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Harriet Fell

Research Professor

Harriet Fell


Office Location

177 Huntington Avenue
9th Floor
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Harriet Fell, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Harriet Fell is a Research Professor at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science. She works with Tim Bickmore and Reza Asadi on a National Science Foundation funded project. She is also working with Raj Rajaraman, Stanley Eigen, and Gabor Lippner on research related to the Kadison/Singer. Fell is a retired Northeastern University professor specializing in speech processing and assistive technology as well as mathematics and computer graphics. Fell earned her Bachelor’s degree and PhD in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


  • PhD in Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • SB in Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Newton, Massachusetts

Field of research/teaching

  • Teaching: Discrete Structures and Computer Graphics
  • Research: Speech Processing, HCI, Algebra and Graph Theory

What is your research focus?

I am currently retired but I am working on an NSF funded project with Tim Bickmore and Reza Asadi to develop a virtual co-presenter. I am also meeting with Raj Rajaraman, Stanley Eigen(Mathematics), and Gabor Lippner (Mathematics) to study recent work on the Kadison/Singer problem and related math topics. This is really what I always had in mind for a research path. It is related to work I published in 1980.

What courses/subjects do you teach?

In the past I taught:

  • CS1800 Discrete Structures – Published text with Javed Aslam
  • CS4550 Web Development
  • CS4310 Computer Graphics
  • CS5310 Graduate Computer Graphics
  • CS3800 Theory of Computation
  • CS4800 Algorithms and Data
  • CS5800 Algorithms (MS Core)
  • and many math courses – a long time ago

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I grew up in Brooklyn, NY until we moved to Queens, NY just before my 12th birthday. I attended public schools: PS 64, PS 108, Ryan Junior High School, and Jamaica High School.

Where did you study?

I received my undergraduate degree and PhD at MIT in pure math. I did not see MIT before I arrived as a freshman. A friend had their catalog and I was awed by all the math courses. I also like the fact that there was no language requirement, no more French. I’ve since lived four years and many summers in France and love the language.

What are the specifics of your industry experience?

I worked doing mathematics for three summers at the National Bureau of Standards, now NIST. I did a consulting job at IBM, Cambridge Scientific with Richard Rasala, building a Font Design Editor.