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    Abeed Sarker

    Arizona State University

    I am currently working as a research scholar at the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Arizona State University. I’m involved in the management and execution of several research studies involving social media mining for public health monitoring.
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        Crystal Hepp

        Northern Arizona University







            Dae il Jang

            Arizona State University

            I’m Post-doc at ASU majoring in Computer Security. I do research in the Laboratory of Security Engineering for Future Computing (SEFCOM) on Analyze and Detect malware, Dynamic Analysis, and Forensics.

                Davy Weissenbacher

                Arizona State University

                Dr. Weissenbacher’s main interest is the quality of the annotations produced by NLP systems. His PhD thesis puts in evidence that, to date, no NLP system is able to produce automatically perfect annotations. Consequently, it is important to design
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                    Frances O’Donnel

                    Northern Arizona University







                        Joe Fowler

                        University of Arizona







                            Jon Wetzel

                            Arizona State University

                            Jon Wetzel received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University in 2014 and an M.Eng. and a B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from M.I.T. in 2007 and 2006, respectively.  He now has a postdoctoral scholar position at Arizona State
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                                Lusheng Song

                                Arizona State University







                                    Mostafa Sahraei Ardakani

                                    Arizona State University

                                    Mostafa Sahraei-Ardakani is a postdoctoral scholar at the school of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University. He received his PhD in Energy Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2013. His research
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                                        Neal Bushaw

                                        Arizona State University

                                        My interests lie primarily within combinatorics and graph theory, that area of mathematics which studies finite discrete structures. While I study these in a pure mathematics context, these problems are of fundamental interest to computer science;
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                                            Paolo Simonetto

                                            University of Arizona







                                                Pei Yang

                                                Arizona State University

                                                I am a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University. My research interests include data mining and machine learning, such as heterogeneous learning, multi-task learning, multi-view learning, multi-label learning, multi-instance
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                                                    Pengfei Li

                                                    Arizona State University







                                                        Robert LeMoyne

                                                        Northern Arizona University

                                                        Robert LeMoyne earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from UCLA (2010). From 2010 to 2012 he served at Sandia National Laboratories. Since 2013 he has been a post-doctoral scholar for Northern Arizona University. Dr. LeMoyne has
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                                                            Rodolfo Martinez Morales

                                                            Northern Arizona University







                                                                Saadat Anwar

                                                                Arizona State University

                                                                Saadat Anwar earned his PhD in Computer Science from Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, AZ with focus on Knowledge Representation and Reasoning for Question Answering in the biological domain. His interests include Natural Language
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                                                                    Salman Cheema

                                                                    Arizona State University

                                                                    I am a post-doctoral scholar at Arizona State University these days. I got my PhD from the University of Central Florida in December 2014. At ASU, I serve as the project leader for the FACT (Formative Assessment using Computational
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                                                                        Satya Gautam Vadlamudi

                                                                        Arizona State University

                                                                        Satya Gautam Vadlamudi is a Postdoctoral Scholar working with Prof. Subbarao Kambhampati at the School of Computing, Informatics, & Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University. He received his PhD and B.Tech.(H) degrees in
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                                                                            Thienne Johnson

                                                                            University of Arizona

                                                                            I was a Research Associate at the University of Arizona and worked for the project “NETVUE: Putting Network Security on the Map: Visualizing Network Security with a Unified Map Metaphor”, studying anomaly detection and visualization of
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                                                                                Troy McDaniel

                                                                                Arizona State University

                                                                                Dr. Troy McDaniel is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. He is also Associate Director of the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing at ASU;
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                                                                                    Uraz Yavanoglu

                                                                                    Arizona State University

                                                                                    Uraz Yavanoglu was born in Ankara, capital city of Turkey. He was research assistant at Gazi University Department of Computer Engineering. He received his M.Sc. degree from Gazi University Department of Computer Engineering and Ph.D. from Gazi
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                                                                                        Wei Luo

                                                                                        Arizona State University

                                                                                        Wei Luo a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. He works with Dr. Ross Maciejewski in his Visual Analytics and Data Exploration Research (VADER)
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                                                                                            Yong-Seok Park

                                                                                            Arizona State University

                                                                                            Yong-Seok Park is currently a postdoctoral associate at Arizona State University in both the Design Automation Laboratory headed by Dr. Shah and STEM education research group headed by Dr. Krause. He earned his Master’s degree at George
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                                                                                                Yu Zhang

                                                                                                Arizona State University

                                                                                                Dr. Zhang joined the Yochan research laboratory at Arizona State University as a postdoctoral researcher in Summer 2013 after he received his PhD degree at the Distributed Intelligence Lab in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer
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                                                                                                    Yuhao Wang

                                                                                                    Arizona State University







                                                                                                      Jon Wetzel

                                                                                                      Jon Wetzel received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University in 2014 and an M.Eng. and a B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from M.I.T. in 2007 and 2006, respectively.  He now has a postdoctoral scholar position at Arizona State University, advised by Prof. Kurt VanLehn, where he works as the project manager for the Dragoon Lab.  There, he researches intelligent tutoring systems for science and math education at the college and high school levels.  His primary research interests are artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction and learning science.

