Daniel G. Brown

Associate Professor
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo

Ph.D. (Computer Science), Cornell, 2000
S.B. (Mathematics with Computer Science), MIT, 1995

(Me, with chickenpox spots, February 2007. Not pleasant.)
(Many more cute photos of Rover)
(A formal photo of me from early 2005)
(An old photo of me from the late '90s, when I lived in Ithaca. I don't look like this anymore...)

I am a member of our Bioinformatics group. I also do research on music information retrieval.

You may find my CV in .pdf or HTML versions here. My Google Scholar page also lists my publications.

Recent research projects

A theme of my work is a mathematical understanding of why NP-hard bioinformatics problems often aren't hard to solve in practice. I have studied this problem for haplotype inference, for motif finding, for kinship discovery, and my work on HMM decoding seeks to extend the idea to that domain as well.


These are the courses I have taught since my arrival at UW:


I have a bad habit of saying "yes", which has resulted in my serving in a number of administrative roles.

Currently, I am Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School. From July, 2011 to June, 2013, I was Associate Director of the School, which means that I acted as Director when David Taylor was away, and also meant that I chaired a variety of School committees.

I also am Waterloo's Academic Colleague to the Council of Ontario Universities, and I serve on the University Senate and its Executive Committee. I am a member of the Faculty Association's Status of Women and Equity Committee.

Non-work-related things

I've decided to put these on their own page. You can find out more about me as a person here.

And finally, I am not the bestselling author Dan Brown, nor are we related. I don't like his writing. We have corresponded in the past, but that was long ago. Please don't send me fan mail or threats.

David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave., W.
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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email: dan.brown@uwaterloo.ca

last updated 6 jul 2013