Dawn E. Wilkins

Professor and Chair of Computer & Information Science
The University of Mississippi
203 Weir Hall
University, MS 38677-1848 USA

Dr. Wilkins is Professor and Chair in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. In Spring of 1995, she completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Computer Science (now Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her dissertation, Learning Restricted-Read Branching Programs with Queries, was concerned with the computational aspects of learning branching programs (decision dags). Her dissertation advisor was Dr. Vijay Raghavan.

Professional Research

Dr. Wilkins' current research is generally in Machine Learning, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Database Systems.

As part of the Mississippi EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), she is building a data provenance system called PARS (Provenance Archive and Retrieval System). PARS can be used by researchers in the state to archive, share and store provenance information about their research data and processes. She is also collaborating with Dr. Robert Doerksen, UM Medicinal Chemistry, and researchers at University of Southern Mississippi and Jackson State University on a project that uses machine learning techniques to help to better understand certain protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions.

Previously, she has collaborated with researchers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The work at SJCRH was to apply machine learning and data mining techniques to DNA microarray data, mostly Affymetrix. The work was in association with the Hartwell Center for Bioinformatics and Biotechnology at St. Jude's.

Selected Publications