Past CoE Distinguished Researchers & Scholars
Tim Dye is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of biomedical informatics at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. He is also an anthropologist-epidemiologist specializing in applied public health. His work focuses on improving our understanding of complex maternal and child health problems through the creation and analysis of large integrated datasets. He is also interested in how technological innovation can improve health locally and around the world.
Dye has received project funding from national and international organizations, and his work spans more than 20 countries. It also helped establish birth and immunization registries in New York State, which provided a foundation for his interest in integrating genetic, molecular, electronic, and public health information.
Gourab Ghoshal is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy. He joined Rochester in 2015 from Harvard University.
As a statistical physicist who works in the field of complex systems, his research interests include the theory and applications of complex networks as well as nonequilibrium statistical physics, game theory, econophysics, dynamical systems, and the origins of life. Ghoshal is also the editor of a book on complex networks and his work has been published in Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters.
Thomas Howard is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. He is working to develop techniques that identify the formulation of trajectory planning problems directly from unstructured natural language.
Recently, he developed a technique that uses probabilistic graphical models trained with a corpus of labeled examples to determine the constraint set that best represents a given command, thereby avoiding computational bottlenecks imposed by search in a state-action space for the most probable path.
Howard also directs the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Jiebo Luo is a professor of computer science. He works on image understanding and develops systems that automatically label images, videos, and other forms of multimedia.
Dedicated to the idea that “every picture tells a story,” Luo mines images from the Internet and then teaches the computer to understand what the images mean. By looking at trends associated with these images, researchers can come up with predictions of how various products will sell and even the outcome of political elections.
Rajeev Raizada is an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences. He uses pattern-based fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) analysis in order to understand the way the brain encodes and processes information. fMRI is nonintrusive and provides a safe way to study our brains in action.
Raizada’s work is laying a foundation for the day when neuroscientists will use a brain scan to diagnose the underlying causes of learning disabilities such as dyslexia and to detect impairments long before children experience difficulty or, potentially, failure in school.