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  • The UH-DAIS Lab congratulates the graduate students Victor Zeng, Pallovi Romero, Aparna Budhavarapu, and Anjana Kummari and wishes them the best for the next stage of their life.
  • The UH-DAIS Lab congratulates the undergraduate students in Dr. Eick's 4368 AI class who graduated in Spring 2020.
  • In May 9th 2020, the IRB for “Women Coding for Success: Computer science and programming self-efficacy amongst female undergraduate STEM majors” research study has been approved. Its principal investigators are : Nouhad Rizk and Laura Jacobs.
  • In April 23rd 2020, Anjana Kummari successfuly defended her Master Thesis titled "Computational Methods for Tweet Summarization and Emotion Extraction".
  • In April 17th 2020, Aparna Budhavarapu successfuly defended her Master Thesis titled "Satpura: A Novel Framework for Density Estimation, Hotspot Discovery, Change Analysis, and Change-based Alerts".
  • In March 29th 2020, professor Christoph F Eick received a "Research Gate Accomplishement" about his conference paper titled “Supervised clustering - algorithms and benefits” which was the most read research item from his departement with 56 new reads.
  • In December 19th 2019, Pallovi Romeo has been selected for Honorable Mention for the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award for 2020.
  • In November 2019, a paper titled “Fast proximity graph generation with spark” authored by Arjun Subramanyam Varalakshmi, Chong Wang and Christoph F Eick has been accepted for publication at the 8th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Analytics for Big Geospatial Data.
  • In October 2019, Anjana Kummari attended Rice Data Science Conference and presented a poster titled "Summarizing tweets and emotions in large tweet datasets".
  • Jonathan Grantham joined our research group for an undergraduate independent study in the Fall 2019 semester.

  • Md. Mahin and Rishabh Sharma joined our research group in August 2019.

  • In August 2019, Steve Aibuedefe Aigbe joined the UH-DAIS research group and his research will center on data storytelling.
  • In August 2019, Anusha Nemilidinne successfuly defended her Master Thesis titled "Data Driven Approaches for Water Level Prediction".
  • IEEE ICDM 2019 which is the world's premier research conference in data mining, will be held in November 2019 at Beijing, China. Dr. Christoph F. Eick served in its program committee and helped in paper reviewing.
  • In July 2019, Karima received the GHC scholarship which fully covered the travel expenses to attend the conference held in Orlando.
  • In May 2019, Haard Mehta will visit our research group for 6 weeks, his research will center on developping data analysis and visualization frameworks for continuous functions.
  • In May 2019, Riya Brahmbhatt will visit our research group for 6 weeks, her research will center on developping change analysis frameworks for spatial data.
  • In May 2019, Akhil Talari successfuly defended his Master Thesis titled "Emotion-Weighted Density Estimation and Its Application to Emotion Mapping".
  • In April/27/2019 , we organized an excursion inside Houston. We went to the escaped room. After that, we had lunch and we visisted the japanesse Garden. Here is some pictures.
  • In March 2019, Aparna Budhavarapu joined the UH-DAIS research group. Her Master Thesis research will center on Intelligent Crowdsourcing and its application to Disaster Informatics.
  • After sucessfully defending his PhD dissertation titled "Density-Contour Based Framework for Spatio-Temporal Clustering and Event Tracking in Twitter", Yongli interviewed for AI jobs in early 2019 in industry, and accepted an offer from Airbnb. He will start to work for Airbnb in Seattle in May 2019.
  • In January 2019, it was decided during the UH-DAIS group meeting that for all the future submissions we will follow the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (IEEE-TKDE) manuscript guidelines. Following is a sample for pseudocode: Sample 1. The templates for IEEE-TKDE can also be downloaded from the following links: LaTeX, Word
  • Two papers of our research group have been accepted for the International Journal of Semantic Computing. The first paper is titled "K2: A Novel Data Analysis Framework to Understand US Emotions in Space and Time" and is authored by Romita Banerjee, Karima Elgarroussi, Sujing Wang, Akhil Talari, Yongli Zhang, and Christoph F. Eick. The second paper is titled "Tracking Events in Twitter by Combining an LDA-based Approach and a Density-contour Clustering Approach" and is authored by Yongli Zhang and Christoph F. Eick.
  • In January 2019, Anjana Kumari joined our research group. She will be working on tweet emotion analysis and tweet topic discovery.
  • In November 2018, Yongli Zhang successfully defended his PhD dissertation titled "Density-Contour Based Framework for Spatio-Temporal Clustering and Event Tracking in Twitter".
  • AAAI 2019, to be held in January 2019 at Honolulu, Hawaii, received 7,764 submissions which is twice the amount as the year before. Dr. Christoph F. Eick and Dr. Aron Laszka served in the program committee of AAAI 2019 and helped in paper reviewing; they were two of the 2500 reviewers that were needed to review the papers.
