Being selected as a DUP involves an intensive internal and external review of the faculty member’s credentials thatculminates in selection by the DUP Recommending Committee. These outstanding professors will have their titles formally bestowed at the Faculty Honors & Awards ceremony to be held during the Fall 2011 semester.
Professor Hall joined the faculty of the University of South Florida in 1986, and has spent his entire career here. He currently serves as chair of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering. The DUP Recommending Committee was impressed with the fact that he has attained a high level of international recognition for his work on topics in artificial intelligence, especially in the areas described by oneletter writer as “fuzzy pattern recognition/medical image and analysis/data mining.” This research, much of which deals with creating algorithms for identifying such things as tissue types, is fundamental to the large and important area of magnetic resonance imaging, and is crucial to making thistechnology usable for many medical purposes. Letter writers noted that Professor Hall has published nearly 70 journal papers, over 150 peer-reviewed conference papers, and has authored an impressive number of book chapters and edited volumes. His 2002 paper in Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research was mentioned by one letter writer as having nearly 800 citations on GoogleScholar and 11 more papers with at least 100 citations.
Being nominated for DUP status is a significant honor because it indicates that the individual has an outstanding scholarly record and has made significant contributions to USF and her/his profession.
This year’s Committee consisted of Professors Jeannie Kleinhammer-Tramill, Uday Murthy, Santo Nicosia, Paul Spector, Stephen Turner (Chair), and Lynne Wecker. Moreover, Senior Vice Provost Dwayne Smith, along with Ms. Diane Trueman and Ms. Mary Helen Shuman-Groh from the Provost’s Office, are to be commended for supporting the important work of the Committee.