Meet the ICDS Team

Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee advises ICDS leadership on prioritization of activities such as co-hiring, seed funding, internal development of centers, and training and education. This group includes faculty and IT professionals from across the university.

Kofi Adu

Adu

Kofi Adu

  • Associate Professor of Physics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Physics

Office: 103C Sheetz Family Health Center, Penn State Altoona

Email: cxa269@psu.edu

Phone: 814-940-3335

Research Focuses: Computation and simulation at nanoscale of interfacial effects on properties of composites; using nanoscale interfacial engineering to enhance properties of ultraconductors

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Guido Cervone

Cervone

Guido Cervone

  • Professor of Geography and Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
  • Associate Director, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
  • ICDS Faculty Fellow

Department: Geography

Office: 205 Walker Building, University Park

Email: cervone@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-0179

Research Focuses: Remote sensing, environmental hazards, geoinformatics, social media

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Chen

Pinlei Chen

  • Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office: 215C Sackett Building

Email: pzc216@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-4026

Research Focuses: Structural Engineering and Mechanics Computational mechanics Stabilized method Multiphysics problems

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Doug Cowen

Cowen

Doug Cowen

  • Professor of Physics
  • Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics

Office: 104 Davey Laboratory, University Park

Email: cowen@phys.psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-5943

Research Focuses: Particle astrophysics, neutrinos, neutrino detection

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Ismaila Dabo

Dabo

Ismaila Dabo

  • Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Materials Science and Engineering

Office: N-241 Millennium Science Complex, University Park

Email: dabo@matse.psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-4886

Research Focuses: Energy conversion and storage, computational materials science, quantum and multiscale simulations, novel computational methods, materials for electrochemistry, materials for photochemistry, spectroscopy of materials

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Erickson

Seth Erickson

  • Software Curation Librarian
  • ICDS Associate

Department: University Libraries

Office: Research Informatics and Publishing

Email: sre53@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-1580

Research Focuses: Open Science, Scientific Computing, Science and Technology Studies

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Jenni Evans

Evans

Jenni Evans

  • Professor of Meteorology
  • Director, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Office: 509 Walker Building, University Park

Email: Jenni.Evans@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-3240

Research Focuses: Climate, numerical weather prediction, tropical meteorology, tropical cyclones, statistical meteorology, convection studies

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Fast

Stephen Fast

  • Cyber Innovation Strategy Lead
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Applied Research Laboratory

Office: 5300A ARL Building, University ParkElectromagnetic Propagation, Radio Meteorology, RF Modeling and Simulation, EM Computational Techniques, Numerical Modeling, Software Engineering

Email: saf8@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-2425

Research Focuses: Electromagnetic propagation, radio meteorology, RF modeling and simulation, EM computational techniques, numerical modeling, software engineering

 

Wayne Figurelle

Figurelle

Wayne Figurelle

  • Assistant Director

Office: 224D Computer Building

Email: wfigure@psu.edu

Phone: 814-777-2965

 

Karen Fisher Vanden

Fisher-Vanden

Karen Fisher-Vanden

  • Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Agricultural Economics

Office: 113 Armsby Building, University Park

Email: kaf26@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-2752

Research Focuses: Economic and integrated assessment modeling for climate change policy analysis; economic instruments for pollution control; technology development in developing countries and implications for energy use and carbon emissions

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Ryan Gilmore

Gilmore

Ryan Gilmore

  • Technical Director

Office: 224F Computer Building

Email: reg159@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-1134

 

Gilmore

Rick Gilmore

  • Professor of Psychology
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Psychology

Office: 622 Moore Building, University Park

Email: rogilmore@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-3664

Research Focuses: Computational neuroscience, computer vision, data visualization

 

Michael Hillman

Hillman

Michael Hillman

  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office: 224A Sackett Buliding, University Park

Email: mzh226@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-0623

Research Focuses: Computational mechanics; extreme events modeling

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Vasant Honavar

Honavar

Vasant Honavar

  • Professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Associate Director, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
  • ICDS Faculty Fellow

Department: Information Sciences and Technology

Office: 301A Westgate Building, University Park

Email: vuh14@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-3141

Research Focuses: Artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, big data analytics, bioinformatics and computational molecular and systems biology, discovery informatics, knowledge representation and semantic web, applied information integration and informatics

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Hu

Margaret Hu

  • Associate Dean for Non-JD Programs
  • Professor of Law
  • Professor of International Affairs
  • Faculty of the Institute for Network and Security Research, College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University
  • ICDS Faculty Fellow

Department: Penn State Law

Email: mkh6004@psu.edu

Research Focuses: Her research interests include the intersection of immigration policy, national security, cybersurveillance, and civil rights.

