Dr. Daniel Coore
DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
FACULTY OF PURE AND APPLIED SCIENCES
MONA CAMPUS, JAMAICA
Tel: (876) 977-4470 • Email: Daniel.Coore@uwimona.edu.jm
In 1989, Daniel Coore won the Jamaica (open) scholarship, and attended UWI for one year, in the then Faculty of Natural Sciences. He then transferred to the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to study Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He qualified to participate in the Department’s Master’s internship programme, and was selected by IBM to intern at the prestigious T.J. Watson Research Center. Coore completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 1994, and also received an award for one of the best oral presentations of a Master’s thesis that year. He continued on to do doctoral studies at MIT, which he completed in January 1999. His doctoral thesis was one of the first results in amorphous computing, and is still influential in current research in self-organising distributed systems. Dr. Coore joined the staff of UWI, Mona in February 1999, as a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. He has taught several courses in Computer Science in all of the programmes offered by the Computer Science Section; has sat on several committees at the Faculty, Campus and University levels; serves on the UCJ Board of IT studies, and is a Fellow at the Mona Geoinformatics Institute. Dr. Coore earned tenure in 2005, and has been acting as Section Head for Computer Science since October 2004.
Currently, Dr. Coore is very interested in developments in amorphous computing, self-organising complex systems, real-time computer simulations, and robotics. Specifically, he invents and develops programming languages that aim to control the inherent complexity of inducing predictable emergent behaviour on massive networks of programmable entities. To investigate these languages, he often builds software simulations; however, he also enjoys designing and building simulators that involve hardware. One of his most successful endeavours is the development of the software for the UWI Cardiac Surgery Simulator – a device that uses software to animate a (real) pig’s heart in a mock (human) chest cavity to simulate the conditions of the operating theatre during open heart surgery, for the purposes of training cardiac surgery residents.