May 1, 2017

Dr. Tom Bylander Retires After 24 Years of Service


Dr. Tom Bylander, associate professor of computer science at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has announced his retirement scheduled for May 2017.


After receiving his B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of South Dakota in 1979, Bylander earned his Masters and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from Ohio State University in 1980 and 1986, respectively. He was a faculty member at Ohio State from 1986 to 1993 before joining the computer science department at UTSA.

As the undergraduate advisor for UTSA computer science students, Bylander made a significant impact to countless UTSA computer science students.


His research in artificial intelligence is concerned with the study of efficient algorithms for planning and machine learning and with applications of artificial intelligence to medical domains.


His main focus has been on the analysis, design, and testing of machine learning algorithms. His analysis work has focused on the analysis of linear learning algorithms, in particular, the behavior of the perceptron update rule in the presence of noise. The analyses have led to the design of more sophisticated perception learning algorithms for noisy examples.