David P. Dailey
Professor, Computer Science
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA
Office: (724) 738-2145  E-mail:


2008 – present: Professor, Computer Science, Slippery Rock University.

1999 - 2008: Associate Professor, Computer Science, Slippery Rock University.

1997-1999: Associate Professor and Chair, Information Technology, Bay Path College.

1995-1996: Informational Computing Officer, Williams College.

1991-1995: Acting Director and Assistant Director of Academic Computing , and Visiting Part Time Lecturer of Mathematics, Williams College.

1986-1991: Coordinator of Instructional Computing, Vassar College.

1984-1985: Visiting Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science, University of Alaska.

1984: Visiting Assistant Professor, Computer Science, University of Alaska.

1982-1984: Instructor, Northwest Community College, Computing and Mathematics, Nome, Alaska.

1979-1982: Assistant Professor, Psychology, Mathematics, Computer Science, University of Tulsa.


Ph.D. Quantitative Psychology, University of Colorado, 1978.

B.S. Mathematics and Psychology majors, Linguistics minor,

University of New Mexico, 1972, cum laude.



Building Web Applications with SVG, David Dailey,  Jon Frost and Domenico Strazzulo, 2012, O'Reilly Media, Inc. in conjunction with Microsoft Press, Cambridge, MA.

An SVG Primer for Today's Browser, David Dailey, 256 pages, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). 2008 - 2010, . Seen on the web at   .

Selected Papers:

"Web Layout Parisienne. Tansy: Open Source JavaScript and SVG" David Dailey, Daniel V. Miller, Hope Koutsouflakis. 3rd annual conference, The Graphical Web. Winchester England, 2014. Link to paper.

"Using Gravity to Navigate the Internet and other Graphs"  David Dailey, Deborah Whitfield, Jake Weidman, Grant Denmead,  1st annual conference, The Graphical Web. Zurich Switzerland, 2012. Link to presentation

"Aesthetic and Practical Concerns in the Drawing of Euler and Venn Diagrams." David Dailey. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Euler Diagrams, Canterbury, UK. July 2012. Link to paper.

“The Extraction of a Minimum Set of Semantic Primitives from a Monolingual Dictionary is NP-complete.” David Dailey, in  Readings in the Lexicon: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. (Originally published in Computational Linguistics , Vol 12, Issue 4, 1986) Pustejovsky, J. Y. Wilks, ed. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012. 

"Geometric Accessibility: Who needs SVG?" David Dailey and Deborah Whitfield, 9th Annual Conference, SVG Open.  W3C and SVG Working Group. Boston, Fall 2011  Link to paper.

"A proposal for adding declarative drawing to SVG." David Dailey and Eric Elder, 8th Annual Conference, SVG Open.  W3C and SVG Working Group. Paris, Fall 2010. Link to paper

"Generating Random SVG Elements in Polynomial Time." Deborah Whitfield, David Dailey and George Shirk. 8th Annual Conference, SVG Open.  W3C and SVG Working Group.  Paris, Fall 2010. Link to paper

"A Browser-based Graphical User Interface for Designing and Manipulating Graphs." David Dailey, Eric Elder, Reno Perri. 7th Annual Conference, SVGOpen  .W3C and SVG Working Group. Mountainview, CA. Fall 2009 Link to paper

"Why SVG is Going to be Really Big." David Dailey. 7th Annual Conference, SVG Open. W3C and SVG Working Group. Mountainview, CA. 2009  Link to paper

“Constructing Random Polygons.” David Dailey and Deborah WhitfieldProceedings of the 9th ACM SIGITE conference on Information technology education.   Association for Computing Machinery, 2008

“A Methodology for Evaluation of Web-based Scholarship” David Dailey, Proceedings of the 9th ACM SIGITE conference on Information technology education.   Association for Computing Machinery, 2008.

“Filter Effects in SVG”  David Dailey, Workshop presented at 6th Annual Conference, SVG Open Nuremberg  W3C and SVG Working Group Fall 2008.

“The Edges of Plausibility: Exploring the boundaries of filters, animation, gradients, patterns and script in SVG.” David Dailey,  6th Annual Conference, SVG Open Nuremberg  W3C and SVG Working Group Fall 2008. Seen on the web at

"A comparative analysis of some considerations for browser performance in SVG." David Dailey,  In Proceedings of the 5th Annual Conference, SVGOpen Tokyo  W3C and SVG Working Group Fall 2007. Seen at

 “On-the-Fly Generation of Motion Pictures with SVG” David Dailey, Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of The Pennsylvania Association of Computer and Information Science Educators, Spring 2007.

 “SVG – Scalable Vector Graphics with JavaScript and HTML” David Dailey Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of The Pennsylvania Association of Computer and Information Science Educators, Spring 2005.

