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CS Faculty Received Prestigious NSF CAREER Grant!

CS Faculty Received Prestigious NSF CAREER Grant!

"Dr. Ifeoma Nwogu, Assistant Professor in
Computer Science, is a recipient of the prestigious NSF CAREER award for her
proposal is entitled, "CAREER: A Computational Approach to the Study of
Behavior and Social Interaction". 

In this work, Dr. Nwogu will investigate the interactive behaviors of humans
in a group by computationally modeling the collective properties of multiple
interacting, dynamic multimodal signals in a network.  She will develop a
comprehensive set of network analysis methods that use Bayesian trained
neural networks to learn the constantly changing structural patterns of a
social network, which itself is made up of interacting temporal signals.

The CAREER award integrates research, education and outreach.  In
particular, Dr. Nwogu's research activities seek to form a global consortium
of academic participants (researchers, graduate and undergraduate students)
that have a set of core competencies in artificial intelligence, computer
vision and human language research, with the specific goal of supporting
underrepresented STEM groups.

Abstract:

In this work, the classical social challenge of studying the interactive behaviors of humans in a group is cast as one of computationally modeling the collective properties of multiple interacting, dynamic multimodal signals in a network. We aim to develop a comprehensive set of network analysis methods that use Bayesian trained neural networks to learn the constantly changing structural patterns of a social network, which itself is made up of interacting temporal signals.
In this five-year proposal, our integrated research, education and outreach goals aim to:

(i) collect and collate data generated in small face-to-face, complex, real-life contexts;

(ii) develop new, interpretable, dynamic neural network models, to evaluate the collective properties of constantly changing graphs that represent how people in small social groups interact with one another over time;

(iii) form a global consortium of academic participants (researchers, graduate and undergraduate students) that have a set of core competencies in artificial intelligence, computer vision and human language research, with the specific goal of supporting underrepresented STEM groups.

About Ifeoma Nwogu

Ifeoma Nwogu joined the CS department at RIT in the 2016-2017 academic year.


Prior to joining RIT, she served as Research Scientist at the University at Buffalo, SUNY (UB) at  the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS) and the Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition (CEDAR). Prior to that, Ifeoma was a post-doctoral Scholar from 2009-2011 at the University of Rochester Computer Science department.


Ifeoma obtained her Ph.D degree in Computer Science and Engineering from UB in 2009, her Master's degree in Computing and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in 1995, and her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria with second-class upper honors (magna cum laude).