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Richard Alo

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  • Higher Ed: Mathematics, Higher Ed: Science, Higher Ed: Education, Higher Ed: Engineering, Higher Ed: Administrator 

BIO

Richard A. Alo is the Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and Professor of Computer Science at Jackson State University, Jackson, and Mississippi. Prior to joining JSU he was a Program Director for the Division of Undergraduate Education, Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. Before attending graduate school, he was a Retrofit Systems Test Engineer for the Command, Control and Interoperability tasks of the US Air Forces Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) System at MITs Lincoln Laboratories. He earned his MA and Ph.D in Mathematics with minor in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, followed by one year Lecturer position. He was a member of the mathematics faculty at Carnegie-Mellon University for 11 years followed by six years as Department Head of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. In 1982 he was appointed Professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Houston Downtown and served as chair of the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences until 1995. He was responsible for initiating both the computer science and statistics degree BS programs. From1995 to 2010 he was Executive Director for Grants /Contracts at UHD raising over $30 million in sponsored projects. From 1995 to 2012 he was also Executive Director of the Center for Computational Sciences and Advanced Distributed Simulation (1995- present), www.uhd.edu/ccsds at UHD. He has served on several advisory and executive boards: the Mathematical Association of Americas SUMMA Committee (Support for Undergraduate Minority Mathematics Awareness); Association of Departments of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at Minority Institutions (ADMI, a founding member), Coalition for Diversity in Computing (CDC, past Chair and a founding member); National Science Board NSF (Oversight) Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Committee; and Multi Sector Crises Management Center, Washington. As part of the NSF Science and Technology Center for Research on Parallel Computation (1990-2000) at Rice University, he directed the South Central Computational Science in Minority Institutions Consortium. He chaired two ADMI national conferences; co chaired the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Symposium, Houston, 2001 and the Education Committee for Supercomputing 2002. He was selected as the 2002 Educator of the Year by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC). He has published over 150 research papers. His primary research and educational interests are computational science applications, fuzzy logic, grid computing, cyber infrastructure tools, automated reasoning and decision making. He is currently a Co-PI for the DHS Center of Excellence for Command, Control and Interoperability (Visual Analytics for Command Control and Interoperability Environments, VACCINE) and also serves as its Assoc. Director for MSI outreach. Prior to his detail at NSF, he was PI on the NSF CI-TEAM Implementation award: Minority Serving Institutions " CyberInfrastructure Empowerment Coalition (MSI-CIEC) and is co PI on the NSF Broadening Participation award, Computing Alliance for Hispanics and co PI on NSF BPC: Advancing Women to the Professoriate. He is President of the Houston International Dance Coalition that brings ten to 12 international modern dance companies per year to Houston for the week long Dance Salad Festival, www.dancesalad.org . 

EXPERTISE

Artificial Intelligence [Decision Systems (Fuzzy Logics, Uncertainty). Expert Systems, Knowledge Base Tools, Robotics]; Bio-Medical and Generalized Information Systems Security(Gesture Analysis, Facial Expression Recognition, Neuro-Modulation, Human-Computer Interfaces), Synthetic Environments and Distributed Simulations, Computer Science Education; Computational Science, grid computing , CyberInfrastructure; Text processing, Medical Applications, Visual Analytics. 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

