Department welcomes four faculty

The Department of Computer Science is fortunate to have attracted four strong new hires resulting from its faculty recruiting efforts. Joining the Department as tenure-track faculty are Andrew McGregor and Yannis Smaragdakis. Joining the Department as research faculty are David Smith and Michael Zink.

Andrew McGregor will join the Department as an Assistant Professor in January. He received his Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Information Theory and Applications Center at the University of California, San Diego. McGregor's research interests are in algorithms for processing massive data sets and data streams; computing with noisy or incomplete data; clustering; communication complexity; coding and information theory.

Yannis Smaragdakis will join the Department as an Associate Professor this fall. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and was most recently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon. Smaragdakis' research interests are in applied programming languages and software engineering. Specifically language mechanisms for separation of concerns (program generators, domain-specific languages, software module mechanisms, meta-programming); languages and tools for systems (programming models for concurrency, language support for distributed computing, memory management and program locality); and program analysis and testing (automatic test generation, bug finding, invariant inference, symbolic execution).

David Smith will join the Department as a Research Assistant Professor in September. He will receive his Ph.D. in Computer Science this fall from Johns Hopkins University. He is in the Center for Language and Speech Processing at Johns Hopkins. Previously, he was the head programmer in the Perseus Digital Library Project, one of the largest heterogeneous humanities digital libraries. Smith's research interests include machine translation, natural language parsing, semi-supervised machine learning methods, and digital libraries.

Michael Zink, who joined the Department in 2004 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and later as a Senior Research Scientist, begins this fall as a Research Assistant Professor. He received his Ph.D (Dr.-Ing) from Darmstadt University of Technology. Previously he was a researcher at the Multimedia Communications Laboratory at Darmstadt University of Technology. He is currently involved in the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) as a Technical Integration Thrust Leader. Zink's research interests are in the fields of sense-and-response sensor networks, distribution of high-bandwidth, high-volume data, and the design and analysis of long-distance wireless networks. Further research interests are in wide-area multimedia distribution for wired and wireless environments and network protocols.