Scott D. Anderson
- Computer Science Department
- Wellesley College
- E114, Science Center
- 106 Central Street
- Wellesley, MA 02481
- 781-283-1000 (Wellesley General number)
- 781-283-3249 (my office: E114 in the Science Center)
- 781-283-3642 (nearest fax)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email)
- Office Hours: my teaching schedule and office hours are listed
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hours, don't hesitate to email to make an appointment. In any case,
I'm usually in my office and I'm always happy to meet with students,
so please stop by.
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- My courses: These are the
courses I usually teach, and connections to their web pages.
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to hear from you about how things are going.
I'm always open to students who would like to do independent
research with me. At this point, my interests are eclectic, so if
you'd like to pursue something, please talk to me. The following
sections describe some of my enthusiasms.
In graduate school, my research interest was in Artificial
Intelligence, particularly Planning and Real-Time Planning, which
was my dissertation work. Before working in planning, I worked in
Natural Language Processing, and that continues to be a strong
interest of mine. If these interest you, please come talk to me or
send me email. I'd love to do some research in AI with a student.
I've developed some software and demos of graphics programming for
use in my graphics course, and someday I think it would be fun to do a
"advanced graphics" course, so if you share this interest and would
like to work in this area, talk to me. Some ideas:
- ray tracing rendering
- a modeling language and a "database" of models
- connection with 3D design software such as Maya
- surface subdivision as a way to make smooth 3D models
- construction and use of NURBS for smooth surfaces
- modeling of natural surfaces using fractals
- animation of phenomena using models from physics, such as like
liquids flowing, fabrics blowing
An important aspect of my dissertation research is in simulation,
and that's an interest that I have continued since getting my Ph.D.
In fact, there's a simulation and computer graphics overlap in the
area of animation, so if you're interested in that, do talk
System Software and System Administration
I also serve as System Administrator for the CS department and that
leads to an interest in system software (databases, web servers),
computer security, and things like that.
I've been teaching at Wellesley since 2000. Before that, I taught
at Spelman College in Atlanta,
GA. I went to college at Yale, class of 1983, majoring in Computer
Science and in English. I worked for a few years at ITT's Programming
Technology Center in Stratford, Connecticut. I went to grad school at
UMass, Amherst, and finished my Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1995.
I'm married (since 1992) to Holly B. Anderson, who is a lawyer at
Cunningham, Machanic in Natick, Mass. We have a son who was born in
2002 and a daughter born in 2008. My mother is retired from a career
at the U.S. Treasury; she lives in Fairfax, VA. My dad was a
professional, free-lance speechwriter; he died in 2013 and is now
buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
I enjoy playing tennis, reading (usually non-fiction) and playing
bridge (although I haven't played bridge in years).
Recent or Favorite books:
- The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time, by
- What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart
of America, by Thomas Frank
- How to Talk so Children will Listen and Listen so Children will
- The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of
Extinctions, by David Quammen
- Guns, Germs and Steel, by Jared Diamond
- Darwin's Dangerous Idea, by Daniel Dennett
- The Evolution of Cooperation, by Robert Axelrod
- anything by Richard Dawkins, who mostly writes on evolutionary
theory, but particularly:
- The Ancestor's tale
- The Selfish Gene
- The Extended Phenotype
- Climbing Mount Improbable
- Anything by Steven Pinker, including
- Words and Rules
- The Stuff of Thought
- The Blank Slate
- The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Harry Potter, by J. K. Rowling
- Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull