Associate Professor, Emory University
My research has been focused on mining spatio-temporal data with applications in transportation, epidemiology, social science, and urban computing. I'm a computer scientist who is passionate to work interdisciplinary.
I have a special interest in Geosimulation as a new paradigm to combine large-scale data generation with data mining to improve decision-making.
My full CV can be found here.
I'm looking for highly motivated students and postdocs in data management, data mining, and machine learning. I'm particularly looking for students for the following projects. Following the links below for a quick overview of the projects and availability of student/postdoc funding:
02/2023: Excited to start a new project funded by NSF on for receiving a research grant ($2293K) from NSF on the project
08/2022: I'm starting at Emory University as an Acting Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science in Fall. Moving to Atlanta!
06/2022: Paper accepted at AnnSim'22 on synthetic population generation for geosimulations. Congratulations to Srihan Kotnana, a high school student who led this work.
04/2022: Paper accepted at MDM'22 on visualizing phylogenetic data. Congratulations to the first author Tri Le.
04/2022: Joining the Preparedness Summit in Atlanta to discuss lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic with health departments and researchers.
03/2022: Received NSF funding to support an undergraduate student in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program to find spatio-temporal patterns in phylogenetic data.
01/2022: Organized a Dagstuhl seminar on Mobility Data Science with 47 participants. Feels good to brainstorm in-person once again!
11/2021: Excited to join the Organizing Committee of PREPARE (Pandemic Research for Preparedness and Resilience), an NSF-sponsored virtual organization tasked with fostering research collaborations and synthesizing critical pandemic-related research into a roadmap to help guide our nation’s response to the next pandemic (https://prepare-vo.org/). We're organizing a workshop on December 8th and 9th for NSF COVID-19 RAPIDs to present their results and collaborate across disciplines. Let me know if you would like to join the workshop!
11/2021: We received the Best Poster Award Runner-Up at ACM SIGSPATIAL 2021 for our Paper titled "Semantically Diverse Paths with Range and Origin Constraints". It is a collaborative work with Xu Teng and Goce Trajcevski from Iowa State University.
11/2021: Paper accepted at the Journal of Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory (CMOT, Springer Nature) on our DARPA work on simulating urban life.
11/2021: Paper accepted at PLoS One. Congratulations Justin Elarde for your work as an undergraduate student!
10/2021: I'm co-organizing the 2nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Spatial Computing for Epidemiology (SpatialEpi 2021) to be held virtually on November 2nd, 2021. The workshop features an outstanding keynote by epidemiologist Dr. Amira Roess and three paper presentations. You can join for the ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference and the workshop for free.
10/2021: I'm co-organizing the 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Searching and Mining Large Collections of Geospatial Data (GeoSearch 2021) to be held virtually on November 2nd, 2021. We have an outstanding keynote by Manil Maskey (NASA) and four paper presentations.
10/2021: I'm co-organizing the 3rd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Spatial Gems (SpatialGems 2021).
09/2021: Paper accepted at the 5th ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Location-based Recommendations. Congratulations Samiul Islam for publishing your work!
08/2021 (Promotion & Tenure): I am now an Associate Professor with Tenure!
07/2021: Full paper accepted at SISAP 2021. Again, Congratulations @Ahmed Askar.
06/2021: Two papers accepted at SSTD 2021. Congratulations to my student Ahmed Askar for his first (full) paper!
05/2021: I am grateful for receiving a research grant ($2293K) from NSF on the project "Data-Driven Modeling to Improve Understanding of Human Behavior, Mobility, and Disease Spread".
We're looking for a motivated postdoc to work with us! (apply here)
04/2021: I'm co-organizing the 2nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Spatial Computing for Epidemiology (SpatialEpi’21) to be held on November 2nd in Beijing, China.
02/2021: I'm excited to be a mentor in GMUs Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP) through which I will mentor seven aspiring high school students in Summer 2021.
01/2021: I'm a guest editor for ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems Special Issue on Special Issue on Understanding the Spread of COVID-19.
12/2020: Our Dagstuhl Seminar Proposal on "Mobility Data Science" together with Dr. Mahmoud Sakr, Dr. Mohamed Mokbel, and Dr. Li Xiong has been accepted! Dates for the seminar will be announced soon.
12/2020: I'm grateful for having received a GMU Summer Team Impact Grant ($35K) to provide two graduate students and six undergraduate students with exciting summer research projects related to Data-Driven Analysis of Human Behavior in COVID-19 Simulation Models in Summer 2021.
12/2020: Joined the ACM SIGKDD 2021 Program Committee (Research Track)
11/2020: Joined the organizing committee of SSTD 2021 as Online Arrangements chair.
11/2020: Survey paper on Uncertain Spatial Data Management accepted to appear in the Springer Handbook of Big Geospatial Data. A preprint can be found here.
I'm co-organizing the 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Modeling and Understanding the Spread of COVID-19 to be held on November 3rd, 2020. We have two outstanding keynotes (Dr. Nicholas Reich and Dr. Jeffrey Shaman) and 16 excellent paper presentations. To attend the workshop, you can register for ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference here.
I'm further co-organizing the 3rd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on GeoSpatial Simulation (GeoSim 2020) for the third time to be held on November 3rd, 2020. Please join us for a keynote by Dr. Samarth Swarup and eight excellent paper presentation. To attend the workshop, you can register for ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference here.
I'm co-organizing the 2nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Spatial Gems (SpatialGems 2020).
One paper accepted at the 3rd ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Advances in Resilient and Intelligent Cities (ARIC 2020).
Congratulations to John Pesavento, Andy Chen, and Rayan Yu, three high school students who worked with us during GMU's Aspiring Scientists Program (ASSIP).
Published the latest issue of the ACM SIGSPATIAL Newsletter which is a special issue on Modeling and Understanding the Spread of COVID-19 (Part 2). All ACM SIGSPATIAL Newsletter articles can be found at https://www.sigspatial.org/publications/newsletter/
One full paper accepted at ACM SIGSPATIAL conference. Congratulations Liming Zhang!
Two full papers accepted at DSAA 2020!
4th Place Award and invited paper at the ACM KDD Prescriptive Analytics for the Physical World (PAPW 2020) EpiSim Challenge!
Best Paper Award Runner-Up at MDM 2020!
Two full papers accepted at MDM 2020!
Tutorial Accepted at MDM 2020!