Powley, Curt Ph.D.
Chair, Department of
Office: 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 912G (UB)
Dr. Curt Powley received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has about twenty years of experience in research, development, and management of complex software systems, in both industry and academia.
- Professional Experience:
- Associate Professor, Computer Science, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Hawaii Pacific University.
- Research Scientist and Developer, BigTribe Corporation, San Francisco, California. BigTribe builds leading-edge applications and enabling technology for mobile location services.
- Developer, LiveCapital, San Mateo, California. LiveCapital provides technology and applications for enabling the processes used by businesses to provide credit.
- Researcher, manager, developer, USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI), Marina del Rey, California. ISI (http://www.isi.edu/) is a leading research laboratory involved in a broad spectrum of computer science R&D, and was a key developer of the Internet.
- Systems Developer, Transaction Solutions, Irvine, California, for a high-performance 12-GByte client-server database system that runs on a network of PCs.
- Developer, USAnimation, Hollywood, California, building computer animation tools.
- Teaching Interests:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Location-Based Mobile Computing Using Devices such as Cell Phones
- Problem Solving for Business Applications Using Spreadsheets and Databases
- Intellectual Contributions:
- Curt’s Ph.D. dissertation advanced the state of the art in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and parallel processing by showing how AI search algorithms can be effectively implemented on massively-parallel computers (65,536 processors)
- Techniques for distributed electronic commerce
- Selected as NSF Principal Investigator for project "Adaptive Personalization and Context Management for Location-Based Mobile Devices (AdaptTribe)". This research seeks to dramatically improve the usability of location-aware mobile internet devices such as cell phones, while advancing knowledge in personalization algorithms, location-based services, and context-awareness.
- Selected Publications:
- "Parallel Heuristic Search: Two Approaches", book chapter in: Parallel Algorithms for Machine Intelligence and Pattern Recognition, P.S. Gopalakrishnan, L.N. Kanal, and V. Kumar, eds. Springer, New York, 1990, pp. 42-65. (with C. Ferguson and R.E. Korf).
- "Single-Agent Parallel Window Search", IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 13(5) May, 1991, pp. 466-477. (with R.E. Korf).
- "Depth-First Heuristic Search on a SIMD Machine", Artificial Intelligence, 60(2), April, 1993, pp. 199-242. (with C. Ferguson and R.E. Korf).
- "DASHER: A Prototype for Federated E-Commerce Services". IEEE Internet Computing, 1(6), Nov./Dec. 1997, pp. 62-71. Reprinted in Japanese in Nikkei Computer, March 2, 1998, pp. 231-240, and in the book Software Kaihatsu No Saishin Gijutu (Recent Technology of Software Development). (with D. Benjamin, D. Grossman, R. Neches, P. Postel, E. Brodersohn, R. Fadia, Q. Zhu, and P. Will).
- Co-wrote and supervised submission of an NSF small business proposal titled "GeoTribe: A Collaborative Geographic Knowledge Manager."
- University Service:
- Chairman, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
- Personal Interests:
- Ocean swimming, dancing, hiking, biking.