Vice Provost for Research Lawrence Carin oversees Duke's compliance with regulations on government-funded research as well as the Office of Research Support and the Office of Corporate Relations. The vice provost also shares responsibility for Duke's Office Of Licensing and Ventures, which handles intellectual property issues related to faculty research.
Carin joined the Duke faculty in 1995 as an associate professor of electrical engineering. He subsequently became the William H. Younger Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering. His early research was in the area of electromagnetics and sensing but over the last ten years he has moved to applied statistics and machine learning as well.
In co-authoring more than 270 academic papers, Carin's work has touched on such diverse fields as artificial intelligence, bomb detection, video analysis, neuroscience, cancer, infectious disease, voting behavior and music. His bomb detection work led to the formation of a company called Signal Innovations Group in the Research Triangle Park that has more than 40 employees. He recently sold his interest in the company.
Carin earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is an IEEE Fellow and an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, the SIAM Journal of Imaging Science, and the Journal of Machine Learning Research. He regularly serves on the program committee for such conferences as Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) and the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML).
As a leader of Duke's billion-dollar research enterprise, Carin said he wants to help faculty succeed in any ways that he can. "As I see it, my job is to listen carefully to faculty, and then take what I learn to make things better, enhancing opportunities for effective and impactful research."