Professor Emeritus of Computer Science
University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL 32514
Norman Wilde received his Ph.D. in Mathematics and Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent a number of years working in developing countries overseas: in academic positions, with the World Health Organization, and as an independent systems consultant.
Dr. Wilde joined the faculty of the University of West Florida in 1986. Since that time he has worked with the Software Engineering Research Center (SERC) on a series of research and technology transfer projects in Software Maintenance and particularly in the area of Dependency Analysis and Software Reconnaissance. He has worked closely with the research programs of Center affiliates Andersen Consulting, Telcordia, Motorola and Northrop Grumman. He is the author of a series of research papers on Software Maintenance as well as a Software Engineering Institute curriculum module on Dependency Analysis.
Dr. Wilde's 1992 paper which introduced Software Reconnaissance was recognized as the most influential paper from that year's International Conference on Software Maintenance. As well, his 2002 paper on the role of "concepts" in understanding software was given the most influential paper award from that year's International Conference on Program Comprehension.
In the Fall of 2007, Dr. Wilde was appointed to the position of
Nystul Chair / Eminent Scholar, to concentrate on strengthening
the research activities of the Computer Science Department.
Dr. Wilde retired from the University in May of 2017 and was
named as Emeritus Professor of Computer Science.