Mark Smucker

Associate Professor, Assoc Chair Undergrad

Contact InformationMark Smucker

Phone: 519-888-4567 x38620
Location: CPH 3624


Biography Summary

Mark Smucker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Sciences, and is cross-appointed to the School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo.

His research expertise lies in the design, analysis and evaluation of interactive retrieval systems. Professor Smucker’s past research at the university includes the introduction of time-based gain, the creation of a time-based gain stochastic simulation that estimates a user population’s distribution of gain on a per topic basis, and developing an efficient means to detect and remove spam in order to improve retrieval quality.

In 2012, Professor Smucker was the recipient of the ACM SIGIR Best Paper Award. In addition to his research work, he wrote a chapter in the book Interactive Information Seeking Behavior and Retrieval called “Information Representation”.

Research Interests

  • Information Retrieval


  • 2008, Doctorate, Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 1996, Master's, Computer Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • 1994, Bachelor's, Physics, Iowa State University
  • 1994, Bachelor's, Computer Science, Iowa State University


  • MSCI 121 - Introduction to Computer Programming
    • Taught in 2014
  • MSCI 200A - Seminar
    • Taught in 2014
  • MSCI 240 - Algorithms and Data Structures
    • Taught in 2014
  • MSCI 720 - Topics in Information and Information Systems
    • Taught in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • MSCI 342 - Principles of Software Engineering
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • MSCI 541 - Search Engines
    • Taught in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • MSCI 770 - Special Directed Readings
    • Taught in 2019
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Selected/Recent Publications

  • Tan, Luchen and Zhang, Haotian and Clarke, Charles LA and Smucker, Mark D, Lexical comparison between wikipedia and twitter corpora by using word embeddings, Volume 2: Short Papers, 2015
  • Balog, Krisztian and Elsweiler, David and Kanoulas, Evangelos and Kelly, Liadh and Smucker, Mark D, Report on the CIKM workshop on living labs for information retrieval evaluation, ACM SIGIR Forum, 48(1), 2014, 21 - 28
  • Clarke, Charles LA and Freund, Luanne and Smucker, Mark D and Yilmaz, Emine, Report on the SIGIR 2013 workshop on modeling user behavior for information retrieval evaluation (MUBE 2013), ACM SIGIR Forum, 47(2), 2013, 84 - 95
  • Clarke, Charles LA and Freund, Luanne and Smucker, Mark D and Yilmaz, Emine, SIGIR 2013 Workshop on Modeling User Behavior for Information Retrieval Evaluation (MUBE 2013), , 2013
  • Capra, Robert and Freund, Luanne and Smith, Catherine L and Smucker, Mark D and White, Ryen W, HCIR 2013: the seventh international symposium on human-computer interaction and information retrieval, ACM SIGIR Forum, 47(2), 2013, 33 - 40