Frank Shipman

Associate Director,
Center for the Study of Digital Libraries

Department of Computer Science
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-3112

Detailed Information:


Frank Shipman has been pursuing research in the areas of hypermedia, computer-supported cooperative work, multimedia, computers and education, and intelligent user interfaces since 1987. Frank's work at Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Colorado, Xerox PARC, and Texas A&M University investigates the design and use of media combining informal and formal representations and methods for supporting incremental formalization.

Frank helped found the field of spatial hypertext and helped design and develop a number of collaborative hypermedia systems including the Virtual Notebook System, the Hyper-Object Substrate, VIKI , the Visual Knowledge Builder, Walden's Paths, and Hyper-Hitchcock.

Frank has been PI or Co-PI on more than $5.7 million in grants including more than $3.8 million from NSF, more than $1.1 million from other competitive sources including DARPA and the intelligence community, and more than $800,000 from industry including Microsoft, Google, and Hewlett Packard. His research has resulted in more than 100 refereed publications including three best paper awards and six other papers nominated for best paper awards at ACM and IEEE conferences.

Current/Recent/Planned Activities:

  • Teaching Computers and New Media (CSCE 445/656) during the Spring 2017 semester
  • Teaching Intelligent User Interfaces (CSCE 634) during the Fall 2017 semester
  • Developing techniques to improve access to sign language video
  • Developing prediction games based on the model of fantasy sports to motivate data analysis skills and rich domain knowledge. This involves understanding the practices of fantasy sports players.
  • Exploring use of visual expression and recommendations in data analysis environments including PerCon
  • Designing new interfaces for multimedia with FX Palo Alto Laboratory
  • Studying people's beliefs and practices regarding the ownership and reuse of social media including content from Twitter, photographs, videos, reviews, games, and social networks. Our method for doing this work won the best paper award for WebSci 2013.
  • Future teaching plans (subject to change):
            Fall 2017: Intelligent User Interfaces (CSCE 634)
            Spring 2018: Computers and New Media (CSCE 445/656);
            Fall 2018: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCE 672)
            Spring 2019: Computers and New Media (CSCE 445/656);