RECOGNITION OF TEACHING EXCELLENCE
Congratulations to Ajay Kulkarni, Computational Sciences and Informatics PhD student, who was recently acknowledged by the Mason Core Committee for teaching excellence. He received an outstanding review by the students he taught in CDS 102 – Intro Comp/Data Sciences Lab. He received above 4.75 out of 5 on the element “My overall rating of teaching” from the Student Ratings of Instruction. Great job, Ajay!
Congratulations to Sofia Sikandar, an undergraduate student in the Department of Computational and Data Sciences, who was selected for an internship with Booz Allen Hamilton. The program is very competitive as thousands of people around the nation apply and only 400 interns are chosen.
Interns work together to solve client-focused challenges. Each intern has a different background, which allows us the privilege of different perspectives. The Summer Games Internship program is one of Booz Allen Hamilton’s only internship programs.
For more information on the program, please visit:
Post about culture of the program – https://www.boozallen.com/e/careers-content/booz-allen-summer-games.html
Job posting link – https://bah.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/Confidential/job/USA-VA-McLean-8285-Greensboro-Dr-Booz/University—Summer-Games-2019-DC-Metro-Intern_R0037820
Congratulations to Billy Lamberti, a Presidential Scholar within CSI PhD program, who recently received the 2019 Washington Statistical Society Joint Statistical Meeting Student Travel Award where he will be presenting his work,“Investigations on Shape Proportions and Encircled Image-Histograms“ at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Denver, CO.
Congratulations to Andrew Crooks who just published “Agent-Based Modelling and Geographical Information Systems: A Practical Primer” More information about this publication can be found at https://www.abmgis.org/
Congratulations to Joseph Shaheen and Doug Reitz for successfully defending their doctoral dissertations on November 26 and 27!
Joe Shaheen’s dissertation entitled “Data Explorations in Firm Dynamics: Firm Birth, Life, & Death Through Age, Wage, Size & Labor” was approved by his committee which consisted of Robert Axtell, Dissertation Committee, and the following committee members – Drs. Eduardo Lopez, John Shortle, William Rand and Marc Smith.”
Doug Reitz’s dissertation, “Atomistic Monte Carlo Simulation and Machine Learning Data Analysis of Eutectic Alkali Metal Alloys,” was approved by Dr. Estela Blaisten, Dissertation Director and the following committee members – Drs. Igor Griva, Dmitri Klimov and Howard Sheng.
With the start of the fall semester, the Department welcomes its newest faculty member, Dr. Michael Eagle, who earned his PhD in Computer Science from North Carolina State University. Dr. Eagle’s main area of research is focused on deriving insight about human behavior using data-driven methods, and using that insight to create new and better systems. His specific focus is on complex interactive environments, such as video games and intelligent tutoring systems.
For the Fall 2018, Dr. Eagle will be teaching CDS 303 -Scientific Data Mining.
Recently, Billy Lamberti, CSI PhD student, attended the 2018 Joint Statistical Meetings held in Vancouver, BC where he sat in on a workshop that provided additional tools for graduate students to teach Statistics and Data Science courses. The workshop was funded by the American Statistical Association and NSF and required the participants to apply and be accepted. Billy also chaired a session for the Statistical Imagining group on Statistical Analysis of Complex-Valued MRI. He presented his own Stratified Over Representative k- folds Cross-Validation algorithm later during the week and attended other sessions on topics including statistical image analysis, analyzing fMRI data, and statistical analysis techniques.
To support his trip, he applied for and received Graduate Student Travel Funds. The Graduate Student Travel Fund (GSTF) provides financial assistance for graduate students to present their work at academic conferences. The program is administered by the Office of the Provost.
Suchismita Goswami, Computational Sciences and Informatics PhD Candidate, will be presenting a paper she co-authored with Dr. Edward Wegman. The paper entitled Network Neighborhood Analysis for Detecting Anomalies Using Scan Statistics of Time Series of Graphs will be presented at the 4th International Conference on Computational Social Science(IC2S2 2018), Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management,12-15 July, 2018.
Recently, Dr. Wegman retired from George Mason University after serving for twenty-two years. He joined Mason in 1986 and in 2006 he held a joint appointment with the College of Science (COS) and Engineering. During this time, he was selected as the first Bernard J. Dunn Professor of Information Technology and a recipient of the Mason Distinguished Faculty Award. In 2016, he moved fully to COS and the Department of Computational and Data Sciences in 2016.
On May 16-19, the 2018 Symposium on Data Science and Statistics (SDSS) was held in honor of Dr. Wegman who had done seminal work in many areas within the interface of statistics and computing science—as well as data visualization—and had been a driving force in creating the SDSS and its predecessors.
Suchimista Goswami and Redouane Betrouni, Dr. Wegman’s graduate students, played important roles in this symposium. Ms. Goswami chaired the CS60 Time-based Models and presented the paper she co-authored with Dr. Wegman entitled “Detection of Excessive Activities in Time Series of Graphs Using Scan Statistics.” She also chaired the panel on CS64 – Bioinformatics. Mr. Betrouni chaired the panels on CS66 Business Analytics and CS70 Public Health Applications. He also presented a paper he co-authored with Dr. Wegman, “Systematic Sampling Design with Application to Data Splitting.”