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Elke Rundensteiner

Elke A. Rundensteiner

Professor
Office: Unity Hall 360/361
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5815
As founding Director of the interdisciplinary Data Science program here at WPI, I take great pleasure in doing all in my power to support the Data Science community in all its facets from research collaborations, new educational initiatives to our innovative Graduate Qualifying projects at the graduate level. Having served as primary advisor and mentor of over 35 PhD students who have secured successful professional careers in computing, I'm proud of all the great accomplishments of students I have had the opportunity to collaborate with. ... View Profile
Mohamed Eltabakh

Mohamed Y. Eltabakh

Associate Professor
Office: Unity Hall 365
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6421
Professor Eltabakh’s research is in the broad area of Database Management Systems and Information Management. In particular, his work is in the areas of query processing and optimization, indexing techniques, scientific data management, and large-scale data analytics. Prof. Eltabakh is currently exploring possible extensions to both database management systems and Hadoop framework to support scientific applications and health-care systems. He is a member of the Database Systems Research Group (DSRG) and a faculty member of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) program. ... View Profile
Fatemeh Emdad

Fatemeh Emdad

Teaching Professor-Computer Science
Office: Unity Hall 383
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5303
Professor Fatemeh Emdad completed her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Applied Mathematics at Colorado State University. She is the recipient of the top-ranked student academic award from the President of Shiraz University. She is the author of the book High Dimensional Data Analysis and more than 20 journal and conference articles. She completed her postdoctoral degree with the University of Texas Medical Branch and Shriners Hospital for Children Burn Unit when she was the NIH postdoctoral scientist fellow (under Ruth L. ... View Profile
Torumoy Ghoshal

Torumoy Ghoshal

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: Unity Hall 354
During his doctoral research efforts, Dr. Ghoshal developed three novel methods to expand the usability of convolutional neural networks beyond image data. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering Science with a Computer Science major from the University of Mississippi in 2020. He then joined Lyon College as a Visiting Assistant Professor and led the development of their brand new data science program. His research interests include feature engineering, deep learning, and natural language processing. ... View Profile
Lane Harrison

Lane T. Harrison

Associate Professor-Computer Science
Office: Fuller 136
Information visualization is a powerful means for understanding data and informing human minds. As people begin to rely on visualizations to make high-impact and even life-critical decisions, there is a growing need to ensure that information can be perceived accurately and precisely. My research addresses these challenges by leveraging cognitive and perceptual principles to quantify and model user performance with visualizations. ... View Profile
Xiangnan Kong

Xiangnan Kong

Associate Professor-Computer Science
Office: Unity Hall, Rm 382, Phone (O): 508-831-5860
Professor Kong’s research interests focus on data mining and machine learning, with emphasis on addressing the data science problems in biomedical and social applications. Data today involves an increasing number of data types that need to be handled differently from conventional data records, and an increasing number of data sources that need to be fused together. Dr. Kong is particularly interested in designing algorithms to tame data variety issues in various research fields, such as biomedical research, social computing, neuroscience, and business intelligence. ... View Profile
Nima Kordzadeh

Nima Kordzadeh

Assistant Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 303
Dr. Kordzadeh joined the faculty of the Business School at WPI in July 2017. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis on Information Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His research interests include health informatics, social media, information privacy, and business intelligence and analytics. ... View Profile
Kyumin Lee

Kyumin Lee

Associate Professor
Office: Unity Hall 363
Dr. Lee’s research interests are in information retrieval, natural language processing, social computing, machine learning, and cybersecurity over large-scale networked information systems like the Web and social media. He focuses on threats to these systems and design methods to mitigate negative behaviors (e.g., misinformation, hate speech), and looks for positive opportunities to mine and analyze these systems for developing next generation algorithms and architectures (e.g., recommender system, natural language understanding). ... View Profile
Yanhua Li

