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Olfa Nasraoui

Associate Professor and Endowed Chair of E-Commerce
Dept. of Computer Science and Computer Engineering
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
USA

phone: (502) 852-0191
e-mail (remove spaces): olfa . nasraoui @ louisville . edu
home page: http://webmining.spd.louisville.edu/

 
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Director: Dr. Olfa Nasraoui

Associate Professor and Endowed Chair of E-Commerce, Dept of Computer Engineering & Computer Science, the University of Louisville

Dr. Olfa Nasroui's CV

Olfa Nasraoui 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 110 refereed publications, including 35 journal papers and book chapters and eight  edited volumes. Her research is funded mainly by the US NSF and by NASA. She has served as a reviewer, program Vice Chair and organizer for several data and Web mining conferences and workshop. Between 2004 and 2008, she has organized the WebKDD workhops on Web Mining and Web Usage Analysis, held each year in conjunction with the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD).

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Current Members

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.
Basheer Hawwash joined our lab as a Master student in the fall of 2006. He finished his Masters in Computer Engineering and Computer Science in 2008, and has since been working on his PhD Dissertation as part of an NSF funded research grant.  His research interests include data stream clustering, tracking data stream evolution, web usage mining, recommendation systems and web personalization.

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.
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.
Artur Abdulin joined our lab as a PhD student in the spring of 2010. His dissertation research is 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.
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.

Former Members

PhD Students 

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.

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 a Research Scientist at Western Kentucky Univ. and Adjunct Faculty at Univ. of Louisville 
Carlos Rojas completed his PhD dissertation in the fall of 2009. His PhD Dissertation Title is "Pattern Discovery from Evolving Transactional Data Streams." He is currently a post-doc Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Labs.
Zhiyong Zhang completed his PhD dissertation in the fall of 2008. His PhD Dissertation Title is "Focused Image Search in the Social Web." He is currently at Yahoo Inc.
Elizabeth Leon  completed her PhD dissertation in 2005. Her PhD Dissertation Title is " Scalable and Adaptive Evolutionary Clustering for Noisy and Dynamic Data." She is currently assistant professor at National Univ. Columbia.

Visiting Postdoctoral


 
Jonatan Gomez visited our lab in Spring 2011 as a Fullbright scholar collaborating on data stream mining and clustering. He was also a visiting scholar in our lab in the summer of 2006.

 
Fabio Gonzalez
Professor Fabio Gonzalez spent one semester in our lab during Fall 2009 as a Fullbright scholar collaborating on robust clustering and multimedia data mining and retrieval. He was also a visiting scholar in our lab in the summer of 2005.

 

Maha Soliman was Post-Doctoral researcher in our lab, 2005-2009. She is currently Post-Doc researcher at Kentucky Biomedical Data Lab.
Jonatan Gomez was visiting scholar in our lab in the summer of 2005.

Master Students

Heba Elgazzar
Sai Puli is currently Senior Developer at Heartland Payment Systems, Louisville, Kentucky. 
Jeff Cerwinske is currently Application Developer at Yum, Inc. Louisville, KY.

Undergraduate Students

Garett Ridge joined  the lab in 2008 as an undergraduate student under 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.

Gurmit Kaur started her research studies while she was an undergraduate student under the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters degree and working on data visualization using swarm intelligence with C++, OpenGL, and QT.
 
Roger Mendes is currently a Masters student at University of Louisville.
David Chase Childers received his Masters of Engineering Degree from University of Louisville in Spring 2011.