Computer Science

Clare Bates Congdon

Associate Professor of Computer Science


228 Science and 2nd floor BioSciences Wing (Note: two offices!)

Contact Information

Phone: 207.228.8441 (Note: phone is not the best way to reach me)

Please visit my personal website, which has more information, including links to courses.

I earned my PhD and MS in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, and BA in Mathematics from Wesleyan University. My area of specialization is in Machine Learning and Data Mining, and especially Evolutionary Computation, with particular application to both Bioinformatics and Intelligent Agents.

I am also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Mount Desert Island Biological Lab, where I do research in the summers.

Interested in independent-study projects?

  • I enjoy working with motivated students on independent study projects relating to my interests, particularly in bioinformatics and evolutionary computation (which includes the agents work). I'll also consider projects such as scientific modelling, visualization, or interactive art.
  • I am also often able to employ students to help with bioinformatics research, particularly in the summers.

Research Interests

· Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Genetic Algorithms / Evolutionary Computation, Complex Adaptive Systems huh?
Applied to a variety of things, such as:
· Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Robotics, Intelligent Agents, Interactive Art huh?
And note:
I also have a background in studio and graphic arts, and experience with user-centered design, computer graphics, and DHTML (HTML/Javascript)

I work in Artificial Intelligence and specifically, Machine Learning and Data Mining. My research interests include evolutionary computation approaches as applied to bioinformatics (in particular, sequence analysis, phylogenetics, and gene-environment interactions); I also work in intelligent agents, including robotics, but most recently games (my students have won four international competitions!).

I am currently funded by an NSF CAREER award for my project "Evolutionary Computation and Bioinformatics". I am also funded to work on "Fine-scale Dynamics of Human Adaptation in Coupled Natural and Social Systems: An Integrated Computational Approach Applied to Three Fisheries", funded by the NSF Coupled Natural and Human Systems grant (NSF 07-598), PI Jim Wilson, Orono. My contribution is in the area of adaptive agent models. I've previously been funded by the NIH INBRE program for by bioinformatics work, and am awaiting word on an NIH COBRE.

I am chair of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Bioinformatics and Bioengineering Technical Committee, and regularly help organize conferences such as CIBCB, CEC, WCCI, and GECCO.