1. Published Papers in Refereed Proceedings/ Journals (last thirteen years):

2. Extending Jains Maximization Principle to Fuzzy Sets and Controllers with Continuous Support, R. Alo, A. de Korvin and R. Kleyle, Proceedings of the Sixth Ibero-American Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Lisbon, Portugal, October 5-9, 1998.
3. Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain Management: Towards an Expert System, Kenneth M. Al, Richard Al, Andr de Korvin, and Vladik Kreinovich, Proceedings of the World Congress on Expert Systems, Mexico City, March 16--20, 1998, Vol. 1, pp. 156-164.
4. Adding Fuzzy Integral to Fuzzy Control., R. Alo, H. T. Nguyen, V. Kreinovich; Kenneth Al. Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge-Based Systems (IPMU'98), Paris, France, July 6-10, 1998.
5. Computer Security Model For Users With Uncertain Trustworthiness, R. Al, A. Berrached, M. Beheshti, A. de Korvin, C. Hu, O. Sirisaengtaksin Proc. International Conference on Expert Systems, Paris 1998.
6. Some Undergraduate Research Projects on High Performance Computing at the University of Houston-Downtown, Richard A. Al and Chenyi Hu, Proc. 1996 Computing Research Conference, April 18, 1996, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, pp. 32-33. 263.
7. An Adaptive Environment Modeling Method Under Uncertainty, R Al, A. Berrached, M. Beheshti, A. de Korvin, C. Hu, O. Sirisaengtaksin, Proc. Sixth Conference, Computer Generated Forces and Behavioral Representation, July 23-25, 1996, Orlando, Florida, pp. 573-581.
8. Precollege and College Research Experiences at UHD, Proc. US Army Research Office ADSRC Annual Review, Tallahassee, FL, and Nov. 5, 1998.
9. Some New Tools for Knowledge Bases, Proc. US Army Research Office ADSRC Annual Review, Tallahassee, FL, and Nov. 5, 1998. (Co-author A. de Korvin).
10. Task Overview for the Tools for DIS-HLA, Proc. US Army Research Office ADSRC Annual Review, Tallahassee, FL, and Nov. 5, 1998.
11. "Comparing Values Arising From Imprecise Information," Proc. of 1998 Conference On Simulation Methods and Appl., The Society for Computer Simulation, Orlando, FL, (November 1998) 188-196, (Co-authors A. de Korvin, Ratan Guha, and Clement Allen).
12. Intelligent Control in Data Distribution Management of HLA, Conference on Simulation Methods and Applications, CSMA'98, pp. 227-230, Orlando, FL, November 1998. R. Alo, A. Berrached, M. Balaram, U. Vemulapati, D. Williams).
13. Knowledge Base Tools Development at the University of Houston-Downtown, Minority University Space Interdisciplinary Network (MU-SPIN) 8th Annual Users Conference, Albuquerque, NM, October 20-24, 1998.
14. Towards Intelligent Virtual Environment for Training Medical Doctors in Surgical Pain Relief, R. Alo; K.M. Alo Proc. of IFSA International Fuzzy Systems Assoc., Taiwan, August 17-20, 1999.
15. Estimating Fuzzy Quantities Based On Uncertain Information, R. Alo, A. Berrached, A. De Korvin) Info Processing and Management under Uncertainty in Knowledge Systems, IPMU 2000.
16. An Access Control Model Based On Fuzzy Set Theory, R. Alo, A. De Korvin, A. Berrached, Information Processing and Management under Uncertainty in Knowledge Systems, IPMU 2001.
17. Design of Unmanned Vehicle Controller, R. Alo, A. Berrached, A. de Korvin. Fifth Annual International CSI Computer Conference, Orlando, Florida, July 2001.
18. MSI-CIEC: MSI CyberInfrastructure Empowerment Coalition and the TeraGrid (May 2006) R. Al, K. Barnes, D. Baxter, Geoffrey Fox, A. Kuslikis, C. Lowe, A. Ramirez, S. Singleton;
19. Bilinear Models from System Approach Justified for Classification, with Potential Applications to Bioinformatics, R Al, F Modave, V. Kreinovich, D. Herrera, X Wang, IPMU Proc., July 2006
20. Towards Economics of Education: Optimization under Uncertainty by Olga Kosheleva1 and Richard Al; Proceedings Conference on Interval Computation, St. Petersburg, June 2006
21. Computing Variance under Interval Uncertainty: A New Algorithm and Its Potential Application to Privacy in Statistical Databases R. Al, M. Beheshti, G. Xiang, IPMU Proceedings, July 2006