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                                                                                                      Yu Zhang

                                                                                                      Dr. Zhang joined the Yochan research laboratory at Arizona State University as a postdoctoral researcher in Summer 2013 after he received his PhD degree at the Distributed Intelligence Lab in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Tennessee in August 2012, under the advising of Prof. Lynne E Parker. His PhD research was on extending the state-of-the-art distributed robot systems by enabling heterogeneous robots to form and execute complex coalitions in a dynamic fashion. Dr. Zhang’s current research interests are on the intersection of AI and Robotics, mainly focusing on human-robot teaming, multi-agent systems, distributed robotic systems, human-robot interaction, and automated planning and reasoning. The goal of his research is to bring together humans and automated systems seamlessly together, in order to enable these systems to coexist naturally with humans to improve our everyday lives, as well as to achieve complex tasks that cannot be achieved before.

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                                                                                                      Yong-Seok Park

                                                                                                      Yong-Seok Park is currently a postdoctoral associate at Arizona State University in both the Design Automation Laboratory headed by Dr. Shah and STEM education research group headed by Dr. Krause. He earned his Master’s degree at George Washington University and his Doctorate at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research interests lie in design creativity/cognition and undergraduate STEM education research.

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                                                                                                      Wei Luo

                                                                                                      Wei Luo a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. He works with Dr. Ross Maciejewski in his Visual Analytics and Data Exploration Research (VADER) Lab research lab. He earned his Ph.D. in Geography from Penn State University, his M.A. from the University of Buffalo, and his B.S. degree from Northwest University in China.

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                                                                                                      Uraz Yavanoglu

                                                                                                      Uraz Yavanoglu was born in Ankara, capital city of Turkey. He was research assistant at Gazi University Department of Computer Engineering. He received his M.Sc. degree from Gazi University Department of Computer Engineering and Ph.D. from Gazi University Faculty of Technology. His research interests are Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Information Security, Forensic Analysis and Computer Graphics. He was leading researcher of Gazi University Technology and Innovation Center (GUTIC). He received TUBITAK post doc scholar in 2014. Now, he is post doc scholar at Arizona State University, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. He is member of ASU Data Mining and Machine Learning Laboratory.

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                                                                                                      Troy McDaniel

                                                                                                      Dr. Troy McDaniel is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. He is also Associate Director of the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing at ASU; and Research Director of ASU’s IGERT program, Alliance for Person-centered Accessible Technologies. Dr. McDaniel’s research interests include haptics, human-computer interaction, assistive technology and rehabilitative technologies. For a decade, he has explored how our sense of touch can be better utilized by technology as a communication channel. He has over 20 peer-reviewed papers in premier haptics and human-computer interaction conferences and journals.

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                                                                                                      Thienne Johnson

                                                                                                      I was a Research Associate at the University of Arizona and worked for the project “NETVUE: Putting Network Security on the Map: Visualizing Network Security with a Unified Map Metaphor”, studying anomaly detection and visualization of network activity in large-scale IP networks. I was also involved with mobile computing projects, mostly on mobile health (applications, security, and usability). Currently I am working at Intel, as a Supply Chain Analyst, performing network optimization and big data analytics.

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                                                                                                      Satya Gautam Vadlamudi

                                                                                                      Satya Gautam Vadlamudi is a Postdoctoral Scholar working with Prof. Subbarao Kambhampati at the School of Computing, Informatics, & Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University. He received his PhD and B.Tech.(H) degrees in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India, in 2014 and 2008, respectively. He has previously worked as a Research Scientist in the Parallel Computing Lab, Intel, Bangalore, as a Software Engineer with Google, Bangalore, and as a Research Intern with Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. His current research includes investigation of Proactive Decision Making methods for Dynamic Worlds (sponsored by the Office of Naval Research), Automated Planning approaches for Human-robot teaming, and Game theoretic techniques for enhancing Cyber Security of Web applications. Dr. Vadlamudi received multiple awards including the Pratibha Award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the MCM Scholarship from IIT Kharagpur, the SAP Labs Doctoral Fellowship, and the Spontaneous Excellence Award from Intel Corporation for his academic and research works.

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                                                                                                      Salman Cheema

                                                                                                      I am a post-doctoral scholar at Arizona State University these days. I got my PhD from the University of Central Florida in December 2014. At ASU, I serve as the project leader for the FACT (Formative Assessment using Computational Technologies) lab. FACT aims to use sketch- and touch-based interaction to foster the use of Formative Assessment in middle school mathematics classrooms.

                                                                                                      My PhD dissertation focused on methods to construct animations from handwritten physics solutions. This project used ideas and techniques from Sketch-based Interaction, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Animation, and Computer Graphics.

