Computer Science Faculty and Staff


Dr. Stephanie Taylor

Associate Professor
and Chair
Stephanie Taylor started her academic life at Gordon College in Massachusetts as a double-major in math and computer science. She spent several years as a software engineer in Peabody, MA before she pursued her PhD in computer science at UC Santa Barbara. Her research was then and continues to be developing and analyzing computational methods to study biological clocks. She joined the CS department at Colby in the fall of 2008 and finds a lot of joy working with Colby students.
 


Dr. Eric Aaron

Assistant Professor
Eric Aaron majored in Mathematics at Princeton University, also studying Cognitive Science and Computer Science, before receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University. Focusing on interdisciplinary applications of computational modeling, his work is broadly interdisciplinary, bridging science, theory, and systems. His research has two areas of emphasis: intelligent robotics, including autonomous agent navigation, task sequencing, and graph theoretic analyses for robots in dynamic environments; and interdisciplinary computational science--spanning data acquisition, modeling, simulation, and data analysis--with application domains including tumor simulations, caterpillar crypsis, and mechanisms that extend existing evolutionary theory.
 


Dr. Naser Al Madi

Assistant Professor
Naser Al Madi’s research focuses on supporting source code reading and comprehension by modeling user behavior and eye movement during software development. He started his teaching career at Hamilton college, where he taught Operating Systems and Wearable Technology among other topics. He received his PhD from Kent State University, where he is a member of the Software Development Laboratory (SDML). His dissertation focuses on modeling eye movement control in reading source code, and his research interests include eye tracking, program comprehension, and reading models. nsalmadi@colby.edu
 


Dr. Max Bender

Assistant Professor
Max Bender went to our NESCAC friends at Connecticut College for his undergraduate years, where he majored in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Classics. Deciding to combine his passions in Computer Science and Mathematics, Max then went to the University of Pittsburgh for graduate school to study algorithms. Max primarily works in the realm of Online Approximation Algorithms with his dissertation focusing on Dynamic Pricing Problems, but more recently Max has been looking into applications of online approximation within Algorithmic Game Theory.
 


Dr. Tahiya Chowdhury
Postdoctoral Fellow
Davis Institute of Artificial Intelligence
Tahiya Chowdhury received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. She went to Rutgers University for graduate studies, where she received a Master of Science in Computer Engineering with a focus on usable privacy and human-computer interaction. During her Ph.D. in Computer Engineering at Rutgers University, she focused on designing data-driven intelligent tools to model human events on individual and city scale. Her recent research interests include human-centered design of ethical AI, public interest technology, and computer science education.
 


Dr. Stacy Doore
Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
Stacy Doore began her journey as a computer scientist while receiving her M.S. and Ph.D. in Spatial Information Science and Engineering at the University of Maine. Before coming to Colby, she taught computer science for two years at Bowdoin College. Her technical research interests include digital information access, emerging assistive technologies, multimodal systems, and non-visual spatial language interfaces. She is also the principal investigator on several grants related to improving the teaching of computing ethics and equity in computer science education. Her technical and educational research is supported by NSF and the Mozilla Foundation and she serves as an external evaluator for programs related to increasing inclusion, equity, and accessibility in the STEM disciplines.
 


Dr. Allen Harper
Assistant Professor
Allen Harper began his academic at the University of Rhode Island where he completed his undergraduate degree in Geology. However, after studying Economics and Political Economy at URI and UMass Amherst, Allen ventured to NYC where he spent the next quarter of a century working on solutions to urban social problems. During that time Allen become interested in Computer Science and especially how humans interact with machines. This led to Allen’s dissertation on eye tracking and human task performance at City University of New York--Graduate Center. More recently, Allen has begun to study how eye tracking can be combined with virtual reality.
 


Dr. Oliver Layton

Assistant Professor
Oliver Layton’s research focuses on how the brain controls behavior and informs the design of better technology. Specifically, he is fascinated by the brain mechanisms and strategies that allow people to effortlessly move through dynamic, complex scenarios, such as walking through Grand Central Station without colliding with people and flying drones through cluttered environments. Oliver is passionate about the liberal arts and interdisciplinary learning, having created a self-determined major in ‘Computational Neuroscience’ at Skidmore College to study the brain from a diversity of perspectives, including Computer Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Mathematics. He went onto graduate school at Boston University, where he became interested in human navigation and developed a large-scale, dynamic neural model that simulates how humans perceive their movement through realistic environments. After earning his Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Systems, he joined the Perception and Action Lab at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a Postdoctoral Researcher to design virtual reality experiments to better understand human navigation and develop new models of the primate visual system.
 


Dr. Ying Li

Associate Professor
and Associate Chair
Ying Li received a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Technology from Hubei University of Technology in China, where she continued her education and received a Master of Engineering in Applied Technology. She went on to the University of New Hampshire to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science, completing her Ph.D. study in 2015. Her dissertation and research focus on energy efficient methods of providing reliable communication in resource-limited, intermittently connected networks.
 


Dr. Amanda Stent

Director, Davis Institute for AI and Professor
Amanda Stent is the founding director of the Davis Institute for AI. She previously worked in industry at Bloomberg, Yahoo, AT&T Labs, and in academia at Stony Brook University as an associate professor of computer science. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Rochester.


Dr. Hannen Wolfe
Assistant Professor
Hannen Wolfe went to Bennington College where they received a Bachelors of Arts in a self-designed major that integrated visual arts, computer science, and mathematics. While completing their PhD in Media Arts and Technology from University of California Santa Barbara, they received a Masters of Science in Computer Science. Their research interests include human robot interaction, affective computing, virtual reality, and computational creativity. Their artwork focuses on the relationship between body and technology, giving computers and robots biological qualities.
 
Kim Caswell
Administrative Secretary

Associated Computer Science Faculty


Dr. Bruce A. Maxwell

After 15 years at Colby, Bruce is now the Teaching Professor and Assistant Director of Computing Programs, Seattle Campus, Northeastern University. Bruce Maxwell started exploring computer science as an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science, a B.S. in Engineering, and a Concentration in Computer Science. He went on to obtain an M.Phil. in Speech Recognition at Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. He taught for two years at the University of North Dakota and nine years at Swarthmore College before coming to Colby in the fall of 2007. His interests include robotics, computer vision, computer graphics, scientific data analysis and visualization.
 

Dr. Dale Skrien

Emeritus Professor
Dale Skrien went to St. Olaf College where he received a B.A. in Mathematics. He continued his education at the University of Washington where he received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics. His dissertation concerned algorithmic graph theory or, more specifically, algorithms relating to interval graphs. He later picked up a M.S. degree in Computer Science at the University of Illinois. He taught at Colby from 1980 until 2022. His interests have included object-oriented software design, educational software for computer organization courses, and computer music.