Postdoc Position, HCI and Training in Virtual Environments

May 1, 2011 – 10:18 am

We are seeking a postdoc with a background in Computer Science and an interest in Cognitive Science. Candidates with research interests in virtual environments, human computer interaction (HCI), teleoperation, robotics and remotely operated vehicles, embodied cognition, and human computer interaction are highly desirable. Salary is competitive and negotiable. Other opportunities for concurrent teaching within the Department of Computer Science may exist.

Texas A & M - Commerce is the second largest University in the A & M system, has branch campuses in and around the Dallas Metroplex, and anticipates substantial student growth. The City of Commerce itself is a lovely small-town situated near popular outdoor recreational areas, and just one hour from Dallas.

Interested applicants should send a CV, research statement, publication samples, and contact information for 4 references to Dr. Derek Harter at: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

CSRC HPC Instruments are now up

May 2, 2010 – 11:22 am

Within the past couple of weeks we have completed the installation of 2 major new HPC research instruments as part of the Computational Sciences Research Cluster @ TAMUC projects.  This includes a new Nvidia Personal GPGPU supercomputer, donated by L3 Communications, and a 1024 core commodity computing cluster, obtained through a DOE grant.  We have made a web site specifically for information about about the CSRC@TAMUC activities:

CSRI@TAMUC Grant Seeking PostDoc in HPCC / Scientific Computing

May 12, 2009 – 7:52 pm

Related to the previous note, we also have funds for and are seeking a PostDoc to work on the DOE CSRI@TAMUC research initiative:

Position Announcement:

Texas A&M University - Commerce (TAMUC), Department of Computer Science invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in our Computational Sciences Research Cluster (CSRC@TAMUC) initiative. TAMUC has received Department of Energy funding, beginning Fall 2009, to develop an interdisciplinary research group interested in scientific modeling, visualization, and computation, and to acquire and deploy a computing cluster research infrastructure.

We are interested in recent (or upcoming) Ph.D. graduates with interdisciplinary experience and interests in computational and physical sciences. In particular, people with experience in deploying and administering high performance cluster computing (HPCC) infrastructures, and in developing models and visualization tools for scientific research in the physical and biological sciences on such cluster computing environments. An ideal candidate will have a degree in Computer Science, and has performed research in conjunction with physicists, chemists, biologists or other physical scientists in order to apply computational models to answering scientific questions in that domain. We currently have scientists participating in the CSRC researching question on neurodynamical based models of intelligence, biology of neuro-chemical processes, high-energy particle physics, advanced material properties, VR and imaging for training and scientific visualization, among others.

Postdoctoral appointments are contingent upon evidence of completion of their Ph.D. degree. The annual starting salary is $US 35,000 though higher salaries may be available based on interests and experiences. Positions are awarded initially for a one-year period and may be renewed.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in computer science, with research and collaborative experience in applying computational modeling to scientific problems. Applicants with knowledge of cluster deployment and administration, including ROCKS and other cluster configuration and management software, are highly desired.

Send resume and three letters of reference to:

Dr. Derek Harter

Computer Science Dept.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

P.O. Box 3011

Commerce, Texas 75429

BCM Group Receives 2 Federal Grants

May 12, 2009 – 7:44 pm

The Brain, Computation and Mind (BCM) research group has recently been awarded two major federal grants:

DOE Grant #DE-PS02-09ER09-01: Computational Sciences Research Initiative (CSRI@TAMUC)
Investigators: Sam Saffer, Derek Harter, Shulan Lu, Frank Miskovich
$390k / 1 year (with possibility of continued funding past 2010)

The purpose of the Computational Sciences Research Initiative @ TAMUC is to a) acquire and deploy a major high performance cluster computing (HPCC) research infrastructure and b) develop an interdisciplinary research group of physical and social scientists interested in applying scientific modeling and visualization to research domains and problems being explored at TAMUC.

We will be acquiring a 64 node / 256 processing element computing cluster, to be housed in the new Science building, and organizing groups and projects to conduct research using the instrument starting this Fall 2009.

NSF Grant #0916749: Perceiving and Enacting Actions in Simulated Training Environments
Investigators: Shulan Lu, Derek Harter and Tracy Henley
$500k / 3 years

This grant will look at training and learning in simulated (Virtual Reality) environments. In particular, how does the perception of events and risk affect the learning experience in virtual training environments. And how might insights into perceptual/motor reactions to simulated training situations be better applied to increase the effectiveness of the training experience in such environments.

Off to SigGraph 2008

August 6, 2008 – 9:26 pm

I’ll be off to SigGraph and Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization (APGV) 2008 conferences from Friday the 8th through Friday the 14th. Hoping to pick up some more info about scientific visualization, virtual environments and gaming for a couple of grants and projects we are developing.


July 5, 2008 – 12:53 pm

I am splitting the site into research/professional activites and the blog.  For those of you looking for my blog, Blogging the Noosphere, it has moved to