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Susan AlexanderSusan Mabry

Visiting Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4663
Fax: 509.777.4633
Office Location: Eric Johnston Science Center 217

Professor Alexander has rejoined Whitworth for this year, after previously serving 17 years as a Whitworth faculty member.  For the last two years, she helped Walla Walla University revise and expand their computer science program.  Prior to being a computer science professor, she was a technical manager at Northrop Grumman Corporation.  Professor Alexander has taught across a breadth of computer science classes.  She has a history of awards, research grants, publications and international presentations.


Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
M.S. University of Southern California
B.S. California State University, Fullerton

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Medical decision support systems, Intelligent agent processing, Physiological Modeling and simulation; Social impacts of computing           

Current research thrust includes federated agents, fuzzy-belief networks and machine learning as applied to decision support for Autism Spectrum Disorders. For information about one of her current projects, visit, and  

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

NASA Mentor for Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) Program

Recipient of the 2008 Whitworth Academic Mentoring Award. 

Northrop Grumman Corporate Fellow. Multiple National Science Foundation grants: Intelligent Agents for Medical Monitoring Systems; Sun Microsoft Academic Research Grant. 

Gives numerous invited talks both nationally and internationally. Participates on numerous review panels, editorial boards and technical committees, including two journal editorial boards and two program committees for the International Association of Science and Technological Development. Served as industry consultant on simulation and high-performance computing.

"Transforming the Care of Autism Spectrum Disorders" at the University of California, Irvine (2010); "Spectrum-Agents Validation Research" at the annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention, Denver (2011); "Intelligent Medical Agents," at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales, U.K., Medtronic Systems, Inc. and the University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland (2008); presented research papers on her project "Intelligent MultiAgents for Patient Monitoring" at a conference in Melbourne, Australia, and gave invited talks at the University of Washington, Oregon Health & Science University, the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland, the University of Wales, in Aberystwyth, Wales, U.K., and the University of California San Francisco Emergency Medical Center (2004).

Co-authored with 2004 alumnus Caleb Hug and Russell Roundy, M.D., "Clinical Decision Support through MultiAgents in IM-Agents and ERMA" in Proceedings of the 17th IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, Bethesda, MD (2004).

Co-author of "Spectrum-Agents: Decision Support for Autism Spectrum Disorders," in Proceedings of the International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain (2010).

"Addressing the Complexity of Patient Monitoring with Multiagents and Modular Logic." Proceedings of Second International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. Melbourne, Australia. July 2003.

"Intelligent Agents for Patient Monitoring and Diagnostics." ACM International Symposium on Applied Computing. Melbourne, Fla. March 2003.

"IM-Agents for Patient Monitoring and Diagnostics." Proceedings of Agents in Healthcare Workshop, European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI'2002), Lyon, France. July 2002.

"Modeling Cardiovascular Flow with a Migrating Agent System." Proceedings of International Conference on Health Sciences. San Diego, Calif. July 2001.