Tim Havens

Timothy Havens


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  • Associate Dean for Research, College of Computing
  • William and Gloria Jackson Associate Professor of Computer Systems
  • Director, Institute of Computing and Cybersystems
  • PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Missouri
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University


Dr. Havens is the Director of the ICC Center for Data Sciences and the PRIME Lab, and Director of the Michigan Tech Data Science Graduate Program. Prior to joining Michigan Tech in 2012, Tim was an NSF/CRA Computing Innovation Fellow at Michigan State University (MSU) and a Research Associate at the University of Missouri (MU). At MSU, Dr. Havens developed machine-learning methods for clustering in large heterogeneous data sets. His work at MU focused on multi-modal data fusion and detection algorithms and fuzzy clustering. Before working on his PhD, he was an Associate Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he analyzed airborne directed energy systems, laser-illuminated target ID systems, and GPS signals in support of the U.S. Air Force. His interests include mobile robotics, explosive hazard detection, heterogeneous and big data, fuzzy sets, and sensor networks, and data fusion. He has coauthored over 110 technical publications and is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. Fuzzy Systems. He has been funded by MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Akela Inc., Michigan DOT, USDOT, Army Research Office, US Army, NSF, the RAND/John A. Hartford Foundation, and the Leonard Wood Institute.

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Areas of Interest

  • Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Sensor and Data Fusion
  • Heterogeneous Data Mining
  • Explosive Hazard Detection