Past Institute Fellows
Our past Fellows, whether a Faculty, Junior, or Visiting Fellow—continue to be ambassadors of the Institute’s mission to foster interdisciplinary research in the crossroads of computing and computation science and engineering!
Leila Agha was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from fall 2015 to spring 2016. She is a former assistant professor in the Markets, Public Policy, and Law Department at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011. She is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research focuses on technology and innovation in healthcare, and applying economic frameworks to understand expert decision-making. Recent research topics have included the impact of health information technology adoption on costs and quality of care, the ability of peer review committees to identify and reward high-impact science, and the over-use and misapplication of medical technology.
Jonathan Appavoo was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from fall 2011 to spring 2014. He joined the Department of Computer Science in 2009. After receiving his PhD at the University of Toronto, he worked at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Laboratory. His current research work focuses in two major areas: architectures for scalable, elastic systems that enable large-scale, on-demand computing; and computer systems that can combine traditional computing with the kinds of statistical inference capabilities used by the human brain.
Lorena A. Barba was a Faculty Fellow at the Hariri Institute from September 2011 to August 2013, while an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Boston University. She received her PhD in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology in 2004, and her undergraduate degrees (BSc and PEng) in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaíso, Chile. She was also a visiting research professor at the Scientific and Technological Center of Valparaíso (Centro Científico-Tecnológico de Valparaíso, CCTVal) in Chile. Her research interests include computational fluid dynamics, including particle methods and immersed boundary methods for fluids simulation; fundamental and applied aspects of fluid dynamics, especially flows dominated by vorticity dynamics; development of fast and efficient algorithms; and use of novel computer architectures (especially GPUs).
Jason Bohland was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from fall 2012 to 2015. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences in the College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences since joining BU faculty in 2009. His research focuses on understanding the circuits in the brain, using a variety of methods to gather large-scale data about signaling among neurons in both mouse and human brains. He also serves as the director of the Quantitative Neuroscience Laboratory. Professor Bohland received his Ph.D. at Boston University, specializing in cognitive and neural systems.
Luis Carvalho was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from fall 2012 to 2015. He joined Boston University’s Department of Mathematics & Statistics after receiving his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2008. He began his education in civil engineering, with a focus on transportation engineering. As he learned more about operations research, he became more interested in the theory, leading to his work in statistical applications. His work has found applications in diverse areas, including unsupervised land cover classification from satellite images, assessing interaction among genes in genome-wide association studies, and identifying communities in social networks. Professor Carvalho specializes in Bayesian statistics, computational biology, and statistical inference.
Ayse Coskun was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014 She joined the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering after receiving her PhD from the University of California at San Diego in 2009. Her current research focuses on energy efficiency and thermal challenges in computer systems. Some of her main projects include software optimization for green computing, thermal modeling and management of 3-D stack architectures (including systems with liquid cooling), and design and runtime management of many-core systems. Such research is critical to enabling the continued growth of energy-efficient computational power.
Mark Stuart Day was an Institute Visiting Fellow from spring 2012 to spring 2015. As chief scientist at Riverbed, he has led the company’s competitive analysis and contributed to its technical strategy since 2004, as the company has grown from a 40-person start-up to a public company with more than 2,500 employees. Before Riverbed, he was technical lead for product management in the content networking business unit of Cisco Systems. He joined Cisco with the acquisition of SightPath, a Boston-area start-up. Before that, he was at Lotus, where his work contributed to the creation of Lotus Sametime. Dr. Day has chaired Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) working groups on instant messaging and presence protocol (IMPP) and content internetworking (CDI). He holds more than 30 patents relating to presence, streaming media, content networking, mobile communications, security, and telephony. Dr. Day’s other notable work includes contributions to the programming languages Argus and Theta, and to the distributed object database Thor. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Harvard University. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1995.
Paolo Gradassi was a Visiting Scholar at the Hariri Institute from late 2011 to early 2012, working with Dr. Morino. He is a PhD candidate in aeronautical engineering at Roma Tre University. His research focuses on methodologies for analyzing vortex flows. During his time at the Institute, he specifically worked on analyzing vortex instabilities in jet noise.
Martin Herbordt was a Faculty Fellow at the Hariri Institute from September 2011 to August 2013, supported by an MGHPCC seed grant to work on mechanisms in support of green HPC computing. He is on the faculty of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Boston University. His research interests are in computer architecture, especially finding ways to accelerate applications not optimally served by mainstream processors, such as computer vision, weather and climate modeling, bioinformatics, and computational biology. Much of his recent work has focused on using the incredible, but largely untapped, computation capability of configurable circuits (FPGAs). Professor Herbordt received a BA in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1994.
