Steven Skiena is distinguished teaching professor of computer science and director of the Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation at Stony Brook University. His research interests include data science, bioinformatics and algorithms. He is the author of six books, including The Algorithm Design Manual, The Data Science Design Manual, and Who’s Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank, and over 150 technical papers.
Skiena received his B.S. in computer science from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois in 1988. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fulbright scholar and recipient of the University of Virginia Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award and the IEEE Computer Science and Engineer Teaching Award.