HDSI Names Faculty Fellows, Class of 2020

by Trista Sobeck

Rajesh Gupta, HDSI Founding Director, has announced the appointment of the following HDSI Faculty Council members as HDSI Faculty Fellows, Class of 2020. This two-year appointment comes in recognition of their contributions to the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute and its mission and programs.

These Fellows have shown their willingness and passion for the emerging community of HDSI affiliates through such projects as streamlining cyberinfrastructure resources and managing senior design projects, while keeping HDSI leadership engaged and informed.

Congratulations to the following faculty members:

Headshot of Ilkay Altintas

Ilkay Altintas, Founding HDSI Fellow

Ilkay Altintas is a Founding Fellow of the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute (HDSI) as well as San Diego Supercomputer Center’s Chief Data Science Officer. In addition to her CDSO responsibilities at SDSC, an Organized Research Unit of UC San Diego, Altintas is an associate research scientist and the founding director of the Workflows for Data Science (WoRDS) Center of Excellence at SDSC. WoRDS specializes in the development of methods, cyberinfrastructure and workflows for computational data science and its translation to practical applications. The WIFIRE Lab she founded and directs is focused on artificial intelligence methods for an all-hazards knowledge cyberinfrastructure, becoming a management layer from the data collection to modeling efforts, and has achieved significant success in helping to manage wildfires.

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Arun Kumar

Arun is a member of the Database Lab and Center for Networked Systems and an affiliate member of the Artificial Intelligence group. His primary research interests are in data management and systems for machine learning-based data analytics. Systems and ideas based on his research have been released as part of the Apache MADlib open-source library, shipped as part of products from Cloudera, IBM, Oracle, and Pivotal, and used internally by Facebook, Google, LogicBlox, Microsoft, and other companies. His current research focuses on simplifying and accelerating the processes of data preparation, model selection, and model deployment.

Tara Javidi

Tara founded and co-directs the Center for Machine-Integrated Computing and Security at UC San Diego. Among her projects is DetecDrone Target Search Technology. Her research focus is on stochastic analysis, design, and control of information collection, processing, and transfer in modern communication and networked systems. Her work also includes the applications of microeconomic theory and organizational science to the design of wireless networks.

Brad Voytek, Founding HDSI Fellow

Bradley Voytek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science, the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, and the Neurosciences Graduate Program at UC San Diego. He is an Alfred P. Sloan Neuroscience Research Fellow and National Academies Kavli Fellow, as well as a founding faculty member of the UC San Diego Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute and its undergraduate Data Science program, where he serves as Vice-chair. His research program uses neural modeling and simulation, along with large-scale data mining and machine learning techniques, to understand the physiological basis of human cognition and age-related cognitive decline.

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