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Andreas' Velten Lab in Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

Assistant Professor Andreas Velten and his lab and collaborators were featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for their work on a camera that can see around corners.

Congratulations!

Daniel Pimentel-Alarcon, PhD, Joining BMI and WID

We are delighted to announce that Daniel Pimentel-Alarcon, PhD, has accepted an offer to join the University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery as an Assistant Professor in August. He comes to use from an assistant professorship in the Department of Computer Science at Georgia State University.

Dr. Pimentel-Alarcon earned his MA in Mathematics, MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering here at UW-Madison. He then held a postdoctoral training position at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery under the mentorship of Robert Nowak, Stephen Wright, Rebecca Willett, and Nigel Boston.

Dr. Pimentel-Alarcon's office and lab will be in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, with his tenure home in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical informatics. His research focuses on robust machine learning methods to identify patterns in big and messy data. His work is grounded in critical applications related to ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations in precision medicine, biology, astro-informatics, computer vision, networks inference, and public health. He specifically looks at robust machine learning of mixtures, and linear and nonlinear structures.

We are excited that Daniel has chosen to join UW-Madison and we look forward to his arrival.

Andreas Velten and Mohit Gupta (CS) proposal finalist for 2019 AutoSens Award

The AutoSens Award Competition judges selected a proposal submitted by BMI Assistant Professor Andreas Velten and Computer Sciences Assistant Professor submitted a proposal titled "Coding Theory and Optimization for LiDAR Imaging" as one of 8 finalists in the "Most Influential Research" category of the competition. The award in this category highlights exceptional work in academia and research organizations throughout the automotive supply chain.

AutoSens is an award winning international automotive sensor and perception conference exhibition, which will be held in Brussels Belgium from September 17-19, 2019. The AutoSens Awards recognize the best technical, design, and marketing innovations within the automotive imaging sector.

Drs. Velten and Gupta will find out on September 18 at the awards ceremony in Brussels whether they win the competition. Whether they win or not, being selected as a finalist is a great honor. Congratulations to them both for this accomplishment.

Learn more about the research here: http://wisionlab.cs.wisc.edu/project/tofcoding/ and https://www.cs.wisc.edu/2019/08/13/mohit-gupta-cs-and-andreas-velten-bmi....

Daifeng Wang, PhD, joins BMI

We are delighted to welcome Assistant Professor Daifeng Wang to BMI. Daifeng joins us as part of the Functional Genetics/Genomics of Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative Diseases cluster, led by Professor Qiang Chang, Director of the Waisman Center.

Daifeng moved here with his family, including his wife (an assistant scientist at the Waisman center) and young child, from Stony Brook University, where he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. His research interests include computational systems biology, functional and cognitive genomics, and machine learning for understanding the molecular mechanisms in human aging and brain disorders.

Learn more about Daifeng's research here: https://daifengwanglab.org/.

Dr. Zhaobin Kuang Named Finalist in AMIA Dissertation Competition

Congratulations to Dr. Zhaobin Kuang, who did his dissertation work with Dr. David Page, for being named a top finalist in the 2019 AMIA Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition. This is a high honor for Zhaobin, since each institution is allowed to submit only 1 nomination. After competing within UW-Madison to be named as the nominee for the award, Zhaobin's was named one of the top 5 of the 18 submitted to the competition.

Well done to both David and Zhaobin!

Menggang Yu authors one of top downloaded papers in Biometrics in 2017-2018

Congratulations to Professor Menggang Yu for publishing one of the most downloaded papers in Biometrics, the Journal of the International Biometric Society, between January 2017 and December 2018.

His paper, titled "A general statistical framework for subgroup identification and comparative treatment scoring" is one of the top-20 most downloaded articles in the 12 months after its online publication. The communication from Biometrics states "Your work generated immediate impact and visibility, contributing significantly to the advancement of your field.

Congratulations to Menggang!

Assoc Prof Sushmita Roy - understanding reprogramming checkpoints using scRNA-seq and computational methods

BMI Associate Professor Sushmita Roy has been collaborating with Assistant Professor Rupa Sridharan (Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery) to better understand the reprogramming checkpoints that occur as differentiated cells become pluripotent cells, and how they might improve that process to make it faster and more efficient. Their paper, published on May 7, 2019 in Cell Reports, describes the how they used epigenomic modifiers, signaling molecules, and computational methods to pinpoint what happens in individual cells during the reprogramming process. The team combined single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) of the cell transcriptome with computational algorithms to gain a high-resolution view of the gene regulatory networks at play at the single cell level during reprogramming events.

Assoc Prof Sushmita Roy - understanding reprogramming checkpoints using scRNA-seq and computational methods

BMI Associate Professor Sushmita Roy has been collaborating with Assistant Professor Rupa Sridharan (Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery) to better understand the reprogramming checkpoints that occur as differentiated cells become pluripotent cells, and how they might improve that process to make it faster and more efficient. Their paper, published on May 7, 2019 in Cell Reports, describes the how they used epigenomic modifiers, signaling molecules, and computational methods to pinpoint what happens in individual cells during the reprogramming process. The team combined single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) of the cell transcriptome with computational algorithms to gain a high-resolution view of the gene regulatory networks at play at the single cell level during reprogramming events.

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 Graduates!

We wish to congratulate all of the students graduating with their Masters and Doctoral degrees this spring. All of the students listed below have completed the requirements for their degrees. We wish them the best of luck in their next endeavors!

PhD Degree Recipients
Fred Boehm, PhD in Statistics - co-advisors Professor Karl Broman and Professor Brian Yandell
Sid Kiblawi, PhD in Computer Science - advisor Professor Mark Craven
Ross Kleiman, PhD in Computer Science - advisor Professor David Page
Yifeng Liu, PhD in Statistics - advisor Professor Menggang Yu
Christine McWilliams, PhD in Epidemiology - co-advisors Professor Ron Gangnon and Associate Professor Paul Peppard
Ting Ye, PhD in Statistics - advisor Professor Menggang Yu
Yanyao Yi, PhD in Statistics - advisor Professor Menggang Yu and Professor Jun Shao

MS Degree Recipients
Courtney Blomme, MS in Population Health - advisor Professor Ron Gangnon
Jon Ide, MS in Biomedical Data Science - advisor Associate Professor Sushmita Roy
Viswesh Periyasamy, MS in Computer Science (thesis option) - advisor Associate Professor Sushmita Roy
Lin Qi, MS in Biomedical Data Science - advisor Assistant Professor Irene Ong. Lin will continue in the Biomedical Data Science PhD Program
Yunyang Xiong, MS in Biomedical Data Science - advisor Professor Vikas Singh. Yunyang will continue in the Computer Science PhD Program

Bob Bailey leaving for Colorado

We are sad to announce that Bob Bailey's last day in the department is today, Friday, May 3. He and his spouse are moving to Colorado, where she just landed her dream job.

We wish both of them the best of luck with their futures and will miss Bob's professionalism, expertise, and kindness.

Please wish Bob the best on his future endeavors.

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