CCI Appoints Dario Salvucci as Senior Associate Dean for Research

The College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) at Drexel University has appointed faculty member Dario Salvucci, PhD as senior associate dean for research, effective Monday, January 5, 2015. Salvucci will succeed CCI faculty member and former interim senior associate dean for research and scholarly activities, Larry Alexander, PhD, who will serve as CCI’s new senior associate dean for special projects.

“We have a tremendous wealth of research talent in computing and informatics across CCI and Drexel as a whole,” Salvucci said. “I’m very much looking forward to working with the research team to help develop and coordinate CCI’s research portfolio.”

Salvucci, who recently held the position of professor and associate dean for CCI undergraduate studies, has served on the Drexel faculty since 2001. His research focuses on computational models of human cognition and behavior, with a particular emphasis on multitasking and driving. His recent book, The Multitasking Mind (with Niels Taatgen), describes a new theory for how people manage multiple tasks in everyday situations. He has received a number of awards including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Drexel College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, the Fred Burggraf Prize at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, and the Siegel-Wolf Prize at the International Conference on Cognitive Modeling. He has also served on the Franklin Institute Committee on Science and the Arts and the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI), Human Factors, and Psychological Review.

Alexander, a research professor in the College, served as interim senior associate dean for research and scholarly activities for the past six months. His primary research interests include large-scale modeling and simulation, pattern recognition and the future of information technology. Prior to joining CCI’s faculty, Alexander served as the director of advanced technology for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Services, where he led research and development in advanced information systems technology. Most recently, he directed a 500-person technology portfolio focused on the development of new products and services for the Department of Defense, NASA, the intelligence community and the civil government marketplace.

About CCI Research
Founded in 2013 by Dean David E. Fenske, CCI is comprised of over 80 faculty members—including 11 recipients of NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards, one of NSF’s most prestigious awards given to junior faculty—who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through the integration of education and research. CCI faculty are world-recognized scholarly experts in disciplines such as computer science; computer security; human-centered computing; informatics and data science; information technology; library & information science; and systems and software engineering.

The College’s technology innovation and data research centers—such as the NSF Center for Visual & Decision Informatics, Center for the Study of Libraries, Information, & Society, Center for Spatial Analytics and Geocomputation, and the Metadata Research Center—foster a unique, collaborative and scholarly environment that encourages faculty to partner with industry and government to create real-world solutions.

CCI faculty members have received grants from the NSF, Department of Interior (DOI), Department of Defense (DOD), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Army, Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), among others.

In addition to its faculty research, CCI is committed to providing undergraduate and graduate students with meaningful research opportunities that prepare students for successful careers in a variety of fields, such as research, industry or academia. For more information, please visit


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