New dean has a familiar face

Longtime faculty member Moore returning from Google Pittsburgh to lead SCS

The appointment of Andrew W. Moore as the fifth dean of the School of Computer Science marks a homecoming of sorts for the longtime member of the CMU faculty. Moore went on a leave of absence from CMU in January 2006 to become founding director of the Pittsburgh office of Google Inc.

University President Subra Suresh announced Moore’s appointment April 15 before about 200 faculty and staff members and students in Room 6115 of the Gates Center. He called the new dean “particularly well positioned” to lead SCS.

Moore “combines an expansive vision, scientific expertise, and leadership strength that make him extraordinarily well suited to be dean,” Suresh said. “As computing grows ever more critical to our global society, the scope of SCS and its importance to the world will continue to expand and its impact on the human condition will be more evident.”

A member of the faculty since 1993 and a professor of computer science and robotics, Moore, 49, succeeds Randal E. Bryant, who is stepping down June 30, 2014, after two full terms as dean to return to research and teaching.

While at Google, Moore led projects to improve user experiences in advertising and shopping and to help combat fraud. In October 2011, while continuing to serve as leader of Google’s Pittsburgh office, Moore was named vice president of engineering of Google Commerce, where he became responsible for developing new products and services.

Moore’s tenure at Google Pittsburgh was characterized by the office’s rapid growth both in size and importance to the company. Google Pittsburgh started with just two employees in a rented office on the CMU campus. It now includes more than 275 employees in 140,000 square feet in East Liberty’s Bakery Square development, located just a few miles from Carnegie Mellon. Work being done at Google Pittsburgh includes everything from the company’s signature search engine to shopping, advertising and the Android mobile platform.

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google and a former member of the CMU board of trustees, said he expects Moore to “inspire the next group of innovators” at SCS. “Some of Google’s strongest talent has come out of CMU, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the university,” Schmidt said.

Moore’s research interests broadly encompass the field of “big data”—applying statistical methods and mathematical formulas to massive quantities of information, ranging from Web searches to astronomy to medical records, in order to identify patterns and extract meaning from that information. His past research has also included improving the ability of robots and other automated systems to sense the world around them and respond appropriately.

From 2002 to 2005, Moore served as co-director of the Biomedical Security Center at the University of Pittsburgh, and along with Michael M. Wagner and Ron M. Aryel, he was editor of the Handbook of Biosurveillance, a guide to detecting and fighting outbreaks of communicable diseases in real-time.

In 2005, Moore was named a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence for his significant contributions to machine learning, data mining and statistical artificial intelligence, as well as for his role in transferring those technologies to industry and government.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge, where he studied mathematics and computer science, Moore was born in Bournemouth, U.K., Jan. 15, 1965, and began his career working for Hewlett-Packard’s Bristol research lab. He returned to Cambridge in 1986 to earn his Ph.D. in computer science.

Moore spent three years as a post-doctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the CMU faculty. From 1995 to 2001, Moore served as co-founder and chief technology officer of a small, Pittsburgh-based consulting company specializing in data mining technology. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Mary, and two children, William and Lucy.  

In addition to Bryant, deans of the School of Computer Science have included founding dean A. Nico Habermann, Raj Reddy and James H. Morris (S’63).

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