RPI’s Computer Science and Physics Departments Appoint New Leaders

TROY, NY — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Science has named two new department heads. Mohammed Zaki now heads the Department of Computer Science and Gyorgy Korniss heads the Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy. The departments are ranked third and fourth respectively in New York State and 24th nationally by College Factual.

“We are fortunate to have so many highly accomplished and dedicated scholars in our school,” said Curt M. Breneman, Dean of the School of Science. “I am delighted to work with Professors Zaki and Korniss, who are not only leaders in their respective fields, but also administrative leaders who are dedicated to the growth and development of their departments and programs. »

According to college officials, Zaki’s expertise lies in developing new data mining and machine learning techniques, particularly for text mining, social media, bioinformatics and personal health. His nearly 300 publications include the textbook Data Mining and Machine Learning (2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2020) and he holds six patents. Zaki is currently Associate Editor for Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery. In the past, he served as Editor-in-Chief of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining and Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data, Knowledge and Information Systems; ACM transactions on intelligent systems and technologies; Social Media and Mining; and International Journal of Knowledge Discovery in Bioinformatics. He has co-chaired all major data mining conferences and currently co-chairs the ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management ’22.

Zaki’s research is supported in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Energy (DOE), IBM, Google, HP and Nvidia. He is a member of the IEEE and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the DOE Early Career Principal Investigator Award, the HP Innovation Research Award, and a Google Faculty Research Award.

Zaki has been a Rensselaer faculty member since 1998 and a professor since 2009. Previously, he served as associate department head and graduate program director in the Department of Computer Science. He obtained a doctorate. in computer science from the University of Rochester.

“Computing has revolutionized all fields of investigation and profoundly changed the way we live,” Zaki said in the press release. “We are on the cusp of a tantalizing future of autonomous vehicles, assistive robots, personalized health, artificial general intelligence, and more, all powered by computing. I look forward to creating a bold, shared plan for a dynamic, leading IT department,” said Zaki.

Korniss’ research focuses on transport, flow, and cascading failures in complex networks; synchronization, coordination and extreme events in coupled stochastic systems; and the dynamics of opinion and influence in social networks. He has a background in statistical physics, stochastic processes and interacting agent-based systems. Korniss has authored or co-authored over 100 mostly interdisciplinary articles and book chapters in publications such as Science, Physical Review Letters, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Scientific Reports, and Chaos. He is a member of the editorial board of Fluctuation and Noise Letters and Scientific Reports.

Korniss’ research has been externally funded since 2001, including support from the NSF, Office of Naval Research, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, DARPA, Army Research Office, and Army Research Laboratory.

Korniss has been a Rensselaer faculty member since 2000 and a professor since 2012, winning the Trustees’ Faculty Achievement Award in 2006, 2009 and 2012. He is affiliated with Rensselaer’s Network Science and Technology Center (NEST) and Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research . Center (SCNARC). Prior to Rensselaer, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Florida State University’s Supercomputer Computations Research Institute. Korniss earned a Ph.D. in physics from Virginia Tech and a degree in physics from Eotvos University in Budapest.

“I am excited to take on this role and look forward to working with our new Institute leadership, my colleagues and the Dean to effectively lead the department’s immediate and long-term strategic goals,” Korniss said.

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