Yanhua Li

Associate Professor-Computer Science
Office: Unity Hall 384
My broad research interests are in analyzing, understanding, and making sense of big data generated from various complex networks in many contexts, including urban network analysis, large-scale network data sampling, measurement, online social behavior modeling. My recent research focuses on exploring the challenges in managing and analyzing big data from urban networks, with an ultimate goal of improving human life quality and designing smarter cities. ... View Profile
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Associate Professor @ CS and DS

Xiaozhong Liu

Associate Professor
Dr. Xiaozhong Liu is an Associate Professor at Computer Science and Data Science, WPI. Before that, he was Associate Professor at School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering Indiana University Bloomington. His research interests include natural language processing (NLP), text/graph mining, information retrieval/recommendation, metadata, and computational social science. His dissertation at Syracuse University (advisor Dr. Elizabeth D. Liddy) explored an innovative ranking method that weighted the retrieved results by leveraging dynamic community interests. ... View Profile
Oren Mangoubi

Oren Mangoubi

Assistant Professor
Office: Unity Hall 385
My research is focused on the design and analysis of fast algorithms for machine learning, optimization and data science. I am especially interested in Markov chain and stochastic gradient-based optimization and sampling algorithms.  These algorithms are used to rapidly explore a high-dimensional or non-convex function or probability distribution in applications such as deep learning and Bayesian statistics.  I am also very interested in the application of these algorithms to problems in machine learning, data science, theoretical computer science, and statistics. ... View Profile
Fabricio Murai

Fabricio Murai

Assistant Professor
Before joining WPI Data Science/Computer Science, Fabricio Murai was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at  University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2016. His research lies in the application of mathematical modeling, statistics and machine learning to computer, informational and social networks. He has published in top scientific journals such as Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, ACM TKDD and PLOS ONE. ... View Profile
Chun-Kit Ngan

Chun-Kit Ngan

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: Unity Hall 355
Phone: +1 (508) 8316253
I completed my Ph.D. in Information Technology from the Department of Computer Science at George Mason University. Before that, I received MBA in Management Information Systems from California State University, Chico and BEng in Electronic Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology respectively. My teaching interests include Database Management Systems, Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, Machine/Deep Learning, Data Analytics, Decision Support System, Data Structures, Computational Algorithms, and Software Application Programming. ... View Profile
Randy Paffenroth

Randy Clinton Paffenroth

Associate Professor
Office: UH364
My research focuses on compressed sensing, machine learning, signal processing, and the interaction between mathematics, computer science and software engineering. My interests range from theoretical results to algorithms for tackling practical applied problems, and I enjoy problems most when mathematical results lead to efficient software implementations for big data. I am looking forward to working with students at all levels and backgrounds who share an interest in mathematics, software, or data. ... View Profile
Carolina Ruiz

Carolina Ruiz

Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences
Office: Unity Hall 462
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5640
Carolina Ruiz is the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Harold L. Jurist ’61 and Heather E. Jurist Dean's Professor of Computer Science. She joined the WPI faculty in 1997. Prof. Ruiz’s research is in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Mining, and their applications to Medicine and Health. She has worked on several clinical domains including sleep, stroke, obesity and pancreatic cancer. Prof. ... View Profile
Diane Strong

Diane M. Strong

Professor & Department Head
Office: Washburn Shops 219
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5573
WPI provides an environment that values both teaching and research, which is ideal for me. I enjoy teaching at WPI because students are interested in learning and willing to work hard. My teaching focuses on how business, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations can best use computing technologies, such as database systems, electronic health records systems, and mobile apps. Students in my classes learn to design computing applications that meet the needs of organizations. ... View Profile
Andrew Trapp

Andrew C Trapp

Associate Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 207
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4935
I am Associate Professor of Operations and Industrial Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), with courtesy professorships in Mathematical Sciences and Data Science. I hold a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. My objective is to use science and technology to assist real human need by improving systems that serve vulnerable peoples, such as refugees and asylum seekers, survivors of human trafficking, and children in the foster care system. ... View Profile
Seyed Zekavat