 “Using the Web to Teach Web-Programming.” David Dailey, Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of The Pennsylvania Association of Computer and Information Science Educators, Spring 2002.

“On the Graphical Containment of Discrete Metric Spaces” David Dailey,.Discrete Mathematics, 1994, 131, 51-66. Elsevier Science.

“Discussion between David Dailey and Joseph Thompson.” In Base 1, Grazer Stadtmuseum, Austria 1992, Ritter Klegenfurt. Published on the occasion of the opening of an art exhibition by Hannes Priesch at the Grazer Stadtmuseum, Vienna. Joe is the primary fellow behind the creation of Mass MOCA.

"Crossover Graphs and Generalized Input/output Coloring Problems in the Plane", David Dailey, Journal of Combinatorics, Information and Systems Sciences, 1980, 5:271-280.

"Uniqueness of Colorability and Colorability of Planar 4-regular Graphs are NP-complete." , David Dailey, Discrete Mathematics 1980, 30:289-293. Elsevier Science.

"History of Psychological Texts As Measuring Instruments of Eminence In Psychology." L. Zusne and D. Dailey.  Rivista de Historia de la Psicologia. 1982, 3:7-42.

An Analysis and Evaluation of the Internal Validity of the Remote Associations Test., David Dailey, Educational and Psychological Measurement. 1978, 38:1031-1039.

Graph Coloring by Humans and Machines: A Polynomial Complete Problem Solving Task., David Dailey, Doctoral thesis, University of Colorado, 1978.

Solo Invitational Exhibition

2006: Arts and Sciences: aka Fun and Games – David Dailey – Art exhibit Martha Gault Gallery – 25 pieces of “conventional” work: pen and ink, computer prints and mixed media;  25 pieces of dynamic/interactive work done in SVG and HTML on liquid crystal.

Selected Presentations and Lectures

2014:  Design and Topology of Websites for Improved Navigation . David Dailey and Deborah Whitfield.  Eighth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices. Vancouver, BC. Link to slides.

2013: Gravity and grapher. Daniel V. Miller and David Dailey. PACISE conference, California University of Pennsylvania.

2013: Breaking the Rectilinear Mold: Spicing up our Communicative Choreography: David Dailey, Daniel V. Miller, Kyle Marich. 2nd annual conference, The Graphical Web. San Francisco.

2012: SVG and SVG Open: a retrospective. David Dailey and Jon Ferraiolo. Keynote address. 1st Annual Conference, The Graphical Web.  Zurich.  Link to presentation.

2012: Declarative Randomness David Dailey and Eric Elder. 1st annual conference, The Graphical Web. Zurich Switzerland.

2012:  Workshop on SVG and HTML5: invited presentation, College of Computers,  South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China.

2012:  Using SVG and HTML5 in Data Visualization: invited presentation,  Insitute of Remote Sensing, National Academy of Sciences, Dongguan, China.

2012:  Workshop on Scalable Vector Graphics: invited presentation, Kurukshetra Festival, Guindy College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai India. link to conference

2011: Introduction to SVG : invited addresses, DEVCON5 conferences: New York City (August) and San Jose CA (December) link

2011: Workshop on SMIL animation. SVG Open 2011,  Microsoft NERD, Cambridge MA. 

2011: A proposal for extending SVG’s capabilities for online mapping and GIS,  (with Professor Yan Li, South China Normal University) SVG Open 2011, Microsoft NERD, Cambridge MA. 

2011: 3D representation with SVG for online GIS (with Yan Li) SVG Open 2011, Microsoft NERD, Cambridge MA.

2011: Omni-Opticon: a way of visualizing trend-proximities: (with George Shirk) SVG Open 2011, Microsoft NERD, Cambridge MA. 

2011: History and Science:  Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals and Computer-Interfaced Imagery (invited panelist with Wayne Pitard and Carlis White) Department of History, Slippery Rock University.

2010: Workshop on Filter Effects in SVG. 8th Annual Conference, SVG Open. W3C and SVG Working Group.  Paris, Fall 2010. Link to the paper.

2009: Why SVG will be Really Big. Presented at Google headquarters for SVG Open 2009. Nominated by conference chair to become a TED talk. 

2009: Workshop on SMIL animation. SVG Open 2009.  Link to the paper.

2006: Influences of Native American Languages on American English, Native American Celebration Week, Slippery Rock University. 

2002: Privacy in the 22nd Century, presented to College of Business, Information and Social Sciences conference on the aftermath of 9/11. 

1992: Software Protection in Higher Education: the Good, Bad, and Ugly, invited address, Conference on Legal Issues in Software, University of Oregon.

