iSchool Directory


  • Information Retrieval/Seeking
  • Data Science
  • Personalization and Recommendation



Chirag Shah is an Associate Professor in the Information School (iSchool). He is the Founding Director of InfoSeeking Lab, which focuses on issues related to information seeking, human-computer interaction (HCI), and social media, supported by grants from National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Health (NIH), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Amazon, Google, and Yahoo.

Shah’s research involves studies of interactive information retrieval/seeking and recommender systems, addressing various problems with user studies in lab and field, and building computational models with machine learning techniques. He has served as a consultant to the United Nations Data Analytics on various Data Science projects involving social and political issues, peacekeeping, climate change, and energy. He also holds a position of Amazon Scholar, working on cutting-edge research problems on personalization and recommendation with Amazon.


  • Ph D, Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, 2010
  • MS, Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, 2006
  • MTech, Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 2002
  • BE, Computer Engineering, Dharamsinh Desai Institute of Technology, 2000


  • Chancellor’s Scholar Award - Rutgers University, 2017
  • Best Student Paper Award - ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 2016-2016
  • James M. Cretsos Leadership Award - Association of Information Science and Technology, 2013
  • SIG USE Best Poster Award - ASIS&T 2013, 2013
  • Department of Library and Information Science Distinguished Achievement in Research Award, 2012
  • Best Paper award in Political Communication category - International Communication Association annual conference, 2011
  • Nomination (on competitive basis) for Microsoft Faculty Fellow - Rutgers University, 2011
  • Best Political Science Software Award to ContextMiner - American Political Science Association, 2010
  • 3rd prize for a paper - “YouTube and the 2008 Elections Cycle” conference, 2009
  • Award for interdisciplinary conference travel - SIG USE, 2009
  • Student travel grant to attend CHI 2009 at Boston - Microsoft Research, 2009
  • Best Paper Award - SIGIR 2008, 2008
  • Student travel grant to attend JCDL 2008 at Pittsburgh - ACM, 2008
  • Student travel grant to attend SIGIR 2008 at Singapore - ACM and Google, 2008
  • Lester Asheim Merit-based Fellowship - School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006-2007
  • Student travel grant to attend SIGIR 2007 at Amsterdam, the Netherlands - ACM, 2007
  • Student travel grant to attend SIGIR 2004 at Sheffield, United Kingdom - ACM, 2004
  • 3rd prize in IEEE Region 10 Student Paper Contest - IEEE, 2002
  • Travel grant for attending ICASSP 2001 at Salt Lake City, Utah - IIT Madras Alumni Association at USA and IEEE, 2001
  • Best Student Paper award in regional paper contest - IEEE, 1999
  • 2nd prize at national level in student paper contest, 1997
  • Best Student Paper award - Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India, 1997
  • Prime Minister Award for outstanding academic achievement, 1995
  • 2nd in State Board Exam, Gujarat, India, 1994
  • Golden Boy of School award, 1993

Publications and Contributions