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Professor of Computer Science, Portland State University
Microtechnology-Based Energy and Chemical Systems, Nanolaminates and Transparent Electronics, Nanoscale Metrology and Nanoelectronics, Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing
Melanie Mitchell received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan in 1990. Her dissertation work with Douglas Hofstadter was on cognitive modeling of analogy-making. She has held faculty or research positions at the University of Michigan, the Santa Fe Institute (as Director of the Institute’s Adaptive Computation Program), the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the OGI School of Science and Engineering at the Oregon Health & Science University.
She is currently Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute.
Dr. Mitchell has been the recipient of a University of Michigan Regents’ Fellowship, a Fellowship in the Michigan Society of Fellows, and a 21st Century Research Award Grant from the J. S. McDonnell Foundation. In 1997 she was selected to give the Ulam Memorial Lectures in Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute.
Dr. Mitchell is the author of Analogy-Making as Perception (MIT Press, 1993) and An Introduction to Genetic Algorithms (MIT Press, 1996). She is a co-editor of Adaptive Individuals in Evolving Populations: Models and Algorithms (Addison Wesley, 1996) and Perspectives on Adaptation in Natural and Artificial Systems (Oxford University Press, 2005). She is also the author of over 60 research papers in the fields of machine intelligence, cognitive science, and complex systems.