In November 2003, Dr. Morris founded the Robot Hall of Fame as an educational outreach activity of Carnegie Mellon University, a world leader in robotics research and education.
Dr. James H. Morris is a professor of Computer Science and Dean of the West Coast Campus of Carnegie Mellon University. From 1992 to 2004 he served as Dean of the School of Computer Science. He held the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Human Computer Interaction from 1997 to 2000. He is a native of Pittsburgh and received a Bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon, an M.S. in Management from MIT and Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley where he developed some important underlying principles of programming languages: inter-module protection and lazy evaluation. He was a co-discoverer of the Knuth-Morris-Pratt string searching algorithm. For ten years he worked the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center where he was part of the team that developed the Alto System, a precursor to today's personal computers. From 1983 to 1988 he directed the Information Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon, a joint project with IBM which developed a prototype university computing system, Andrew. He has been the principal investigator of several NSF and DARPA projects aimed at computer-mediated communication. He is a founder of the MAYA Design Group, a consulting firm specializing in interactive product design.
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