Prior to his arrival at AU, Dr. Tarplee worked for Numerica Corporation in Colorado. As a defense contractor he helped design, implement, and evaluate many multi-target tracking algorithms for the Air Force, Army, and Navy. As the principle investigator, Dr. Tarplee led a team that built an unmanned ground vehicle capable of tracking objects in the environment with a video camera and LIDAR. In a separate project he led a team that designed, implemented, and successfully demonstrated a tracking and identification system for small unmanned aerial vehicles. He also worked on a team to build a powerful web-based tool to help police officers search criminal justice information, run analytics, and share the data with other police departments.

His primary research interests include task scheduling algorithms for very large high performance computing systems. In particular he is interested in useful relaxations of the computationally infeasible optimal scheduling problems for high performance computing and data centers. He is also interested in algorithms for finding robust solutions to optimization problems with a high degree of uncertainty in the parameters. Dr. Tarplee’s research is published in various conferences and journals. Other interests include security and applied cryptography for enabling new types of internet applications.

Dr. Tarplee is a Senior member of IEEE. He finished a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Engineering from University of California at San Diego in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2004 and 2005 respectively. In 2015 he completed his Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Electrical Engineering.

He is married to his awesome wife Monica, with whom he has five wonderful little blessings: Sadie, Lydia, Tessa, Calvin, and Katy. He enjoys working on his house, camping, backpacking, scuba diving, and playing volleyball.

Dr. Tarplee came to Anderson University in 2015.

Contact Dr. Tarplee:
Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Director of Engineering Programs

B.S. in Electrical Engineering., University of California at San Diego
M.Eng., University of California at San Diego
Ph.D., Colorado State University