10 December 2010

College of Computer & Information Science WVH 202
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 373-4239
Fax: (617) 373-5121
Email: futrelle at domain: ccs.neu.edu


S.B., Physics, 1959, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;

Ph.D., Physics, 1966, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;


1986- Associate Professor and Head, Biological Knowledge Laboratory, College of Computer & Information Science, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.

1975-1985 Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics and Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

1972-1975 NIH Special Research Fellow and Research Associate, Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

1971-1972 Visiting Fellow, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado and National Bureau of Standards, Boulder, Colorado.

1965-1971 Research Physicist, Rockwell Inc., Thousand Oaks and Anaheim, CA.


Visiting Fellowship, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, 1971-72.

NIH Special Research Fellowship, 1972-73.

Fulbright Senior Scholar, Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities, 1994.


Founding Chair, Gordon Conference on Atomic & Molecular Interactions, 1971.
The conference continued annually for forty years, ending in 2010.

Member of the Corporation, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, 1981-

Member of NSF Biological Instrumentation Review Panel, 1983 - 1988.

Editorial Board Member, J. Computational Biology, 1994.

Life Member, IEEE, 2005 -

Editorial Board Member, PLoS ONE, 2006 - 2010.


Sigma Xi (honorary), American Association for Artificial Intelligence; American Association for the Advancement of Science; Association for Computing Machinery; IEEE Computer Society.

FUNDING (since I joined Northeastern University)

NSF DIR88-14522, "A Biological Knowledge Laboratory" $2,485,167, 2/1/89-1/31/93.

Co-PI on NSF IRI91-17030, "Data/Knowledge Bases for Biological Papers and Techniques" $688,345, 8/1/92-7/31/95. With Kenneth Baclawski, Carole Hafner.

Dept. of Energy, DE-FG02-93ER61718, "Efficient, Intelligent Systems for Navigating the Biological Literature" $246,250, 9/15/93-9/14/95.

NSF IIS-9978004, "The Structure and Content of Diagrams", $399,944 10/1/99-9/30/02.

NSF DBI-0211047 "SGER: Discovering and Using the Knowledge in Biology Text" $125,531 5/1/02-10/31/03

NSF DBI-0543209, "Mining the Figures and Text of the Biological Literature" $160580, 9/1/06-8/31/09, with Javed Aslam.

BIBLIOGRAPHY (most recent first)

Computer Science:

Futrelle, R. P. (2007). The Diagram Understanding System - Strategies and Results. Technical report, May 2007. PDF

Mingyan Shao & Robert P. Futrelle (2006) Recognition and Classification of Figures in PDF Documents. in Graphics Recognition - Selected papers ed. W. Liu and J. Lladós, LNCS 3926 (Springer Verlag) (pp. 239-251).

Mingyan Shao & Robert P. Futrelle (2005) Graphics Recognition in PDF documents. in Sixth IAPR International Workshop on Graphics Recognition - GREC 2005 August 25-26, 2005. Hong Kong, China.

Mingyan Shao & Robert P. Futrelle (2005). Moment-derived Object Models for Vectorization. in MVA2005. In IAPR Conference on Machine Vision Applications May 16-18, 2005. Tsukuba Science City, Japan.

Robert P. Futrelle (2004). Handling Figures in Document Summarization. in Text Summarization Branches Out July 25-26, 2004 Workshop at ACL 2004 (42nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics) Barcelona, Spain (pp. 61-65).

Robert P. Futrelle (2004) Diagram Schemas: What, Why, How. In Diagrammatic Representation and Inference: Third International Conference, Diagrams 2004, Cambridge, UK, March 22-24, 2004. Springer LNCS 2980. (pp. 231-234).

Robert P. Futrelle, Mingyan Shao, Chris Cieslik & Andrea Grimes (2003). Extraction, layout analysis and classification of diagrams in PDF documents. In ICDAR-2003 (Intl. Conf. on Document Analysis & Recognition). (pp. 1007-1014) Edinburgh, Scotland.

Robert P. Futrelle, Andrea Grimes & Mingyan Shao (2003). Extracting structure from HTML documents for language visualization and analysis. In WDA-2003 (Workshop on Web Document Analysis). (pp. 3-6) Edinburgh, Scotland.

Andrea Elaina Grimes & Robert P. Futrelle (2003). Text pattern visualization for natural language analysis of biology full text. In IEEE Computer Society Bioinformatics Conference CSB2003. (pp. 648-651) Stanford, CA.

Futrelle, R. P. & Rumshisky, A. (2001). Discourse Structure of Text-Graphics Documents. 1st International Symposium on Smart Graphics Hawthorne, NY

Futrelle, R. P. (1999). Ambiguity in Visual Language Theory and its Role in Diagram Parsing. IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages, (pp. 172-175) VL99, Tokyo, IEEE Computer Soc.

