Ken Anderson is a Professor of the Department of Computer Science and the Associate Dean for Education for the College of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also the Co-Director of the Center for Software and Society and leads that Center's Big Data Initiative and he co-directs Project EPIC, a $4M NSF grant that investigates how members of the public make use of social media during times of mass emergency. Professor Anderson leads the design and implementation of a large-scale data collection and analytics system for that project.
Professor Anderson joined the department in July 1998 and received tenure in 2005. He was Associate Chair of the Department from Spring 2010 to Summer 2013. He became an ATLAS Fellow in March 2010. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Dr. Anderson participated in CU's Excellence in Leadership Program and from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014, Dr. Anderson was a member of the College of Engineering and Applied Science's Faculty Leadership Advancement Group (FLAG).
Prof. Anderson was a participant in the first cohort of the NCWIT Pacesetters program, a program designed to recruit more women to the field of computer science and encourage them to pursue their careers in technology. As part of his Pacesetters efforts, Prof. Anderson led the charge to create a new Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree at CU from Summer 2010 to Spring 2013 that allows students in Arts and Sciences to earn a degree in computer science. This new degree program was first offered in Fall 2013 and had 240 students enroll during its first semester and now has nearly 600 majors less than two years later.
Prof. Anderson also organizes and hosts the annual NCWIT Colorado Aspirations in Computing Award, something he has done for the past five years. This award recognizes the computing achievements of female high school students in Colorado and encourages them to enroll in computer science at the college level.
Prof. Anderson received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1997 at the University of California, Irvine.
In the distant past, Prof. Anderson played trombone for 15 years and now lives vicariously as a musician via his three children who are all learning piano and are now branching out to other instruments. In his copious spare time, Prof. Anderson loves to read science fiction and fantasy novels and to teach his kids how to program.
Prof. Anderson is broadly interested in the fields of software engineering, hypermedia, computer-supported cooperative work, and human-computer interaction. He is currently working on projects related to crisis informatics, software architecture, and the design and implementation of data-intensive software systems.
Note: Prof. Anderson is NOT seeking students for summer internships. I travel a lot during the summer making it difficult for me to manage summer interns.
Recent and Current Activities
Dr. Anderson is Co-PI on the following NSF and DARPA Grants:
- Mining and Understanding Bug Fixes to Address Application-Framework Protocol Defects ($1.6M) DARPA MUSE Program.
- Directions in Data Discovery (Data Cubed) in Undergraduate Education ($590K)
- Hazard Prediction and Communication Dynamics in the Modern Information Environment ($1.1M subcontract)
- Automating Reasoning in Interpreting Climate Records of the Past ($642K)
- Widescale Computer-Mediated Communication in Crisis Response: Roles, Trust & Accuracy in the Social Distribution of Information ($2.4M)
Dr. Anderson gives talks on the intersection of software engineering, crisis informatics, and the management/analysis of large data sets:
- Using Cassandra to Support Crisis Informatics Research at the 2014 Cassandra Day in Denver. Video: YouTube. (October 2014)
- EPIC Analyze: Lessons Learned Analyzing Large Twitter Datasets in Support of Crisis Informatics Research at the Leeds Business Analytics Conference. (September 2014)
- Big Data Crisis Informatics: Challenges in Software Design, Data Modeling, and Analysis at Aarhus University. (June 2014)
- Supporting Disaster Reconnaissance with Social Media Data: A Design-Oriented Case Study of the 2013 Colorado Floods at ISCRAM 2014. (May 2014).
- Big Data & Disasters: How You Can Help at TedxCU. (April 2014)
- Big Data in Crisis Informatics: Project EPIC’s Analytics Infrastructure at the Leeds Business Analytics Meetup. (Nov. 2013)
Dr. Anderson has been featured on Planet Cassandra. In that interview, he discusses how Project EPIC makes use of Cassandra to store social media data. Dr. Anderson was also recently interviewed by students looking at issues related to privacy concerns and Big Data.
Office Hours for Fall 2015
To be announced. Currently, by appointment ony.