Haym Hirsh


On July 1, 2013, I moved to Cornell. I now serve as Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Information Science and Professor of Computer Science and Information Science at Cornell. I am maintaining this website until I have the chance to move it over to Cornell (and make sure the numerous links to everything still work).

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Born on what is now L. Ron Hubbard Way, three miles from the Hollywood Sign, Haym Hirsh spent the first quarter-century of his life in California, receiving his BS degree in 1983 from the Mathematics and Computer Science departments at UCLA and his MS in 1985 and PhD in 1989 from the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. Unhappy with the weather, he moved to Pittsburgh when he found a way to spend his final year at Stanford at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The following year he achieved his life-long dream of living in New Jersey by joining the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Rutgers University. As part of his never-ending spiritual quest, he has also spent time as visiting faculty at Carnegie Mellon University (in their School of Computer Science), MIT (in various combinations of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Laboratory for Computer Science, the Sloan School of Management, and the Center for Collective Intelligence), and NYU (in the Information Systems Department at the Stern School of Business). From 2003 to 2006 he served as Chair of the Rutgers University Computer Science Department, and from 2006 to 2010 he served as Director of the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation. By 2012 he pined so greatly for his lost bureaucratic self-actualization that he was consecrated once again as department chair at Rutgers. When he is not teaching courses, conducting research, attending lots of meetings, or creating meetings that lots of others have to attend, he writes silly biographies with lots of gratuitous pointers to other web pages.

(You can also see a more stodgy short bio or a long-winded formal CV.)

Research Interests


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Graduate Students

Graduated Students (14 PhD Advisees, 39 Descendants)

  1. Arunava Banerjee (2001):
    Dissertation: The Phase-Space Dynamics of Systems of Spiking Neurons.
    Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, University of Florida
    1. Nicholas Fisher (PhD 2010: "A Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space Model of a Spiking Neuron")
    2. Ami Greenberg (PhD 2008: "State-of-the-Art Protein Secondary-Structure Prediction Using a Novel Two-Stage Alignment and Machine-Learning Method")
    3. Karthik S. Gurumoorthy (PhD 2011: "A Schodinger wave mechanics formalism for the eikonal problem and its associated gradient density computation"): Research Scientist, GE Global Research, Bangalore
    4. Santhosh Kodipaka (PhD 2009: "A Novel Conic Section Classifier with Tractable Geometric Learning Algorithm"): Software Developer, Bing
    5. Ritwik Kumar (PhD 2009: "Relighting, Pose Change and Recognition of Faces"): Research Staff Member, IBM Research-Almaden
    6. Hailong Meng (PhD 2006: "A novel methodology for identifying conserved regulatory modules at the binding site level"): Statistician II, Yale University
    7. Ajit V. Rajwade (PhD 2010: "Probabilistic Approaches to Image Registration and Denoising"): Assistant Professor, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT)
    8. Venkatakrishnan Ramaswamy (PhD 2011: "The Transformational Complexity of Acyclic Networks of Neurons"): Postdoctoral Fellow, Haim Sompolinsky, Center for Brain Sciences, Hebrew University.
    9. Nathan VanderKraats (PhD 2009: "A novel probabilistic lower bound on mutual information applied to a category-based framework for spike train discrimination"): Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Pharmacogenomics, Washington University School of Medicine
  2. Chumki Basu (2002):
    Dissertation: Recommendation as Classification and Recommendation as Matching: Two Information-Centered Approaches to Recommendation
    Current position: Program Manager, IBM Research, Bangalore
  3. Brian Davison (2002):
    Dissertation: The Design and Evaluation of Web Prefetching and Caching Techniques
    Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Lehigh University, PA
    1. Lan Nie (PhD 2008: "Mining the Hyperlinks of the Web Graph"): Software Engineer, Google
    2. Xiaoguang Qi (PhD 2012: "Web Page Classification and Hierarchy Adaptation"): Software Development Engineer, Bing
    3. Baoning Wu (PhD 2007: "Finding and Fighting Search Engine Spam"): Search Quality Scientist, Snap.com
  4. Vipul Kashyap (1997):
    Dissertation: Information Brokering over Heterogeneous Digital Data - A Metadata-based Approach.
    Current position: Senior Medical Informatician, Partners HealthCare System
  5. Daniel Kudenko (1998):
    Dissertation: Feature Generation for Sequence Categorization.
    Current position: Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of York, U.K.
    1. Heather Barber (PhD 2008: "Generator of Adaptive Dilemma-based Interactive Narratives"): CICS Explorer FV Engineer, IBM - Southampton, UK
    2. Matthew Grounds (PhD 2007: "Scaling-up Reinforcement Learning using Parallelization and Symbolic Planning"): Senior Coder, Headstrong Games
    3. Marek Grzes (PhD 2010: "Improving Exploration in Reinforcement Learning through Domain Knowledge and Parameter Analysis"): Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Canada
    4. Rania Hodhod (PhD 2010): Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Georgia Tech
    5. Spiros Kapetanakis (PhD 2004: "Independent Learning of Coordination in Cooperative Single-Stage Games"): Senior Developer, Quant Strategy, Exchange-Traded Products, Jefferies International Limited
    6. Zoe Lock (PhD 2005, "Performance and Flexibility of Stereotype-based User Models"): Head of Technology, Technology Strategy Board, UK
    7. Enda Ridge (PhD 2008: "Design of Experiments for the Tuning of Optimisation Algorithms"): Data Insight Services Manager, KPMG UK
    8. Arturo Servin (PhD 2009: "Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning for Intrusion Detection"): CTO, Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry, Uruguay
    9. I-Hsien (Derrick) Ting (PhD 2007: "Closing the KDD loop to Improve Website Design"): Assistant Professor, Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan
  6. David Loewenstern (1999):
    Dissertation: Sequence Classification Learning using Methods Derived from Entropy Estimation.
    Current position: Advisory Software Engineer, IBM Research
  7. David Lubinsky (1993):
    Dissertation: Analysis of Bivariate Splits and Consistent Split Criteria in Dichotomous Classification Trees.
    Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa; Founder and Managing Director, OPSI Systems
    1. Mohamed Aboulgasem Arteimi (PhD, 2000): Dean, Arab College of Technology; Head, Computer Engineering Department, 7th of April University; President, Libyan Association for AI
  8. Sofus Macskassy (2003):
    Dissertation: New Techniques in Information Filtering.
    Current position: Senior Research Scientist, USC Information Sciences Institute
  9. Chris Mesterharm (2007):
    Dissertation: Improving On-Line Learning.
    Current Position: Senior Research Scientist, Applied Communication Science (formerly named Telcordia)
  10. Steve Norton (1995):
    Dissertation: Classifier Induction from Imperfect Data as Reasoning Under Uncertainty.
    Currenet position: Vice President, Investment Technology Group, Inc.
  11. Lorien Pratt (1993):
    Dissertation: Transferring Previously Learned Back-Propagation Neural Networks to New Learning Tasks.
    Current position: CTO, Quatellia
  12. Khaled Rasheed (1998):
    Dissertation: GADO: A Genetic Algorithm for Continuous Design Optimization.
    Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Georgia
    1. Boseon Beyon (PhD 2009: "Enhancing the Quality of High Dimensional Noisy Data for Classification and Regression Problems")
    2. Bo Qian (PhD 2006: "Intelligent Financial Market Prediction"): Associate Director/Senior Develolper, Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets
    3. Liang Shi (PhD 2008: "Adaptive Surrogate-Assisted Evolution"): Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Corporation
  13. Gary Weiss (2003):
    Dissertation: The Effect of Small Disjuncts and Class Distribution on Decision Tree Learning.
    Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Fordham University
  14. Sarah Zelikovitz (2002):
    Dissertation: Using Background Knowledge to Improve Text Classification.
    Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Staten Island

