College of Arts & Sciences Computer Science

QuocNam Tran

QuocNam Tran-Chair
Professor
Computer Science,
UAS Arts & Sciences 201
Phone: 605-677-8832
Bio:
After receiving the “Goedel Prize” for The Best Ph.D. Dissertation of The Year in 1996 from the Research Institute for Symbolic Computation, Johannes Kepler University of Linz , Dr. Tran has been on his professor positions at university in Austria, Texas and South Dakota. Dr. Tran has been the advisor for Thesis' work of many Master and PhD students. Since 2009, Dr. Tran has served the Review Panels for National Science Foundation CCLI program, CCF-AF program and CCF-Engineering program. Dr. Tran has published 62 research publications including research books. He also has industrial experiment in developing the software tools. He has been supported by nine research grants including four NSF awards.
Teaching Interests:
I have taught a wide range of courses for both graduate and undergraduate students. My teaching philosophy is that our students deserve a strong background on programming and theoretical foundations of computer science together with a strong knowledge on state-of-the-art research areas in computer science and applications so they can be well prepared for their future academic or industrial career.
Research Interests:
My research are focused on the following areas: (a) Computer Science Theory: Computational Methods and Algorithmic Foundations. Especially, the Theory of Groebner Bases; (b) Computational Methods in Bio-Informatics; and (c) High Performance Computing. I have received 11 grants with a total amount of $674,000 including 5 grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). I have served many National Science Foundation's Panels for reviewing computer science proposals submitted to the CISE and DUE programs since 2009.
Education:
  • Ph D, Computer Science, The Johannes Kelper University of Linz, 1996
  • MS, Computer Science, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), 1992
  • BS, Mathematics/Computer Science, The University of Hochiminh City, 1984
Grants:
  • AF: Small: Collaborative Research: Efficient Groebner Basis Computation in Boolean Rings for Temporal Logic Reasoning and Model Checking, National Science Foundation, (2015)
  • Collaborative Research: Efficient Groebner Basis Computation in Boolean Rings for Temporal Logic Reasoning and Model Checking, National Science Foundation, (2009 - 2013)
  • International Conference on Applications of Symbolic Computation, National Science Foundation, (2004 - 2005)
Publications:
  • Tran, Q., Arabnia, H., (2015), Emerging Trends in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and System Biology, Elsevier Publisher, p. 600.
  • Tran, Q., (2013), A novel method for finding non-small cell lung cancer diagnosis biomarkers, BMC Medical Genomics, vol. 6, iss. S11, pp. 1-10. (DOI: 10.1186/1755-8794-6-S1-S11)
  • Tran, Q., Arabnia, H., (2011), Software Tools and Algorithms for Biological Systems, Springer Publisher, p. 778.
Awards and Honors:
  • Recognition and Appreciation of Service and Research Contributions to the Field of Computer Science, World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing, 2012
  • recommended for a Fulbright Scholar Award, Fulbright Foundation, 2012
  • University Merit Award for Distinguished Teaching, Lamar University, 2004
  • Best Dissertation of the Year, Research Institute for Symbolic Computation, Johannes Kepler University of Linz, 1996