CCIS Welcomes Three New Outstanding Faculty Members

July 17, 2009

Dr. Lazer joins Northeastern University as a tenured associate professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Science with a half-time appointment in the College. David’s research interests focus on the role that social networks play in the functioning of groups. His recent work has focused on the potential of studying the digital traces of human interaction to reveal underlying social structures. Examples of this research include the use of mobile phone data to detect friendship patterns, as well as Federal Election Commission Data to examine the structure of the party system in the United States.

Dr. Mislove joins the College as assistant professor. Alan just received his PhD from Rice University, and he spent the last four years finishing his degree while at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Saarbruecken, Germany. Alan’s primary research interests lie in distributed systems and networking, with a recent focus on using properties of social networks to solve systems problems. He is also interested in Internet measurement and analysis, wireless networks, and decentralized systems and applications.

Dr. Vona joins the College as an assistant professor. Marty is currently finishing his PhD at MIT, and while a graduate student, he took a two year leave of absence to work at JPL on the science operations software for the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers, for which he won the NASA Software of the Year Award in 2004. Marty’s primary research interests lie in computation that interacts with the physical world, including robotics, user interfaces, geometric design systems, and data visualization. He also has interests in real-time and embedded systems, multi-core and GPGPU software, and compact UI’s for personal electronics.

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