Senior Fellows

Steven F. Donaldson  Professor

Steven Donaldson
Contact Information

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Phone: (205) 726-2447
Fax: 726-4271
Office: Russell Hall 326B
Personal Web Site

Education:
B.S., Samford University (Physics)
B.S., University of Alabama at Birmingham (Engineering)
M.S., University of Alabama at Birmingham (Computer Science)
Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham (Computer Science)
Biographical Information

Dr. Donaldson is the Director of the Computer Science program at Samford and co-directs the Computational Biology program. In addition to Computer Science, he teaches in the University Fellows and Science and Religion programs and is one of the co-founders of the Samford University Center for Science and Religion. His interests in cognition, models of intelligence, autonomous systems, self-organization and emergence, and the interface of science and religion have led him to pursue a number of interdisciplinary teaching and research opportunities and several of his research students have won awards for their conference presentations.

Dr. Donaldson enjoys mountain climbing, whitewater kayaking, snow skiing, cycling, backpacking, running, weight lifting, reading and writing. He and his wife Carol have five children.

Research:
Artificial intelligence and models of intelligence
Human cognition
Artificial life
Robotics and autonomous systems
Self-organization, self-assembly and emergence
Alternative computational paradigms
Interface of science and religion
Member of:
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Cognitive Science Society
Phi Kappa Phi
Pi Mu Epsilon
Alabama Academy of Sciences
Publications:
Donaldson, S. and Walling, C. (2012). A system for evolving neural architectures. In S. Vrbsky (Ed.), Proceedings of the 50th Annual Association for Computing Machinery Southeast Conference. Tuscaloosa, AL: Association for Computing Machinery, 232-237
Donaldson, Steve (2011). Teaching computer science in a big questions framework. In J. Meinke (Ed.), The Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 26 (5), 72-79.
Donaldson, Steve, Kawell, Jesse, and Walling, Chris (2011). Computer, know thyself: Exploring consciousness via self-aware machines. In V. Clincy (Ed.), Proceedings of the 49th Annual Association for Computing Machinery Southeast Conference. Kennesaw, GA: Association for Computing Machinery.
Donaldson, Steve (2008). A neural network for creative serial order cognitive behavior. Minds and Machines, 18:53-91.
Donaldson, Steve (2003). A neural network for high-level cognitive control of serial order behavior. Proceedings of the 7th Joint Conference on Information Sciences (6th International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Natural Computing), D. Ventura & S. Das, eds.
Donaldson, Steve (2003). An artificial neural network model for reading comprehension. Proceedings of the Internal Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Volume 1, Hamid Arabnia, Rose Joshua, and Youngsong Mun, eds.
Donaldson, Steve (1999). Predictive learning and cognitive momentum: a foundation for intelligent, autonomous systems. Proceedings of the 37th Southeast Regional Conference of the ACM.
Donaldson, Steve (1998). Non-stereotypical sequence processing in artificial memory systems. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience, Volume 2, Paul Wang, ed.
Anderson, Britt and Donaldson, Steve (1995). The back propagation algorithm: implications for the biological bases of individual differences in intelligence. Intelligence, 21(3): 327-345.
Presentations:
Donaldson, S. (2012). A System for Evolving Neural Architectures. ACM Southeast Conference. Tuscaloosa, AL. 
Donaldson, Steve (2012). Science and Religion at Samford University: Grant and Curricular Steps. Christian Life and Witness Conference: From the Academy to the Church, Georgetown, KY. 
Donaldson, Steve (2011). Computer Science Perspectives on Transhumanism. ACM MidSoutheast Conference, Gatlinburg, TN. 
Donaldson, Steve (2011). Teaching Computer Science in a Big Questions Framework. CCSC Mid-South Conference, Conway, AR.
Donaldson, Steve (2011). Computer, Know Thyself: Exploring Consciousness Via Self-Aware Machines. ACM Southeast Conference, Kennesaw, GA.
Donaldson, Steve (2009). Emergence of Visual Patterns in Graphs. ACM MidSoutheast Conference, Gatlinburg, TN.
Donaldson, Steve (2007). Modeling Paradigm Blindness. ACM MidSoutheast Conference, Gatlinburg, TN.
Donaldson, Steve (2006). Using Computer Science to Explore Life's Deep Questions. ACM MidSoutheast Conference, Gatlinburg, TN.
Donaldson, Steve (2006). Shakespeare, Darwin, Traveling Salesmen, and Socio-Psychological Behavior (or Liberal Arts for Robots). 12th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Chicago, IL.
Donaldson, Steve and Yarbrough, Lance (2003). A Neural Network Model for Output Behavior Selection and Routing. ACM MidSoutheast Conference, Gatlinburg, TN.
Donaldson, Steve (2003). A Customized Neural Network Simulation System for Teaching and Research. ACM MidSoutheast Conference, Gatlinburg, TN.
Donaldson, Steve (2003). A Neural Network for High-Level Cognitive Control of Serial Order Behavior. 7th Joint Conference on Information Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC.
Donaldson, Steve (2002). Modeling Multiple Cognitive Behaviors Via Predictive Learning and Interleaved Processing. Sixth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston, MA.
Donaldson, Steve (2000). Multilevel interleaved serial order cognitive behavior. Alabama Academy of Science.
Donaldson, Steve (1999). Unpredictable behavior in a predictive learning automaton. Alabama Academy of Science.
Donaldson, Steve (1998). Sequence Processing, Cognitive Modeling, and Autonomous Systems. ACM Mid-Southeast Chapter Fall Conference, Gatlinburg, TN.
Donaldson, Steve (1998). Non-Stereotypical Sequence Processing in Artificial Memory Systems. 3rd International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience. Research Triangle Park, NC.
Donaldson, Steve (1998). Non-stereotypical sequence processing in artificially intelligent memory systems. Alabama Academy of Science.
Donaldson, Steve (1997). Micro-brain: multi-modal memory via neural networking. Alabama Academy of Science.