  • In October 2018, Karima received the NSF sponsored Student Travel Grant which partially covered the travel expenses to attend the 26th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems in Seattle, Washington.
  • In September 2018, Romita received the Cullen Graduate Fellowship Travel Grant, sponsored by the University of Houston Graduate School. The grant partially covered the travel expenses to attend the IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering in Laguna Hills, California.
  • Our paper titled “Aconcagua: A Novel Spatio-temporal Emotion Change Analysis Framework” authored by Karima Elgarroussi, Sujing Wang, Romita Banerjee, and Christoph F. Eick won the GeoAI Workshop Best Paper Award at the 26th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, 2018.
  • Three extended abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the Rice University Data Science Conference scheduled for October 8-9, 2018 in Houston:
    • "A Novel Multi-Target Prediction Framework and its Application to Flood Forecasting" authored by Anusha Nemilidinne, Khadija Khaldi, Christariny Hutapea, Yue Cao, and Christoph F. Eick
    • "A Novel Spatio-temporal Framework for Detecting and Tracking Events in Twitter" authored by Yongli Zhang and Christoph F. Eick
    • "A Framework to Analyze Change in US Emotions" authored by Romita Banerjee, Karima Elgarroussi, Sujing Wang, Yongli Zhang, and Christoph F. Eick
  • In August 2018, Akhil Talari joined our research group. His Master Thesis will center on the development density-based spatial and spatio-temporal clustering frameworks and on providing visual analytics capabilities on the top of those frameworks.
  • Two papers of our research group have been accepted for the IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering in Laguna Hills, California, September 26-28, 2018. The first paper is titled "Tweet Emotion Mapping: Understanding US Emotions in Time and Space" and is authored by Romita Banerjee, Karima Elgarroussi, Sujing Wang, Yongli Zhang, and Christoph F. Eick. The second paper is titled "A Novel Two-stage System for Detecting and Tracking Events in Twitter" and is authored by Yongli Zhang and Christoph F. Eick.
  • In Summer 2018, Qian Qiu and Priyal Kulkarni successfully defended their Master Thesis titled "PS-MWC: A scalable, distributed maximum weight clique algorithm using Apache Spark" and "Design of a System for Multiple Route Selection in the Presence of Flooding" respectively.
  • In Spring 2018, Arjun Varalakshmi successfully defended his Master Thesis titled "Transforming Point Data into Proximity Graphs".
  • Anusha Nemilidinne joined the UH-DAIS Research Lab in Spring 2018; her research will center on the design, implementation, and evaluation of data-driven flood forecasting models.
  • In April 2018, our research group received $13,500 of cloud computing resources of AWS from Amazon.
  • An article titled “A data mining framework for environmental and geo-spatial data analysis” authored by Sujing Wang and Christoph F. Eick has been accepted for publication in International Journal of Data Science and Analytics, 2018.
  • A paper titled “ST-COPOT: Spatio-temporal Clustering with Contour Polygon Trees” authored by Yongli Zhang and Christoph F. Eick has been accepted for publication in the 25th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, 2017.
  • In April 2017, our research group received $13,500 of cloud computing resources of AWS from Amazon.
  • A paper titled “Supervised Taxonomies—Algorithms and Applications” authored by Paul Amalaman, Christoph F. Eick, and Chong Wang has been accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions for Knowledge and Data Engineering and will be published in the October 2017 issue.
  • A paper titled " 'Serial' versus 'Parallel': a Comparison of Spatio-temporal Clustering Approaches" authored by Yongli Zhang, Sujing Wang, Amar Mani Aryal, and Christoph F. Eick has been accepted for the 23rd International Symposium on Methodologies for Intelligent Systems (ISMIS 2017), held on June 26-29, 2017, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Our own Nouhad Rizk, won the 2017 University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award!
  • Dr. Eick was invited to give a seminar at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette titled "Finding Interesting Regions in Spatial and Spatio-temporal Datasets" on March 10th 2017.
  • Karima Elgarroussi (from ENSIAS, Rabat, Morocco) will visit our research group from February-May 2017, her research will center on developing spatio-temporal event detection frameworks.
  • Romita Banerjee joined our research group in December 2017, and her research centers on the development of automated planning tools to deal with disasters, such as flooding.
  • In November 2016, Fatih Akdag defended his Ph.D dissertation titled "A Computational Framework for Finding Interestingness Hotspots in Spatial Datasets."
  • In November 2016, Dr Eick attended the 24th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016), San Francisco, California, USA
  • A paper titled "ST-DCONTOUR—A Serial, Density-contour Based Spatio-temporal Clustering Approach to Cluster Location Streams"and authored by Yongli Zhang and Christoph F. Eick has been accepted for the 7th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on GeoStreaming, to be held in Marriott Waterfront Hotel, near the San Francisco Airport in November 2016.