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Huang

Yifei Huang

  • Assistant Professor of Biology
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Biology

Office: 514A Wartik

Email: yuh371@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-6829

Research Focuses: Millions of genetic variants have been identified in human genomes and the catalog of genetic variation is still expanding rapidly due to the continual drop of sequencing costs. Understanding the functional, clinical, and evolutionary significance of genetic variants has become a central question in biology and precision medicine. However, it is very challenging to distinguish important variants from neutral ones. Therefore, many genetic variants in patients’ genomes are marked as “variant of uncertain significance”, forming a major hurdle for both basic research and medical practice. I am interested in addressing the problem of “variant of uncertain significance” by unifying evolutionary biology and machine learning. My research is motivated by the insight that evolution operates like a high-throughput mutagenesis experiments: deleterious mutations are quickly purged from populations due to natural selection, which in turn leaves detectable marks on human genomic sequences. I have developed multiple machine learning and statistical frameworks to identify the signatures of deleterious variants from population and functional genomic data. Not only have these computational methods provided useful insights into human evolution but also have been applied to prioritize causal variants associated with human genetic disorders.

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Huang

Sharon Huang

  • Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • ICDS Associate

Office: E317 Westgate Building

Email: suh972@ist.psu.edu

Phone: (814) 863-7235

Research Focuses: Her research interests are in the areas of biomedical image analysis, computer vision, and machine learning, focusing on methods for object recognition, image segmentation, image synthesis, registration/matching, tracking, skeletonization, computer-assisted diagnosis and intervention. Her broader interests include computer graphics, artificial intelligence, data mining, biomedical informatics, HCI, and visualization.

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Maurie Kelly

Kelly

Maurie Kelly

  • Senior Research Associate, Penn State Institutes of the Environment
  • Director of Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access and Informatics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Institute for Energy and the Environment

Office: 0117 Land and Water Research, University Park

Email: mck4@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-0104

Research Focuses: Managing and providing public access to data, supporting public access to government information, the intersection of big data and citizen science

 

Alexander Klippel

Klippel

Alexander Klippel

  • Professor of Geography
  • ICDS Faculty Fellow

Department: Geography

Office: 204 Walker Building, University Park

Email: klippel@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-2324

Research Focuses: visualizing climate change; immersive analytics; designing environmental decision support systems; immersive learning; storytelling in 360 degrees; digital humanities; place; spatial cognition; wayfinding; embodiment

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Abdullah Konak

Konak

Abdullah Konak

  • Professor of Information Science and Technology
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Information Sciences and Technology

Office: 212 Gaige Building, Penn State Berks

Email: konak@psu.edu

Phone: 610-396-6310

Research Focuses: Modeling, analysis, and optimization of complex systems using computational intelligence combined with techniques from statistics, operations research, and machine learning

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Soundar Kumara

Kumara

Soundar Kumara

  • Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering

Office: 222 Leonard Building, University Park

Email: skumara@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-2359

Research Focuses: Intelligent systems, sensor data representation and fusion, process data monitoring and diagnostics; smart manufacturing; graph analytics; big data analytics

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John Liechty

Liechty

John Liechty

  • Professor of Marketing
  • Professor of Statistics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Statistics, Marketing

Office: 409 Business Building

Email: jcl12@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-0621

Research Focuses: Large scale Bayesian computation with application in marketing and finance

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Xiao Liu

Liu

Xiao Liu

  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • ICDS Faculty Fellow

Department: Biomedical Engineering

Office: 315 Hallowell Building, University Park

Email: xxl213@engr.psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-4419

Research Focuses: Multi-modal neuroimaging techniques, computational neuroscience, brain activity and consciousness, network dynamics of the brain, neural basis of resting-state fMRI connectivity

 

Ma

Fenglong Ma

  • Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • ICDS Faculty Fellow

Department: College of Information Sciences and Technology

Email: ffm5105@psu.edu

Research Focuses: Data mining and machine learning, including healthcare data mining, deep learning, truth discovery, and probabilistic graphical models.

