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Homepage: James W. Lark, III

Brief Biography

Prof. Lark was born and raised in Pulaski, Virginia. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. During the 2013-2014 academic year, he will serve as professor in both the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He will also serve as a director of the Financial Engineering Research Group at U.Va.

Prof. Lark has served as a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Public Choice at Va. Tech, the Dept. of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, and the Dept. of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was an Earhart Foundation Visiting Fellow at the Center for Research in Government Policy and Business at the Graduate School of Management at the University of Rochester. From October, 1993 until May, 1998, he served as director of research for DRA Research in San Jose, California. He has also served as an adjunct professor in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. From Fall 2003 until Spring 2009, Prof. Lark served as Assistant to the Athletics Director for Special Projects at the University of Virginia.

Prof. Lark's research interests include:

  • Markov decision processes and their applications
  • heuristic search techniques and their applications
  • decision theory and collective decisionmaking processes
  • risk and regulation
  • financial markets and the study of derivative instruments
  • linear algebra and operator theory

    During the Fall 2013 semester, Prof. Lark will teach the following course:

    APMA 3120 Statistics

    Office: Olsson Hall, Room 101 I
    Telephone: (434) 924-7208

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