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DeGroot, Doug

Dr. Doug DeGroot

Professor of Instruction


  • PhD In Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin, TX
  • BS in Mathematics, with a minor in Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin, TX

Research Interests:

  • Data Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Artificial Emotions
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Consciousness
  • Parallel and Distributed Computing
  • Supercomputing
  • Computer Architecture
  • Operating Systems
  • DNA Computing
  • Computational Neurobiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Neuromorphic Computing
  • Digital Immortality
  • Cellular Automata
  • Companion Robots
  • Simulation

Major Honors and Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Award, ACM SIGARCH, 2014.
  • Distinguished Service Award, 2004 IEEE Int’l Conf. on Information Reuse and Integration, Las Vegas, NV, Nov. 2004.
  • Keynote Speaker, European Union’s Future and Emerging Technologies Council, Brussels, Belgium, December 2003.
  • IEEE Gold Core Member, Computer Society, elected in 1997.
  • ACM Distinguished Service Award, 1995.
  • Official Visitor of the State and one of six “Distinguished Foreign Scientists” invited to participate in the International kickoff workshop for the new, 13-year national research program, National Conference on Intelligent Computing, Beijing, China, May, 1990.
  • Elected to ACM SIGARCH Chair, 1985-1991, ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture.
  • ACM Distinguished Service Award, 1991
  • ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee, 1985 – 1988.
  • IBM External Honor Award, 1984.
  • IBM First Invention Award, 1984.
  • IEEE Distinguished Service Award, May, 1984.

Representative Publications

  • “Digital Immortality, Transhumanism, and Posthumanism,” Doug DeGroot, invited book chapter, to appear in Computer Technology and the Culture of Death, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, 2012.
  • “Scalable and Flexible Appraisal Models for Virtual Agents,” Joost Broekens and Doug DeGroot, Fifth Game-On International Conference: Computer Games, Artificial Intelligence, Design and Education (CGAIDE 2004), Reading, UK, ISBN 0-9549016-0-6, pp 208-215.
  • “Emergent Representations and Reasoning in Adaptive Agents,” Joost Broekens and Doug DeGroot, Third International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA 2004), Louisville KY, USA, IEEE, ISBN 0-7803-8823-2, pp 207-214.
  • “Emotional Agents Need Formal Models of Emotion,” Joost Broekens and Doug DeGroot, of the 16th Belgian-Dutch Conference on Artificial Intelligence (BNAIC 2004), Groningen, The Netherlands, ISSN 1568-7805, pp 195-202.
  • “Consistent Dynamic-Group Emotions for Virtual Agents,” Joost Broekens, Niels Netten, and Doug DeGroot, of the 16th BNAIC (Belgium Netherlands AI Conf. (BNAIC 2004), Groningen, The Netherlands, ISSN 1568-7805, pp 99-106.
  • “Using Negative Emotions to Impair Game Play,” Doug DeGroot and Joost Broekens, Procs. of the 2003 Belgium Netherlands AI Conf. (BNAIC 2003), October 2003, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • “VIBRAINT: Bridging The Gap Between Higher-Level Cognitive Functions and System-Level Brain Structures,” Doug DeGroot and Joost Broekens, Poster Abstract, 2003, Procs. of the Ladislav Tauc Conference in Neurobiology. Gif sur Yvette, France.
  • “VideoDIMs as a Framework for Digital Immortality Applications”, of Intelligent Vitrual Agents 2003 (IVA’03), Irsee, France. Springer-Verlag, 2003.

Notable Service:

  • Steering Committee Chairman, Digital Twin Health AI Consortium (DTHAIC), 2020 – Present.
  • Director, UT Dallas Center for Applied AI and Machine Learning (CAIML), 2019 – Present.
  • Science Council, Leiden Inst. of Advanced Computer Science, Leiden University, 2000 – 2003.
  • Advanced School for Computing and Imaging (ASCI), The Netherlands, 1999 – 2005.
  • Research Committee, ASCI, The Netherlands, 2002 – 2004.
  • eDispuut, Graduate Committee for Electronic Commerce, The Netherlands, 1999 – 2002.
  • NSF Site Visit Review Committee, Georgia Tech, 1994.
  • Chair Search Committee, ECE Dept., Southern Methodist Univ., 1991.
  • Distinguished Chair Search Committee, CS Dept., Texas A&M, 1990.

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