Hsinchun Chen Inducted as UA Regent's Professor
|Dr. Hsinchun Chen|
By University Communications, November 21, 2013
Three University of Arizona faculty members, each of them pioneers in their respective fields who have been recognized nationally or internationally for their work, on Thursday were formally inducted as Regents' Professors. Two others were inducted as University Distronguished Professors in recognition of their long-term commitment to undergraduate education.
The new UA Regents' Professors are Neal R. Armstrong from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Xiaohui Fan from the Department of Astronomy and Hsinchun Chen from the UA Eller College of Management.
Only 3 percent of an Arizona university's tenured or tenure-track faculty can carry the title at any given time.
The ability to best utilize "big data" for societal benefits – such as building massive, easily accessible digital libraries and being able to identify and curtail cyber attacks – is at the core of Chen's research.
The Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology in the UA Eller College of Management, Chen is a highly cited scholar in data mining and informatics.
Known as one of the first researchers to shift from merely searching for numbers to analyzing text, videos and Web pages, Chen has conducted research that has directly impacted the expansion of scholarship in information systems, data mining, biomedical informatics, intelligence and security informatics.
"Unlike many of his research peers, Professor Chen's work is unique in its strong emphasis in creating practical and working intelligent systems on real datasets," Ee-Peng Lim, a Singapore Management University professor of information systems, noted in a nominating letter. "It is clearly impossible to enumerate all the achievements Professor Chen has made in his distinguished career."
Chen, also founding director of the UA Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, significantly improved law enforcement data mining through leading the development of the COPLINK software, a system that thousands of law enforcement and intelligence agencies have adopted. Among numerous other uses, the system aided investigations into the Beltway sniper attacks in Washington, D.C.
Today, Chen is principal investigator of Cybersecurity Scholarship-for-Service at the UA, or AZSecure, one of the largest Scholarship-for-Service grants the National Science Foundation has awarded in the nation. He is also principal investigator on a second NSF grant-funded project designed to investigate cyber attackers and attacks through the use of social media analytics. Both projects total $5.4 million in funding from the NSF and have important implications for researchers, policymakers and industries. [more]