Gabriel Kotliar, Board of Governors Professor in the Physics Department at Rutgers University, was a Visiting Fellow of the Hariri Institute from September 2012 to August 2014. He is well known for his contributions to the theory of strongly correlated and disordered electron systems. Dr. Kotliar has been a fellow of the American Physical Society since 2001 and has coauthored over 200 publications in refereed journals. His current research interests include the theory of the Mott transition, superconductivity in strongly correlated electron systems, the electronic structure of transition metal oxides, lanthanides and actinides, and the development of first principles approaches for predicting physical properties of materials.
Mark Kramer was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014. He joined the Department of Mathematics & Statistics in 2009. His background includes training in physics, dynamical systems, and neuroscience, and he earned his PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. His research currently focuses on mathematical neuroscience, with a particular emphasis on biophysical models of neural activity and data analysis techniques. As one example, Professor Kramer is working with researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital to apply mathematical and computational techniques to better characterize, and eventually treat, epileptic seizures.
Theodoros (Ted) Lappas was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hariri Institute from September 2011 to December 2012, working with Institute Junior Faculty Fellow Professor Evimaria Terzi in the Data Management Lab. His work focuses on text and web mining, information retrieval, and social networks. Some of his work at the Institute focused on problems related to collecting, storing, and searching very large datasets from the web. Ted obtained his PhD from the Department of Computer and Science Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, and an undergraduate degree in computer science from the Athens University of Economics and Business.
Benjamin Lubin was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014. He joined the Questrom School of Business in 2010. He received a PhD from Harvard University in 2011. His research interests include game theory, multi-agent systems, electronic commerce, and grid computing. Much of his work is at the intersection of economics and computer science, such as applying machine learning techniques to mechanism design, a branch of economics in which game theory is used to optimize market rules.
Dr. Luigi Morino was a Visiting Fellow at the Hariri Institute from late 2011 to early 2012. He is a retired professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of the University of Rome (Roma Tre). He is a specialist in aeroelasticity, with experience in both aspects of the field: unsteady aerodynamics and structural dynamics. Professor Morino received doctorates in mechanical engineering (1963) and aerospace engineering (1966), both from the University of Rome (La Sapienza). Dr. Morino’s research is primarily connected with the development of a new boundary integral equation (and the corresponding computational algorithm, known as panel method or boundary element method) for the aerodynamic analysis of unsteady compressible quasi-potential flows, and with the the development of perturbation methods for the solution of dynamical aeroelastic systems.
Davide Proserpio completed his PhD in the Department of Computer Science at Boston University and was collaborator with faculty at BU’s Questrom School of Business and Harvard Business School. His research seeks to empirically measure and quantify how digital technology influences industries and markets. Davide received his B.S. in telecommunication engineering from Politecnico di Milano, and his M.S. from Carlos III University (Madrid, Spain), and has interned at Telefonica Research and Microsoft Research.
Jason Ritt was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014. He joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2010. His current research concentrates on how organisms gather and use information from their environment, through active sensing and sensory decision-making. For example, Professor Ritt and his students are studying the ways in which mice explore environments using their whiskers, employing a combination of computational analysis of high-speed video, electrophysiological recordings, and neurocontrol methods implemented by a real-time feedback system built on a digital signal processing architecture. He received his PhD in Neuroscience and a master’s in mathematics from Boston University.
Nachiketa Sahoo was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from fall 2012 to fall 2015. He joined the Information Systems Department at the Boston University Questrom School of Business in July 2011. His research includes applying machine learning techniques to problems in social science. For example, how should recommendation systems handle changing preferences among the customers? In another arena, how can publications, blog posts, and comments be used to identify individuals with particular areas of expertise? Before working at Boston University, Professor Sahoo earned his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.
Mario Meireles Teixeira was an Institute Visiting Fellow from March 2014 to summer 2015. He is an associate professor at UFMA, Brazil, and holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. His broad areas of interest are distributed systems, web services and peer-to-peer networks. His current research involves delivering multimedia over peer-to-peer networks based on mobile devices and also the creation of authoring tools for end-user development of multimedia objects for educational purposes. His work at the Hariri Institute focuses on networking and VM allocation issues in clouds and on the development of cloud-enabled applications.
Evimaria Terzi was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014. She joined the Department of Computer Science in 2009. Before coming to Boston University, she was a member of the research staff at the IBM Almaden Research Center. Her current research focuses on data mining with emphasis on social network analysis, analysis of sequential data, ranking, clustering, and bioinformatics. In particular, she is working on problems related to expert identification and team formation in social networks, analysis of online product reviews, and privacy-preserving social network analysis. She is a Microsoft Faculty Fellow and her research is supported by NSF and gifts from Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft.