St. Mary's University 1 Camino Santa MariaSan Antonio, TX78228 +1-210-436-3011 William Joseph Chaminade St. Mary's University, Texas

Pamela Fink, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair of Computer Science




  • Ph.D., Duke University, 1983
  • A.M., Duke University, 1982
  • B.S., Eckerd College, 1979


  • Programming I
  • Programming II/Data Structures
  • Operating Systems (undergraduate)
  • Artificial Intelligence (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Computer Graphics (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Modeling and Simulation (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Systems Analysis and Design (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Senior Project
  • Foundations of Reflection: Nature (core course in science)

Research Interests

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Intelligent systems
  • Knowledge acquisition and representation
  • Intelligent tutoring systems
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Applications of computers to improve healthcare and biological research


Pamela Fink, Ph.D., joined St. Mary’s in 2002 after having industry experience for more than 17 years. From 1984-1994 at the Southwest Research Institute, Fink started and managed a group in applied research and development in artificial intelligence. During that time, she led programs ranging from basic research in knowledge acquisition and representation to highly applied software development efforts in support of the U.S. Department of Defense and other large customers.

Fink left the Institute to take a position in a small, start-up biotechnology company, Medical Science Systems (later renamed Interleukin Genetics), in which she built computer models of biological processes to support drug development and was an inventor and author of three patents.

She and two colleagues founded Kenna Technologies, a start-up focused entirely on biological modeling to support drug development.


Fink, P.K., “A Realistic Look at the Current Capabilities of Artificial Intelligence,” National Productivity Review, pp. 47-53, Winter 1985-86.

Fink, P.K., “The Role of Domain Knowledge in the Design of an Intelligent Tutoring System,” Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Evolution in Design, H. Burns, J. Parlett, & C. Luckhardt (Eds.), Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates, 1990.

Fink, P.K., “An Intelligent Facility Planning Advisor,” ISA Transactions, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 77-95, 1992.

Fink, P.K. & Biermann, A.W., “The Correction of Ill-Formed Input Using History-Based Expectation with Applications to Speech Understanding,” Computational Linguistics, Vol. 12, No. 1, Page 13-36, January-March 1986

Fink, P.K. & Lusth, J.C., “Expert Systems and Diagnostic Expertise in the Mechanical and Electrical Domains,” IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Special Issue on Causal and Strategic Aspects of Diagnostic easoning, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 340-349, May 1987.

Fink, P.K., Lusth, J.C., & Duran, J.W., “A General Expert System Design for Diagnostic Problem Solving,” IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. PAMI-7, No. 5, pp. 553-560, September 1985. (Also in Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop on Principles of Knowledge- Based Systems, Denver, CO, December 1984).

Fink, P.K., Sigmon, A.H., & Biermann, A.W., “Computer Control Via Limited Natural Language,” IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Vol. SMC-15, No. 1, pp. 54-68, January/February 1985.

Peer-Reviewed Conference/Workshop Proceedings

Fink, P.K., “Control and Integration of Diverse Knowledge in a Diagnostic Expert System,” Proceedings of the Ninth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Los Angeles, CA, Vol I., pp. 426-431, August 1985.

Fink, P.K., “Issues in Representing Knowledge for Training High Performance Skills,” Proceedings of the Second Intelligent Tutoring Systems Research Forum, pp. 23-37, San Antonio, TX, April 1989.

Fink, P.K.,, Denton,M.L., Castellanos, C.C., Tijerina, A.J., Schuster, K.J., and Oliver, J.W., “Discovery of photochemical damage mechanisms using in vitro and in silico models,” Proceedings of Photonics West, SPIE BiOS Conference, February 4-6, 2013, San Francisco CA.

Fink, P.K., and Hanna, A., “The Use of a Computer Simulation to Support the Teaching of Operating Systems Concepts”, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education Conference (SITE 2007), San Antonio, TX, March 26-30, 2007.

Fink, P.K., and Hanna, A., “An Example of Using Case Studies to Teach Computer Programming in an Operating Systems Course”, Association for Computer Educators in Texas (ACET 2007), San Antonio, TX, October 10-13, 2007.

Fink, P.K. & Harloe, E.D., “Integrating Model-Based and Experience-Based Knowledge in Diagnostic Expert Systems,” Proceedings of IJCAI Conference Workshop on Diagnostic Systems, Detroit, MI, August 1989.

Fink, P.K., Harloe, E.D., Bernstein, H.L., & Russell, J.A., “A Knowledge-Based System for Selection of Combustion Turbine Blade and Vane Coatings,” Proceedings of the ASM Conference on Life Assessment and Repair Technology for Combustion Turbine Hot Section Components, Phoenix, AZ, pp. 239-244, April 1990.

