Chen, MIS professor at UA, awarded prestigious Brown Chair

2013-05-06T00:00:00Z Chen, MIS professor at UA, awarded prestigious Brown ChairAshley Grove Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

University of Arizona professor Hsinchun Chen has been awarded the University of Arizona's Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology.

Chen, a professor of management information systems at the Eller College of Management, was named chair-holder because of his accomplishments in data mining and informatics.

Sarah Smallhouse, president of the Brown Foundations, said the Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology is very well-regarded.

"It's the highest form of academic honor a professor can have," Smallhouse said.

Chen is one of two chair-holders for the Thomas R. Brown Foundation. The second, UA professor Gerald Swanson at the Eller College, was the Thomas R. Brown Chair in Economic Education. Smallhouse said Swanson is recently retired, and the Brown Foundation is looking to fill the second chair soon.

Smallhouse said the chair is reviewed every five years.

Chen said his new position comes with $60,000 per year for five years, extra money that will help him with research and development on projects.

Chen, who is director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Eller College, developed Dark Web, a scientific data-mining program designed to collect terrorist-generated content that can spread on the Internet. Dark Web can collect data in the form of images, video, text and other files, regardless of language.


The Thomas R. Brown chair is named for a Tucson electronics pioneer who co-founded the former Burr-Brown Corp. Burr-Brown was acquired by Texas Instruments Inc. in 2000 in a stock deal valued at $7.6 billion.

The mission of the Thomas R. Brown Foundation is to advance "the use of economic principles in public and private decision-making through strategic partnerships and educational programs with a focus on Southern Arizona."

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