Phone: 505.277.9149
Fax: 505.277.6927

Physical Address

Room 349D
Farris Engineering Center
Building # 119 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

MSC01 1130
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science

Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1987

MS, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1981

BS, Applied Mathematics, Tufts University, 1979


Dr. Ackley explores living computation – the principle that living systems and computational systems are ultimately the same things.  His research has contributed to neural networks and machine learning, evolutionary algorithms and artificial life, and biological approaches to security, architecture, and models of computation.  He is developing robust-first computing on indefinitely scalable computer architectures, moving beyond deterministic execution to expand computational power and achieve a credible basis for computer security.

Teaching Interests

Research Interests

  • Robust-first computing
  • Indefinitely scalable architectures
  • Artificial life for computer engineering