May 6, 2021
Professor Yannis Paschalidis is the recipient of the Charles DeLisi Award and Distinguished Lecture. This award celebrates high-impact research in engineering. This showcasing event allows all members of the Boston University community to meet a distinguished scholar selected from the College of Engineering faculty discussing a topic of recognized excellence.
Professor Paschalidis will present on “Data Science and Optimization Adventures in Computational Biology and Medicine.” In this lecture, he will present several seemingly disparate areas of his work in computational biology and medicine connected through the use of data science and optimization methods. Topics range from the molecular to the whole organism/disease level and models progress from predictive to prescriptive. View the abstract.
Yannis Paschalidis is a Professor and Data Science Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computing & Data Sciences at Boston University. He is the Director of the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE), a university-wide interdisciplinary research center at Boston University administered by the College of Engineering.
Professor Paschalidis has distinguished himself as a researcher, scholar, and educator whose work spans the fields of systems and control, optimization, networks, operations research, computational biology and medical informatics. Dr. Paschalidis’ research has impacted a breadth of applications, including predictive health analytics, protein docking, autonomous robots, sustainable energy, and smart cities, among others. At BU since 1996, Dr. Paschalidis has authored more than 200 refereed publications with his students and collaborators from diverse disciplines. He has been a PI or Co-PI on numerous interdisciplinary grants totaling more than $43 million and has advised 24 Ph.D. theses.
Prof. Paschalidis’ work has been recognized with a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, the second prize in the 1997 George E. Nicholson paper competition by INFORMS, the best student paper award at the 9th Intl. Symposium of Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc, and Wireless Networks (WiOpt 2011) won by one of his Ph.D. students for a joint paper, an IBM/IEEE Smarter Planet Challenge Award, and a finalist best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). His work on protein docking (with his collaborators) has been recognized for best performance in modeling selected protein-protein complexes against 64 other predictor groups (2009 Protein Interaction Evaluation Meeting). His recent work on health informatics won an IEEE Computer Society Crowd Sourcing Prize and a best paper award by the International Medical Informatics Associations (IMIA). He was an invited participant at the Frontiers of Engineering Symposium organized by the National Academy of Engineering, and at the 2014 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAFKI) Conference. Prof. Paschalidis is a Fellow of the IEEE and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems.
Paschalidis received a Diploma (1991) from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and an M.S. (1993) and a Ph.D. (1996) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), all in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
About the Charles DeLisi Award and Lecture
The College of Engineering Charles DeLisi Award and Lecture celebrates high-impact research in engineering and annually honors one of our faculty engaged in outstanding research. Widely considered the father of the Human Genome Project, DeLisi was an early pioneer in computational molecular biology, and also made seminal contributions to theoretical and mathematical immunology. He currently serves as Metcalf Professor of Science and Engineering, and continues to direct the Biomolecular Systems Laboratory, where more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students have trained.
As Dean of the College of Engineering from 1990 to 2000, he recruited leading researchers in biomedical, manufacturing, aerospace and mechanical engineering, photonics and other engineering fields, establishing a research infrastructure that ultimately propelled the College into the top ranks of engineering graduate programs. In 1999 he founded—and then chaired for more than a decade—BU’s Bioinformatics Program, the first such program in the nation.
By Maria Yaitanes, CISE Staff