Can Big Data be used for the common good? Can we leverage data science to solve society’s grandest challenges? Professor Nitesh Chawla believes so, and is leading a research program in machine learning, data science, Big Data, and network science, where technology meets society. He is an award winning researcher and educator. As an example, Professor Chawla’s work in learning from and predicting on imbalanced datasets (rare events) is the most cited, and also released as part of various textbooks and data science/mining software suites. His research, teaching, and service philosophy is to create transformative disciplinary advances with an inter-disciplinary impact, focusing on issues of global concern. He is also leading curricula innovations in data science by integrating the data science process, and policy and ethical concerns.
Professor Nitesh Chawla is the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and director of the research center on Network and Data Sciences (iCeNSA) and Data Inference Analytics and Learning Lab (DIAL) at the University of Notre Dame. He is an award-winning researcher, scholar and teacher. His research is making fundamental advances in machine learning, data science, Big Data, and network science, while driving interdisciplinary innovations in health and biomedical informatics, learning analytics, social and information networks, climate and environmental sciences, and national security.
Professor Chawla is the recipient of several awards and honors including the IEEE CIS Outstanding Early Career Award, Outstanding Teacher Award, IBM Watson Faculty Award, IBM Big Data Award, and the NAE New Faculty Fellowship. He was also featured as PSFK’s Future of Health innovator. He is the founder of a data science company, Aunalytics, Inc, which is developing software to streamline the data science process, and delivering data-driven solutions for augmenting business’ growth strategy and operational efficiency. A foodie, he enjoys trying out off the beaten path restaurants during his travels.