DAC collaborating with General Dynamics Mission Systems

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Computer science professor Chris North, left, with Ph.D. student, Caleb Reach at DAC’s InfoVis Lab in Torgersen Hall.

DAC is collaborating with General Dynamics Mission Systems on an exciting venture that will help intelligence analysts find important information more quickly.  Chris North, associate director of DAC and professor of computer science, is leading the collaboration from the university side. North’s research group is developing a “smart” software that uses a visual interface and machine learning algorithms to allow the analyst’s interactions with the data to guide future searches. To read more about the partnership click here.


Chandan Reddy receives grant from NSF

user_interest_model[1]Congratulations to Chandan Reddy, our new DAC faculty member and associate professor of computer science for receiving an award from the National Science Foundation for his project EAGER: An Integrated Predictive Modeling Framework for Crowdfunding Environments.  

EAGER aims to study data analytics tools for improving crowdfunding project success rate. Crowdfunding provides seed capital for start-up companies, creating job opportunities and reviving lost business ventures. In spite of the widespread popularity and innovativeness in the concept of crowdfunding, however, many projects are still not able to succeed. A deeper understanding of the factors affecting investment decisions will not only give better success rate to the future projects but will also provide appropriate guidelines for project creators who will be seeking funding.  Click here to read more about Chandan’s project.


DAC helps prepare for Governor’s Workforce Innovation Challenge

DAC Ph.D. student Rupinder Paul Khandpur (left) and Manager of Operations Wanawsha Hawrami (far right) with Karen Jackson, Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

DAC Ph.D. student Rupinder Paul Khandpur (left) and DAC Manager of Operations Wanawsha Hawrami (far right) with Karen Jackson, Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

DAC Ph.D. student Rupinder Paul Khandpur (right) explaining the Open Jobs datasets he prepared for the Governor's Workforce Innovation Challenge.

DAC Ph.D. student Rupinder Paul Khandpur (right) explaining the Open Jobs datasets he prepared for the Governor’s Workforce Innovation Challenge.

As part of DAC’s continued involvement in the Open Data, Open Jobs Initiative, we have collaborated with the Governor’s office in preparing for the Workforce Innovation Challenge held on Aug. 25 – 26.  The datathon is a part of the Governor’s New Virginia Economy initiative. The innovations expected to come out of the datathon will help the commonwealth gain a deeper understanding of the current and future job opportunities in today’s new economy.  DAC Ph.D student played a crucial role in preparing and harvesting the Open Jobs datasets used by participants in the datathon to develop apps. Click here to learn more about the datathon.  


Edward Fox receives XCaliber Award

Edward Fox and his Ph.D. students at the DAC lab in Torgersen Hall.

Edward Fox and his Ph.D. students at the DAC lab in Torgersen Hall.

Congratulations to Edward Fox, DAC faculty member and professor in the department of computer science on receiving Virginia Tech’s 2016 XCaliber Award.  Edward is being recognized for his extraordinary contributions to technology enriched active learning.  More specifically for his new computer science courses, CS 4984, Computational Linguistics and CS 5604, Informational Retrieval.  The XCaliber Award is given to faculty and staff who integrate technology in teaching and learning, celebrating innovative and student-centered teaching.  Click here to read more about the award.


DAC welcomes new faculty member, Chandan Reddy

reddy1-updatedDAC welcomes our new faculty member, Chandan Reddy, who was appointed to associate professor in the Department of Computer Science.  Chandan is joining us from Wayne State University where he was the director of the Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (DMKD) Laboratory.  His primary research interests are data mining and machine learning with applications to healthcare analytics, social network analysis and bioinformatics.  Chandan is joined by two Ph.D. students, Ping Wang and Tian Shi.  Click here to learn more about Chandan.


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

Map showing geographical distribution of job postings in Virginia, featured on opendata.cs.vt.edu

Map showing geographical distribution of job postings in Virginia, featured on opendata.cs.vt.edu.

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.


Congratulations to our 2016 DAC Graduates!

graduations copyAs the dust settles from graduation, DAC would like to recognize the students who have graduated this year.  DAC is proud to have had eight graduate students complete their degrees this spring semester; seven of which received a Ph.D. and one receiving a Master’s of Science. Below we highlight our students who are now prepared to assume roles as faculty members, researchers, and data analysts. We look forward to their contribution to the field data science and cannot wait to see what they achieve from here. Congratulations!

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Chang-Tien Lu promoted to professor

CT LuCongratulations to DAC associate director, Chang-Tien Lu, who has been promoted to full professor in the department of computer science.  Dr. Lu is an ACM Distinguished Scientist.  His research focuses on data management to fulfill emerging requirements for storing, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data. To read more about this years promotions, click here.


Edward Fox and Virginia Tech researchers earn grant to study big data sharing and reuse

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Edward Fox (right) and DAC students.

Congratulations to Edward Fox, professor of computer science and DAC faculty member, who is among a group of Virginia Tech researchers collaborating with Virginia Tech Libraries that has recently been awarded a $308, 175 National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  The team will be exploring effective ways of storing and reusing bid data.

 

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Bert Huang presents at CCC Symposium

PastedGraphic-1Bert Huang, DAC faculty member and assistant professor of computer science, presented a poster at the Computer Computing Consortium Symposium on Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs.  Dr. Huang presented his research on machine learning for cyberbullying, specifically weakly supervised cyberbullying detecting in social media. Click here to watch a video of his presentation.