                                                                                                      I also have extensive experience with 3D user interfaces, 2D and 3D interactive computer graphics, ray-tracing, 3D gesture recognition, virtual reality, and video game design.

                                                                                                      In my free time, I dabble in photography, play video games, and read.

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                                                                                                      Saadat Anwar

                                                                                                      Saadat Anwar earned his PhD in Computer Science from Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, AZ with focus on Knowledge Representation and Reasoning for Question Answering in the biological domain. His interests include Natural Language Processing, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning. He is currently working as s Scientific Software Engineer in the Mars Space Flight Facility on the Tempe, AZ campus of ASU, developing software applications for targeting, mission planning, analysis and instrument development activities for remote sensing missions to other planets. He is also an AZComp Fellow at ASU, working on Postdoctoral research.

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                                                                                                      Robert LeMoyne

                                                                                                      Robert LeMoyne earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from UCLA (2010). From 2010 to 2012 he served at Sandia National Laboratories. Since 2013 he has been a post-doctoral scholar for Northern Arizona University. Dr. LeMoyne has published 107 first author technical proceedings emphasizing wearable health systems, which have been cited 403 times earning an h-index of 12. His research interests have extended to the domain of machine learning while publishing with IEEE’s EMBC and ICMLA conferences.

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                                                                                                      Pei Yang

                                                                                                      I am a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University. My research interests include data mining and machine learning, such as heterogeneous learning, multi-task learning, multi-view learning, multi-label learning, multi-instance learning, transfer learning, deep learning, with applications in big data mining, social network analysis, medical informatics, etc.

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                                                                                                      Neal Bushaw

                                                                                                      My interests lie primarily within combinatorics and graph theory, that area of mathematics which studies finite discrete structures. While I study these in a pure mathematics context, these problems are of fundamental interest to computer science; in many ways, the language of graph theory is the most natural language in which to discuss data structures and their related algorithms in an abstract sense. I am particularly interested in new aspects of the classical forbidden subgraph problem in both graphs and hypergraphs, as well as the use of probability in deterministic settings. I have been a postdoc at ASU since 2013, after finishing my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Bela Bollobas at the University of Memphis in May 2012.

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                                                                                                      Mostafa Sahraei Ardakani

                                                                                                      Mostafa Sahraei-Ardakani is a postdoctoral scholar at the school of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University. He received his PhD in Energy Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2013. His research interests include electric power system optimization, cyber-physical security of the smart grid, and electricity markets. His research involves network optimization over the large-scale electric power grid. North American electric power network is the largest and most complex machine in the world according to the National Academy of Engineering. He is currently working on a project that aims at designing software to detect cyber-attacks and propose countermeasures for a resilient electric power grid.

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                                                                                                      Davy Weissenbacher

                                                                                                      Dr. Weissenbacher’s main interest is the quality of the annotations produced by NLP systems. His PhD thesis puts in evidence that, to date, no NLP system is able to produce automatically perfect annotations. Consequently, it is important to design NLP systems based on inference models dealing with uncertain information. During his first Postdoctoral appointment, he worked in close interaction with users from different domains. This was an opportunity to evaluate the usability of current NLP approaches according to the user’s point of view. It seems that there is a certain threshold beyond which users will regard the output of an NLP system as reliable, and that current systems have not yet reached that point. This is particularly true for systems which produce semantic information (e.g. Anaphora Resolution or semantic frames extraction). Their use can even be obtrusive if they present noisy and distracting information to the user. He has been recently working on the problem of structured prediction with graphical models and constrained conditional models. These Machine Learning techniques predict jointly values of several random variables along with their relations. In this expressive framework linguistic constraints are easily expressed and integrated in the inference model to remove likely but inadequate solutions. He is currently applying these techniques on the task of geographical relation extraction from medical texts to help phylogeography studies.

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                                                                                                      Abeed Sarker

                                                                                                      I am currently working as a research scholar at the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Arizona State University. I’m involved in the management and execution of several research studies involving social media mining for public health monitoring. I am particularly interested in utilizing social media big data for deriving population based signals that provide crucial information about public health. I have been engaged in limited non-academic research. In 2014, I worked for the Australian company Abbrevi8 and developed an automatic news summarization engine (product available as HUGO in the app store). I have also been involved in image processing research as an intern at Canon Information Systems Research Australia (CiSRA). Prior to working for ASU, I completed my Ph.D in Computational Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. My Ph.D thesis was titled ‘Automated Medical Text Summarization to Support Evidence-based Medicine’. My doctoral research was jointly funded by Macquarie University and CSIRO, which is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. My Honours research project was in the broad research area of image processing (Thesis: Reducing Motion Blur from Captured Images). I have also been involved in teaching throughout my doctorate degree, and I have taught a range of computer science units. At Arizona State University, I frequently accept invitations for guest lectures.

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