22. The Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Interventions to Increase Hispanic Participation in Computing, R Al, M. Adjouadi , M Beheshti, J. Fernandez,N. Santiago, FIE 2006
23. MSI-CIEC: MSI CyberInfrastructure Empowerment Coalition and the TeraGrid. Al, R, K. Barnes, D. Baxter, G. Fox, A. Kuslikis, C. Lowe, A. Ramirez, S. Singleton. 2006. Proceedings of the 2006 TeraGrid Conference.
24. Bilinear Models from System Approach Justified for Classification, with Potential Applications to Bioinformatics Al, R., F. Modave, V. Kreinovich, D. Herrera and X. Wang. 2006.. IPMU Proceeding, July 2006
25. Towards Economics of Education: Optimization under Uncertainty. Kosheleva, O. and R. Al. 2006Proceedings Conference on Interval Computation, St. Petersburg, June 2006
26. Al, R., M. Beheshti and G. Xiang. 2006. Computing Variance under Interval Uncertainty: A New Algorithm and Its Potential Application to Privacy in Statistical Databases. IPMU Proc., July 2006
27. The Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Interventions to Increase Hispanic Participation in Computing.. R. Al, M. Adjouadi, M. Beheshti, J. Fernandez, D. Novick and N. Santiago. Frontier in Education 2006.
28. Work-In-Progress: Peer-Led Team Learning Implementation in Computer Science, R Al, M Beheshti, J Fernandez, A Q Gates, D Ranjan, Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 10 " 13, 2007, FIE07.
29. Workshop-Engaging Undergraduate Students in Research Using the Affinity Research Group Model, R Al, M Beheshti, J Fernandez, M. Adjouadi, A Q Gates, 38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY October 22 " 25, 2008, FIE 08.
30. The Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions: Supporting Hispanics at Critical Transition Points, A. Gates, R. Al, S. Hug, H. Thierry, M. Adjouadi, M. Beheshti, J. Fernandez Trans ACM, Broadening Participation in Computing, (special issue, Summer 2010)
31. Al, R., M. Beheshti, Computational Thinking " An Introductory Course for STEM and Business Students, IATED, EDULearn 2010, Barcelona, July, 2010 (to appear)
32. Al, R, K. Barnes, D. Baxter, J. Foertsch, G. Fox, A. Kuslikis, A. Ramirez. A Model for LACCEI: Minority Serving Institutions and CyberInfrastructure Research/ Education, Proc. Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions, LACCEI, Arequipa, 2010.
33. Al, R, K. Barnes, D. Baxter, J. Foertsch, G. Fox, A. Kuslikis, A. Ramirez., Advancing Computational Science, Visualization and Homeland Security Research/ Education at Minority Serving Institutions, A National Model Promoted/ Implemented by MSI-CIEC (Minority Serving Institutions-CyberInfrastructure Empowerment Coalition), Proc. ICCS 2010, Amsterdam.
34. From Language to Vision: A Case Study of Text Visualization, R. Alo, Ping Chen, Justin Rundell, International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Engineering and Data Bases, AIKED 2010, Cambridge, February, 2010, Proceedings AIKED.
35. Assignment of ICD-9-CM Codes to Clinical-Free Text R. Alo, P. Chen, Walter Garcia, Annual US Department of Homeland Security University All Hands Meeting, Washington, DC, Proceedings DHS University Programs. March, 2010.
36. Fully Unsupervised Word Sense Disambiguation Using Dependency Knowledge, R. Alo, D. Brown, P. Chen, A. Tran, Annual US Department of Homeland Security University All Hands Meeting, Washington, DC, Proceedings DHS University Programs. March, 2010.
37. Advancing Computational Science and Visualization and Homeland Security Research/ Education at Minority Serving Institutions, A National Model Promoted/Implemented by MSI-CIEC (Minority Institutions CyberInfrastructure Empowerment Coalition) , R. A. Alo, D. Baxter, K Barnes, G Fox, A Kuslikis, A. Ramirez, Interntl Conf. Computer Science, ICCS 2010, May 2010.
38. CyberInfrastructure Research /Education Development at Minority Serving Institutions, High Performance Computing Grids and Clouds, R. A. Alo, D. Baxter, K Barnes, G Fox, A Kuslikis, A. Ramirez, HPCC, 2010, Cetraro, Italy, June, 2010.
39. Retaining and Recruiting CS Students via Computational Thinking, R. Alo, M.. Beheshti,