over the years I have been active in several professional organizations, including the Association for Women in Computing and the American Association for the Advance of Science Section on Information, Computing, and Control. For the past three years, I have been PI and co-director for an NSF-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates site.

My first academic position was in the Department of Mathematics at Florida State University. I then went to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Southern Methodist University.  I took a leave of absence from SMU to work as a Program Manager for the Information Science Program at the National Science Foundation. I then accepted a position at the University of South Carolina. I have also worked for NASA, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Army Corps of Engineers during summer programs.

Complete Resume (word)

Some personal comments and links

Save the date: August 21, 2017!

Birding. I have state lists, SC country lists, and year lists. In previous, more energetic years, I have engaged in Big Days and Big Years. One of the best single sources of birding information is Birdingonthe.net.

Electronic Voting. I am very concerned about the casual way in which direct recording electronic (DRE) voting machines have been introduced into the United States. Duncan Buell has assembled a nice list of various  links on electronic voting.

Columbia. I grew up in Columbia, Missouri, and I have a brother who lives in Columbia, Maryland. My family has to be very careful to specify which Columbia we are talking about

Eastmans. The Roger Eastman at Loyola College in Maryland is my brother. The Charles M. Eastman at Carnegie Mellon is not (closely) related.

Selected Recent Publications

 "The ambiguity of negation in natural language queries to information retrieval systems" Journal of the American Society for Information Science , Vol. 49, No. 8, June 1998, pp. 686-692.

Su Hee Kim and Caroline M. Eastman, "An experiment on node size in a hypermedia system," Journal of the American Society for Information Science, Vol. 50, No. 6, 1999, pp. 530-536.

Fiona Coutinho, Caroline M. Eastman, Christopher B. Hare, and Robert F. Skinder, "Integrating digital resources into a traditional university research library," Issues in Science and Technology Libraries, Number 23, Summer 1999, http://www.library.ucsb.edu/istl/99-summer/article3.html.

Caroline M. Eastman and Su Hee Kin, "Customizable information components," Customized Information Delivery Workshop, A workshop presented in conjunction with the 22nd Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Information Retrieval, Berkeley, California, August 19, 1999, pp. 1-5.

Csilla Farkas, Tyrone S. Toland, and Caroline M. Eastman, "The inference problem and updates in relational databases," Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual IFIP WG 11.3 Working Conference on Database and Applications Security, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada, July 15-18, 2001, pp. 171-186.

Caroline M. Eastman, "30,000 hits may be better than 300: Precision anomalies in Internet searches," Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, September 2002, Vol. 53, No. 11, pp. 879-882.

Nancy J. Lightner and Caroline M. Eastman, "User preferences for product information in remote purchase environments," Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, August 2002, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 174-186. http://www.csulb.edu/web/journals/jecr/issues/20023/paper6.pdf

Caroline M. Eastman and Bernard J. Jansen, "Coverage, relevance, and ranking: The impact of query operators on Web search engine results," ACM Transactions on Information Systems, October 2003, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 383-411.