Fred G. Martin

Professor and Chair of Computer Science –


Spr '24 Office Hours
Mon 2:45p-3:45p
NPB 3.108D Main Campus
Tue 2p-3p Thu 11a-12n
San Pedro I Downtown
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Hi, everyone! I am a professor of computer science at the Univerity of Texas at San Antonio. I’m also chair of the department. I started at UTSA on August 1, 2023.

Chair’s Welcome. It is my privilege to serve the Computer Science department as chair. I strive that all have the opportunity to pursue their professional success and to foster an environment where all are respected and valued members of our community.

Future and prospective students (and parents and other family members): please see my FAQs about our undergraduate and graduate programs.

My Research. I create novel technologies to empower young learners as designers with computing, artificial intelligence, and data science. My students and I have designed robotics construction kits, a collaborative data visualization platform, and a virtual reality programming environment.

I work with K–12 teachers and school districts to bring these materials to their students. I collaborate with faculty in computer science, education, and psychology to create new technologies and curricula, and to study how people learn when using them.

My team is called the Engaging Computing Group—see our people, projects, and publications.

My Teaching. In Spring 2024, I am teaching a research-oriented independent study topics class, CS 4913 Developing AI Tools for Children.

Before UTSA, I was at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. I started in 2002 as an asst. prof. of computer science. After tenure, I did a lot of administrative service, including being an associate dean. Here’s my web page there.

selected publications

* = student under my supervision
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    DoodleIt: A Novel Tool and Approach for Teaching How CNNs Perform Image Recognition
    Vaishali Mahipal*, Srija Ghosh*, Ismaila Temitayo Sanusi*, and 3 more authors
    In Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Computing Education Conference, 2023
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    Envisioning AI for K-12: What Should Every Child Know about AI?
    David Touretzky, Christina Gardner-McCune, Fred Martin, and 1 more author
    Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Jul 2019
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    Computational Thinking for Youth in Practice
    Irene Lee, Fred Martin, Jill Denner, and 5 more authors
    ACM Inroads, Feb 2011