DAC Student Spotlight: Jeff Robertson

DAC M.S. student Jeff Roberston

Jeff Robertson grew up in Blacksburg and is the fifth Hokie in his family. “So, it was not difficult for me to choose Virginia Tech,” he said.

Working towards a master’s degree in computer science applications, Robertson’s current research is part of the Fun GCAT project in collaboration with the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech.

Within that larger program, his focus is on developing a new tool that can efficiently index and search massive biological data sets.

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Edward Fox receives Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Edward Fox, Professor of Computer Science

Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, has presented Edward Fox with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who’s Who community.

In an announcement, the organization said, “An accomplished listee, Dr. Fox celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.”

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Congratulations to DAC graduates!

Ed Fox (left) with Yinlin Chen (right).

Ian Crandell (left) with Scotland Leman (right).

Virginia Tech graduates celebrating their achievements this fall included seven Ph.D. students at the Discovery Analytics Center.

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Edward Fox named 2017 ACM Fellow

Edward Fox, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and DAC faculty member, has been named a 2017 Association for Computing Machinery Fellow for his contributions to information retrieval and digital libraries.  Click here to learn more about about his history of service at ACM.


NIPS Conference 2017 showcases work from DAC Ph.D. students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A group of Ph.D. students from the Discovery Analytics Center headed with their faculty advisors to Long Beach, California, last week to present papers and posters at the 2017 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS). One of the workshop papers was distinguished with a Best Paper Award and two of the students received NIPS Travel Awards.

2017 marks the 31st year for the international multi-track machine learning and computational neuroscience conference includes invited talks, demonstrations, symposia, and oral and poster presentations of refereed papers, and workshops.

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The Discovery Analytics Center enhances strengths with four new faculty

Left to Right (top), Mark Embree, Tanushree Mitra; (bottom) Srijan Sengupta, Jia-Bin Huang

The Discovery Analytics Center welcomes four new faculty this fall who will help lead Virginia Tech’s big data research and education efforts on campus.

“Data analytics is inherently interdisciplinary and our new faculty bring expertise that will bolster our strengths in matrix computations, statistical methodology for network data, computer vision, and information credibility as we strive to find data solutions to modern problems,” said Naren Ramakrishnan, the Thomas L. Phillips Professor of Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and director of the Discovery Analytics Center.

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DAC has strong presence at ICDM 2017

DAC Ph.D. student, Zhiqian Chen, presenting his paper at ICDM 2017.

The Discovery Analytics Center was strongly represented at the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) in New Orleans, Nov. 18-21, with a number of accepted research papers by DAC faculty and students and DAC faculty serving on committees and panels.

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Brian Goode recognized with Innovation Award from the Fragile Families Challenge

Brian Goode focused on data-driven and process-driven approaches to create predictive models for six outcomes of 4,242 participants. He presented his work at the Fragile Families Challenge Scientific Workshop at Princeton University last week. Click here to read more about Brian’s award.


Elaheh Raisi and Bert Huang awarded ACM/IEEE Best Paper Award at Sydney conference

Elaheh Raisi, a computer science Ph.D. student in the Discovery Analytics Center and her advisor, Bert Huang, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, were recently honored with the Best Paper Award at the 2017 IEEE/Association for Computing Machinery International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), in Sydney, Australia.

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Center for American Progress report cites Discovery Analytics Center collaboration with commonwealth of Virginia as example of improving workforce data

People walk through the Oculus at the World Trade Center in New York, June 16, 2017.

A Center for American Progress report on using open data standards to enhance the quality and availability of online job postings has highlighted the Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Commonwealth Consortium for Advanced Research and Statistics (CCARS) and its work with the Discovery Analytics Center at Virginia Tech to develop the Open Data, Open Jobs Initiative. The goal of the pilot was to capture and publish a real-time structured data feed of all online job postings in Virginia that would serve as a proof of concept.

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