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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.