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University of Washington iSchool Names New Dean


Anind K. Dey has been named dean of the Information School at the University of Washington, President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Jerry Baldasty announced this week. Dey comes to the UW from Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, where he is the Charles M. Geschke professor and director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute. 

Dey will take over from Harry Bruce, who announced his intention of stepping down as dean earlier this year. Bruce is a former iCaucus Chair; he led the iSchools organization from 2010 to 2012.

In commenting on the appointment, Provost Baldasty expressed confidence in Dey’s ability to build on Bruce’s exemplary work, as well as that of dean emeritus Michael Eisenberg; Eisenberg was keynote speaker at the recent iConference 2017 in Wuhan, China.

According to an article by Victor Balta published by the UW, Dey’s research uses everyday technology (worn, carried and embedded in the environment) to develop tools and techniques for understanding and modeling human behavior, primarily within the areas of health, transportation, sustainability and education. Some of his work has involved using sensors to collect information on the activities of older people that could be used to better personalize their health care.

Dey earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Simon Fraser University in Canada. He holds two master’s degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology – one in aerospace engineering and one in computer science. He received his Ph.D. in computer science, also from the Georgia Institute of Technology.