I'm a part-time Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My advisor is Yi Zhang. My thesis proposal was entitled "Ad Hoc Retrieval of Data", which is a bit technical-sounding. Basically, I am applying information retrieval methods to structured documents made of numbers (i.e., data). A search engine for numbers instead of text, if you will. The currently accepted method for searching by numbers is a constraint-based search; you enter constraints on the data (typically numeric ranges), and you get back as much, or as little, as fits those constraints exactly. Modern search engines don't act this way, and I'm trying to extend those techniques to data. It has applications to science, engineering and even shopping. The approach touches on a variety of disciplines, including information retrieval, machine learning and multicriteria decision making.

I have a few modest publications at UCSC, all relating to my prospective thesis topic:

Interaction and Personalization of Criteria in Recommender Systems
Wolfe., S. R. and Zhang, Y. 18th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP 2010).

User-centric Multi-criteria Information Retrieval
Wolfe., S. R. and Zhang, Y. 32nd International ACM Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR 2009).

Previously, I had completed a B.S. degree at Iowa State University and a M.S. degree at the University of Oregon, all in Computer Science.I also have a full-time position at NASA Ames Research Center. You can check out my page there, where you will find a more complete list of publications, as well as a very brief description of some of my NASA work.

I'm afraid I'm not in the habit of updating this page much. Last update was 04/07/2015.