Futrelle, R. P. (1999). Summarization of Diagrams in Documents. Advances in Automated Text Summarization. I. Mani and M. Maybury. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press.

Futrelle, R. P., & Nikolakis, N. (1995). Efficient Analysis of Complex Diagrams using Constraint-Based Parsing. In ICDAR-95 (Intl. Conf. on Document Analysis & Recognition), (pp. 782-790). Montreal, Canada.

Futrelle, R. P., & Fridman, N. (1995). Principles and Tools for Authoring Knowledge-Rich Documents. In DEXA 95 (Database and Expert System Applications) Workshop on Digital Libraries, (pp. 357-362). London, U.K.

Futrelle, R. P., Zhang, X., & Sekiya, Y. (1995). Corpus Linguistics for Establishing the Natural Language Content of Digital Library Documents. In N. R. Adam, B. K. Bhargava & Y. Yesha (Eds.), Digital Libraries. Current Issues (pp. 165-180). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Hafner, C., Baclawski, K., Futrelle, R., Fridman, N., & Sampath, S. (1994). Creating a Knowledge Base of Biological Research Papers. In 2nd Int'l. Conf. on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, (pp. 147-155). Stanford, CA: AAAI Press.

Futrelle, R. P., & Zhang, X. (1994). Large-Scale Persistent Object Systems for Corpus Linguistics and Information Retrieval. In Digital Libraries '94, (pp. 80-87). College Station, Texas: Dept. of Computer Science, Texas A&M University.

Baclawski, K., Fridman, N., Futrelle, R. P., & Pescitelli, M. J., Jr. (1993). Database Techniques for Biological Materials and Methods. In L. Hunter, D. Searls & J. Shavlik (Ed.), 1st Inter'l Conf. on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, (pp. 21-29). Washington, DC: AAAI Press.

Baclawski, K., Futrelle, R., Fridman, N., & Pescitelli, M. (1993). Data/knowledge bases for biological papers and techniques. In Symposium on Advanced Data Management for the Scientist and Engineer, (pp. 23-28): AAAS.

Gauch, S., & Futrelle, R. P. (1993). Experiments in Automatic Word Class and Word Sense Identification for Information Retrieval. In Third Annual Symposium on Document Analysis and Information Retrieval, (pp. 425-434).

Gauch, S., & Futrelle, R. P. (1993). Experiments in syntactic and semantic classification and disambiguation using bootstrapping. In B. Boguraev & J. Pustejovksy (Ed.), Acquisition of Lexical Knowledge from Text, (pp. 117-127). Columbus, OH: Assoc. Computational Linguistics.

Gauch, S., & Futrelle, R. P. (1993). The Scientist's Assistant: Structure-Based Navigation of Technical Texts. In 2nd Ann. Symp. on Doc. Anal. and Information Retrieval, (pp. 367-377). Las Vegas, NV.

Futrelle, R. P., Kakadiaris, I. A., Alexander, J., Carriero, C. M., Nikolakis, N., & Futrelle, J. M. (1992). Understanding Diagrams in Technical Documents. IEEE Computer, 25(7), 75-78.

Futrelle, R. P. (1992). The Conversion of Diagrams to Knowledge Bases. In IEEE Workshop on Visual Languages, (pp. 240-242). Seattle, WA: IEEE Computer Society Press.

Futrelle, R. P. (1992). Machines Reading the Literature. In AAAI Summer Symposium on Communicating Scientific and Technical Knowledge, (pp. 125-132). San Jose, CA.

Futrelle, R. P., Carriero, C., Nikolakis, N., & Tselman, M. (1992). Informational Diagrams in Scientific Documents. In AAAI Spring Symposium on Reasoning with Diagrammatic Representations, (pp. 185-188). Stanford University.

Futrelle, R. P., Dunn, C. C., Ellis, D. S., & Pescitelli, M. J., Jr. (1991). Preprocessing and lexicon design for parsing technical text. In Proc. 2nd Intern'l Workshop on Parsing Technologies, (pp. 31-40). Morristown, New Jersey: Association for Computational linguistics.

Mukherjea, S., Cleary, M. E., & Futrelle, R. P. (1991). Building a knowledge base for scientific texts. In 6th Ann. Workshop on Conceptual Graphs.

Futrelle, R. P., & Kakadiaris, I. A. (1991). Diagram Understanding using Graphics Constraint Grammars. In S. G. Tzafestas (Eds.), Engineering Systems with Intelligence - Concepts, Tools and Applications (pp. 73-81). Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Press.

Futrelle, R. P., Pescitelli, M. J., Jr., Alexander, J., Cleary, M. E., Crisman, J. D., Dunn, C. E., et al (1991). Document analysis, understanding & knowledge access. In Proc. 1st Intern'l Conf. on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR), (pp. 101-111).

Futrelle, R. P. (1990). Strategies for Diagram Understanding: Object/Spatial Data Structures, Animate Vision, and Generalized Equivalence. In 10th ICPR, (pp. 403-408): IEEE Press.

