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. With an h-index of 55, I have authored well over 400 publications, numerous patents, and software systems released to public domain. My research work, widely cited, has been supported by government agencies including NSF, NIH, DOE, FDA, and DARPA, and by industry including HP, IBM, Verizon Labs, GTE, NEC, AMADEUS, Charles River Analytics, and by labs such as MITRE Corporation. I've enjoyed holding leadership positions in the big data field, including having served as Associate Editor of prestigious journals including IEEE Transactions on Data and Knowledge Engineering and VLDB Journal and as area chair on premiere professional big data conferences, including ACM SIGMOD, VLDB, IEEE ICDE, and others.
My research focuses on how to make use of data and information in an effective manner, towards achieving goals in business, scientific discovery, and digital health. With the inter-connectivity of the internet, the availability of computing power, and big data everywhere, access to the right piece of information at the right moment, possibly fused together from numerous information sources, remains one of the most critical capabilities that can set you apart from others. Together with undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and other faculty, I strive to develop big data, machine learning and data visualization technologies to discover and explore important nuggets and patterns in massive data sets in real-time in applications from fraud detection, digital health, emergency management, business intelligence, to event analytics.
I love every moment working with students and colleagues at WPI and in industry on cutting-edge data science research and project activities. At the undergraduate level, I work with students both on MQP and IQP projects focused on computer science and data science research challenges often in collaboration with companies and other organizations.
Professional Highlights & Honors
The Telegram & Gazette's College Town led off with news of WPI hosting its second annual Women in Data Science Central Massachusetts Conference, a satellite event coinciding with the annual Global Women in Data Science Conference.
The Worcester Business Journal reported that WPI received a $895,000 grant from the Department of Education to provide six fellowships to graduate students looking to pursue studies in artificial intelligence. The program, called Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAAN), comes in anticipation of a decrease in artificial intelligence professionals in the field. GAAN will train students in the artificial intelligence field, and connect them with colleagues in academic, industry and government settings.