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Computer Science & Engineering Department Welcomes New Chairperson

October 25, 2006

Fillia Makedon, Ph.D., is the new chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department in The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering. She comes to the college from Dartmouth College, where she was a professor of computer science and the director of Dartmouth’s Experimental Visualization Laboratory.

Dr. Makedon’s research interests include bioinformatics, pervasive computing, cybersecurity, human/computer interaction, sensor networks and image processing. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and held faculty positions at UT Dallas and the Illinois Institute of Technology in addition to Dartmouth. The Dartmouth Experimental Visualization Laboratory is a multimedia research laboratory specializing in multimedia technology, data analysis, information retrieval, multimedia database, video analysis, medical imaging and electronic commerce.

In addition to being director of the Experimental Visualization Laboratory, she was also a program officer in the National Science Foundation’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure. The Office of Cyberinfrastructure coordinates and supports the acquisition, development and provision of state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure resources, tools and services – supercomputers, high-capacity mass-storage systems, system software suites and programming environments, etc. – essential to the conduct of 21st century science and engineering research and education.

“I am happy to join an excellent computer science faculty who are energetic, active and cooperative,” stated Dr. Makedon. “It is my vision that, together, we will look outwards and strive to apply computer science methods and tools to solve computational challenges that exist not only within our domain but also in real world problems, enabling us to establish better relations with industry and with national and international centers of excellence.”

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