Tracy Camp

Founding Department Head and Professor, Computer Science

Image result for tracy campTracy Camp is the Founding Department Head and a Professor at the Colorado School of Mines. She is the Founder and Director of the Toilers (, an active ad hoc networks research group.

Her current research interests include the credibility of ad hoc network simulation studies and the use of wireless sensor networks in geosystems. Dr. Camp has received over 20 grants from the National Science Foundation, including a prestigious NSF CAREER award. In total, her projects have received over $20 million dollars in external funding. This funding has produced 12 software packages that have been requested from (and shared with) more than 3000 researchers in 86 countries (as of October 2012). Dr. Camp has published over 80 refereed articles and 12 invited articles, and these articles have been cited almost 4,000 times (per Microsoft Academic Search) and over 7,000 times (per Google Scholar) as of December 2012.

Dr. Camp is an ACM Fellow, an ACM Distinguished Lecturer, and an IEEE Fellow. She has enjoyed being a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand (in 2006), a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Bonn in Germany (in 2010), and a keynote presenter at several venues, e.g., at the 7th International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP 2011) in Adelaide, Australia, and the 3rd International Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques (SIMUTools 2010) in Malaga, Spain. In December 2007, Dr. Camp received the Board of Trustees Outstanding Faculty Award at the Colorado School of Mines; this award was only given five times between 1998-2007.


  • B.S. Mathematics Kalamazoo College 1987
  • M.S. Computer Science Michigan State University 1989
  • Ph.D. Computer Science The College of William & Mary 1993


“My students and I apply machine learning techniques to understand real-world systems (e.g., is the earth dam suffering from internal erosion? is the base station rogue?). We are also working to build a wireless sensor system that can collect geophysical data from the subsurface inexpensively. Lastly, I am also interested in developing communication protocols to help a group of unmanned aerial vehicles cooperate on some task.”

EDITOR OF SPECIAL ISSUE: E-1. N. Aschenbruck and T. Camp, Guest Editors of Special Issue, “Scenarios for ad hoc Network Evaluation Studies (SCENES)”, Ad Hoc Networks, vol. 12, January 2014. Message from Guest Editor: pp. 1. This special issue intends to disseminate the latest research results in the SCENES research area, by providing an overview of the current state-of-the-art scenario models and methodologies for model validation and credible performance evaluation for ad hoc networks.