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Dean Hougen of the School of Computer Science

Dean Hougen

E-mail:  hougen@ou.edu
Web: 
www.cs.ou.edu/~hougen/ 
Phone:  (405) 325-3150 | Office:  DEH 242

 

EDUCATION
PhD, Computer Science, University of Minnesota (Graduate minor in CognitiveScience)
BS, Computer Science, Iowa State University

EXPERIENCE
Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma
Associate Director, Center for Distributed Robotics, University of Minnesota
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, multi-agent systems, and knowledge-based systems.

BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Dean F. Hougen is an associate professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Hougen has a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota, with a graduate minor in Cognitive Science, and a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University with minors in Philosophy and Mathematics. His primary research involves robotics and machine learning, focusing on distributed, heterogeneous, multi- agent robotic systems and situated learning in real robotic systems, including reinforcement learning, connectionist learning, and evolutionary computation. He has also worked in the areas of expert systems, decision support systems, geographic information systems, and user interfaces. Dr. Hougen has received grant and contract awards in excess of $2M since coming to OU in 2001 and has more than 70 refereed publications in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and ethics during his career. He has a twenty-year history of developing fielded software and hardware systems including OU’s official iPhone application OU2GO in Summer 2009.

AWARDS, HONORS AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Awardee (Supervisor), Best Student Paper Award, Congress on Evolutionary Computation, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2018.

Awardee, Professor of the Year, School of Computer Science, College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 2015-2016.

Co-Awardee, Professor of the Year, School of Computer Science, College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 2014-2015.

Awardee, Teaching Scholars Award, Teaching Scholars Initiative, College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 2013.

Awardee, Best Paper Award, International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, International Society for Artificial Life, 2012.

SELECTED PROJECTS
NSF, “Mental Models and Creative Problem-Solving in Information Technology,” with Michael Mumford and Eric Day, $207K, Sept 2009-Aug 2011.

NSF, “Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site: Integrated Machine Learning Systems,” with Andrew H. Fagg, Amy McGovern, Rafael Fierro and Terran Lane, $311K, Feb 2008-Jan 2011.

NSF, “Development and Evaluation of a Work Practices Approach for Ethics Education in Science and Engineering,”    with Michael Mumford, Frederick Carr, Mary Connelly, Teri Murphy, Morris Foster, Marguerite Keesee, and Robert Palmer, $210K, Oct 2005-Sept 2008.

NSF, "Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site: Embedded Machine Learning Systems,” with Andrew H. Fagg, Amy McGovern, Kelvin Droegemeier, and Terran Lane, $300K, Feb 2005-Jan 2008.

Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: Army Research Office, “Adaptation and Learning at All Levels in Intelligent Robot Teams for Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Battlefield Assessment,” $812K, July 2003-June 2007.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Will Booker and Dean Frederick Hougen.   "Meiotic Inheritance and Gene Dominance in Synthetic Sympatric Speciation"   IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, 8 pages, July 2018.

Byran Hoke and Dean Frederick Hougen.   "Nurturing Promotes the Evolution of Generalized Supervised Learning."   IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, 8 pages, July 2018.

Joohee Suh and Dean Frederick Hougen.   "The Context-Aware Learning Model: neuro-experience-powered Logistic Regression Backpropagation (CALM-nepLRB)."   IEEE/INNS International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, 8 pages, July 2018.

Joohee Suh and Dean Frederick Hougen.   "The Context-Aware Learning Model: experience-powered Logistic Regression Backpropagation (CALM-epLRB)."   IEEE/INNS International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, 8 pages, July 2018.

Joohee Suh and Dean F. Hougen.   "The Context-Aware Learning Model: reward-based and experience-based Logistic Regression Backpropagation."   IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, 8 pages, November 2017.

Syed Naveed Hussain Shah and Dean F. Hougen.   "Nurturing Promotes the Evolution of Reinforcement Learning in Changing Environments."   IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, 8 pages, November 2017.

Syed Naveed Hussain Shah and Dean F. Hougen.   "Stochastic Synapse Reinforcement Learning (SSRL)."   IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, 8 pages, November 2017.

Joohee Suh and Dean F. Hougen."Context-based Adaptive Robot Behavior Learning Model (CARB-LM)." IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, 8 pages, December 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CICA.2014.7013253

Brent E. Eskridge and Dean F. Hougen."Nurturing Promotes the Evolution of Learning in Uncertain Environments."The Second Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning / Epigenetic Robotics Conference, 6 pages, unnumbered, November 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/DevLrn.2012.6400847

Armand Leonce, Bryan Hoke, and Dean F. Hougen."Evolution of Robot-to-Robot Nurturing and Nurturability." The Second Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning/Epigenetic Robotics Conference, 7 pages, unnumbered, November 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/DevLrn.2012.6400852

Mark Woehrer, Dean F. Hougen, Ingo Schlupp, and Brent E. Eskridge."Robot-to-Robot Nurturing: A Call to the Research Community."The Second Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning/Epigenetic Robotics Conference, 2 pages, unnumbered, November 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/DevLrn.2012.6400859