April 22, 2013

Cornell Taps New Computing and Information Science Dean

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Haym Hirsh, the chair of Rutgers University’s computer science department, has been appointed Cornell’s next dean of Computing and Information Science, Provost Kent Fuchs announced Monday.

Hirsch, who is an expert in artificial intelligence and data mining, will begin serving as dean on July 1. He will succeed Dan Huttenlocher, vice provost and founding dean of the Cornell NYC Tech campus, according to a University press release.

“We are very pleased that Haym Hirsh, a proven leader, researcher and educator and an enthusiastic computer science visionary, is coming to Cornell,” Fuchs said in a University press release. “We look forward to having him lead our innovative faculty of Computing and Information Science, and we welcome him and his family to Ithaca.”

As dean, Hirsh will lead Cornell’s Computing and Information Science unit, which includes three departments and more than 80 affiliated faculty, according to the press release.

Hirsh is expected to partner in the development of the tech campus in New York City and will be responsible for improving Computing and Information Science’s reputation, distinction and influence, according to the press release.

Hirsh has served as director of the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation. He has also held visiting positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Zurich, Carnegie Mellon University and Bar-Ilan University.

The organizational model of Cornell’s Faculty of Computing and Information Science — broken down into computer science, information science and statistical science — as well as its engagement with all colleges at the University, “reflects an appreciation of how computing is transforming all areas of scholarship,” Hirsh said in the press release.

Original Author: Sarah Cutler