Susan E. Conry
Distinguished Service Professor
PO Box 5720
Potsdam, NY 13699-5720
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Rice University (1975)
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Rice University (1973)
B.A. in Mathematics, Rice University (1971)
Dr. Conry teaches in a variety of areas in computer engineering, ranging from software engineering and areas such as database systems and computer graphics to digital systems design, microprocessors, computer architecture, and parallel and distributed systems.
Professor Conry's work is currently focused on multiagent systems. Multiagent systems are at the heart of a wide variety of applications in distributed environments. Work in this area is both theoretical and pragmatic. For example, development of distributed problem solving systems requires theoretical models of agent interaction that allow agents in a distributed multiagent system to acquire the knowledge that they need to solve problems in a coherent fashion. This involves development of coordination protocols, internal modeling of what other agents "know", and mechanisms for assessment of current problem solving status. On the pragmatic side, coordination protocols must be computationally tractable, they must minimize the communication overhead, and they must result in reasonable performance profiles. Implementation and experimental research is the mechanism that is used for model verification.
Conry, S.E., J. Impagliazzo, E.C. Jones, T.A. Bickart, J.T. (Tom) Cain, and M.O. Hasna Invited Panel: Reflections on International Accreditation, Frontiers in Education 2008, Saratoga Springs, Oct. 2008.