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Targeted Excellence and Excellent Targets

As of today, I'm participating in no fewer than four preproposals for our Provost's Targeted Excellence program:


  • Functional genomics - a biology/agriculture/engineering collaboration; I will contribute a computational genomics component as the CS representative

  • Groundwater-based societies and economies - a civil engineering/geology/agronomy/ag econ/landscape architecture/sociology collaboration; I will help with the geospatial data mining, KDD, and data cleaning

  • Computer security (new) - a CS collaboration (type theory, formal methods, intelligent systems and machine learning); I will contribute relational data models for data warehousing and data mining

  • Robotics (new) - a CS collaboration (software engineering, AI); I will consult on developing a simulator for telerobotics and an event communication language



Hrm, I guess I must be an excellent target. :o)

Edit (24 Sep 2003): Make that five - add


  • Engineering applications of machine intelligence (new) - a CS/EECE collaboration; I will consult on graphical models of probability and neural computation for pattern recognition



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Banazîr

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vretallin
Sep. 26th, 2003 03:18 pm (UTC)
Hrmmm Data Warehousing and Data Mining so unless you are hoping to secure a data warehouse and apply privacy policies....I have never quite understood how this is all related to computer security?

I mean it all goes back to ensuring those lovely jargon of Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability issues.

Very interested in what you do with this one. :)
banazir
Sep. 26th, 2003 03:36 pm (UTC)
Hrmmm Data Warehousing and Data Mining so unless you are hoping to secure a data warehouse and apply privacy policies....I have never quite understood how this is all related to computer security?
Knot exacterly - what's going on is that I'm working with two other CS faculty whose specializations are type theory (it's very unusual for a department with 16 faculty to have 3 type theorists, but I digress). Though they are both excellent theorists, I'm the one with more training and experience in actually working with (as in "postprocessing via OLAP, data blades, etc.") server logs and audit databases.

I mean it all goes back to ensuring those lovely jargon of Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability issues.
... or, in short, THEM.

Very interested in what you do with this one. :)
We'll see. I think the number of proposals campus-wide that will get invited back is about 10.

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Banazir
vretallin
Sep. 26th, 2003 05:33 pm (UTC)
or, in short, THEM.

Yeah pretty much.

Three Type Theorists??? wow. That is darn near unheard of with a small department.

Well good luck with the proposals.
banazir
Sep. 26th, 2003 06:25 pm (UTC)
Three Type Theorists??? wow. That is darn near unheard of with a small department.
Indeed. Welp, now I've heard of it anyhow. There are 6 programming language people out of 17 (I forgot to count our newest addition), too.

Well good luck with the proposals.
Thanks; turnaround time will be quick - I'll keep you psotted.

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Banazir
vretallin
Sep. 26th, 2003 06:32 pm (UTC)
LOL true we have heard of it now. :) I am not as surprised by the programmers since more and more folks are graduating with that as part of their curriculm these days...unless it is all they do, which is jsut wierd.
banazir
Sep. 26th, 2003 08:11 pm (UTC)
I am not as surprised by the programmers since more and more folks are graduating with that as part of their curriculm these days...unless it is all they do, which is jsut wierd.

Well, we also have two software engineers who are not in programming language theory, which makes 8, or lamost half, mazbe 8.5 including me (I started out in functional programming and migrated from Software to AI at UIUC). We're a very software-heavy department. AI and theory of computation, not so much (research-wise), hardware even less (in CIS, anyway; we do have an EECE department), and numerical analysis is a wasteland here even in EECE and Math. There are a few parallel algorithms, distributed computing, and graphics people, but only enough to pay lip-service to visualization, multimedia, and CGA.

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Banazir
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