David Mathias, D.Sc.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

 “Engagement is critical to effective learning. I, like all of my colleagues at Florida Southern, strive to find ways to keep students engaged. It’s an interesting and challenging endeavor. I firmly believe, however, that one of the most effective engagement techniques is also one of the simplest. Getting to know our students and making sure that they understand that we sincerely care about them is the best tool we have.”

Dr. David Mathias is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Florida Southern College. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Delaware, in his home state, and M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Before coming to Florida Southern, Dr. Mathias spent 12 years teaching at the Ohio State University where he was twice recognized for excellence in teaching.

An architecture enthusiast, Dr. Mathias is author of the book Greene & Greene Furniture: Poems of Wood & Light about the work of early 20th century California architects Charles and Henry Greene. He has also published more than a dozen magazine articles on related topics. He finds the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture on the Florida Southern campus endlessly fascinating and is thrilled to have an office in an FLW building. He even appreciates the leaky roof as that is part of the FLW experience.

At Florida Southern, Dr. Mathias, together with a number of talented students, has begun to explore research topics related to unmanned micro aerial vehicles (MAVs), popularly known as drones. Upcoming student projects include topics such as hand-motion control of MAVs, designing MAVs with novel computing platforms, communication between cooperating MAVs and application of MAVs to local industry.

Students in a recent Software Engineering class created an app for the Florida Southern community. It includes an interactive campus map that will greatly assist freshman and visitors.

In my spare time I like hiking, mountain climbing, photography, and architecture.

Education

D.Sc. in Computer Science, Washington University in St. Louis
M.S. Computer Science, Washington University in St. Louis
B.S. Computer Science, University of Delaware

Honors and Awards

  • CSE Department Award for Outstanding Teaching 2004
  • CSE Department Award for Outstanding Teaching 1999
  • Nominated: OSU Award for Outstanding Teaching Multiple
  • Elected to Sigma Xi Scientific Honorary 1993

Publications or Exhibitions

Doctoral Dissertation

"On Models of Teaching and Geometric Learning." Washington University in St. Louis, May 1996. Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Sally A. Goldman.

Refereed Journal Publications

"Exact Learning of Discretized Geometric Concepts," with Nader H. Bshouty, Paul W. Goldberg, and Sally A. Goldman. SIAM Journal on Computing, vol. 28 (2), February 1999.

"Noise-Tolerant Parallel Learning of Geometric Concepts," with Nader H. Bshouty and Sally A. Goldman. Information and Computation, vol. 147 (1), November 1998.

"Noise-Tolerant Distribution-Free Learning of General Geometric Concepts," with Nader H. Bshouty, Sally A. Goldman, Subhash Suri and Hisao Tamaki. Journal of the ACM, vol. 45 (5), September 1998.

"A Model of Interactive Teaching." Journal of Computer and System Sciences, vol. 54 (3), June 1997.

"Teaching a Smarter Learner," with Sally A. Goldman. Journal of Computer and System Sciences, vol. 52 (2), April 1996.

Refereed Conference Publications

"Noise-Tolerant Distribution-Free Learning of General Geometric Concepts," with Nader Bshouty, Sally Goldman, Subhash Suri and Hisao Tamaki. Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing, May 1996.

"DNF – If You Can’t Learn `em, Teach `em: An Interactive Model of Teaching." Proceedings of the Eighth Annual ACM Conference on Computational Learning Theory, July 1995.

"Noise-Tolerant Parallel Learning of Geometric Concepts," with Nader Bshouty and Sally Goldman. Proceedings of the Eighth Annual ACM Conference on Computational Learning Theory, July 1995.

"Learning Unions of Boxes with Membership and Equivalence Queries," with Paul Goldberg and Sally Goldman. Proceedings of the Seventh Annual ACM Conference on Computational Learning Theory, July 1994.

"Teaching a Smarter Learner," with Sally Goldman. Proceedings of the Sixth Annual ACM Conference on Computational Learning Theory, July 1993.

"Learning k-term DNF Formulas with an Incomplete Membership Oracle," with Sally Goldman. Proceedings of the Fifth Annual ACM Conference on Computational Learning Theory, July 1992.

Book

Greene & Greene Furniture: Poems of Wood and Light. F + W Media, Cincinnati, OH, September 2010.

Magazine Articles

"The Downside if Up is Sideways." Popular Woodworking Magazine, Cincinnati, OH, February 2014.

"Conquer Finish Fears." Popular Woodworking Magazine, Cincinnati, OH, August 2013.

"Greene & Greene Inlay." Popular Woodworking Magazine, Cincinnati OH, April 2013.

"In Nature’s Embrace: A Home as a Way of Life." American Bungalow, Sierra Madre, CA, Spring 2013.

"The Swiss Chalet: It’s Origins and Relationship to the American Bungalow." Arts & Crafts Homes and the Revival, Gloucester, MA, Fall 2012.

"California Dreamers." Arts & Crafts Homes and the Revival, Gloucester, MA, Fall 2011.

"Brotherly Love: Devoted Homeowners Preserve a Pasadena House by Famed Architects Charles and Henry Greene." Style 1900, Lambertville, NJ, Winter 2010-11.

"A Closer Look at Greene & Greene Inlay." Style 1900, Lambertville, NJ, Summer 2009.

"Everyday Greene & Greene." Popular Woodworking, Cincinnati, OH, November 2008.

"Greene & Greene: Details & Joinery." Popular Woodworking, Cincinnati, OH, October 2008.

"Greene & Greene Masterworks." Popular Woodworking, Cincinnati, OH, August 2008.

"An Arts & Crafts-inspired Dining Table." Woodwork, Novato, CA, June 2008.

"Greene & Greene-inspired Storage Chest." Popular Woodworking, Cincinnati, OH, April 2008.

"Greene & Greene Drawers." Popular Woodworking, Cincinnati, OH, February 2007.

Connect with
David Mathias

Polk Science Room 139
863.680.6283
hmathias@flsouthern.edu