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Center of Excellence

Researchers and Scholars

The Center of Excellence in Data Science (CoE) supports faculty research aligned with the Goergen Institute for Data Science research domains, particularly collaborative public-private research partnerships spanning several areas, such as:

  • Developing healthcare breakthroughs
  • Improving our knowledge of how the brain works
  • Creating tools and systems to efficiently use and extract meaning from data

The CoE is working to build strategic alliances and business partnerships among the academic, government, and business communities, leveraging University of Rochester expertise.

Interested in partnering with the CoE? Contact Scott Steele at

Current CoE Distinguished Researchers and Scholars

Past CoE distinguished researchers and scholars can be viewed here.

Jean-Philippe CoudercJean-Philippe Couderc

Jean-Philippe Couderc is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Cardiology Department of Strong Memorial Hospital (Rochester, NY) and Research Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Rochester (NY). Jean-Philippe’s activities focus on the development of ECG-based technologies to improve the field of cardiac safety. His work on developing ECG tools enabling the reliable measurements of the QT interval has been highlighted in The Wall Street Journal, more recent development of contactless monitoring of cardiac patients enabled the detection of cardiac arrhythmia using a simple webcam. He is the Founder and Director of Telemetric and Holter ECG Warehouse initiative (, an initiative for the distribution of ECG and clinical information to the International scientific community in order to improve cardiac safety.

Jean-Philippe Couderc is holding a position of Special Governmental Employee at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) for the Food and Drug Administration of the US. Department of Health & Human Services. In addition, he holds the position of Chief Technology Officer at iCardiac Technology Inc. a Rochester-based research spinoff delivering high-precision ECG-based safety and efficacy metrics to pharmaceutical companies worldwide.

Krystel HuxlinKrystel Huxlin

Krystel Huxlin is the James V. Aquavella professor of ophthalmology and associate chair for research at the Flaum Eye Institute. Part of her research focuses on developing new approaches to induce and study the properties of training-induced visual recovery in humans with blindness caused by visual cortex damage, a condition for which there is currently no rehabilitative treatment. In addition to characterizing the properties of recovery attainable with different visual training paradigms, her team is exploring attentional and other manipulations (e.g. transcranial electrical stimulation, pharmacology) to enhance the recovery potential of the damaged visual system. Functional MRI is then used to study how the remaining cortical circuitry is altered by both damage and subsequently, by visual training. This body of work is intended to improve our understanding of the plasticity inherent in brain-damaged individuals, and how this plasticity can be recruited to recover visual functions.

Dan GildeaDan Gildea


Gaurav SharmaGaurav Sharma

Gaurav Sharma is the Director for the Center for Electronic Imaging Systems (CEIS), a New York state supported center for promoting joint university-industry research and technology development, which is housed at the University of Rochester. Sharma is a senior member of IEEE, a member of the IEEE Signal Processing and Communications Societies, and of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology. He is also an elected member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society and the Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Mu Epsilon honor societies. Sharma currently serves as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and the SPIE Journal of Electronic Imaging. He is the editor of the \”Digital Color Imaging Handbook\” published by CRC press. Sharma serves as the vice-chair for the Image and Multi-dimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee, of the IEEE Signal Processing Society and served as the 2007 Chair of the IEEE Rochester Section.

Mitchell LovettMitchell J. Lovett

Mitchell Lovett is an associate professor of marketing at the Simon Business School. He joined the University of Rochester in 2008 after completing his PhD at Duke University, where he was the Sheth Doctoral Consortium Fellow.

Lovett’s research interests include quantitative marketing, targeted advertising, advertising content and schedule choices, online and offline word-of-mouth, branding, social media listening, and consumer learning.

Huaxia RuiHuaxia Rui

Huaxia Rui is an assistant professor of computers and information systems at the Simon Business School. His research interests include social media, health IT, and optimal contract design. Rui is currently working on a system called Twitter Sensor to give consumers even more power to check how well companies are treating their customers based on people’s discussions on Twitter.

CoE Scholars

CoE Scholars are students and fellows working with CoE Distinguished Researchers and other faculty on a broad range of data science-related projects. Current and previous CoE Scholars include:

Graduate Students and Fellows

Jacob Arkin, Electrical and Computing Engineering
Michelle Esponda, Biomedical Engineering
Yang Gao, Simon Business School
Surenda Hazarie, Physics and Astronomy
Timothy Kopp, Computer Science
Qiguang Liu, Computer Science
Theodore Marschall, Physics and Astronomy
Michele Meyer, Warner School of Education
Michael Napoli, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Bhoomija Ranjan, Simon Business School
Deidre-Ann Mellissa Reid, Warner School of Education
Young Chol Song, Computer Science
Xixi Wang, Biomedical Engineering
Zhaomin (Tim) Xu, Surgery Research, URMC (Resident)
Jianbo Yuan, Computer Science
Anis Zaman, Computer Science

Undergraduate Students

Leonard Brown, Data Science
Li-Kai Chi, Data Science
Meghan Corriere, Biology
Tracee Fukunaga, Chemistry
Jahron Marriott, Physics and Astronomy
Erin Muir, Biology
Zhishen Pan, Data Science
Andrew Tarbox, International Relations
Annabel Victor-Halliday, Public Health