Adam A. Smith

Assistant Professor
Dept of Math & Computer Science

Office: Thompson 410
Phone: 253-879-3557
Office Hours: MWTh 11:00-12:00

Welcome to my professional web page!


Classes I am teaching this fall:

Previous classes (that I'll likely teach again) include:


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.

Curriculum Vitae

My full CV is here. In addition, here is my research statement and teaching statement.


Undergrad Publications


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 2009, respectively.


Social Media:

  • 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.

My name:

  • 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 random babies.

  • 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.)

  • The computer science professor at Penn State? Closer, but still no.

  • The computer science postdoc at the University of Washington? At least that one's the right state.

  • Why do you include your middle initial in your name? Isn't that kind of pretentious? Too many Smiths in this world, and too many Adam Smiths. See the previous questions.