Intelligent Systems Division

Visiting Researchers

Luciano Gallegos

Luciano Gallegos is a Postdoctoral Fellow at USC's Information Science Institute, researching with Dr. Kristina Lerman and her team. He graduated with a B.A in Information System (Brazil), holds a Master in Computer Engineering from Aeronautics Institute of Technology (Brazil), and a Ph.D. in Telecommunication and Informatics from Université de Rennes (France) with an internship at Northeastern University (USA). His Ph.D. research was developed at the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique - Inria (France). Luciano's research interests rely on the analysis of emotions in social media data and census data, using machine learning and statistical techniques. He loves to run along Santa Monica beach, is an enthusiast of mindfulness meditation and yoga, and has passion to be in touch in nature, music, arts, and new places. Besides the English language, il parle français, español, e português.

Gerald Hiebel, Visiting Scholar

Gerald is visiting the Information Integration Group of ISI to develop a model of co-referencing places in the context of cultural heritage data but not limited to that domain. The expertise of the Group and in particular  my supervisor Pedro Szekely in semantic technologies and information integration processes using KARMA is a key competence necessary for the one year project.

Gerald is a visiting researcher who acquired a PhD degree in Geoinformation sciences at the University of Innsbruck, Austria working on a multidisciplinary project investigating the mining history of Tirol. After his degree he worked for 2 years at FORTH, Heraklion, Greece on the integration of the CIDOC CRM ontology for cultural heritage with GeoSPARQL, an ontology to represent geospatial information. The result was a linking ontology called CRMgeo, an extension to the CIDOC CRM. His main research interest are the integration and modelling of geospatial data using semantic technologies and ontologies.

Sung Dong Kim

Sung Dong Kim is a visiting researcher who acquired a PhD degree in computer engineering at Seoul National University, Korea. He is a professor in Dept. of computer engineering of Hansung University, Seoul, Korea. He was a visiting scholar at Dept. of Computer and Information Science in University of Pennsylvania hosted by Prof. Martha M. Palmer from Aug., 2004 to Aug., 2005.  His major research topic is machine translation. Since 1991, he has developed English-Korean machine translation systems such as Enkor, E-Tran, and Smartran. He has worked in applying machine learning technique and data-driven methods to his machine translation system. He will work in developing continuously adaptable English-Korean machine translation system during one year visit in ISI.

Qiang Li 

Qiang Li is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at Northeastern University, China. His major is natural language processing and machine translation. Qiang is a J1 visitor to ISI, under supervisor Prof. Kevin Knight. He likes badminton and swimming.


Jing Qiu, Visiting Researcher

Jing Qiu is a visiting researcher from School of Information Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Science and Technology. Currently, she is working with Prof. Knoblock and Prof. Szekely in Information Integration Group. Jing’s main interests are Information Extraction and Ontology Learning. She will work in the area of Non-taxonomy Relation Extraction in Ontology Learning during her one year stay at the ISI and participate in several of ongoing projects.


Hanbing Yao

Hanbing is a visiting researcher from School of Computer Science and Technology, Wuhan University of Technology, China. He acquired a PhD degree in computer sciences at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Currently, Hanbing's main interests are web data mining, text sentiment analysis, information retrieval etc. He will join the Information Integration Group for one year and participate in ongoing projects under the mentoring of Prof. Craig Knoblock and Prof. Pedro Szekely. He will work in the domain of semantic modeling and information extraction during his one year stay at ISI.