Robert H. Sloan

Academic Lead

Head-and-shoulders photo of Bob SloanRobert H. (Bob) Sloan is a professor and the department head of computer science at UIC, where he has overseen the growth of the department from 28 to 61 faculty to date. He holds a BS in mathematics from Yale and an SM and PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In the early 2000s, Sloan served as a program director at the National Science Foundation; he is now a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. His scholarly work includes both computer science education and public policy and legal issues in computer security, electronic privacy, and machine learning. He is an IEEE Computer Science Golden Core member and a 2019 University of Illinois University Scholar.

Sloan has a longstanding interest in diversity in computer science. He was chair of the diversity committee of the Educational Activities Board of the IEEE Computer Society from 2001 to 2005, and he has published papers on CS education topics that include diversity as a major consideration. Since 2014, Sloan has been proud to serve as a computer science department head in the BRAID (Building, Recruiting, and Inclusion for Diversity) initiative.