ISI Research Day 2020

At ISI, we don't just excel at creating new solutions in information technology - we also excel at creating new traditions.

January 2020 marked the inaugural ISI Research Day, an event for celebrating the cutting-edge research and innovation that takes place at ISI. Scientists from all research groups at ISI presented their research through interactive talks, poster sessions, and a panel featuring leading scientists from various fields.

With almost 300 staff and faculty from across the country attending the event, ISI Research Day provided an invaluable opportunity for ISIers to meet and mingle with fellow colleagues. Along with learning about each other’s research, ISIers were also recognized for their achievements through awards and research grants.

From fascinating presentations to a closing reception to remember, ISI Research Day 2020 was jam-packed with great science and great people. The first of many, ISI Research Day 2020 served as an exciting example of the new traditions at ISI that we're all looking forward to uphold.

Morning Session
9:30am - 9:45am


Craig KnoblockKeston Executive Director, Information Sciences Institute; Research Professor of Computer Science and Spatial Sciences

9:45am - 10:15am


Ewa DeelmanResearch Professor; Research Director, Scientific Computational TechnologiesThe Pegasus Workflow Management System: Evolution and Impact

10:15am - 11:15am


Lifu ChangDirector of The MOSIS ServiceDesign For Yield at Advanced Semiconductor Processes

Jeremy LiuGraduate Research AssistantDynamic Topology Reconfiguration of Boltzmann Machines on Quantum Annealers

Jelena MirkovicResearch Associate ProfessorModeling Student Learning on Network Testbeds

Daniel GarijoComputer ScientistTowards Reusable Scientific Software: Challenges and Opportunities

11:15am – 12:15pm

Break / Poster Session

12:15pm – 1:15pm


Afternoon Session
1:15pm - 2:30pm


Wes HardakerSenior Computer ScientistGlobal Analysis of Weak Signals for Enterprise Event Detection

Fred MorstatterResearch Assistant Professor of Computer ScienceExploring Fairness and Bias in Machine Learning

James BlytheResearch LeadComputational Game Theory and ML for Maritime Interdiction

Jon HabifSenior Computer ScientistQuantum Information Technology Development: from information theory, to the laboratory, to applications

Emily ShengGraduate Research AssistantFairness in Natural Language Processing

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Break / Poster Session

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Panel: Future Developments in Research

Yolanda GilResearch Professor; Research Director, Knowledge Technologies

Ajey JacobDirector of Advanced Electronic

Stephen SchwabResearch Director

4:15pm - 5:15pm

Keston Award Talks

David BarnhartResearch Professor & Director, Space Technology and SystemsSatbotics Control: Connecting Biologically Inspired Spacecraft Together

Alexei ColinComputer ScientistGlutx: A Betavoltaic Transmitter for Continuous Glucose Monitors

Mayank KejriwalResearch Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems EngineeringFighting Child Sex Trafficking with Artificial Intelligence

Hengameh MirzaalianMachine Learning and Computer Vision ScientistIdentification of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Using Convolutional Neural Networks

5:15pm - 5:30pm


2019 Institute Achievement Award

Wael Abd-AlmageedFor outstanding academic achievements and research leadership that established his group as a leader in bioinformatics, face recognition, and visual misinformation detection and characterization

James Whalen and John Damoulakis For outstanding work in developing and executing a strategic plan to bring MOSIS back to the center stage of the semiconductor industry

Keston Research Awards

Iacopo Masi and Wael Abd-Almageed Fighting Misinformation: An Internet System for Detecting Fake Face Videos

Pedro Szekely (ISI), Amie E. Hwang (CSP), Dennis Deapen (CSP), Andrea Sipin (CSP), and Diana Moke (CHLA) Mining Cancer Registry Data to Improve Long Term Effects of Pediatric Cancer Treatment

ISI Research Award

Jonathan May Universal Translators for Asylum Seekers at the Border

Andrew Rittenbach, Priyatam Chiliki, and Dev Shenoy Automating Programmability of Hybrid Digital-Analog Hardware for Stochastic Cell Simulation in Biological Systems

Joel Mathew and Ulf Hermjakob Advancing No-Resource Languages

5:30pm - 7:00pm