Master of Science in Informatics and Analytics
Congratulations to Dr. Prashanti Manda who has been awarded a CAREER grant from the Division of Biological Infrastructure at NSF. The project titled "Ontology-powered Named Entity Recognition and Robust Semantic Similarity Metrics" will develop novel natural language processing methods for recognizing ontology concepts from biological literature. Advances pioneered by this project will enable knowledge discovery from scientific literature and power computational analyses to answer complex biological questions. Educational impacts of the $398,488.00 grant will include the support of UNCG graduate and undergraduate students as well as the development of new courses in cutting edge natural language processing methods.
Dr. Prashanti Manda joins the MSIA faculty this fall. She earned her PhD from Mississippi State University and has been an assistant professor with the Computer Science department at UNCG since 2016. Her areas of interest include bioinformatics, natural language processing, ontologies, machine learning, semantic similarity and data mining.
Dr. David Bickel joins the MSIA faculty this fall. He earned his PhD from the University of North Texas and has been an associate professor at the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology since 2007. His research interests are in proteomics and metabolomics data analysis, statistical bioinformatics, Bayesian inference, and genome-wide association studies.
Dr. Aaron Beveridge joins the MSIA faculty this fall. He earned his PhD from the University of Florida and has been an assistant professor in the English department of UNCG since 2017. His research interests are in social network analysis, technical and professional communication, diffusion of innovations, and rhetoric. He is also the Project Director for MassMine.