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...)

A quick note: I am on sabbatical for all of 2015. I'm probably available to visit you (particularly if it's between January and April, or November or December, and you live somewhere warm!), but I have no administrative role currently. If you were looking for me for that reason, you probably should look here, and find the right person.

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.

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
voice: 519-888-4567 x36278
email: dan.brown@uwaterloo.ca

last updated 2 sept 2013