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CAARMS 19 Speakers:





Melvin Currie
National Security Agency

Dr. Melvin Currie did his undergraduate work at Yale, and completed his masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the National Security Agency, he held faculty positions at Auburn University and University of Richmond. His non-mathematical interests include genealogy and German, and he once served as a mathematics teacher in the public school system of Duesseldorf.

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Stephen Kleene
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mr. Kleene is the C.L.E Moore Instructor at MIT

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Jason Mars
University of California at San Diego

Jason Mars joined the UC San Diego faculty in 2012, after receiving his Ph.D. the same year in computer science from the University of Virginia. He received his M.S. in computer science from the University of Virginia in 2008, and a B.S. degree in CS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. While at UVA, Mars' research was supported by the prestigious Google Ph.D. Fellowship for Compiler Technology and Ford Foundation Fellowship.

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James Mickens
Microsoft Research

Excellence. Quality. Science. These are just a few of the words that have been applied to the illustrious research career of James Mickens. In the span of a few years, James Mickens has made deep, fundamental, and amazing contributions to various areas of computer science and life. Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest scholars of his generation, James Mickens ran out of storage space for his awards in 1992, and he subsequently purchased a large cave to act as a warehouse/fortress from which he can defend himself during the inevitable robot war that was prophesied by the documentary movie “The Matrix.” In his spare time, James Mickens enjoys life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, often (but not always) in that order, and usually (almost always) while listening to Black Sabbath..


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Ronald Mickens
Clark-Atlanta University

Professor Mickens was a member of the faculty at Fisk University from 1970 to 1980, has been a visiting scholar at MIT, Morehouse, Vanderbilt, and the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astro­physics. He joined the faculty of Clark Atlanta in 1982, and has held his present position since 1985.


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Kasso Okoudjou
University of Maryland

My research interests lie in pure as well as applied and computational harmonic analysis especially, frame theory, time-frequency and wavelet analysis, multilinear pseudodifferential operators. I am also intrested in analysis and differential equations on fractals.

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Bonita Saunders
National Institute of Standards and Technology


Bonita V. Saunders, born in Portsmouth, Virginia, is a member of the Mathematical and Computational Sciences Division of the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She is the principal designer of graphs and visualizations for the DLMF.

In 1985 she was the first African American and first woman to obtain a Ph.D. in computational and applied mathematics from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. Her research interests include numerical grid generation, numerical solution of partial differential equations, and visualization of special functions.

In 2001 she was selected by the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) to present the Claytor Lecture at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans in memory of W. W. Schieffelin Claytor, one of the first African Americans to publish mathematical research beyond the dissertation.

As the principal developer of graphics for the DLMF, she has collaborated with other NIST mathematicians, computer scientists, and student interns to produce informative graphs and dynamic interactive visualizations of elementary and higher mathematical functions over both simply and multiply connected domains.

This work has resulted in several published papers presented as contributed or invited talks at universities and regional, national, and international conferences. She has also used her work for another passion: inspiring the next generation of mathematical scientists with presentations at middle schools, high schools, colleges, and community centers.

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Corey Toler-Franklin
University of California, Davis

Dr. Toler-Franklin is a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Computer Science Department at UC Davis. She is also a researcher at the CITRIS Banatao Institute at UC Berkeley. Dr. Toler-Franklin earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Computer Graphics and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. Before pursuing her doctorate, Dr. Toler-Franklin spent several years in industry working as a Software Engineer on the 3D Graphics Team at Autodesk. Dr. Toler-Franklin’s research area is Computer Graphics, focusing on 3D data acquisition, non-photorealistic rendering and machine learning. Dr. Toler-Franklin was awarded the 2013 NSF iDigBio Visiting Scholar Award to support her current work developing new optical capture techniques and image processing algorithms to digitize recent and fossil primates from rare collections at the American Museum of Natural History Vertebrate Paleontology and Mammalogy collections and the Duke University Lemur Center, Fossil Primates Division.

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Conrad Tucker
Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Conrad Tucker is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Design Technology And Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) and the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State. He also holds an Affiliate Faculty position in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department at Penn State. Dr. Tucker is the director of the Design Analysis Technology Advancement (D.A.T.A) Laboratory and his research interests are in formalizing system design processes under the paradigm of knowledge discovery, optimization, data mining, and informatics. He is interested in product portfolio/family design, sustainable system design optimization in the areas of energy generation systems, consumer electronics, environment, healthcare and national security.
probability and game theory.

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Rachel Vincent-Finley
Southern University and A&M College

Dr. Vincent-Finley received a doctorate in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Rice University and completed a post-doctoral appointment in the Institute of Molecular Design at the University of Houston. Prior to joining the faculty at Southern in 2009, Dr. Vincent-Finley was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Tulane University. At Southern, Dr. Vincent-Finley is a Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) fellow and serves on the LONI management council. .

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