Thomas R. Ioerger

Dr. Thomas R. Ioerger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Texas A&M University. He received his B.S. degree in 1989 from Penn State in the area of Molecular and Cellular Biology. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois in 1996, where he held an NSF Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Ioerger's research interests are in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Agents, and Machine Learning. His work has covered diverse areas, from spatial reasoning, to simulating team-work, to modeling emotions. Currently, his primary focus is on designing multi-agent system architectures to simulate collaborative behavior and teamwork. He also applies AI and machine learning methods to various problems in the area of Bioinformatics, including the improvement of protein sequence alignments, molecular modeling, and X-ray crystallography. The latter research has lead to the development of an automated software system for protein model-building called TEXTAL, which is currently being used by crystallographers throughout the world. He has received multi-million dollar grants from both the National Institutes of Health and from the Department of Defense for his work. Dr. Ioerger is a member of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).