Li Xiong receives major research grant
Congratulations to Li Xiong, Principal Investigator of a $1.06M research award from the PCOR Institute for her project on "Building Data Registries with Privacy and Confidentiality". Dr. Xiong is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Emory where she also directs the the Assured Information Management and Sharing (AIMS) Lab. The PCORI project builds on her prior research in privacy-preserving information sharing, and brings together medical providers and computer scientists to harness healthcare data for social good without compromising confidentiality. A press release is at http://news.emory.edu/stories/2014/08/xiong_pcori_award/ and a project summary is at http://pfaawards.pcori.org/research-results/2014/building-data-registries-privacy-and-confidentiality-pcor.
Math/CS Welcomes New Faculty Member Lars Ruthotto
Lars Ruthotto completed his Ph.D. degree in Mathematics at the University of Münster, Germany (2012). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2014, Ruthotto held positions at the University of British Columbia, the University of Lübeck and the University of Münster. Ruthotto's primary research focus is scientific computing for inverse problems arising in medical and geophysical imaging. His articles have been published in a number of leading journals including SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging and Geophysical Journal International.
Math/CS Welcomes New Faculty Member Jinho Choi
Jinho Choi is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University. He obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2012. Jinho Choi has been active in research on natural language processing; especially, on the optimization of low-level NLP (e.g., part-of-speech tagging, dependency parsing, semantic role labeling) for robustness on various data and scalability on large data. He has developed an open source project called ClearNLP, providing NLP components with state-of-the-art accuracy and speed, which has been widely used for both academic and industrial research. His current research focuses on the development of NLP components for different domains (e.g., social media, medical data) and the applications of these NLP components for end-user systems such as question-answering, information extraction, dialog management, etc. He is also interested in interdisciplinary research where NLP can enhance researches in other areas.
Math/CS Welcomes New Faculty Member Ymir Vigfusson
Ymir Vigfusson completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Cornell University (2010). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2014, Vigfusson held positions at Reykjavik University and IBM Research. Vigfusson's primary research focus is on distributed data replication and security. His articles have been published in a number of leading venues including VLDB, EuroSys, SOCC and the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing.
Computer Science Graduate Student Dmitry Lagun Wins SIGIR 2014 Best Student Paper
Dmitry Lagun, a graduate student in the Data Management Research Group, was awarded Best Student Paper at the SIGIR '14 Proceedings of the 37th international ACM SIGIR conference on Research & development in information retrieval. "Towards better measurement of attention and satisfaction in mobile search" was in collaboration with Chih-Hung Hsieh, Dale Webster, and Vidhya Navalpakkam, all with Google, Inc The paper can be found here.