Seyed A. Zekavat

Professor
Office: Olin Hall 130
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5391
Seyed A. (Reza) Zekavat received his PhD from Colorado State University in 2002. He is the Author of the textbook "Electrical Engineering: Concepts and Applications" published by Pearson, and the editor of the book “Handbook of Position Location: Theory, Practice and Advances,” published by Wiley/IEEE. He holds a patent on an active Wireless Remote Positioning System. ... View Profile
Frank Zou

Frank Zou

Associate Professor & Associate Department Head-Mathematical Science
Office: Unity Hall 381
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6428
Professor Zou's research focuses on financial time series and spatial statistics with applications to epidemiology, public health and climate change. His most recent research on statistical theory and methodology addressed a wide range of challenges including high dimensionality, complex dependencies, and space and time variations. His research in high-frequency financial data tackled problems with high dimensionality, which is currently a hot topic in statistics. ... View Profile

Affiliated Faculty

NAME DEPARTMENT / PROGRAM
Emmanuel O. Agu Computer Science, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
Nathaniel Drew Bastian Data Science
Joseph Beck Computer Science, Learning Sciences and Technologies
Marcel Y. Blais Mathematical Sciences
Donald Brown  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Luca Capogna Mathematical Sciences
Ki H. Chon Biomedical Engineering
Soussan Djamasbi The Business School
Jim Doyle Social Science and Policy Studies
Thomas Eisenbarth Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michael Elmes The Business School
Brenton Faber Humanities & Arts 
Loris Fichera Robotics Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Tian Guo Computer Science
Adrienne Hall-Phillips The Business School
Neil T. Heffernan Computer Science, Learning Sciences and Technologies
Micha Hofri Computer Science
Xinming Huang Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mayer Humi Mathematical Sciences
Sharon Johnson The Business School
Chickery Kasouf The Business School
Renata Konrad The Business School
Dmitry Korkin  Computer Science
Lifeng Lai Electrical and Computer Engineering
Roger Liu  Mathematical Sciences
Yehia Massoud Electrical and Computer Engineering
Fabienne Miller The Business School
Rodica Neamtu Computer Science
Sarah D. Olson Mathematical Sciences
Joseph Petruccelli Mathematical Sciences
Michael Radzicki Social Science and Policy Studies
Elizabeth Ryder Biology & Biotechnology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
Adam Sales  Mathematical Sciences
Marcus Sarkis Mathematical Sciences
Gabor Sarkozy Computer Science
Stephan Sturm Mathematical Sciences
Berk Sunar Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dalin Tang Mathematical Sciences
Steven Taylor The Business School
Bengisu Tulu The Business School
Bogdan Vernescu Mathematical Sciences
Justin Wang The Business School
Jacob Whitehill Computer Science
E. Vance Wilson The Business School
Zheyang Wu Mathematical Sciences
Amy Zeng The Business School
Ziming Zhang  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Joe Zhu The Business School

Professor Emeritus

NAME DEPARTMENT / PROGRAM
Domokos Vermes

Mathematical Sciences

Homer F. Walker Mathematical Sciences

Data Science Staff and Project Management

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Ana Maria Young

Ana Maria Young

Program Manager
Provost
Office: Unity Hall 366
Ana Maria is the Program Manager for the Data Science Program. Her responsibilities include working with the Program Head, supporting faculty and students, collaborating across campus, and managing budgetary and financial matters. She previously worked at Becker College as the Director of Teaching & Learning Innovation. She holds a B.A. in Art Education from C.W. Post Long Island University, an M.A. in Diplomacy from Norwich University, and is working toward her Ed.D. in Leadership & Innovation from St. Thomas University. ... View Profile
Kelsey Briggs

Kelsey Briggs

Project Coordinator
Office: Unity Hall, 366
Kelsey is the Project Coordinator for the Data Science Program. Her responsibilities include working with the Program Head on grant funded projects, supporting faculty and students, and collaborating with the Program Manager. Specifically, Kelsey provides administrative oversight for the NRT CEDAR Project , an interdisciplinary program that seeks to transform the next generation of technical leaders equipped with DS techniques and methods ready to solve critical engineering and science problems plaguing our society. ... View Profile