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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 Walt Johnson 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 the 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 and 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 GildeaDaniel Gildea

Daniel Gildea is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Rochester. His research investigates various aspects of natural language processing, including machine translation, language understanding, analysis of multimodal data, and the computational complexity of parsing and translation problems. He has authored one book and over 100 papers, serves as reviewer for numerous publications, has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant, and a number of Google Faculty Awards. 

Gaurav SharmaGaurav Sharma

Gaurav Sharma is with the University of Rochester, where he is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering , Department of Computer Science , and Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology. From 2008-2010, he served as the Director for the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS), a New York state supported center for promoting joint university-industry research and technology development, which is housed at the University of Rochester. From 1996 through 2003, he was with Xerox Research and Technology in Webster, NY first as a member of research and technology staff and then as a Principal Scientist and Project Leader. Dr. Sharma is a fellow of the IEEE, a fellow of SPIE -- the international society for optics and photonics, and a fellow of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T). Dr. Sharma served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Electronic Imaging from 2011 through 2015. He has previously served as an associate editor for the Journal of Electronic Imaging, for the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and the open-access journals Research Letters in Signal Processing journal and Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the editor of the "Digital Color Imaging Handbook" published by CRC press. Dr. Sharma was the Chair and Co-Chair, respectively, for the 2013 and 2012 IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging (EI) Symposia and Technical Program Co-Chair for the 2012 and 2016 editions of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP). He is the Chair of the IEEE Conference Publications Committee (CPC), serves on the IEEE Publication Services Product Board (PSPB) as a member-at-large and as the Treasurer, on the IEEE PSPB Strategic Planning Committee.

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