Carl Sable

Professor of Computer Engineering

Prof. Carl Sable joined the Cooper Union faculty in 2003, and is currently a full faculty professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. He teaches required courses in the Computer Engineering track of EE, including Data Structures and Algorithms I and II, and regularly advises Senior Projects. He also commonly teaches Masters level electives that include Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, and Computer Graphics. Other courses he has taught in the past include Software Engineering, Databases, Digital Logic Design, Advanced Computer Architecture, and Compiler Theory.

At Cooper Union, Prof. Sable has advised over 35 Master students who have completed their degrees; the topics of their thesis have ranged the gamut of EE, but the majority have focused on subtopics of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing. In addition to research through Master students, he was one of the Principle Investigators of a funded research project involving a collaboration with MaXentric Technologies. The project was funded as an STTR, and was funded through Phase II. The task involved the use of software defined radios, provided by Rockwell Collins, to create a Cognitive Communications Gateway Engine capable of translating signals between waveforms. He also voluntarily serves as the Engineering Faculty Secretary, and annually coach teams of students entering the ACM Greater New York Regional Collegiate Programming Contest.

Before coming to Cooper Union, Prof. Sable was a graduate student at Columbia University, receiving his Master's degree in Computer Science in 1999 and Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2003. As a graduate student, he was part of the Natural Language Processing research group, advised by Prof. Kathleen McKeown. His research focused on the use of text categorization techniques to classify associated images. Before graduate school, from 1993 through 1997, he worked as a Software Design Engineer at Microsoft. As part of the Excel group, he helped develop versions of Excel ranging from Excel 5 through Excel 97. Before that, he received his B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1993.

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