John Harer

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Professor with Tenure

Professor Harer's primary research is in the use of geometric, combinatorial and computational techniques to study a variety of problems in data analysis, shape recognition, image segmentation, tracking, brain imaging, biological networks and gene expression.

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Professor with Tenure
  • Professor in the Department of Computer Science
  • Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Contact Information:
Education:

  • Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 1979
  • B.A. Harvard University, 1974

Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests:

Professor Harer's primary research is in the use of geometric, combinatorial and computational techniques to study a variety of problems in data analysis, shape recognition, image segmentation, tracking, brain imaging, biological networks and gene expression.

Specialties:

Topology
Geometry
Mathematical Biology
Applied Math

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Henry Russell Award, University of Michigan
  • Faculty Recognition Award, University of Michigan
  • Fellowship, Sloane Foundation
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, NSF

Courses Taught:
  • BIOLOGY 218: Biological Clocks: How Organisms Keep Time
  • COMPSCI 434: Topology with Applications
  • MATH 89S: First-Year Seminar
  • MATH 190: Special Topics in Mathematics
  • MATH 221: Linear Algebra and Applications
  • MATH 323S: Geometry
  • MATH 412: Topology with Applications
  • MATH 573S: Modeling of Biological Systems
  • MATH 799: Special Readings

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Katharine Turner, Yuriy Mileyko, Sayan Mukherjee, John Harer, Fréchet Means for Distributions of Persistence diagrams, Discrete and Computational Geometry, vol 52 (July, 2014), pp. 44-70 [arXiv:1206.2790], [doi] [abs].
    • Jose Perea and J. Harer, Sliding Windows and Persistence: An Application of Topological Methods to Signal Analysis, Foundations of Computational Mathematics (May, 2014) [abs] (http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.6188.) .
    • S. Bristow, A. Leman, L. Simmons Kovacs, A. Deckard, J. Harer, S. B. Haase, Checkpoints Couple Transcription Network Oscillator Dynamics to Cell-Cycle Progression, Genome Biology, vol 15:446 (2014) [doi] [abs].
    • J. Perea, A. Deckard, S. Haase and J. Harer, Sliding Windows and 1-Persistence Scoring; Discovering Periodicity in Gene Expression Time Series Data, BMC Bioinformatics (Submitted, 2014) [abs].
    • K.A. McGoff, X. Guo, A. Deckard, A.R. Leman, C.M. Kelliher, S.B. Haase, and J.L. Harer, The Local Edge Machine: Inference of dynamic models of gene regulation, Nature Methods (Submitted, 2014) [abs].