I'm Derek Onken, a PhD student in the Computer Science and Informatics Program at Emory University. I focus on data-intensive, biologically-motivated problems. My strengths lie in mathematical approaches to data analysis.



  • Doctor of Philosophy - Emory University (2016-Present)
    Computer Science & Informatics track

  • Bachelor of Science - University of Georgia (2011-2015)
    Majors: Mathematics and Computer Science
    Minors: Physics and Classical Culture



Parkinson's Disease Telemonitoring and Voice Analysis via Mobile App with Eugene Agichtein as part of his IRLAB. (2017-Present)
Collecting and analyzing voice data, touch pressure, and rest tremor to detect Parkinson's disease symptoms via remote patient monitoring. Building machine learning classifier using motor and vocal features extracted from these patients.

Using CDR data from H1N1 outbreak to predict future disease outbreaks with Ymir Vigfusson in the Simbiosys Lab. (2016-2017)
Our dataset contians cellphone data from the H1N1 outbreak in 2009-2010 and linked health data. We develop a classifier to determine/predict sickness based on human behavior changes around Date of Diagnosis. Motivation: give health officials a more real-time and accurate estimation of sick individuals as an outbreak is occuring.

Lunar study with Juan B. Gutierrez in the Biomathematics Research Group. (2014-2016)
Analysis of 56 million natality records and sex ratio correlations.

Comparison of Parallelization Methods with Juan B. Gutierrez in the Biomathematics Research Group. (2014)
Exploration of MPI, CUDA, and OpenCL. Application of MPI to Geneset Enrichment Analysis (GSEA).



Spring 2018:   TA for Dr. Xiong's Data Mining (CS378)
    Office Hours: Tues 11am-noon, Fri 10-11am in N411
Fall 2017:     Lab Instructor for Dr. Lars Ruthotto's Numerical Analysis (MATH315)
Spring 2017:   TA for Dr. Michele Benzi's Numerical Analysis (MATH315)
Fall 2016:     TA for Dr. Davide Fossati's Intro to Java (CS170)


Contact Me


400 Dowman Drive
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322

donken [at] emory [dot] edu


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