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UTA electrical engineering, computer science professors rated among the best in the world

Thursday, April 5, 2018 • Media Contact: UT Arlington Media Relations

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A University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering professor is among the top 100 computer science and electronics researchers in the world, according to, a leading website connecting college faculty researchers and doctoral students with top journals and conferences worldwide.

Frank Lewis

Frank Lewis was ranked No. 96 in the world and No. 70 in the United States in a major ranking of computer scientists.

Frank Lewis was ranked No. 96 in the world and No. 70 in the United States in the website’s rankings of computer scientists. The rankings are determined by H-index, a metric that measures the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar. It is based on the set of the scientist’s most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications.

“I was pleasantly surprised to see how my work stacks up against colleagues in related disciplines around the world,” Lewis said. “It is humbling to know that the research that I’ve dedicated my career to is valuable to others in the course of their work.”

Lewis’ publications have been cited 48,460 times for an H-index of 98. His advanced controls and sensors group focuses on controls design for robotic, aerospace and autonomous systems and has garnered 80 competitive research grants worth more than $9 million since 1990. Recent funding has come from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

His key contribution has been to add more self-learning mechanisms to neural network controllers for dynamical systems, such as aircraft and robot systems, by making it possible to design and tune the neural adaptive controllers based on the patterns of use of different modes in the system. This tuning process provides greater reliability and stability for neural adaptive control.

Lewis is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Inventors, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the International Federation of Automatic Control and the U.K. Institute of Measurement and Control.

He joined UTA’s College of Engineering in 1990 as the Moncrief-O’Donnell Chair of Electrical Engineering after earning advanced degrees from Rice University and Georgia Institute of Technology. Since then, he has become a recognized international authority on intelligent feedback control systems and presents workshops and courses worldwide.

He has published more than 300 journal papers and more than 400 refereed conference papers. He also has authored 22 books. Among the many additional awards he has received are the Fulbright Research Award, the Neural Network Society’s Gabor Award, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Intelligent Systems Award, and the U.K. Instrumentation and Control Honeywell Field Engineering Medal.

Lewis also is an acclaimed professor who has won numerous awards for outstanding contributions and innovations in teaching, including the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, membership in the UTA Academy of Distinguished Teachers and the University’s Graduate Dean’s Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Award. He has supervised more than 50 doctoral students, including three National Science Foundation CAREER Awardees and one Homeland Security Career Awardee. 

Also, on the list was professors Chris Ding and Gautam Das in the Computer Science and Engineering Department. Ding’s publications have been cited 31,743 times for an H-index of 74 and he was rated No. 251 in the U.S. and No. 372 in the world. Das, rated No. 702 in the U.S. and No. 1,155 in the world, has had his publications cited 12,905 times for an H-index of 53.

Ding has published more than 70 journal papers and 162 refereed conference papers and given dozens of invited seminars and presentations. His research is well recognized by major governmental agencies. To date, he has received more than $5 million in research funding, including $1 million in a STARS Award from the University of Texas System Regents.

Das is the Distinguished University Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Director of the Database Exploration Laboratory in the department. His research has been supported by grants from National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Department of Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Qatar Foundation, AT&T, Microsoft Research, Nokia Research, Cadence Design Systems and Apollo Data Technologies.

He has broad research interests in all aspects of big data exploration, including databases, data analytics and mining, information retrieval, and algorithms. His current research is focused on data management and algorithmic problems in the deep web, social networks and collaborative media, as well as ranking, search, and analytics problems in databases. His research has resulted in about 200 papers, many of which have appeared in premier data mining, database and algorithms conferences and journals. His work has received several awards, and he has been a keynote speaker and presented invited lectures, tutorials and courses at various universities, research labs, and conferences.

The work of Lewis, Ding and Das is an example of how UTA researchers are supporting the University’s Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact, said Duane Dimos, UTA’s vice president for research.

“UTA is a Carnegie Foundation Research 1 institution, committed to discovery and contributions at the highest levels of science and engineering. Dr. Lewis, Dr. Ding and Dr. Das have all been shining examples of the type of innovative researcher that we pride ourselves on, and their inclusion on this list is no surprise,” Dimos said.