Haym Hirsh

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Born on what is now L. Ron Hubbard Way, three miles from the Hollywood Sign, Haym Hirsh spent the first quarter-century of his life in California, receiving his BS degree in 1983 from the Mathematics and Computer Science departments at UCLA and his MS in 1985 and PhD in 1989 from the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. Unhappy with the weather, he moved to Pittsburgh when he found a way to spend his final year at Stanford at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The following year he achieved his life-long dream of living in New Jersey by joining the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Rutgers University. As part of his never-ending spiritual quest, he has also spent time as visiting faculty at Carnegie Mellon University (in their School of Computer Science), MIT (in various combinations of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Laboratory for Computer Science, the Sloan School of Management, and the Center for Collective Intelligence), and NYU (in the Information Systems Department at the Stern School of Business). From 2003 to 2006 (and, again, from 2012 to 2013) he served as Chair of the Rutgers University Computer Science Department, and from 2006 to 2010 he served as Director of the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation. However, still unsatisfied with the weather and seeking to reach new levels of self-actualization, he subsequently moved to Cornell University to serve as Dean of Computing and Information Science. More recently, he returned to his secular life as a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell, where he is also a member of the graduate fields of Information Science and Cognitive Science. In 2022 he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. When he is not teaching courses, conducting research, or designing mechanical puzzles he writes silly biographies with lots of gratuitous pointers to other web pages.

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