Fink, P.K. & Herren, L.T., “An Intelligent Tutoring System to Teach Interdependent Cognitive and High Performance Skills,” Proceedings of the Contributed Sessions Conference on Intelligent Computer-Aided Training, Houston, TX, pp. 335-354, November 1991.

Fink, P.K. & Herren, L.T., “A Knowledge Engineering Taxonomy for Intelligent Tutoring System Development,” Proceedings of the Intelligent Computer-Aided Training and Virtual Environment Technology Conference, Houston, TX, May 5-7, 1993.

Fink, P.K. & Herren, L.T., “Modeling Disease Processes for Drug Development: Bridging the Gap between Quantitative and Heuristic Models,” Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, San Diego CA, December 1996.

Fink, P.K. & Herren, L.T., “A Development Methodology for Computer-Based Models of Complex Systems,” Proceedings of the Summer Computer Simulation Conference, Washington, D.C., July 1997.

Fink, P.K., Iddings, F.A., & Overby, M.A., “An Analysis of the Knowledge Used for a Structured Selection Problem,” Proceedings of the Fall Joint Computer Conference, Dallas, TX, pp. 672-677, October 1987.

Fink, P.K., Lincoln, D.T., & Moehle, C.J., “Issues in Software Interoperability on a DOS-Based Platform,” Proceedings of the EPRI Advanced Computer Technology Conference, Vol. 2, Scottsdale, AZ, December 1992.

Fink, P.K. & Lusth, J.C., “The Integrated Diagnostic Model — Towards a Second Generation Diagnostic Expert System,” Proceedings of the Workshop on Military Applications of Expert Systems, Crystal City, VA, pp. 85-94, July 1985.

Fink, P.K. & Lusth, J.C., “A Second Generation Expert System for Diagnosis and Repair of Mechanical and Electrical Devices,” Special Proceedings of the Society of Automotive Engineers International Congress and Exposition, Detroit, Michigan, February 1986.

Fink, P.K., Lusth, J.C., & Duran, J.W., “The Integrated Diagnostic Model (IDM) – Troubleshooter and Theoretician,” Proceedings of AUTOTESTCON ’85, Long Island, NY, pp. 63-68, October 1985.

Fink, P.K., Lusth, J.C., & Mullaney, H.W. “Automated Mission Planning in an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle,” Proceedings of the Workshop of Future Directions of Artificial Intelligence, Crystal City, VA, pp. 153-162, June 1986.

Fink, P.K., Mullaney, H.W., & Palmer, K.K., “Automated Planning and Resource Management in an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle,” Proceedings of the Society for Automotive Engineers International Congress, Detroit, MI, February 1987.

Fink, P.K. & Palmer, K., “NESSUS/EXPERT: Bridging the Gap Between Artificial Intelligence and Fortran,” Proceedings of the Second Annual Workshop on Space Operations Automation and Robotics (SOAR), pp. 59-67, July 1988.

Fink, P.K., Reynolds, B.I., & Moehle, C.J., “The Shop Expert System: An Intelligent Computer-Aided Process Planning System with Group Technology Support,” Presented at the AAAI Conference SIGMAN Workshop on Intelligent Manufacturing Technology, Washington, DC, July 11-16, 1993.

Fink, P.K., Zhu, X., Ryan, S., Ibekwe, L., Denton, M.L., Oliver, J., “A Computer-Based Model for Studying the Effects of Lasers on the Retina,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations, Las Vegas, NV, April 12-14, 2010.

Herren, L.T., Fink, P.K., and Kornman, K.S., “The Use of Knowledge-Centered Models for Drug Development,” Proceedings of the 1998 Western Multiconference – Medical Sciences Simulation, San Diego, CA, January 1998.

Herren, L.T., Fink, P.K., & Robey, B.L., “Medical Test Selection in a Knowledge-Based Scheduling System,” Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Vol. 13, pp. 1282-1283, November 1991.

Herren, L.T., Fink, P.K., & Robey, B.L., “A Multi-Agent, Knowledge-Based System for Planning and Scheduling Medical Tests,” Presented at the Sixth IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, Ann Arbor, MI, June 13-16, 1993.

Iddings, F., Fink, P., & Matzkanin, G., “The NDE-Advisor: An Expert System for Non-Destructive Testing,” Proceedings of the 1987 Conference on Nondestructive Evaluation, San Antonio, TX, April 1987.

