Robert Sloan, full professor and computer science director of graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been appointed Acting Head of the Computer Science department effective August 1, 2007, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Professor Sloan joined the Department of Computer Science at UIC as an Assistant Professor in 1990 after one year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at MIT in 1989, his M.S. in Computer Science from MIT in 1986, and his B.S. in Mathematics from Yale in 1983. He has contributed significantly to teaching, research, and service.

Sloan has taught five different courses in the past four years, namely CS 101 Introduction to Computing, CS 202 Discrete Structures and Discrete Math II, CS 301 Languages and Automata, CS 335 Computer Ethics, and CS 505 Computability and Complexity Theory.

Sloan works in two research areas: (1) computer science theory and artificial intelligence, in an area called computational learning theory; (2) computer security, in the area of access control. He has published nearly 30 journal papers, and 40 conference papers. He has also received more than 10 research grants in his career, mostly from NSF. In addition, he has served as a Program Director of the Theory Program for NSF from January 2001 to August 2002, and has served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies of the CS department for many years.

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