Brian C. Dean

Associate Professor
Division of Computer Science
School of Computing, Clemson University

Office: McAdams Hall, Room 205
Phone: 864-656-5866
Mail: Brian C. Dean, School of Computing, Box 340974, Clemson SC 29634-0974

Bio: I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science from MIT. My research interests are quite broad, encompassing most of algorithmic computer science and its applications. I am also interested in computer science education, particularly at the high-school level. I currently direct the Applied Algorithms Group in the School of Computing at Clemson. My research was most recently supported by an NSF CAREER award. I also direct an NSF-funded research experiences for undergradutes (REU) program in data-intensive computing (currently on hiatus during summer 2015, to resume in summer 2016).

Teaching: I'm currently on sabbatical leave at Oxford University until the end of the summer. In fall 2015, I'm scheduled to teach CpSc 2120, an undergraduate course on algorithms and data structures. I also organize a weekly graduate algorithms seminar, which meets every Friday 3:30-4:30 [further information and list of talks], as well as a seminar on programming and problem solving geared particularly for students interested in participating in the ACM programming contest.

Advising: If you have taken one of my courses and done well, please feel to contact me about research opportunities.

Computing Contests: I'm the director of the USA Computing Olympiad, a program that contributes to computer science education at the high-school level via algorithmic programming competitions and on-line training materials. The USACO is one of several national scientific "Olympiads" at the high-school level, tasked with identifying and training top students in their respective disciplines. Each summer the USACO invites the top two dozen high-school students in the country to an intensive summer "training camp" at Clemson University, from which a team of 4 is selected to represent the USA at the International Olympiad in Informatics, the most prestigious international algorithmic programming contest at the high-school level.

LectureScribe: In order to develop more effective multimedia content for my courses and an upcoming book, I've wrote a program called LectureScribe nearly 15 years ago for recording animated "whiteboard lectures" on a tablet PC. The program has since been updated to run in a web setting; you can find it here.

My wife, Delphine, is an associate professor in the Clemson Bioengineering department.

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