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October 21, 2019

Announcing the Goodnight Distinguished Professorship in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Building on its success as a global leader in the artificial intelligence space, the Department of Computer Science at NC State University is pleased to announce the addition of an endowed Goodnight Distinguished Professorship in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. The individual who accepts this new faculty position will hold tenure in the department and will be positioned as a key leader in the vibrant and expanding artificial intelligence community at NC State, the Research Triangle, and beyond.


As one of the largest and oldest departments in the nation, the Department of Computer Science at NC State has firmly positioned itself among the global leaders in the space, transforming the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning through technological and scientific breakthroughs. The department boasts several highly recognized research centers and laboratories. For example, the Center for Educational Informatics (CEI) led by Dr. James Lester, is driving a broad interdisciplinary research portfolio in excess of $25M, with the overarching objective of making transformative advances in technology-rich learning. On the Gaming front, the department’s undergraduate Game Development Concentration is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 25 programs. Over the past 10 years, NC State ranks #2 in the world in publishing at conferences and journals dedicated to games and interactive entertainment computing research (AI, HCI, graphics, etc.). 


“We are so thankful for the generous support that made this professorship possible,” says Department Head, Dr. Gregg Rothermel. “The Goodnight Distinguished Professor will allow us to recruit exceptional talent to help shape break-through discoveries and future research, representing the department and university as a renowned scholar with expertise in the area of artificial intelligence.” 


The Goodnight Distinguished Professor will be expected to have a well-established record as a researcher, teacher, and thought leader in artificial intelligence with worldwide recognition and stature. The candidate should have a strong record that includes supervision of doctoral and postdoctoral research, influential publications, impact on practice, and service to the community. Participation in both undergraduate and graduate instruction will be expected, as well as the ability to attract external funding for research programs. The Goodnight Distinguished Professor will direct graduate students as well as assist in curriculum planning; create and deliver new classes, and engage in research, consulting, and outreach activities.


Exceptional candidates are invited to apply here.



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