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 Dailey wins SRU's Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award 



March 23, 2010

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



Dailey wins SRU's Scholarly and Creative Achievement award


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - When anyone working on scalable vector graphics hears, "He wrote the book" they are talking about David Dailey, Slippery Rock University professor of computer science and this year's recipient of the President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement.

            The award will be among those presented at SRU's annual Academic Honors Convocation April 11 at 2 p.m. in Morrow Field House.

            Robert Smith, SRU president, congratulated Dailey, who did indeed write the book, for his strong award application adding, "Your book, 'An SVG Primer for Today's Browsers' is to be commended."

            Scalable vector graphics, best known as SVG to those involved in computer work, are used to transform how spatial data is developed, analyzed and disseminated through the World Wide Web and through a range of hand-held devices.

            His book, the first ever published by the World Wide Web Consortium, provides the standards for the World Wide Web's next generation.

            Dailey joined the SRU faculty in 1999. He said working on the book has helped his career grow. "My recent appointment to the Organizing Committee of SVG Open has put me in direct contact with many of the people involved in formulating the future of the Web at several major corporations. Some of the lead organizers credit me for helping to secure both the support of Google and of Microsoft in the recent conferences held at Google's headquarters," he said.

            The conference, which included SRU student participation, also offered frequent references to SRU as well as Dailey's expertise and has helped to continue to build SRU's reputation and visibility in computer science circles.

            Dailey's research has taken him to Germany and Japan. He has been invited by Harvard University and the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control to participate in research at Rice University, Harvard and Apple Inc.'s headquarters. He has undertaken research work earning him a place at the Invitational Solo Exhibition and he has displayed some of SVG's potential at SRU's Martha Gault Art Gallery.

            Calling SVG an "exciting technology," Dailey predicts it will not only affect computers and the Web, but will expand to automobiles and hand-held devices. "It is already deployed in more than 600 million cell phones and its utility is only now beginning to be seen by the corporate world," he said.

            "Like the Internet and the Web, SVG is a technology that will trickle from higher education to the corporate world and then come back again in ways that will make ordinary people notice. Having the only up-to-date book on this subject and the only officially sanctioned book by the World Wide Web Consortium is a most unique and enjoyable role in which to find myself," he said.

            One nominator wrote, "David's work in these areas continues to be cutting edge and present immediate application. He has produced significant contributions to both how data is represented and how it is searched. He has recently been identified as a key contributor to the development of basic infrastructural issues related to SVG and the next generation Web. On campus, his scholarship is being applied through his efforts to coordinate the development of an SVG dynamic map for campus and admission use. While much of his work has focused on applied computing and improvements in SVG that cross disciplinary lines, he has made considerable contributions to theoretical computer and mathematics through his work in graph theory. These contributions have benefited not only students of graph theory, but again have improved our understanding of route problem-solving."

            Dailey has frequently told of seeing an interactive SGV map in Japan that allows users to pinpoint their current location, then find nearby restaurants, tourist, attractions, government buildings, bus and subway routes, even restrooms - at the touch of a button.

            "Dr. Dailey's academic success represents the best traits of the scholar - a passion for learning, a healthy disregard for disciplinary boundaries, rigorous intellectual inquiry and the generosity to share discoveries through mentoring and teaching," read one nomination.

            Another pointed to his recent work in organizing the SVG Open Conference in California last year. "His leadership in organizing the conference enabled SRU to be a sponsor along with Google, IBM, Microsoft, Opera, Firefox and Samsung. Dr. Dailey's involvement with the SVG research community has been extremely beneficial for SRU as it provides positive press for the University. In addition, much of Dr. Dailey's scholarship is directly transferrable to the classroom and often involves undergraduate students."  

            It was noted that peer observations and student evaluations of his classroom work are commendable. "He is a dynamic teacher who creates a learning environment that actively engages students in the learning process." His evaluation praises him for creation of thousands of interactive instructional materials used by students in his classes.

            His fall 2006 on-campus art exhibition included 25 conventional pieces done in pen and ink, computer prints and mixed media, but also offered 25 pieces of dynamic/interactive art done in SVG and HTML on liquid crystal.

            Dailey is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the Association for Computer machinery, and an invited expert for the W3C HTML Working Group and an invited expert for the W3C SVG Interest Group.

            Dailey earned his doctorate degree at the University of Colorado after earning his bachelor of science degree at the University of New Mexico.

Those looking for more information - or further conformation of Dailey's prominence in the field - should conduct a Web search for "javascript svg" or "SVG textures. Each will return about 1.5 million hits: Dailey's Web page will be at the top of both search lists.

           SRU'S Academic Honors Convocation honors spring and fall semester 2009 dean's list students, including those who have earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. The program will salute the Presidential Undergraduate Scholars in the sophomore, junior and senior class, scholarship recipients, scholar athletes and service-learning scholars.

The ceremony includes presentation of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching which will go to Richard Marchand, associate professor of mathematics, and the President's Award for Outstanding Service, which will go to Eliott Baker, executive director of academic records, summer school and graduate studies.

A reception will follow in the Grasstex area of the Field House.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.








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