DAC director Naren Ramakrishnan receives grant from Army Research Lab

ece_article_161221_internet_of_battlefield_articleWalid Saad, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering, and Naren Ramakrishnan, and professor of computer science and director of DAC, are leading a $324,000 U.S. Army Research Laboratory grant that is laying groundwork for the Internet of Battlefield Things.

They are developing a planning framework that would present mathematical tools to understand how to transform existing battlefield capabilities into a large-scale IoBT. Click here to read more about the project.


DAC recognized for project in workforce analytics

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Left to right at the Governor’s Workforce Innovation Challenge Datathon 2016 are computer science Ph.D. student Rupinder Paul Khandpur; Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson; and Wanawsha Hawrami, manager of operations for DAC.

DAC has been recognized for its contributions in a project focused on workforce analytics for Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Open Data, Open Jobs portal.  DAC is playing a key role in the governor’s commitment to improving the labor market in Virginia.

Open Data, Open Jobs is a real-time curation, analysis, and visualization of advertised job postings in Virginia. All curated jobs are published on the DAC’s open data portal, accessible through a publicly available API in machine-readable format, with a unified job posting schema that eliminates the need to navigate separate public and private listings dispersed across multiple sites, such as Monster or LinkedIn.

DAC was on-board from the onset, providing necessary support to harvest, clean, and enrich individual datasets to create the new workforce data product. The dataset was created in large part by DAC Ph.D. student, Rupinder Paul Khandpur, who was also in the governor’s data internship program. Click here to read more about the Open Data, Open Jobs project.


DAC faculty Ed Fox awarded new grant from NSF

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Ed Fox (right) and his Ph.D. students (left).

Ed Fox, DAC faculty member and professor of computer science, takes part in Coordinated, Behaviorally-Aware Recovery for Transportation and Power Disruptions project which was just awarded a Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant is to study behavioral adaptation during disruptive events affecting power and transportation. Click here to read more about the project.


DAC Director Naren Ramakrishnan named Inventor of the Month

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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.


DAC Alumna Jessica Self raising diversity awareness

selfJessica Zeitz Self, DAC Ph.D. alumna who was was advised by Dr. Chris North, professor of Virginia Tech – Computer Science and associate director of DAC, discusses her experiences at Virginia Tech that allowed her to help decrease the gender gap of women in the field of computer science.

Self became a champion for diversity through efforts such as Women in Computing Day, an event that brings seventh-grade girls to Virginia Tech to learn about computer science in nontraditional ways. Click here to read more about Self’s work.


Liang Zhao named one of Top 20 New Stars in Data Mining

nvc-3Congratulations to Liang Zhao, a recent DAC Ph.D. graduate in computer science, who has been named one of the Top 20 New Starts in Data Mining, provided by Microsoft searching. Liang was advised by Chang-Tien Lu, associate director of DAC and professor of computer science.

Microsoft searching mines the past six years of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) submissions and combines the big data from Microsoft to then achieve the ranking by an automatic algorithm. KDD is the top conference in the data mining area. Click here if you’d like to read more.

 


Scotland Leman receives W.J. Youden Award

Scotland lemanCongratulations to Scotland Leman, DAC faculty member and associate professor in the department of statistics, on receiving the W.J. Youden Award in Interlaboratory Testing. Dr. Leman was presented with the award at the 2016 Fall American Statistical Association Technical Conference. The award recognizes the authors of publications that make outstanding contributions to the design and/or analysis of interlaboratory tests or describe ingenious approaching to the planning and evaluation of data from such tests.  Click here to read more about the award.


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.