Academic Genealogy

  1. My advisor: Bruce Buchanan
    (b. July 7, 1940, St. Louis)
    (Ph.D. Philosophy, Michigan State University, 1966: "Logics of Scientific Discovery")
  2. Buchanan's advisor: Gerald Massey
    (b. Feb 11, 1934, Wauseon, Ohio)
    (Ph.D. Philosophy, Princeton University, 1964: "The Philosophy of Space ")
  3. Massey's advisor: Carl Gustav Hempel
    (b. Jan. 8, 1905, Oranienburg, Germany; d. 1997, Princeton, NJ)
    (Philosophy, Berlin, 1934: "Beitrage zur logischen analyse des wahrscheinlichkeitsbegriffs")
    (Hempel worked with Reichenbach until Reichenbach was forced to leave Germany in 1933; his final year at Erlangen was spent under the supervision of Wolfgang Kohler and Nicolai Hartmann. Hempel also studied mathematics with David Hilbert, logic with John von Neumann, and Physics with Max Planck.)
  4. Hempel's advisor: Hans Reichenbach
    (b. Sept. 26, 1891, Hamburg, Germany; d. April 9, 1953, Los Angeles, CA)
    (Philosophy, Erlangen, 1915: "Der Begriff der Wahrscheinlichkeit fur die mathematische Darstellung der Wirklichkeit")
  5. Reichenbach's two advisors:
  6. Noether's two advisors:
  7. Hesse's advisor: Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi
    (b. December 10, 1804, Potsdam, Prussia; d. February 18, 1851, Berlin, Germany)
    (Ph.D. Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, 1825: "Disquisitiones Analyticae de Fractionibus Simplicibus")
  8. Jacobi's advisor: Enno Heeren Dirksen
    (Ph.D. Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen, 1820: "Historiae progressuum instrumentorum mensurae angulorum accuratiori interserventium inde a Tob. Meyeri temporibus ad umbratione non de artificio multiplicationis")
  9. His two advisors:
  10. Meyer's advisor: Abraham Gotthelf Kaestner
    (b. Sept 27, 1719, Leipzig, Germany; d. June 20, 1800, in Gottingen, Germany)
    (Ph.D. Universitat Leipzig, 1739: "Theoria radicum in aequationibus")
  11. Kaestner's advisor: Christian A. Hausen
    (b. 1693, d. 1743)
    (Dr. phil. Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenberg 1713: "De corpore scissuris figurisque non cruetando ductu")
  12. To go further back you should continue with Hausen's entry at the Mathematics Genealogy Project, which goes back to Copernicus and into the 1300s.

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Last update: 13 March 2014