Matt Rutherford

Matthew Rutherford

Associate Professor

  • Faculty
  • Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Department of Computer Science

What I do

I am a professor in the Department of Computer Science with a joint-appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. I am also the Deputy Director of the Unmanned Systems Research Institute and a faculty fellow of Project X-ITE.


Autonomous Systems, Embedded Systems, Software Engineering

Professional Biography

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Denver, an experienced software architect, designer and developer, and an entrepreneur. I'm interested in computer science topics at the intersection of software engineering and embedded and distributed systems.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • IEEE Computer Society


Dr. Rutherford's research activities revolve around aspects of software system engineering and security for mobile, embedded, distributed, and parallel systems. He has published in the areas of unmanned / autonomous systems, software testing, cyber-physical systems, distributed stream processing, software engineering, distributed systems, content-based networking, model-driven development, generative programming and software configuration management. Dr. Rutherford's research projects are informed and applied to many of the collaborative, cross-disciplinary groups he is associated with. Currently, Dr. Rutherford is the Associate Director of (DU2SL) the DU Unmanned Systems Laboratory.