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Kamesh Madduri

Madduri

Kamesh Madduri

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
  • ICDS Affiliate

Department: School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Office: W312 Westgate Building, University Park

Email: madduri@cse.psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-0883

Research Focuses: Combinatorial scientific computing; scalable scientific data analysis and management, parallel graph algorithms, applications to computational biology, social network analysis

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Patrick McDaniel

McDaniel

Patrick McDaniel

  • William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology
  • Director, Institute for Network and Security Research
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Office: W329 Westgate Building, University Park

Email: pdm12@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-3599

Research Focuses: Systems and network security; security policy; networking; distributed systems; public policy; telecommunications security; network management; applied cryptography; privacy

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Zita Oravecz

Oravecz

Zita Oravecz

  • Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
  • ICDS Faculty Fellow

Department: Human Development and Family Studies

Office: 216 Health and Human Development Building, University Park

Email: zita@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-1546

Research Focuses: Individual differences, process modeling, state-of-the-art statistical approaches, emotion, cognition, Bayesian statistics

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Bing Pan

Pan

Bing Pan

  • Associate Professor of Commercial and Recreational Tourism
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management

Office: 704M Ford Building, University Park

Email: bingpan@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-2900

Research Focuses: The use of big data, in the forms of GPS locations, social media content, search engine queries, to understand, monitor, and forecast behavior of tourists to destinations or visitors to parks

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Peco Regales

Christian Peco Regales

  • Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • ICDS Associate

Email: cxp598@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-0253

Research Focuses: Interdisciplinary research that explores problems in biomechanics and materials science with the long-term objective placed on the active control of soft materials, such as lipid bilayers, to create bioinspired soft nanomachinery.

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Susan Sinnott

Sinnott

Susan Sinnott

  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Materials Science and Engineering

Office: 221A Steidle Building, University Park

Email: sinnott@matse.psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-3117

Research Focuses: Computational materials design; chemical modification of polymer and composite surfaces; the influence of grain boundaries, point defects, and heterogeneous interfaces on materials properties

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Taylor

Jim Taylor

  • Interim Associate CIO Research

Email: jlt41@psu.edu

 

Adri van Duin

van Duin

Adri van Duin

  • Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Office: 240 Research East Building, University Park

Email: acv13@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-6277

Research Focuses: Reactive force fields; computational methods in materials; hydrocarbons; all-carbon materials; nitramines; proteins; semiconductors; transition metals

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Christelle Wauthier

Wauthier

Christelle Wauthier

  • Associate Professor of Geosciences
  • ICDS Faculty Fellow

Department: Geosciences

Office: 311 Deike Building, University Park

Email: cuw25@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-6649

Research Focuses: Magma and volcanic processes; natural hazards; magma-tectonic interactions; remote-sensing and InSAR

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Don Welch

Welch

Don Welch

  • Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
  • Affiliate Faculty of Information Sciences and Technology
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Office of Information Security

Office: 0029 Technology Support Building, University Park

Email: djw66@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-3684

Research Focuses: Information security; cybersecurity

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Lingzhou Xue

Xue

Lingzhou Xue

  • Associate Professor of Statistics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Statistics

Office: 318 Thomas Building, University Park

Email: lxx6@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-1290

Research Focuses: Statistical learning and data mining; high dimensional statistical inference; large scale convex/nonconvex optimization algorithms; statistical analysis of big data, high dimensional data and large scale networks; statistical modeling in health science, information engineering, business analytics and finance

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John Yen

Yen

John Yen

  • University Professor of Information Sciences & Technology
  • Director, Strategic Research Initiatives, College of Information Sciences & Technology
  • Director, Laboratory for Intelligent Agents
  • ICDS Affiliate

Department: Information Sciences and Technology

Office: E359 Westgate Building, University Park

Email: jyen@ist.psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-6179

Research Focuses: Intelligent agents; artificial intelligence; soft computing; bioinformatics

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Zipp

Katherine Zipp

  • Associate Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Office: 112-F Armsby

Email: kyz1@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-8247

Research Focuses: Environmental and resource economics; land economics; spatial modeling; non-market valuation

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