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Personal Information Management Research

Ricardo Quintana-Castillo, a 2008 NSF Graduate Research Fellow awardee

Ricardo Quintana-Castillo, a Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech and a National Science Foundation 2008 Graduate Research Fellow (GRF) is focusing his research on personal information management (PIM). The NSF GRF program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. NSF fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching and innovations in science and engineering.

Quintana-Castillo, a student in computer science, is studying the techniques people use to keep, find and organize information about themselves in social networks and other online venues. Over a lifetime, people will generate large quantities of digital information. "I want to provide tools to help people deal with this information overload and to provide solutions to problems today and in the future," says Quintana-Castillo, "not only for professionals but for people in their everyday lives."

While working as a research intern at the IBM Almaden Research Center in the summer of 2008, Quintana-Castillo investigated and prototyped interactive search and information visualization techniques to improve IBM's information technology services. "It made me realize once again that the problems we face with information are not only challenging but relevant to the current and future needs of users," he said. (Date of Image: 2009)

Credit: Virginia Tech
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