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Stuart Hirshfield, the Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Computer Science, joined the faculty in 1982. He was an original member of the Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium, which developed and published what became the model curriculum for a computer science bachelor’s degree. He holds a doctorate and master’s degree from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. With his colleague Richard W. Decker, Hirshfield co-authored nationally recognized text and software packages and received the EDUCOM/NCRIPTAL award for best curriculum innovation. His recent research is conducted primarily with his colleague (and daughter-in-law) Leanne Hirshfield ’02 and focuses on the application of brain measurement and computer learning technologies to the design and evaluation of human-computer interfaces.

Recent Courses Taught

Introduction to Computer Science
Principles of Programming Languages
Artificial Intelligence

Selected Publications

  • The Analytical Engine: An Introduction to Computer Science Using the Internet (with colleague, Rick Decker).
  • Pascal's Triangle: Reading, Writing, and Reasoning About Programs (with colleague, Rick Decker).
  • The Object Concept: An Introduction to Computer Programming Using C++  (with colleague, Rick Decker).
  • Using Non-Invasive Brain Measurement to Explore the Psychological Effects of Computer Malfunctions On Users During Human-Computer Interactions. (with Hirshfield, L.M., Barelka, A. Bobko, P. Paverman, D.).
  • The Engaged Brain: fNIRS-based Machine Learning Algorithms that Detect Flow in Video Games.” (with S. Hincks, L.M., Hirshfield, S. and M. Russell).

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., Syracuse University
M.S., Syracuse University
B.S., University of Michigan

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