Research Laboratories

Bioinformatics Lab | Director, Serdar Bozdag

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The research goal of the bioinformatics lab is to develop open-source integrative computational tools that integrate multi-omics biological, clinical and environmental exposure datasets to infer context-specific regulatory interactions and modules, and to predict disease associated genes and patient-specific drug response

Computational Social Science Lab | Director, Shion Guha

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This lab focuses on understanding complex social phenomena through a human-centered, computational perspective. The lab collaborates heavily with social scientists and humanities scholars. There are three concurrent themes for lab projects:

  1. Networked privacy: Privacy manifests itself via many aspects in social networks. Some of them are surveillance, deception, non-use, impression management etc. How do we examine and understand these dynamics computationally?
  2. Algorithmic ethics: Algorithms and data increasingly govern many facets of our lives. How can we re-imagine humans in the algorithm-data loop that reinforces inclusion, transparency and is ethically centered?
  3. Computing in non-WEIRD contexts: Most prevalent social scientific thought has been developed in WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic) contexts. How can we computationally analyze, build and develop theories that align with other kinds of contexts?

Data Science and Text Analytics Lab | Director, Praveen Madiraju

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The DATA Lab focuses on solving real-world problems by applying techniques from the broad area of data science and data analytics on both structured and unstructured data. The lab also conducts research on applying machine learning techniques to analyze textual and social media data.

Parallel Computing Lab | Director, Satish Puri

Director – Satish Puri

This lab focuses on using Parallel and High Performance Computing to solve compute- and data-intensive problems. There are two active projects currently:

  1. Parallel algorithms for computational geometry problems on multi-cores and GPUs.
  2. Parallel I/O library and distributed computational framework for Spatial Big Data.

Systems Lab | Director, Dennis Brylow

Director – Dennis Brylow

The lab creates new tools and methods for building and studying complex computer systems. Our emphasis is on embedded, real-time, and network systems, with strong ties to the electrical and computer engineering community, and the computer science education community. Current projects include:

  1. Experimental Embedded Networking Platform. Creation of laboratory infrastructure and software for research and education in the area of embedded networking appliances, particularly wireless routers and IP telephony. Collaboration with Cisco Systems Advanced Research Division.
  2. Experimental Embedded Operating System Laboratory. Creation of laboratory infrastructure and software for research and education in area of embedded operating systems. Collaboration with University of Buffalo and University of Mississippi, with funding from the National Science Foundation.
  3. Embedded Software Transactional Memory. Exploration of an innovative transactional memory model for guaranteeing process synchronization in embedded operating systems. Collaboration with Intel Research.

Ubicomp Lab | Director, Iqbal Ahamed

Director – Iqbal Ahamed

This lab focuses on the research issues in pervasive/ubiquitous computing systems and applications. Current projects include:

  1. Middleware services for pervasive/ubiquitous computing systems and applications -developing energy efficient infra-structure less device discovery, secure service discovery, location detection and self healing services on wirelessly connected PDAs and Sensors. Using these services to build different applications such as assessment tool, asset tracking, home monitoring, and healthcare applications. Got some equipment from Microsoft research. 2 MS students and 2 undergrad students are working.
  2. Security, trust and privacy in pervasive/ubiquitous computing- developing initial results for writing grants. 2 MS students are working. NSF support is being requested.
  3. Pervasive healthcare - applying pervasive computing technologies for wellness monitoring, elderly care, cancer patient care. Collaborating with Medical college of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI and Marshfield Clinic, Wausau, WI. 1 undergrad and 1 MS student are working. Microsoft research grant has been requested. NIH support is being requested.
  4. RFID security - developing security solutions for RFID. Developing initial results for writing grants. 1 MS student is working.