SICE welcomes 14 new faculty members


The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering is pleased to announce the hiring of 14 faculty members for the 2018-19 school year. Seven women and seven men have accepted faculty positions in the computer science, informatics, intelligent systems engineering, and information and library science programs.

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming so many talented researchers, teachers, and mentors to our school,” said Raj Acharya, dean of SICE. “We’re already so proud of our world-renowned faculty who work each day to develop and build the technology of tomorrow, and the addition of these 14 men and women only strengthens the reputation and skill of our faculty.”

SICE has hired Roni Khardon (Computer Science) as a full professor, while Ariful Azad (ISE), Kahyun Choi (ILS, who will be starting in January 2019), Chia-Fang Chung (INFO), Marika Cifor (ILS), Dana Habeeb (INFO), Xiaojing Liao (CS), Prateek Sharma (ISE) and Luyi Xing (CS) were hired as assistant professors. Veljko Malbasa, who will start in January 2019, will serve as a clinical professor in computer science, Shabnam Kavousian will serve as a senior lecturer in informatics, and Michael Chabin, Logan Paul, and Joanna Zai will serve as lecturers in informatics.

Khardon comes to IU from Tufts University where he has built a reputation as a world-leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and his interests focus on Intelligent Agents that can learn from data, build representations of their world, use such knowledge for reasoning and decision making, and act in their environment so as to optimize their objectives. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Harvard.

Khardon is an expert in machine learning and data mining, and he recently has investigated problems in graphical models and their applications, online algorithms in machine learning, and learning and acting in complex environments. His work ranges from the exploration of theoretical and empirical questions to the use of applications. Khardon previously has served as an associate editor for both the Artificial Intelligence Journal and the Machine Learning Journal, and he was an area chair on the program committee for the 2018 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics.

Azad was previously at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and focuses on parallel graph algorithms, high-performance and data-intensive computing, sparse matrix algorithms, and applications to large-scale science problems. Choi’s research includes music text analysis and metadata, audio music information retrieval, and informetrics, while Chung’s interests lie in designing systems and services to support healthcare, wellness and relationships, personal informatics, behavior changes, ubiquitous computing, and computer-supported cooperative work.

Cifor’s research has included archives and records management, critical theory, digital humanities, diversity, equity and inclusion, gender and sexuality studies, information and technology ethics, media studies, science and technology studies, and social informatics. Habeeb was a visiting assistant professor in spring 2018 at SICE, and she investigates ways to make sustainable, resilient and healthy cities through environmental monitoring, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and citizen empowerment.

Liao earned her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Tech and spent last year teaching at the College of William and Mary. She focuses on data-driven security and web security. Sharma’s research is in the realm of designing systems and abstractions that create more efficient large-scale distributed computing platforms, while Xing is moving back into academia after spending the last three years as a software engineer at Amazon. His research involves discovering previously unknown design, logic, and architecture problems in operating systems.

SICE’s faculty now numbers 138 researching a wide variety of areas from healthcare to nanotechnology and more. To learn more about our faculty, visit our website.

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