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Get to Know...Matthew Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Get to Know...Matthew Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Matthew Whitehead holds a B.A. in mathematics from Willamette University, an M. S. in computer science from Washington State University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Indiana University (2010).

His dissertation work focused on machine learning through dataset preprocessing, and his research interests include data-mining, information retrieval, artificial intelligence, cryptography, and computer security, among other topics.

After earning his degrees, Whitehead began teaching as a visiting assistant professor in the mathematics and computer science department at Colorado College. In addition to his research and teaching experience, he has worked as a software engineer at several organizations including Google, Inc. and Apple, Inc.

At Colorado College Whitehead plans to continue his research in applied machine learning and data mining.

He recently has been working on automatically generating natural language summaries from structured statistical data.  He also plans to work on various techniques for improving Web search results by clustering pages of results into distinct semantic groups.

Whitehead is especially excited to work on projects in artificial intelligence with students throughout the college, as well as those in the math and computer science department.  He hopes to encourage students to think about solving problems from all areas in a more computational way.