UTCS Announces New Faculty and Faculty Promotions


UTCS Welcomes New Faculty

Adam Klivans, Lili Qiu, Yin Zhang and Okan Arikan have recently joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Sciences as Assistant Professors.

January 2005:

Adam Klivans
Professor Klivans' research interests include machine learning, derandomization, randomized algorithms, computational complexity, cryptography, and extremal combinatorics. He received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 2002 and was an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard.

Lili Qiu
Professor Qiu's research interests are internet and wireless networking. She graduated with a Ph.D. from the Computer Science department at Cornell University in 2001 and worked as a researcher at Microsoft Research from 2001-2004.

Yin Zhang
Professor Zhang's research interests span several areas of computer networks as well as web performance, content distribution and congestion control. He graduated with a Ph.D. from the Computer Science department at Cornell University in 2001 and worked as a researcher at AT&T Labs - Research from 2001-2004.

September 2005:

Okan Arikan
Professor Arikan's research interests include data driven and physically based methods for character motion synthesis, physically based simulation, global illumination, approximate visibility and rendering algorithms, image based modelling and rendering, and human perception. He received his Ph.D. from The University of California at Berkeley in 2004.

UTCS Congratulates Promoted Faculty

Professors Inderjit Dhillon, Kathryn McKinley and Dan Miranker have received promotions, effective September 2005.

Inderjit Dhillon to Associate Professor
Professor Dhillon's main research interests are computational linear algebra, data mining and bioinformatics. His emphasis is on exploring core problems in these areas to obtain novel algorithms that preserve the underlying problem structure. Some of the problems he's currently studying include clustering of high-dimensional data, low-dimensional approximations that preserve sparsity and non-negativity, and fast algorithms for eigenvalue problems.

Kathryn McKinley to Full Professor
Professor McKinley's main research focus focus is the development of compiler algorithms, runtime systems, and tools that enable programmers to use a high-level programming style and modern languages and still achieve high performance on scalar, parallel, and distributed architectures. She is particularly interested in effectively using processor memory hierarchies and in memory management.

Dan Miranker to Full Professor
Professor Miranker launched a project in Bioinformatics (called MoBIoS). The MoBIoS (Molecular Biological Information System) project is a current undertaking at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. The goal is to develop a database management system based on metric space indexing techniques and a database query language that embodies the semantics of genomic and proteomic data.

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