Futrelle, R. P. (1985). A Framework For Understanding Graphics In Technical Documents. In Expert Systems in Government Symposium (pp. 386-390): IEEE Computer Society.

Futrelle, R. P., & Smith, L. C. (1982). Expert system using semantic representation of full text for question answering. In ASIS '82 (pp. 103-106).

Futrelle, R. P., & Speckert, G. C. (1978). Extraction of Motion Data by Interactive Image Processing. Proc. IEEE Conf., Pattern Recognition & Image Processing, 405-408.

Futrelle, R. P., & Barta, G. (1978). Towards the Design of an Intrinsically Graphical Language. SIGGRAPH, 28-32.

Futrelle, R. P., & Potel, M. J. (1975). The System design for GALATEA, an interactive real-time computer graphics system for movie and video analysis. Computers and Graphics, 1, 115-121.

Futrelle, R. P. (1974). GALATEA: Interactive Graphics for the Analysis of Moving Images. Information Processing 74 - North Holland Publishing Company, 712-716.

Bailey, M. J., Barnett, M. P., & Futrelle, R. P. (1963). Format-Free Input in FORTRAN. Comm. of the ACM 6 (10) 605-608.

Barnett, M. P., & Futrelle, R. P. (1962). Syntactic analysis by digital computer. Comm. of the ACM, 5 (10), 515-526.


Futrelle, R. P., & Miller, A. W. (1992). Simulation of metabolism and evolution using Quasichemistry. In J. Eisenfeld, M. Witten & D. S. Levine (Eds.), Biomedical Modeling and Simulation (pp. 273-280). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Futrelle, R. P. (1984). How molecules get to their detectors. Trends in NeuroSciences, 7(4), 116-120.

Futrelle, R. P., Traut, J., & McKee, G. W. (1982). Cell Behavior in Dictyostelium discoideum: Aggregation responses to localized cyclic AMP pulses. J. Cell Biology, 92, 807-821.

Futrelle, R. P. (1982). Dictyostelium Chemotactic Response to Spatial and Temporal Gradients. Theories of the Limits of Chemotactic Sensitivity and of Pseudochemotaxis. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 18, 197-212.

Devreotes, P., R. Futrelle, G. Hazelbauer, and S. H. Zigmond. (1981). Chemotaxis workshop report. J. Cellular Biochemistry (UCLA Symposium on Cellular Recognition).

Futrelle, R. P., & Berg, H. C. (1972). Specification of Gradients used for Studies of Chemotaxis. Nature, 239, 517-518.

Gebbie, H. A., Bohlander, R. A., & Futrelle, R. P. (1972). Properties of Photons determined by Interferometric Spectroscopy. Nature, 240, 391-394.

Futrelle, R. P. (1972). Unified theory of spectral line broadening in gases. Phys. Rev. A, 5, 2162-2182.

Futrelle, R. P., & McGinty, D. J. (1971). Calculation of Spectra and Correlation Functions from Molecular Dynamics Data Using the Fast Fourier Transform. Chemical Physics Letters, 12(2), 285-287.

Fehder, P. L., Emeis, C. A., & Futrelle, R. P. (1971). Microscopic Mechanism for Self-Diffusion and Relative Diffusion in Simple Liquids. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 54(11), 4921-4934.

Futrelle, R. P., & McQuarrie, D. A. (1969). Linear programming and the calculation of upper and lower bounds of atomic mean excitation energies. J. Phys. B (Atom. Molec. Phys.), 2, 640-646.

Futrelle, R. P., & McQuarrie, D. A. (1968). Upper and Lower Bounds in Quantum Mechanical Perturbation Theory Using Linear Programming. Chemical Physics Letters, 2(4), 223-226.

Futrelle, R. P. (1967). Collision-Induced Absorption as a Probe of Rare-Gas Interatomic Potentials. Physical Review Letters, 19(9), 479-481.

Futrelle, R. P. (1966). New Method in the Kinetics of Classical Dense Fluids. Journal of Chemical Physics, 44(9), 3240-3247.

REPORTS, OTHER (selected)

Baclawski, K., Futrelle, R., Hafner, C., Pescitelli, M., Fridman, N., Li, B., et al (1993). M&M-Query: Materials & Methods Knowledge Base and Query System. Rept. No NU-CCS-93-06. Northeastern University.

Futrelle, R. P., & Cleary, M. E. (1991). Tools for Natural Language Processing that can Aid Retrieval from Technical Text. In Working Notes, Natural Language Text Retrieval: AAAI Fall Symposium Series.

Futrelle, R. P. (1990). Current Activities in the Biological Knowledge Laboratory. Rept. No NU-CCS-90-20. Northeastern University.

Futrelle, R. P. (1989). An Introduction to the Biological Knowledge Laboratory. Technical Rept. No NU-CCS-89-15. Northeastern University.