Professors Dyer and Shavlik to retire

This July, professors Chuck Dyer and Jude Shavlik will retire from the Department of Computer Sciences after a combined 64 years of service.

The two have been members of the department’s artificial intelligence (AI) group.  Over the years, they have taught roughly 3,000 students in CS 540, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, as well as graduate classes on computer vision and machine learning.

Both say they will greatly miss interacting with students excited about AI, especially their PhD students with whom they worked closely for multiple years.

Dyer (pictured on the left) joined the CS faculty in 1982.  He served as associate department chair from 1987-90 and chair from 1990-93.

He has been a leader in the field of computer vision, having published over 160 technical papers in journals and conferences, and having overseen 15 PhD students.

His research includes contributions in 2D and 3D shape and image representations such as quadtrees, aspect graphs and pyramid algorithms; 3D scene reconstruction; computational photography; object and face recognition; texture analysis; motion analysis; and image segmentation.

Dyer is an IEEE Fellow and a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition.

Shavlik (pictured on the right) came to the department in 1988, and was associate chair from 2008-10.  He has supervised 18 PhD students.

Recognized internationally for research in machine learning and computational biology, Shavlik has emphasized using rich sources of training information, such as human-provided advice. He has applied his group’s novel machine learning algorithms to gene finding, protein folding, and cancer diagnosis with collaborators across campus.

Shavlik is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.  Additionally, he was a founding member of both the board of the International Machine Learning Society and the board of the International Society for Computational Biology, the only person to serve on both inaugural boards.

Elsewhere on campus, Dyer and Shavlik were the initial affiliate members from computer sciences when the biostatistics department broadened to include medical informatics.

The two also served on the initial management committee for the Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine training grant, funded by the National Library of Medicine.

We wish Chuck and Jude well and thank them for their exemplary contributions to the university and their fields!