Center for Data Sciences

The Center for Data Sciences (DataS) focuses on the research of data science education, algorithms, mathematics, and applications. DataS fosters interdisciplinary collaborations by bringing together diverse faculty and students from varied disciplines to discover new knowledge and exciting research opportunities in the field of data sciences.

Center Resources

  • Pattern Recognition and Intelligent Machines Engineering (PRIME) Lab
    • Office space and computing for graduate students and a large test facility for mobile robotics and UAV sensor development
  • Four dedicated compute nodes on MTU Superior, a shared high performance computing cluster

Center Director

Timothy Havens

  • Director, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Director, Institute of Computing and Cybersystems
  • William and Gloria Jackson Professor

Center Members

Jeremy P. Bos

  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Robotic Systems Enterprise

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Atmospheric optics
  • Statistical optics
  • Quantum optics
  • Image and Signal Processing
  • Autonomous vehicles and vehicular networks
  • Industrial automation and controls

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

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
  • Business Intelligence
  • User-Centered Design 

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)

Snehamoy Chatterjee

  • Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Witte Family Endowed Faculty Fellow in Mining Engineering

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Mine Planning and Design under Uncertainties
  • Production monitoring and automated control using image sensors
  • Multi-point and multi-scale geostatistics
  • Mine safety, reliability, and occupational risk modeling
  • Statistical and artificial intelligence modeling

Teaching Interests

  • Mine Planning and Design
  • Geostatistics and Mineral Resource Estimation
  • Systems Engineering
  • Reliability and Safety Engineering
  • Blasting and Fragmentation

Tan Chen

  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Legged Locomotion 
  • Applied Control
  • Rehabilitation Robotics
  • Collaborative Robots
  • Learning-based Control

Jun Dai

  • Assistant Professor of Accounting, College of Business
  • Richard and Joyce Ten Haken Faculty Fellow in Accounting/Finance

Teaching Interests

  • Accounting Systems
  • Accounting Analytical Methods
  • Business Database Management

Susanta Ghosh

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Faculty member of Center for Data Sciences at the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC)
  • Faculty member of the Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Postdoctoral Research Experience

  • Duke University, Durham
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Technical University of Catalunya, Barcelona

Research Expertise

  • Bayesian Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Scientific Machine Learning
  • Computational Solid Mechanics
  • Materials Modeling
  • Biomedical Imaging and Inverse Problems

Elena Giusarma

  • Assistant Professor, Physics

Research Interests

  • Cosmology
  • Neutrinos Cosmology
  • Large-scale structure and Cosmic Microwave Background radiation
  • Dark energy and dark matter models
  • Machine Learning applied on cosmological Challenges
  • Computer vision and deep learning
  • Bayesian analysis
  • Predictive Modeling

Sang Yoon Han

  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Advisor, Korean Student Association

Research Interests

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Research Interests

  • Mechanobiology
  • Traction force by a living cell
  • Cell adhesion and migration
  • Image data modeling
  • Machine learning
  • BioMEMS
Stefka Hristova
"The true picture of the past whizzes by. Only as a picture, which flashes its final farewell in the moment of its recognizability, is the past to be held fast."
—Walter Benjamin “On the Concept of History”

Stefka Hristova

  • Associate Professor of Digital Media, Humanities
  • Communication, Culture, and Media Undergraduate Program Director


  • Visual Studies
  • Algorithmic Culture
  • Photography
  • Critical Theory

Dukka B KC

  • Associate Dean for Research, College of Computing
  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Associate Director, ICC

Research Interests

  • Bioinformatics
  • Data Science
  • Machine Learning/Deep Learning
  • High-performance Computing

Vinh Nguyen

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Industry 4.0
  • Human-robot-machine interaction
  • Physics-based/data-driven modeling
  • Manufacturing process monitoring
  • Industrial automation

Nilufer Onder

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Associate Chair, Computer Science
  • Undergraduate Program Director, Computer Science

Area of Expertise

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Automated Planning and Scheduling
  • Computer Science Education
  • Student Persistence in STEM

Benjamin W. Ong

  • Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • Undergraduate Advisor (Business Analytics, Math + CS)

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Scientific computing
  • Numerical PDEs
  • Parallel Computing
  • Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra
  • Dimension Reduction

Thomas Oommen

  • 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

Sidike Paheding

  • Assistant Professor, Applied Computing
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Affiliated Faculty, Computational Science & Engineering; ICC Center for Data Sciences

Areas of Expertise:

  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Computer Vision
  • Image and Video Processing
  • Hyperspectral Image Analysis
  • Remote Sensing

Anthony (Tony) Pinar

  • Associate Teaching Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Senior Design Coordinator, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Machine Learning
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Data Fusion
  • Electronic Design

Nathir A. Rawashdeh

  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Applied Computing
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Member, Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC)

Teaching Experience

  • Programmable Logic Control (PLC)
  • Digital Electronics
  • Analog Electronics
  • Image Processing
  • Automatic Control Systems
  • Instrumentation & Measurement
  • Mechatronics Senior Design
  • MATLAB Programming

Research Interests

  • Image Processing;
  • Autonomous Vehicles Perception;
  • Mobile Robot Applications;  
  • Mechatronics;
  • Applied Machine Learning.

Michael C. Roggemann

  • Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Optics
  • Image reconstruction and processing
  • Pattern recognition
  • Adaptive and atmospheric optics

Mark D. Rouleau

  • Associate Professor, Social Sciences

Research Interests

  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Social simulation (agent-based modeling)
  • Policy analysis
  • International relations
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Norm evolution and social influence
  • STEM education evaluation
  • Research design and methods

Timothy J. Schulz

  • University Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Statistical signal processing

Alex Sergeyev

  • Professor, Applied Computing
  • Director, Mechatronics Graduate Program
  • Director, FANUC Certified Industrial Robotics Training Center

Research Interests

  • Optics
  • Signal processing
  • Image reconstruction and processing
  • Adaptive and atmospheric optics
  • Holography and laser spectroscopy
  • Engineering education

Teaching Interests

  • Optics
  • Electrical machinery
  • Power systems
  • Electronic devices and circuits
  • Real-time robotics systems
  • Programmable logic controllers

Zequn Wang

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Design under uncertainty
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Model calibration and validation
  • Metamodeling

Research Interests

  • Design for reliability and system resilience
  • Prognostics and health management
  • Design of engineered material systems
  • Uncertainty management
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
  • Editor-in-Chief, Forestry Research (ForRes):
  • Affiliated Professor, Department of Computer Science & Department of Mathematics

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

Xiaoyong (Brian) Yuan

  • Assistant Professor, Applied Computing
  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise  

  • Machine Learning
  • Security and Privacy
  • Cloud Computing

Wenbin Zhang

  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Ethical Artificial Intelligence
  • Health Care
  • Data Mining
  • Interdisciplinary 

Weihua Zhou

  • Assistant Professor, Health Informatics, Applied Computing
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Medical Informatics
  • Medical Image Analysis

Areas of Expertise

  • Image Processing and Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Medical Image Analysis
  • Health Informatics
  • Text Mining