Rodney Summerscales

Rodney Summerscales

Title: Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Office Location: Haughey Hall 330
Phone: (269) 471-3694

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BS, Computer Science
Andrews University

MS, Computer Science and Engineering
Pennsylvania State University

PhD, Computer Science
Illinois Institute of Technology


Current Research or Professional Activities

Research interests

Summarizing scientific research, natural language processing and machine learning.

I am interested in automatic methods for extracting experimental results from scientific publications for the purpose of summarization.



R.L. Summerscales. Automatic summarization of clinical abstracts for evidence-based medicine. Ph.D. Thesis, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2013. [BibTex] [pdf]

R.L. Summerscales, S. Argamon, S. Bai, J. Hupert, and A. Schwartz. Automatic summarization of results from clinical trials. In Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM 2011), 2011. [BibTex] [pdf]

R.L. Summerscales, S. Argamon, J. Hupert, A. Schwartz. Identifying Treatments, Groups, and Outcomes in Medical Abstracts. The Sixth Midwest Computational Linguistics Colloquium (MCLC 2009), 2009. [BibTex] [pdf]

R.L. Summerscales. Three-Dimensional Texture Classification using the Discrete Cosine Transform. M.S. Thesis, Pennsylvania State University, 2005. [BibTex] [pdf]

G.W. Burdick, R.D. Robertson, R.L. Summerscales. Electric-Dipole 4fN-4fN transition intensity parametrizations for lanthanides: an examination of local minima. Journal of Alloys & Compounds. v323-324, July 2001:778-782.

G.W. Burdick, R.L. Summerscales, S.M. Crooks, M.F. Reid, F.S. Richardson. Electric-Dipole 4fN-4fN transition intensity parametrizations for lanthanides: multiple indistinguishable parameter sets and multiple local minima. Journal of Alloys & Compounds. v303, May 2000:376-382.

J. Wolfer, S.H. Lee, J. Sandelski, R. Summerscales, J. Soble, J. Roberge. Endocardial Border detection in contrast enhanced echocardiographic cineloops using a pulse coupled neural network. 1999 Computers in Cardiology. 26:185-188.