E-mail: jack...@duq.edu (click to reveal my
actual address), or search for my name in the Duquesne University directory.
- I earned my Ph.D. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, my MSCS at California State University Fullerton,
and my BS in math and computer science at Oral
- My research has primarily been in
computational learning theory, which includes elements of theoretical
computer science and artificial intelligence, although recently I've been
working on some related philosophical issues. My Erdös
Number is 3.
- I've authored a textbook
on Web technologies, a project that grew out of my consulting/working for a
now-defunct Pittsburgh dot-com (Essential
Surfing Gear) during the latter half of the 1990's. I also have
a page of downloads and errata for the textbook.
- I also worked as a software engineer and had some
management experience in the aerospace/defense industry for the first eight
years of my career. Much of that time was spent working at Nellis Air Force Base.
- I chaired my department at Duquesne University
for six years before gratefully handing off to someone else. I'm
not a fan of administrivia, but I'm a big fan of my
- I've been the Principle Investigator on four
NSF grants which have funded the research of a number of undergraduate
and Master's students (see my research page for
details on some of these).
- As of January 2013, I have something like 18 years
of experience teaching at the
university level. My impression is that
think that my classes are worthwhile. I hope so, because
students and student learning are important to me!
- I have advised many senior projects and am beginning to
post student work with their permission:
Lard: study of automatic generation of levels in video games
I don't suppose that I write opinion pieces often enough to be
called a blogger, but I do occasionally feel compelled
to speak my
mind on some topic or another. Read at your own risk!
- I have a life beyond work, and I'm especially amazed by how
talented my children are! For instance, if you're interested in
music, you might be interested in visiting