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Dr. Christopher Lacher received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from University of Georgia in 1966. He has authored over 100 refereed articles and 3 books, given over 70 invited talks, and is a principal holder of two patents. In addition, he has served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, on the Editorial Board of Neurocomputing - An International Journal, and was a founding editor of the International Journal of Computational Intelligence and Organizations. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Tallahassee Freenet, the first public Internet Service Provider in Florida. Dr. Lacher was the first director of the FSU Office for Distributed and Distance Learning. Prior to serving as director of ODDL, he was Chair of Computer Science for seven years (1991-1998). Currently, Dr. Lacher is a resident faculty member in Computer Science at the Panama City, Florida, campus of FSU, with responsibilities in the rapidly growing undergraduate and graduate programs at that campus as well as in distance education. His research interests include generic programming/reusable software components, advanced technology engineering, machine learning, neural computation, macromolecular modeling, and computational and geometric topology.
- R. C. Lacher, P. K. Coats, S. C. Sharma, and L. F. Fant, A neural network tool for classifying the financial health of a firm, European Journal of Operational Research 85 (1) (1995) 53--65.
- R. C. Lacher and K. D. Nguyen, Hierarchical architectures for reasoning, Chapter 4 of Computational Architectures for Integrating Neural and Symbolic Processes (R. Sun and L. Bookman, eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1994, pp 117--150.
- K. D. McCroan and R. C. Lacher, Region coloring, edge coloring, and scan-conversion of maps, Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications 4 (4) (1994) 423--455.
- R. C. Lacher, Expert networks: Paradigmatic conflict, technological rapprochement, Minds and Machines 3 (1993) 53--71.