Data Science

Faculty

Data Sciences is an interdisciplinary program featuring faculty from across our campus. 

Biological Sciences

Chandrashekhar Joshi
"Cellulose is the fiber of human civilization."

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

  • Department Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, CFRES

Research Interests: Biological Sciences

  • Plant Molecular Genetics

Areas of Expertise: Biology and Forestry

  • Cellulose and lignin biosynthesis in trees
  • Wood formation
  • Tree growth and development
  • Engineering trees
  • Forest bioinformatics

Stephen Techtmann

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Next-generation sequencing technology and bioinformatics
  • Microbial physiology and biochemistry
  • Microbes as sensors for the environmental impacts of oil and gas production
  • Microbially-mediated remediation of crude oil contamination

Paul D. Goetsch

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
  • Genomics / Bioinformatics

Research Interests

  • Developmental Biology
  • Transcriptional Biology
  • Cancer Biology

Xiaohu (Mark) Tang

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Links

  • CV

Research Interests

  • Cancer Genetics and Metabolism
  • Mechanisms of Cancer Initiation and Progression
  • Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Interactions of Diet and Nutrition with Cancer

Chemistry

Sarah A. Green

  • Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Climate change communication
  • Science-policy interface
  • Response of aquatic systems to climate change
  • Great Lakes
  • Behavior of metal-contaminated sediments in the Lake Superior basin
  • Fluorescence-based analytical methods
  • Aerosol chemistry
  • Origin and fate of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in terrestrial, lake, and marine environments
  • Methods for detection of free radicals, photochemical transformations of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in the environment
  • integration of biological, geological, physical, and chemical data for understanding global cycles.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

R. Andrew Swartz, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

  • Application computationally efficient and robust embedded algorithms for monitoring and protection of civil infrastructure assets such as buildings, bridges, pipelines, wind turbines, roadways, and railroads.

Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Shane T. Mueller

  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Computational Modeling
  • Recognitional Decision Making
  • Perceptual and Memory Processes
  • Representations of Cultural Knowledge

Computer Science

Laura E. Brown

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Director, Data Science Graduate Program

Area of Expertise

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Data Mining and Data Science
  • Applications of AI and ML to Energy (microgrids, power systems), Health, and other domains

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Sensor and Data Fusion
  • Heterogeneous Data Mining
  • Explosive Hazard Detection

Jianhui Yue

  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Computer Architecture
  • Operating System
  • System Optimization of Big Data Process

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Sensor and Data Fusion
  • Heterogeneous Data Mining
  • Explosive Hazard Detection

Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Thomas Oommen

  • Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Computer Methods in Geomechanics
  • Computational Geoscience
  • Remote Sensing for Geotechniques
  • Geostatistics and Data Analysis
  • Engineering Geology and Geoinformatics

Research Interests

  • Liquefaction susceptibility evaluation at local and regional scales using in-situ measurements and remote sensing observations
  • Estimating liquefaction induced damage such as lateral spread displacement
  • Transportation Geotechniques
  • Documenting earthquake induced damages, especially liquefaction using aerial/satellite images that are sensitive to surficial moisture
  • Geotechnical asset monitoring
  • Machine Learning

Information Technology

Gowtham Sh

  • Director of Research Computing, Information Technology
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Physics
  • Research Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering NSF XSEDE Campus Champion

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Scientific Computing

Research Interests

  • Parallel computing and visualization
  • Design and optimization of supercomputing platform
  • Design of computational work flows
  • Technological tools for research and teaching
  • Interaction of biological matter with nanomaterials
  • Electronic structure calculations of nanoclusters

Mathematics

Benjamin W. Ong

  • Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Scientific computing
  • Numerical PDEs
  • Parallel Computing
  • Plasma modeling and simulation
  • Dimension Reduction

Yeonwoo Rho

  • Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Time Series Analysis
  • Econometrics
  • Bootstrap/Resampling

Research Interests

  • Unit Root Testing
  • Mixed Frequency Data
  • Clustering using Penalized Regression

Qiuying Sha

  • Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor of Population Health

Areas of Expertise

  • Statistical Genetics
  • Applied Statistics
Allan Struthers
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
—Theodore Roosevelt

Allan A. Struthers

  • Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Algorithms that can be parallelized on GPUs
  • Applications of differential equations to science and engineering

Kui Zhang

  • Dave House Endowed Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Statistical Genetics and Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Applied Statistics

Xiao Zhang

  • Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Bayesian computation
  • Missing data analysis
  • Longitudinal and multivariate data analysis
  • Survival analysis
  • Multi-state modeling
  • Statistical genetics

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Physics

Robert J. Nemiroff

  • Professor, Physics

Research Interests

  • Gamma-ray bursts
  • Gravitational lensing
  • Smartphones as science sensors
  • Cosmology
  • Gravitation
  • Relativistic Illumination Fronts

School of Business and Economics

Mari W. Buche

  • Associate Dean, College of Business
  • Professor of Management Information Systems, College of Business
  • Affiliated Professor, Data Science

Teaching Interests

  • Information Systems/Technology Management
  • IT Project Management
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Business Intelligence
  • Software Engineering

Research Interests

  • Impact of IS/IT change on end users
  • Management of IS/IT workers
  • Computer Anxiety and Computer Self-Efficacy
  • Mentoring using Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Various de facto Standards (i.e. Information Technology Infrastructure Library – ITIL)

Jeffrey Wall

  • Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems, College of Business
  • Richard and Joyce Ten Haken Faculty Fellow in Business

Teaching Interests

  • Web programming
  • Business Process Analysis
  • Information Security
  • Database Design

Research Interests

  • Information security behavior
  • Individual deviance
  • Organizational deviance
  • Organizational controls
  • Small business/entrepreneurship

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science 

Hairong Wei
"We are doing excellent job in describing how an individual gene functions, but not how life functions. Systems biology is to fill this gap."

Hairong Wei

  • Professor
  • Affiliated Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, Computer Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Identification of genes regulating complex traits via systems biology approaches
  • Gene expression data analysis
  • Gene network construction and decomposition
  • Developing software for mining large-scale biological data
  • Genomics of wood formation

College of Computing

Guy C. Hembroff

  • Associate Professor, College of Computing
  • Director, Health Informatics Graduate Program
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Data Science

Research Interests

  • Cybersecurity
  • Biometric development
  • Health care information systems security
  • Human computer interaction
  • Intelligent medical devices

Links of Interest

Personal Webpage 

Teaching Interests

  • Cybersecurity
  • Medical/health informatics
  • Network engineering
  • Health care information systems security
Donald Peck

Donald Peck

Research Interests

  • Analytics
  • Medical Imaging Methods
  • Image Processing
  • Radiomics

Teaching Interests

  • Medical Imaging Physics
  • Imaging Informatics

Jinshan Tang

  • Professor, College of Computing
  • Affiliated Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Computational Science & Engineering, and Data Science

Research Interests

  • Image processing and pattern recognition
  • Biomedical imaging and medical image analysis
  • Medical informatics and intelligent medical diagnosis system

Teaching Interests

  • Computer networking
  • Advanced programming
  • Medical information system
  • Medical image analysis

Social Sciences 

Mark D. Rouleau

  • Associate Professor, Social Sciences

Research Interests

  • Social simulation
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Land-use modeling
  • Norm evolution
  • Survey design
  • International relations