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Panagiotis Takis Metaxas, Department of Computer Science

Panagiotis Takis Metaxas is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and co-Director of the Media Arts and Sciences Program at Wellesley College . He studied Mathematics at the University of Athens and Computer Science at Brown. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Dartmouth (advisor: Donald B. Johnson ) and has been a visiting scientist at MIT and at the Sydney University, Australia. Before coming to Wellesley he taught at Dartmouth where he later served as adjunct faculty of the Ph.D. program. He spent a couple of years working as the Chief Technology Officer of a biotech company specializing in computerized tests for measuring the symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) and he is now Research Associate at the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program at McLean Hospital.

He is a Senior Member of the ACM and a Member of LACS, IEEE Computer Society, SIGWEB, SIGCSE and SIGACT's electronic publication board. He also serves on several conference Program Committees and is the Wellesley representative of the CRA. He has received an Apgar Award for Teaching Excellence and two Brachman-Hoffman Fellowships. His work has been supported by the NSF and other national and regional funding agencies.

His research interests are currently in Web Science, Web spam and cognitive hacking. His recent work on evaluating quality on web search results and the relationship between web spam and social propaganda has been recognized with two Best Paper Awards (2008, 2009). He has also published extensively in the areas of parallel computing, multimedia, algorithm visualization, and computer science education. He also holds a U.S. patent on parallel dithering (halftoning) techniques that can lead to faster printers and large screen monitors.

Being an educator, Professor Metaxas is also very interested in computing education and has developed interdisciplinary courses on Web science, parallel computing and multimedia development. He has published several CD-ROMs containing interactive proceedings of a research conference, multimedia lectures for parallel computing education and student multimedia projects. In the Fall, 2009, he is teaching an innovative new course entitled “CS114: The Socio-Technological Web” which was funded by ER&D and Google Research.


Panagiotis Metaxas
Panagiotis Takis Metaxas

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