Division of Computer Science
School of Computing, Clemson University
Office: McAdams Hall, Room 205
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
Teaching: I've recently returned from sabbatical leave at Oxford University. In fall 2015, I'm teaching 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 (Mondays 5:30-7:00 in Lehotsky 138).
Advising: If you have taken one of my courses and done well, please feel free 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.