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Hsinchun Chen's Exciting Year - A Recap

Hsinchun Cehn2013 has been quite a year for Dr. Hsinchun Chen, professor of MIS at the UA's Eller College of Management.

In March he was named the Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology.

The chair is awarded to those whose professional accomplishments mirror those of its namesake, MIT and Harvard alumnus Thomas R. Brown, who co-founded Burr-Brown Research Corporation in Tucson in 1956, and headed it until his retirement in 1998. Burr Brown was a manufacturer of precision electronic equipment and was acquired by Texas Instruments in 2000.

Also in March of 2013 Hsinchun was named UA's 2013 Innovator of the Year. This was his second such award. The first one came in 2004. During the awards ceremony, in a room full of world-class researchers, educators and entrepreneurs, he is the only one recognized twice.

In May Hsinchun was 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.

Then in September Hsinchun and his MIS colleagues were awarded two major cybersecurity grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) of $5.4M. Both grants, are based on Security Big Data Analytics, and help address the significant cybersecurity research and education challenges facing the U.S. and internationally.

Chen, an imminent scholar in data mining and informatics, is director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Eller College. It is through his lab that he developed the Dark Web project to track terrorism online, as well as the crime-fighting product COPLINKĀ®, which allows law enforcement agencies to draw information from multiple databases and identify associations between crimes. The latter technology formed the basis of a spinoff company, Knowledge Computing Corporation, which has gone on to be a Tucson success story. The firm merged with crime analytics company i2 before being purchased by IBM Corporation. Chen is also founder of Caduceus Intelligence Corporation, a UA spinoff company in healthcare information systems.

Congratulations to Hsinchun and we look forward to seeing what other exciting news 2014 has in store for him!

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