Brief Bio

R.C. Lacher (Chris Lacher) is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Florida State University. He has held the rank of Professor (Tenured) in both the Mathematics and Computer Science departments at FSU. Dr. Lacher's research interests include generic programming/reusable software components, advanced technology engineering, machine learning, neural computation, macromolecular modeling, and computational and geometric topology. He has authored over 100 refereed articles and 3 books, given over 70 invited talks, and is a principal holder of two patents. 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, and still free.

Dr. Lacher was the first director of the FSU Office for Distributed and Distance Learning (ODDL) (1999 - 2002). ODDL has university-wide responsibility for supporting faculty and academic departments in producing web-enhanced and distance courses and programs. (See Prior to serving as director of ODDL, he was Chair of Computer Science for seven years (1991-1998).

Beginning in Fall 2003, 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.


Ph.D. (Mathematics), University of Georgia; NDEA Fellow; NSF Graduate Fellow; Institute for Advanced Study Fellow; Alfred P. Sloan Fellow

Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, American Mathematical Society, Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study, Association for Computing Machinery, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, IEEE Computer Society, American Chemical Society, International Neural Networks Society, Florida State University President's Club.

Academic Positions

Computer Science Faculty, Florida State University Panama City Campus, 2003-present
Professor (Computer Science), Florida State University, 1984-2003
Professor (Mathematics), Florida State University, 1975-2003
Associate Professor (Mathematics), Florida State University, 1970-75
Assistant Professor (Mathematics), Florida State University, 1968-70
Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, 1967-68
Research Instructor and Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, 1966-67

Administrative Positions

Director (founding), FSU Office for Distributed and Distance Learning, 1999-2002
Chair, FSU Department of Computer Science, 1991-94, 1994-97, 1997-98
Acting Chair, FSU Department of Computer Science, January -- August, 1990

Other Professional Positions and Titles

FSU Teaching Incentive Program Award Recipient, 1994
FSU College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Advisor, 1990
Short Term Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, Fall, 1987
Bicentennial Speaker in Mathematics, University of Georgia, April, 1985 (commemorating the Bicentennial of the University, 1785-1985)
Main Speaker, 1978 Conference for Undergraduate Mathematics, April, 1978
Special Guest Lecturer in Mathematics, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, April, 1977
Resource Person, Course in Shape Theory and Pro-Homotopy, Inter-University Centre of Post-Graduate Studies, Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, Winter, 1976
Visiting Professor, University of Warwick, Coventry, England, Summer, 1972
Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, Spring, 1972
Research Scientist, Institute for Defense Analyses, Communications Research Division, Summer, 1968

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