HDI Faculty Steering Committee

Emmanuel O. Agu

Emmanuel O. Agu

Professor-Computer Science
Director, Health Delivery Institute
Coordinator, Mobile Graphics Research Group
Office: Fuller Labs 139
Phone: +1-508-831-5568
Emmanuel Agu is currently an associate professor in the computer science department at WPI having received his Masters and PhD in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His research interests are in the areas of computer graphics, mobile computing, and wireless networks. He is especially interested in research into how to use a smartphone as a platform to deliver better healthcare. ... View Profile
Isa Bar-On

Isa Bar-On

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 224
Phone: +1-508-831-5127, +1-508-831-5633
My favorite activities involve guiding students in projects and research. I like to give them independence and to learn from their work. I enjoy challenging them and myself to find better answers, explanations, and solutions. I am very interested in socio-technical systems, such as the healthcare system or the energy delivery system. Over the past years, my research has focused on developing models in support of an improved healthcare delivery system. ... View Profile
Soussan Djamasbi

Soussan Djamasbi

Associate Professor
Area Head, Information Systems
User Experience and Decision Making (UXDM) Research Laboratory
Office: Washburn Shops 216A
Phone: +1-508-831-5266
As an associate professor of management information systems, I teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as advise IQPs and MQPs. I enjoy teaching because it's a dynamic and innovative process that challenges me to continually evaluate and adjust my teaching strategies to prepare my students for today’s global and competitive business environment. Teaching is also one the most rewarding experiences in my career because it allows me to witness my students' growth and accomplishments. Similarly, research is a dynamic and innovative process, and I truly enjoy it. ... View Profile
Sharon Johnson

Sharon Johnson

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 223
Phone: +1-508-831-5183, +1-508-831-5218
I enjoy teaching at WPI because students bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to their learning, and I am often inspired by their optimism. My teaching also reflects topics that motivate me:  detailed process design in our Industrial Engineering program, improving healthcare delivery as part of the Health Systems Innovation certificate, and exploring the implications of operational excellence in our MBA program. ... View Profile
Dmitry Korkin

Dmitry Korkin

Associate Professor
Director, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program
Office: 100 Institute RD
My research is interdisciplinary and spans the fields of bioinformatics of complex disease, computational genomics, systems biology, and biomedical data analytics. We bring expertise in machine learning, data mining and massive data analytics to study molecular mechanisms underlying genetic disorders, such as cancer, diabetes, and autism, and deadly infections, such as pandemic flu. Our approaches benefit from integrating Next Generation Sequencing, high-throughput interactomics, and structural biology data. ... View Profile

Christopher R. Lambert

Associate Teaching Professor
Chemistry
Office: Goddard Hall 128
Phone: +1-508-831-5443
Christopher R. Lambert, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor with appointments both in the Bioengineering Institute and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. He is the Associate Director of the WPI Bioengineering Institute. He is co-founder of Active Surface Technologies a research company dedicated to the development of specialized molecular films. Professor Lambert earned a Ph.D. from the University of Paisley in Scotland, and spent two years in a post-doctoral position at the Center for Fast Kinetics in Austin, Texas. ... View Profile
Carolina Ruiz

Carolina Ruiz

Associate Professor
Office: Fuller Labs 232
Phone: +1-508-831-5640
Carolina Ruiz's research interests are in data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Together with her graduate and undergraduate students, colleagues in computer science and biology, and medical doctors, Ruiz investigates and develops data mining algorithms for genomics and for clinical medicine. In addition to being a faculty member in computer science, she is a founder and active member of the bioinformatics and computational biology program at WPI. She enjoys teaching courses, and advising undergraduate and graduate research projects in data mining and machine learning. View Profile
Diane M. Strong

Diane M. Strong

Professor & Interim Dept Head
Office: Washburn Shops 219
Phone: +1-508-831-5573
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
Krishna Kumar Venkatasubramanian

Krishna Kumar Venkatasubramanian

Assistant Professor
Collaborative Appointment with ECE Department
Office: 100 Institute RD
Phone: +1-508-831-6571
My research interests are in Security for Medical Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT). I am particularly interested in preserving user safety in the presence of malicious actors, for a variety of CPS and IoT applications. My current work is focused on mitigating sensory-channel attacks on wearable systems; transparent authentication for AR head-mounted displays; environment-coupled information security solutions for body area networks; developing an alarm system for interoperable medical device systems; and building secure residential IoT systems. ... View Profile