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.
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".
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.
08/2020: Prescriptive Analytics Challenge 4th Place Award at the Challenge on Mobility Intervention for Epidemics at the first ACM KDD Workshop on Prescriptive Analytics for the Physical World (PAPW 2020). For details, see:
07/2020: Best Paper Award Runner-Up at the 21st IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM 2020), Versailles, France (online). For details, see: http://mdmconferences.org/mdm2020/
05/2020: Outstanding Reviewer Award at the 24th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD 2020), Singapore (online). For more details see: https://www.pakdd2020.org/awards.html
05/2020: Awarded $199,998 by the National Science Foundation (Award #2030685) as co-PI for our project titled "RAPID: An Ensemble Approach to Combine Predictions from COVID-19 Simulations".
For details on this award, please see: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2030685
11/2019: ACM SIGSPATIAL Cup 1st Place at the 27th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2019). For more details, see: https://sigspatial2019.sigspatial.org/giscup2019/results
08/2019: Best Paper Award Runner-Up at the 16th International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases (SSTD 2019), Vienna, Austria. For more details, see: http://sstd2019.org/program.html#awards
08/2019: Best Vision Paper Award Runner-Up at the 16th International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases (SSTD 2019), Vienna, Austria. For more details, see: http://sstd2019.org/program.html#awards
01/2018: Awarded $1,500,000 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the Ground Truth Program as principle investigator to provide social sciences a testbed to help test and evaluate different methods and tools for analyzing complex social phenomena.
11/2017: 1st Place Hackathon Winner at the Transportation and Mobility Hackathon organizers by Fairfax County and the Virginia Department of Transportation , Washington DC, USA. (Team Leader).
For more details see: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/economic-success/transportation-mobility-hackathon
08/2017: Best Vision Paper Award at the 15th International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases (SSTD 2017), Washington DC, USA.
09/2016: Awarded $507,852 by the National Science Foundation (Award #1637541) as co-PI for our project titled "AitF: Collaborative Research: Modeling movement on transportation networks using uncertain data".
For details on this award, please see: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1637541
08/2016: Best Demonstration Paper Award at the 14th International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases (SSTD 2015), Hong Kong, China.