People

Olfa Nasraoui

Founding Director

Olfa Nasraoui, Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, is the Endowed Chair of e-commerce and the founding director of the Knowledge Discovery and Web Mining Lab at the University of Louisville. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1999. From 2000 to 2004, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis.

Her research activities include Data Mining, Web mining; Personalization, and Computational Intelligence. She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for outstanding young scientists, and the recipient of the best paper award in theoretical developments in computational intelligence at the Artificial Neural Networks In Engineering conference (ANNIE 2001). She has more than 160 refereed publications, including 40 journal papers and book chapters and eight edited volumes. Her research is funded mainly by the US NSF and by NASA. Between 2004 and 2008, she has co-organized the yearly WebKDD workshops on User Profiling and Web Usage Mining. She has served as a Program Committee member, track chair, senior program committee, and/or program Vice Chair for several Data and Web mining, Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence conferences and workshops, including ACM KDD, ACM WWW, RecSys, IEEE Big Data, IEEE ICDM, SIAM SDM, AAAI, and GECCO. In summer 2015, she served as Technical Mentor/Project Lead at the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship, in the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at the University of Chicago. She is a member of ACM, ACM SigKDD, senior member of IEEE and IEEE-WIE.

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Olfa Nasraoui

Olfa Nasraoui

Founding Director

Mahsa Badami

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Mahsa Badami

Mahsa Badami

Behnoush Abdollahi

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Behnoush Abdollahi

Behnoush Abdollahi

Esin Saka

Esin Saka completed her PhD in May 2011. Her PhD dissertation, funded by NSF, is titled "Swarm Intelligence for Clustering Dynamic Data Sets for Web Usage Mining and Personalization." She is currently Applied Researcher at Microsoft.

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Esin Saka

Esin Saka

Elizabeth Leon

Elizabeth Leon  completed her PhD dissertation in 2005. Her PhD Dissertation Title is "Scalable and Adaptive Evolutionary Clustering for Noisy and Dynamic Data". Her research was partly funded by Grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Computer Systems Engineering Department at the National University of Colombia.

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Elizabeth Leon

Elizabeth Leon

Gurmit Kaur

Gurmit Kaur joined the lab as an undergraduate student, funded by an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

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Gurmit Kaur

Gurmit Kaur

Heba Elgazzar

Heba Elgazzar's research was partly funded by Grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA.

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Heba Elgazzar

Heba Elgazzar

Leyla Zhuhadar

Leyla Zhuhadar completed her PhD dissertation in the fall of 2009. Her PhD Dissertation Title is "Automated  Discovery, Categorization, and Retrieval of Personalized Semantically E-Learning Resources." She is currently an Assistant Professor at Western Kentucky University.

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Leyla Zhuhadar

Leyla Zhuhadar

Maha Soliman

Maha Soliman was Post-Doctoral researcher in our lab, 2005-2009. She is currently Post-Doc researcher at Kentucky Biomedical Data Lab. Her research was partly funded by Grants from the National Science Foundation.

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Maha Soliman

Maha Soliman

Nurcan Durak

Nurcan Durak joined our lab as a PhD student in the fall of 2006. Her PhD dissertation is on coronal loop mining from solar images, as part of research grants funded by NASA and NSF. Her research interests include computer vision, machine learning, pattern recognition, and multimedia retrieval. Her research was partly funded by Grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA. She is currently at RocketFuel (after a postdoc at Sandia National Labs).

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Nurcan Durak

Nurcan Durak

Wenlong Sun

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Wenlong Sun

Wenlong Sun

Jaafar Ben-Abdallah

Jaafar Ben-Abdallah joined our lab as a PhD student in the fall of 2009. His research interests include multimedia information retrieval and machine learning. His work is focused on Matrix Factorization algorithms and their applications to unsupervised learning, stream data clustering and multi-modal information retrieval. His research is currently funded by an NSF grant.

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Jaafar Ben-Abdallah

Jaafar Ben-Abdallah

Gopi Chand Nutakki

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Gopi Chand Nutakki

Gopi Chand Nutakki

Sofiane Sellah

Sofiane Sellah joined our lab as a PhD student in the spring of 2007 as part of research grants funded by NASA and NSF. His research interests include data mining,  clustering data streams, kernel-based methods, and scalable Hough Transform-based algorithms for coronal loop mining in solar images.

