News featuring Rupinder Paul Khandpur

DAC Director Naren Ramakrishnan named Inventor of the Month


Members of the staff of the Discovery Analytics Center. Left to right are Nathan Self, Patrick Butler, and Naren Ramakrishnan.

DAC and director, Naren Ramakrishnan, are featured as this month’s Virginia Tech​ Inventors of the Month by the Office of Research and Innovation for work in Early Model Based Event Recognition using Surrogates (EMBERS) software project.

EMBERS is a fully automated system for forecasting significant societal events, such as influenza-like illness case counts, rare disease outbreaks, civil unrest, domestic political crises, and elections, from open source surrogates. To read more about EMBERS click here.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe highlights DAC’s work in Open Data, Open Jobs initiative

Map showing geographical distribution of job postings in Virginia, featured on

Map showing geographical distribution of job postings in Virginia, featured on

Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe’s office has sent out a press release announcing Open Data, Open Jobs; a groundbreaking data analytics initiative to better connect job seekers to job opportunities.  DAC Ph.D. student Rupinder Paul Khandpur has been working on this project via the Governor’s Big Data Internship Program (GDIP), a part of the Governor’s New Virginia Economy Workforce Initiative.  The project is an initiative of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Research and Statistics (CCARs), a virtual center for modeling innovation approaches for improving and using labor market, workforce, and education data. To read more about Open Data, Open Jobs click here.