Asaro Biggar Professorships/Fellowships in Data Science
The Asaro Biggar Professorships/Fellowships in Data Science are a gift from Trustee Stephen Biggar ’92 and his wife, Elisabeth Asaro-Biggar ’92, to support data science at the University of Rochester.
Funds from the gift are used to support tenured or tenure-track Arts, Sciences and Engineering faculty who use data science methods to frame, analyze, and resolve the most pressing issues in their fields. The Biggars’ gift helps the University to recruit and retain the best talent in the rapidly growing and competitive field of data science,, by funding fellowships for junior faculty and professorships for senior faculty. Fellowships carry a three year term and allow the University to honor and encourage outstanding faculty early in their careers.
“Academic programs like these require the best people behind them. We saw this as an opportunity to help build the data science program at an important, formative stage. With top faculty, Rochester can be at the forefront of the field.”
Stephen Biggar ’92
Current and Past Asaro Biggar Fellows
Associate Professor of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science
Stephen Biggar ’92 and Elisabeth Asaro ’92 Fellow in Data Science (2020-2023)
Research Interests: Theory and applications of Complex Networks, Non-equilibrium Statistical Physics, Game theory, Econophysics, Dynamical Systems and the Origins of Life.
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Asaro Biggar Family Fellow in Data Science (2020-2023)
Research Interests: Statistical learning from Big Data, network science, decentralized optimization and graph signal processing, with applications in dynamic network health monitoring, social, power grid and Big Data analytics.
Associate Professor of Biology
Stephen Biggar ’92 and Elisabeth Asaro ’92 Fellow in Data Science (2017-2020)
Research Interests: Evolutionary genetics and genomics; Intragenomic conflict and the evolution of selfish DNA; Evolutionary and functional genomics of satellite DNA; Sex chromosome and dot chromosome evolution in Drosophila.
M. Ehsan Hoque
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Asaro Biggar Family Fellow in Data Science (2017-2020)
Research Interests: Human Computer Interaction; Artificial Intelligence; Interactive machine learning; Ubiquitous Computing; Assistive Technologies.