Lincoln, D.T. & Fink, P.K., “UFC Advisor: An AI-Based System for the Automatic Test Environment,” Proceedings of the First CLIPS Conference, Houston, TX, pp. 771-782, August 1990.

Millwater, H., Palmer, K., & Fink, P., “NESSUS/EXPERT — An Expert System for Probabilistic Structural Analysis Methods,” Proceedings of the AIAA Conference, pp. 1283-1288, April 1988.

Pickens, K.S., Franke, E.A., Lusth, J.C., Fink, P.K., & Palmer, K.K., “Image Processing and Artificial Intelligence for Detection and Interpretation of Ultrasonic Test Signals,” Proceedings of the Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, La Jolla, CA, September 1986, (also under different title, “An Expert System for Detection and Interpretation of Ultrasonic Test Signals,” in the Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Nondestructive Evaluation in the Nuclear Industry, Orlando, FL, November 17-19, 1986.)

Reynolds, B.I., Fink, P.K., Moehle, C.J., “Intelligent Assistance for Variant Process Planning,” Proceedings of AutoFact ’93”, Chicago, Illinois, November 7-11, 1993.

Reynolds, B.I., Fink, P.K., Moehle, C.J., & Nolen, J., “A Knowledge-Based System to Provide Assistance in Group Technology Classification and Retrieval,” Proceedings of the IPC ’93 Intelligent Manufacturing Conference, Detroit, MI, April 5-8, 1993.

Robey, B.L., Fink, P., & Ferguson, J., “A Knowledge-Based System for Materiel Deficiency Analysis,” Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications for Military Logistics Symposium and Workshops, Williamsburg, VA, March 1990.

Robey, B.L., Redfield, C.L., Fink, P.K., Venkatesan, S., & Ferguson, J.W., “The DRAIR Advisor: A Knowledge-Based System for Materiel Deficiency Analysis,” Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Washington, DC, July 11-16, 1993.

Rosener, K. & Fink, P., “An AI-Based Design for Testability and TSP Expert Development Tool,” Proceedings of AUTOTESTCON ’87, San Francisco, CA, pp. 167-176, November 1987.

Smith, H.R., Fink, P.K. & Lusth, J.C., “Intelligent Tutoring Using the Integrated Diagnostic Model: An Expert System for Diagnosis and Repair,” Proceedings of Expert Systems in Government Symposium, McLean, VA, pp. 128-135, October 1985.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations/Abstracts/Posters

Fink, P.K., “In Silico Modeling of Biological Processes to Support Teaching of Biology, Chemistry, and Medicine,” Technology in Education and Training Conference, San Antonio, TX, May 2003.

Fink, P.K., Denton, M.L., Ibekwe, L., Ryan, S., Zhu, X., Oliver, J., and Pocock, G., “Computational Modeling of Multiple Concurrent Oxidative Stress Processes in the Retina”, ARVO 2010 Annual Meeting, The Future of Eye and Vision Research, May 2-6, 2010, Ft. Lauderale, FL.

Fink, P.K., & Herren, L.T., “From Subcellular Processes to Disease: Modeling Cells in Context,” DIMACS Workshop on System Based Modeling in Bioinformatics, Feb. 19-20, 2001.

Fink, P.K., Herren, L.T., Barnett, K, and Bearss, D., “Use of In Silico Modeling to Accelerate Cancer Drug Development”, Proceedings of the Third Annual In Silico Biology Conference: Modeling Systems Biology for Drug Development, San Francisco, CA, June 19-20, 2001.

Fink, P.K., Herren, L.T., and Enrietto, P.J., “Use of Formal Diagramming Techniques to Build a Systems Understanding of Complex Biological Processes,” International Conference on Systems Biology (ICSB2001), Pasadena CA, Nov. 2001.

Fink, P.K., Herren, L.T., & Kornman, K.S., “From Gene Expression to Disease: Using BioFusion® to Bridge the Gaps Between Genetics and Medicine,” In Silico Biology: Data Acquisition and Model Development Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 8-10, 1999.

Fink, P.K., Lincoln, D.T., Bernstein, H.L., Grant, T.S., Allen, J.M., and Touchton, G.L., “An Expert System for the Life Management of Combustion Turbines,” EPRI Turbine/Generator Workshop, Albany, NY, July 20-21, 1993.

Fink, P.K., & Morgan, K. T., “Evolving an Understanding of Gene Expression Data Resulting from Oxidative Stress”, Proceedings of the Second Annual In Silico Biology Conference: The Future of Target Triage, San Francisco, CA, June 21-22, 2000.

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