Donald Patterson

Don Patterson is an Associate Professor in the Informatics Department in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Irvine and currently the director of LUCI.

He grew up mostly in Virginia, went to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, then Cornell University to study Computer Science (B.S.) and Electrical Engineering (M.Eng).  He spent some time in the Navy on the USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG-54) stationed in Japan and the USS SIMON LAKE (AS-33) stationed in Italy.  He went to grad school in the University of Washington's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. 

While there, he was an NDSEG fellow and did research on artificial intelligence and its application to Alzheimer's Disease management and DNA biotechnology.  He was an intern at Intel Research Seattle. His primary advisors were Henry Kautz and Dieter Fox with whom he worked on the Activity Compass also known as "Opportunity Knocks."

His current research interests focus on context-aware computing and how to make a computer operate appropriately when it leaves the office and moves into the greater world: Ubiquitous computing meets Artificial Intelligence meets Human-Computer Interaction.