Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Daqing Hou has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of electrical & computer engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. Promotion to professor is considered to be virtually the highest honor that a university can bestow upon its faculty.
Hou has been on the Clarkson faculty since 2006. His current research interests are in software engineering & applications, cybersecurity, smart energy, and machine learning. His active research projects include API (application programming interfaces) usage problems, as well as their developer tools support, continuous user authentication and behavioral biometrics, and software applications for smart energy and data science.
Hou has taught courses in introductory software design, graphical user interface design, databases, web/mobile application development, program analysis, machine learning, and information visualization. His teaching emphasizes fundamentals, experiential learning, and adaptation to learners’ levels and needs.
He has advised two Ph.D., fourteen masters, and one honors students, as well as more than 20 undergraduate researchers. Currently, he is advising five Ph.D., three M.S., and two honors students.
Hou has published more than 60 peer-reviewed research papers. His research has been funded by both federal/state agencies, including the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), as well as private corporations, including Aetna, Alcoa, FLIR, IBM, and Raytheon. He collaborates with several groups across campus and beyond. He visited AFRL three times as a summer faculty fellow in Rome, N.Y.
He regularly serves on the organizational and program committees of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on Program Comprehension, International Conference on Software Maintenance, and the Working Conference on Reverse Engineering. He also reviews papers for software engineering journals and serves as a panelist for NSF. Currently, Hou serves as the director of Clarkson’s Software Engineering program, a co-director of the Data Science program, and a member of the faculty senate.
Hou received a Ph.D. in computing science from the University of Alberta and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in computer science & technology, both from Peking University in Beijing. Prior to joining Clarkson, he had multiple years of working experience in the software industry.