My doctoral work was with Mark Craven, developing algorithms
for the EDGE project. My dissertation is here. We developed machine learning methods to discriminate toxins based on
gene expression levels. The ultimate goal of the EDGE project is to make the analysis of industrial chemicals
faster, cheaper, and more accurate.
My postdoc research was with Garet
Lahvis, performing mathematical analyses of mouse ultrasonic vocalizations. The goal of this research is
to better understand the state of a mouse through its vocalizations, to create a baseline when mice are used
as models of mental disease, such as autism, schizophrenia, or traumatic brain injury.
I'm from the state of Oregon in the U.S., though I was raised up and
down the Pacific coast. I earned my B.A. in Computer Science/Mathematics
(combined major) and Physics with Honors from
Lewis & Clark College in 1999,
and my M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the
University of Wisconsin, in 2002 and
Yup, academics keep track of this stuff. My line goes back to Danish linguists, and then German theologians. (I’m about as surprised by this as you are.)
Adam A. Smith, PhD Computer Sciences (2009), at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying under...
...Mark Craven, PhD Computer Sciences (1996), from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying under...
...Jude Shavlik, PhD Computer Science (1988), from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying under...
I'm your student—will you friend me on (Facebook, Google+,
etc.)? It depends on the site. Regardless, even if you get a feed,
it will be heavily censored and not very interesting.
You have to understand—I'm not your friend. I'm your
teacher. That doesn't mean that I don't like you. (Fact is, I'm very
fond of most of my students.) But I value my freedom to be myself
among friends, without having to worry about workplace politics. Maybe
a year after you graduate, you can start getting to know me as an
equal and a colleague. But in the meantime, I like to keep these parts
of my life separate.
How about a professional site like LinkedIn? I'm fine with
that, but I don't check those very often.
Didn't you write The Wealth of Nations? No,
that was some other guy.
How about the U.S. rep from Washington's 9th Congressional
District? Nope. Do I look like a politician? I can't stand kissing
The retired Canadian hockey player? Lord, no. I can barely
stay upright on the ice. (Though I did play some ice hockey during
grad school. Yes, really. Stop laughing.)