Jennifer Gamble

I am in my final year of PhD studies in Electrical Engineering at NCSU, under Dr. Hamid Krim. My BSc in Mathematics and MSc in Statistics were obtained from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. My MSc supervisor was Dr. Giseon Heo, who I continued to work with for two years as a research associate, performing research as well as statistical consulting for the U of A Department of Medicine and Dentistry. Our research involved the use of methods from computational topology for statistical shape analysis (with applications to three-dimensional orthodontic data sets).

In my doctoral research, I use methods from applied topology to study dynamic and complex networks. These networks are represented as simplicial complexes, and topological properties of the complexes are used to derive properties of the associated graphs and their underlying structures. One major project assesses coverage in time-varying sensor networks using only coordinate-free data about the communication graph. Another project is in the area of social network analysis, which uses a topology-preserving collapse based on the local property of ‘node dominance’, and has applications in both community detection and core-periphery decomposition. Broadly, my research interests include network analysis, data analysis, and machine learning, with emphasis on geometrically- and topologically-informed feature extraction.

Saba Emrani

I am a last year PhD student in Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University. I am also affiliated with the NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) at NCSU. I received my MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of New Mexico, NM and Tehran Polytechnic, Iran, respectively. My research interests include Data Mining, Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Statistical Modeling, Algorithm Development, Digital Audio Analysis, Optimization, Biomedical Data Analysis, Applied Mathematics, Classification, Clustering, Pattern Recognition, Graph Mining.

I received my M.Sc. degree in Communication and Computer Networks from Sharif University of Technology in October 2011, under supervision of Prof. Mohammad Khansari. I was a Research Assistant at Digital Media Lab (DML), Department of Computer Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran from 2010 to 2012. My current research interests include Dimension reduction, Machine learning, and topological data analysis in information networks.

Hui Guan

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