Hsinchun Chen Appointed UA Regents' Professor
May 17, 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Hsinchun Chen for being appointed a University of Arizona Regents' Professor by the Arizona Board of Regents Academic Affairs Committee.
The highly prestigious title is reserved for faculty members with exceptional achievements that have brought them national or international distinction. It also serves as recognition of the highest merit and unusual contributions to the quality of the individual's university. Only 3 percent of a university's tenured or tenure-track faculty body can bear the title Regents' Professor at any given time.
Hsinchun is an international leader in making sense of extremely large amounts of data through the development of artificial intelligence tools for analyzing, categorizing and visualizing the data. He was researching "big data" for 20 years before the topic "big data" became a popular and highly visible research area.
He is the founder and director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Eller College and holds the Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology. His lab developed the Dark Web project to track terrorism online, as well as the crime-fighting product COPLINK®, which allows law enforcement agencies to draw information from multiple databases and identify associations between crimes.
Eller College of Management Dean Len Jessup said: "We are extremely proud that Dr. Chen has joined Dr. Jay Nunamaker at the Eller College as one of the elite scholars and teachers honored as Regents' Professors. Like Dr. Nunamaker, Dr. Chen's research has had a tremendous impact not only on his academic field in information systems, but also related areas in industry and society at large."
Hsinchun has contributed significantly to scholarship in information systems, digital libraries, biomedical informatics and intelligence and security informatics over the past 24 years at the UA, and he has been actively involved in the UA's MIS undergraduate and graduate education and the top-five national ranking of the MIS department.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He received the IEEE Computer Society 2006 Technical Achievement Award and the INFORMS Design Science Award in 2008. He has served as a Scientific Counselor/Advisor of the National Library of Medicine (USA), Academia Sinica (Taiwan) and National Library of China (China).
Chen's Google Scholar H-index is 64, which is among the top four of all information science faculty in the world. Since 1989, he has received 82 research grants totaling more than $30 million.
Chen's teaching evaluations are among the highest in the university. He has graduated 27 doctoral students, all except one of whom currently serve as faculty members at major academic institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University and Pennsylvania State University.