Gautam Pant

Associate Professor
Management Sciences Department
Henry B. Tippie College of Business
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242




Research Interests


Online Visibility, Business Intelligence, Web and Data Mining, Vertical/Personalized Search and Web Crawlers, Information Retrieval, Search Engine Marketing and Optimization, Knowledge Management.


Professional Activities and Prior Appointments


  • Associate Editor, Information Systems Research (ISR), 2011-.

  • Assistant Professor, University of Utah, 2004-2011.

  • David Eccles Emerging Scholar, University of Utah, 2009-2011.

Papers [Google Scholar]


:: Working Papers ::

  • I. Kim, G. Pant. Predicting Audience Demographics of Web Sites Using Local Cues.

  • G. Pant, O. R. L. Sheng. Web Footprints of Firms: Using Online Isomorphism for Competitor Identification.

  • G. Pant, S. Pant. Explaining the Web Site Visibility of Firms.

:: Journals ::

:: Conference and Workshop Proceedings ::

  • I. Kim, G. Pant. Predicting Audience Demographics of Web Sites: Design vs. Content Cues. Proc. 20th Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS), 2010.

  • G. Pant, O. R. L. Sheng. Avoiding the Blind Spots: Competitor Identification Using Web Text and Linkage Structure. Proc. 30th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2009.

  • Z. Ma, G. Pant, O. R. L. Sheng. A Network-Based Approach to Mining Competitor Relationships from Online News. Proc. 30th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2009.

  • G. Pant, S. Pant, P. Srinivasan. Can You See Us Now? A Study on Web Site Visibility. Proc. 18th Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS'08), 2008.

  • G. Pant, P. Srinivasan. Utility-biased Web Crawler: Combining Topicality and Status. Proc. 18th Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS'08), 2008.

  • Z. Ma, G. Pant, O. R. L. Sheng. The Inorganic Side of Paid Search, 6th Workshop on e-Business, 2007.

  • Z. Ma, O. R. L. Sheng, and G. Pant. Using Social Network Analysis to Automatically Discover Competitor Relationships from Business News, 5th Workshop on e-Business, 2006.

  • G. Pant. Building Web Collections for Vertical Markets. Proc. 15th Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS'05), 2005.

  • Z. Ma, O. R. L. Sheng, G. Pant. Evaluation of Ontology-based User Interests Modeling. 4th Workshop on e-Business, 2005.

  • G. Pant, K. Tsioutsiouliklis, J. Johnson, C.L. Giles. Panorama: Extending Digital Libraries with Topical Crawlers. Proc. ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2004).

  • P. Srinivasan, F. Menczer, G. Pant. Defining Evaluation Methodologies for Topical Crawlers. Position paper, SIGIR 2003 Workshop on Defining Evaluation Methodologies for Terabyte-Scale Collections.

  • G. Pant, S. Bradshaw, F. Menczer. Search Engine-Crawler Symbiosis: Adapting to Community Interests. Proc. 7th European Conference on Research and Advance d Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL 2003).

  • G. Pant, F. Menczer. Topical Crawling for Business Intelligence. Proc. 7th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Librarie s (ECDL 2003).

  • G. Pant. Deriving Link-context from HTML Tag Tree. Proc. 8th ACM SIGMOD Workshop on Research Issues in Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (DMKD 2003).

  • P. Srinivasan, J. Mitchell, O. Bodenreider, G. Pant, F. Menczer. Web Crawling Agents for Retrieving Biomedical Information. Proc. Int. Workshop on Agents in Bioinfor matics (NETTAB 2002).

  • G. Pant, P. Srinivasan, F. Menczer. Exploration versus Exploitation in Topic Driven Crawlers. WWW 2002 Workshop on Web Dynamics.

  • F. Menczer, G. Pant, M. Ruiz, P. Srinivasan. Evaluating Topic-Driven Web Crawlers. Proc. ACM SIGIR 2001.

  • M. Degeratu, G. Pant, F. Menczer. Latency-dependent fitness in evolutionary multithreaded Web agents. Proc. GECCO 2001 EcoMAS Workshop.

  • D. Sturgill and G. Pant. Evaluation Criteria for Genetically-Tuned Problem Solving Experts. Proc. GECCO 1999.

:: Book Chapter ::

  • G. Pant, P. Srinivasan, F. Menczer. Crawling the Web. in M. Levene and A. Poulovassilis, editors: Web Dynamics, Springer-Verlag, 2003.

PhD Students


Zhongming Ma (Associate Professor, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona)

Iljoo Kim (Assistant Professor, Saint Joseph's University)

Hung Tran (Co-Founder, Tutor Universe)