SCS Faculty Awards
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
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Recipients of the Hillman Professorship of Computer Science
The Hillman Foundation established the professorship in 1986 to enable the university to attract world-class educators and researchers to Pittsburgh, building the region's prestige as a center of teaching and innovation.

  • Kenneth Koedinger, 2017
    Kenneth Koedinger is a professor of Human Computer Interaction and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Koedinger has an M.S. in Computer Science, a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, and experience teaching in an urban high school. His multidisciplinary background supports his research goals of understanding human learning and creating educational technologies that increase student achievement. Dr. Koedinger has created Cognitive Models, computer simulations of student thinking and learning that are used to guide the design of educational materials, practices, and technologies. These Cognitive Models provide the basis for an approach to educational technology called Cognitive Tutors that support learning within rich problem-solving environments. Cognitive Tutors for mathematics, science, and language have been created, are in uses in 100s of schools, and have been repeatedly demonstrated to improve student learning. Dr. Koedinger's research has contributed new principles and techniques for the design of educational software and has produced basic cognitive science research results on the nature of mathematical thinking and learning. Dr. Koedinger has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications and has been a project investigator on over 45 grants. Dr. Koedinger is a co-founder of Carnegie Learning, Inc. and leads LearnLab now the scientific arm of CMU's Simon Initiative. Additional Info

  • Sara Kiesler
    Sara Kiesler is the Hillman Chair Emerita of Computer Science and Human Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute. Kiesler is an influential, innovative scholar whose publications have been cited over 50,000 times. Kiesler applies behavioral and social science methods and theory to technology design, especially to understanding how technologies challenge existing behavior patterns of individuals, groups, and organizations. She conducted among the first scientific studies of computer-mediated communication and early forms of the Internet.

  • Dana S. Scott, 1989
    Dana Scott is the emeritus Hillman University Professor of Computer Science, Philosophy, and Mathematical Logic at Carnegie Mellon University. His research career involved computer science, mathematics, and philosophy. His work on automata theory earned him the ACM Turing Award in 1976, while his collaborative work with Christopher Strachey in the 1970s laid the foundations of modern approaches to the semantics of programming languages. He has worked also on modal logic, topology, and category theory.

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