DAC Student Spotlight: Jonathan Baker

Jonathan Baker, DAC Ph.D. student

Jonathan Baker earned a master’s degree in computational and applied math at Rice University in Houston, Texas, in 2015.

When Mark Embree, one of his professors at Rice, returned to his alma mater in Blacksburg to lead the Computational Modeling and Data Analytics program in the College of Science Academy of Integrated Science, Baker did not hesitate to follow him.

“Once I decided that I wanted to pursue a Ph.D. in math,” he said. “I knew the only professor I wanted to continue down that path with was Mark Embree.”

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DAC Student Spotlight: Subhodip Biswas

 

Screenshot of LCPS map on the crowdsourcing website Biswas created.

Subhodip Biswas, DAC Ph.D. student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The omnipresent activity of school redistricting is driving Ph.D, student Subhodip Biswas’s research at the Discovery Analytics Center.

“Through blogs and news articles, I became aware that school redistricting happens in some US public school systems almost every year,” said Biswas, who earned a bachelor ‘s degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering from Jadavpur University in India in 2014. “It was fascinating to learn how numerous considerations go into designing new school zones.”

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B. Aditya Prakash receives prestigious NSF CAREER Award

B. Aditya Prakash, assistant professor in The Department of Computer Science has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation to find data-driven network strategies to enhance national security and public health. Click here to read ore about Aditya’s award.


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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