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.
NEWS FLASH: I'M MOVING TO CORNELL!
Just when I thought the weather and my bureaucratic self-actualization couldn't get any better, Cornell not only recruited me away from Rutgers but also granted me every academic's grandest dream: a longer title. Starting July 1 I will be Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Information Science and Professor of Computer Science and Information Science at Cornell. I am quite sad that the decision has forced me to take myself out of consideration in the search for the new Rutgers men's basketball coach.
Speaking more seriously, it was very hard to leave my academic home of 24 years, which has served my career and my family so well for so long, but there was no way to say no to the increased opportunities Cornell will offer, plus they made our family feel extremely excited about what our life will be like in Ithaca.
More news/details as things develop.
As happy as I am to learn about people who are interested in what I do and who would like to conduct graduate research with me, sending me an email will not improve your chances of getting admitted to the Rutgers CS graduate program. Indeed, after more than two decades at Rutgers I have never taken on a student as a result of such email. The same holds true for requests for internships. On the other hand, what does help is getting strong recommendation letters from people who can speak about you with some specificity, especially about skills relevant to conducting research. Unfortunately, given the large number of such messages that I receive I am generally unable to reply to emails of this sort.
If you have already been accepted to our graduate program, or if you are already enrolled, feel free to contact me regarding research opportunities. I also do occasionally take on Rutgers undergraduate interns if they have sufficiently strong academic records, and I would be happy to hear from you if you have such interests. My active research interests are centered on human computation, crowdsourcing, social computing, collective intelligence, and related topics.
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Last update: 30 April 2013