1987, 1989: On the Design of Intelligent Libraries: Automatic Self-Indexing of Full Text Data, University of Miami and Vassar College.

1986: Text as Data: the Invasion of Art by Quantitative Methodology, paper and lecture presented to the Technology of Writing Program, Vassar College.

Sponsored Research and Grants

2011: SRU sponsored research on gender issues in computing assignments. Paul Mullins, Deborah Whitlfield, David Dailey. (funded)

2003: Grant proposal submitted to Frank E. Payne and Seba B. Payne Foundation to digitize, organize and make available on the World Wide Web, a rich collection of public domain imagery. $96K (not funded).

1999: Information Technology: Venture Capital Proposal. Co-principal investigator of proposal to use technology to enhance program enrollments. Slippery Rock University. $100K  (funded).

1994: Report to Class of 1970 -- author of request for funds to support educational technology and the arts. Williams College: $1.9M (funded).

1993: Presentation to Trustees of four year plan for dormitory networking. Williams College: $1.5M (funded).

1993: International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) in association with US Dept. of State and USIA. Digitization of selected contents of Mongolian national library: work through Williams College to bring technology and Internet to Mongolia. $40K (not funded).

1986: Sloan Foundation grant for purchase of MicroVax II, for use in Instructional Computing. Principal investigator. Vassar College $40K (funded).

1984-1985: Mental Health Needs Assessment for Northern Alaska. Epidemiological study of mental health needs, service demands and system utilization. For Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Co-principal investigator. $50K (funded).

1984: Bi-cultural Complexity of String Transformations. A computational and human factors study of algebraic transformations of linguistic forms. Contrasted English and Yupik speaking groups in a cognitive reaction-time study. For University of Alaska. Principal investigator. (funded).

1981-1982. American Indian Development Center (Tulsa) Consulting on hardware purchases, software design and implementation for 1970 and 1980 U.S. Census Data as pertaining to American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, and Hawaiians: preparation of data for distribution to regional, state local and tribal interests. Co-investigator. (funded).

1980: Public Utilities Regulation and Policy Act Project, University of Tulsa, for State of Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Provided cost, pricing, and demand related software to State under Federal PURPA guidelines. Co-investigator. (funded).

1980 Designing a supercomputer by synchronizing traffic lights, with Howard Demuth, Departments of Energy and Transportation, (not funded). 

Professional Memberships and Awards:


Mathematics and Computer Science (University of Tulsa, University of Alaska, Williams College, Bay Path College, Slippery Rock University): College Algebra, Statistics, Analysis of Algorithms, Theory of Computing, Introduction to Programming, Thinking Machines, Combinatorics, Introduction to Data Processing, Shell Commands and Scripring , Structured and Dynamic Web Programming, Scripting Languages, Interface Design, Discrete Computational Structures.

Psychology (University of Alaska, University of Wyoming, University of Tulsa): Introductory Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Theories of Learning, Cognitive Psychology, Statistics (Introductory and Advanced).

2007& 2005 Nominated by students and by Department of Computer Science for President’s Excellence in Teaching award.

Technical Experience

More than forty years computing experience.

Work experience includes

Hardware: Have worked with over 30 different operating systems ranging from PDP 11, to Cray, to Connection Machine. Proved theorems demonstrating feasibility of parallel processing in two dimensional VLSI in 1976.

Williams College: Supercomputing consultant  (National Center for Supercomputing Applications and Cornell Theory Center). Primary computing liaison for the Williams College Library.

Original software development: Monte Carlo analysis, telecommunications software for Eskimo villages; software for analyses of variance, multi-dimensional scaling, full-text indexing, computer-assisted software engineering, courseware authoring, number theoretic and algebraic explorations. Fortran, Pascal, cT, Hypertalk, C++, Java, JavaScript, UNIX shell, PERL, PHP, SVG.

Recommended computer security measures for behavioral user-authentication (with Howard Demuth) to Los Alamos National Laboratory (1981).

Recommended secure training methods for US intelligence community, 1978-1979 (through NSA).


Slippery Rock University (1999-present)

Bay Path College (1997-1998)

Chair of Information Technology Department. Designed curriculum for and started bachelor's degree program in IT (state accreditation granted 1998). Involvement with various College-wide technology issues: classroom/laboratory design, WWW, committee work, etc.

Williams College (1991-1996)

Information Computing Officer. Duties included

Vassar College (1986-1991)

Established and directed Vassar's Office of Instructional Computing encouraging "the innovative usage of computing in instructional and research settings". Duties included budgetary responsibility, staff supervision, planning, and committee work, as well as direction, design, policy development and support of courseware development. Establishment and coordination of faculty interest groups in text analysis, image processing, simulation, statistics and instructional computing.