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Puzzle Master and Computer Guru Speaks Feb. 25 at NJIT

The noted computer science researcher, inventor and prolific author Dennis Shasha, a professor of computer science at the Courant Institute at New York University, will be the featured speaker this month at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).


Shasha, a researcher who currently works with biologists and physicists to create and implement useful algorithms, is the author of three detective novels and the noted puzzle writer for Scientific American.


“We are thrilled at NJIT to have this distinguished author, researcher and computer scientist join our students, faculty and staff for what promises to be an animated and informative afternoon,” said Narain Gehani, Ph.D., professor of computer sciences and chair of the department of computer science department at NJIT.   


The event will be held at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 25, in Room 3730 of the Guttenberg Information Technologies Center (GITC) building, on the NJIT campus.  The GITC building is located at the intersection of Central Avenue and Lock Street, Newark.


United Parcel Service (UPS) is the sponsor of the event. “The UPS Distinguished Seminar Series aims to bring to NJIT outstanding researchers with a long record of significant contributions to computer science,” said Gehani.  The College of Computing Sciences (CCS) at NJIT is the first of its kind in New Jersey and one of the first of its kind in the nation, devoted to the computing sciences.


Shasha, who owns six patents, is a widely published scholar, who is the co-author of 30 journal and 40 conference papers. His research interests include biological pattern discovery for micro arrays, combinatorial design, network inference, database tuning, and databases for time series.


Shasha began his career in 1977, after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Yale University.   In 1984, he received his doctorate from Harvard University. 


Fiction readers might recognize Shasha as the author of a detective series about the mathematical gumshoe and puzzle guru, Dr. Ecco.  The series includes The Puzzling Adventures of Dr. Ecco (Freeman Publishing, 1988, reprinted by Dover Publishing, 1998); Codes, Puzzles and Conspiracy (Freeman, 1992); Dr. Ecco's Cyberpuzzles, (W. W. Norton, 2002).


Sasha has also authored the professional reference text, Database Tuning: Principles, Experiments, and Troubleshooting Techniques (Morgan, Kaufmann, 2002); Out of Their Minds: The Lives and Discoveries of 15 Great Computer Scientists, (Copernicus/Springer-Verlag, 1995); Pattern Discovery in Biomolecular Data: Tools, Techniques, and Applications  (Oxford University Press, 1999).

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