Before returning to academe, Craig had a long standing career as a computing professional specializing in enterprise computing solutions. He was recently employed as a sales engineer for a software company providing CRM solutions for financial services. Craig also has specific interests in software engineering for portable devices (PDA's, cell phones, embedded devices), and additional experience in technical support training, technical documentation, and extensive Internet experience in a wide range of client/server architectures.

As the corporate sales engineer, he provided the technical liason between the business and technology side of the Financial Services CRM world and worked closely with corporate sales staff and technology staff to provide the answers to potential clients questions - be it via a product demonstration, an informal phone call, or a formal RFP/RFI response. All skills not unfamiliar to an academic environment.

Craig started his return to academe as Senior Research Programmer in GSLIS where he worked on faculty projects as a software engineer for 2 years. While employed in this capacity he started pursuing a PhD in Informatics through the Illinois Informatics Institute (iCubed) on campus.

Now a full time student, Craig is focused on his PhD.

For academic and professional resumes, or his LinkedIn profile, see side bar.

That was then ...

When I entered the Informatics program, I thought my research would align closely with my personal interests in mobile devices (PDA's, Smartphones, fitness trackers, SmartWatches, etc). My notion was that I would bridge the confluence of three broader topics: information flow within an organization or community; public adoption of mobile computing technology; and social/collaborative information behaviours. While each of these areas have a wide range of research topics, my specific interest was in researching the information needs of an increasingly mobile, and digitally connected, population.

... This is now

I shouldn't be surprised that as I took classes my interests would evolve. Working under Professor Jana Diesner, I have become entrenched in the business aspects of Social Network Analysis and have a number of research projects using the Enron email corpus underway.

Upcoming publications highlight the work being done in this area.

Upcoming Papers/Presentations

Past Papers/Presentations

Refereed Papers and Articles

DIESNER, J. and EVANS, C.S., (2015). Little Bad Concerns: Using Sentiment Analysis to Assess Structural Balance in Communication Networks. In Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (Paris, France, August 25-28 2015) DOI=10.1145/2808797.2809403
DIESNER, J., EVANS, C.S., and KIM, J., (2015). Impact of Entity Disambiguation Errors on Social Network Properties. In Ninth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media. (Oxford, UK, 26-29 May 2015)
EVANS, C., (2014). Wiki As A Platform – Turning Dissemination into Collaboration. In Proceedings of the iConference 2014 (Berlin, Germany, 4-7 March, 2014 2014)
BILLSUS, D., BRUNK, C.A., EvVANS, C., GLADISH, B., and PAZZANI, M. (2002). Adaptive interfaces for ubiquitous web, Communications of The ACM, May 2002, Vol 45, No 5. pg 34-38.

Peer-Reviewed Abstracts, Posters, Panels

EVANS C.S., DIESNER, J. (2016) Mutual Impact and Stability of Personal Ethics and Structural Balance in a Communication Network over Time. Poster at 2nd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2) (Evanston, IL, June 24-26 2016) Received HONORABLE MENTION for Advancing Methodology/Theory
EVANS, C.S., REZAPOUR, R., JIANG, M., and DIESNER, J. (2016).
Interplay Between Personal Morals with Tie and Cluster Formation in a Corporate Communication Network SUNBELT XXXVI (Newport Beach, CA, 7-11 April 2016)
EVANS, C.S., DIESNER, J., and BLAKE, C., (2015). Email Data Analysis: An Alternate Lens into Historical Events. HASTAC 2015 (Lansing, Michigan, 29 May 2015)
SMITH, B.N.; LUGYA, F.K.; EVANS, C., (2013) Learning focused search in an online social network community, Social Media Expo Poster at iConference 2013, (Fort Worth, TX, USA. Feb 2013)


Spring 2018 - Teaching Assistant - IS532: Theory & Practice of Data Cleaning


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Fall 2015 - LIS452: Foundations in Information Processing in LIS

Teaching Assistant

Fall 2014 - LIS590NA: Social Network Analysis (including instructing class on Network Analysis in R)
Spring 2015 - LIS590NA: Social Network Analysis (including instructing class on Network Analysis in R)
Spring 2016 - LIS590DCL: Theory & Practice of Data Cleaning

Fall 2011 (Pre-PhD as a OCE student)

  • LIS590IIS - Interfaces to Information Systems

Fall 2012

  • INFO500 - Informatics Seminar
  • CAS587/LIS590SSI - Social Spaces on the Internet
  • LIS590SF - Social Computing
  • LIS590CW - Computer Supported Cooperative Work

Spring 2013

  • CS565 - Human-Computer Interaction
  • LIS456AG - Information Storage and Retrieval

Fall 2013

  • CS498 - Digital Forensics
  • LIS590AG - Evidence-Based Discovery
  • LIS590NA - Network Analysis

Spring 2014

  • CS467 - Social Visualization
  • LIS590AD - Socio-Technical Data Analytics
  • INFO510 - Research Practicum (1 of 2)

Fall 2014

  • LIS590PV - Privacy in the Internet Age
  • CPSC440 - Applied Statistical Methods

Spring 2015

  • LIS590TX - Text Mining
  • INFO490 - DIY with Galileo Development Boards
  • INFO510 - Research Practicum (2 of 2)