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Sofiane Sellah

Sofiane Sellah

Artur Abdulin

Artur Abdulin completed his PhD dissertation (on Inter-domain Supervised Clustering of Heterogeneous, Multi-domain Data Sets) in 2013. His research was funded by an NSF grant. His research interests include data mining, diverse/mixed data types, machine learning, clustering, classification, semi- semi-supervised learning, data exploration, social networking, and viral marketing. He is currently a Facebook (after two years at LivingSocial and at Resonate Networks).

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Artur Abdulin

Artur Abdulin

Garett Ridge

Garett Ridge joined the lab as an undergraduate  student, funded by an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program, where he was part of the NASA; NSF funded Solar Loop Mining project. He received Honorable Mention in the CRA's Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award competition for 2010. He is currently a PhD student in the Computer Engineering department at UCLA.

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Garett Ridge

Garett Ridge

Roger Mendes

Roger Mendes joined the lab as an undergraduate student, funded by an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

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Roger Mendes

Roger Mendes

Basheer Hawwash

Basheer Hawwash completed his Masters Thesis (on Mining Dynamic Web Server Logs) in Computer Engineering and Computer Science in 2008, then completed his PhD dissertation (on Stream Data Mining) in 2013. His dissertation research was funded by an NSF research grant.  His research interests include data stream clustering, tracking data stream evolution, web usage mining, recommendation systems and web personalization. He is currently at Quintiles.

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Basheer Hawwash

Basheer Hawwash

Carlos Rojas

Carlos Rojas completed his PhD dissertation in the fall of 2009. His PhD Dissertation Title is "Pattern Discovery from Evolving Transactional Data Streams". His research was partly funded by Grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA. He is currently at Nokia Labs (after a postdoc at Oak Ridge National Labs).

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Carlos Rojas

Carlos Rojas

David Chase Childers

David Chase Childers joined the lab as an undergraduate student, funded by an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program. He is currently at Amazon after an internship at Apple.

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David Chase Childers

David Chase Childers

Jeff Cerwinske

Jeff Cerwinske is currently Application Developer at Yum, Inc. Louisville, KY.

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Jeff Cerwinske

Jeff Cerwinske

Mihir Kotwal

Mihir Kotwal joined the lab as an undergraduate student under an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program. He has been involved in research on design and implementation of cloud computing solutions for web mining applications. Mihir later completed his Masters of Engineering in Computer Science in 2012 (with a research project was on sentiment analysis) and his MBA in 2013. He is currently Research Scientist at Humana

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Mihir Kotwal

Mihir Kotwal

Sai Puli

Sai Puli competed his Masters Project on Web Server Log Analytics and User Profiling in 2005. He is currently Senior Developer at Heartland Payment Systems, Louisville, Kentucky.

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Sai Puli

Sai Puli

Zhiyong Zhang

Zhiyong Zhang completed his PhD dissertation in the fall of 2008. His PhD Dissertation Title is "Focused Image Search in the Social Web". His research was partly funded by Grants from the National Science Foundation. He is currently at Apple Inc. (after four years at Yahoo Inc).

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Zhiyong Zhang

Zhiyong Zhang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                             Fulbright Scholars

 

Dr. Koutheair Khribi

Dr. Koutheair Khribi was a Fulbright Scholar in our lab in 2015. He is currently Program Specialist in educational technologies at ALECSO - Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization.

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Dr. Koutheair Khribi

Dr. Koutheair Khribi

Fabio Gonzalez

Professor Fabio Gonzalez spent one semester in our lab during Fall 2009 as a Fulbright scholar collaborating on robust clustering and multimedia data mining and retrieval. He was also a visiting postdoc researcher, funded by a NASA grant. Professor Fabio was a PostDoc in Summer 2005. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Computer Systems Engineering Department at the National University of Colombia.

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Fabio Gonzalez

Fabio Gonzalez

Jonathan Gomez

Jonatan Gomez visited our lab in Spring 2011 as a Fullbright scholar collaborating on data stream mining and clustering. He was also a visiting postdoc researcher, funded by a NASA grant. Mr, Gomez was a PostDoc in Summer 2005. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Computer Systems Engineering Department at the National University of Colombia.

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Jonathan Gomez

Jonathan Gomez