Students Supervised

peaches and plums everywhere ...

Current PhD Research Advisees:
  • Guodong Chen (AMS doctoral student)
  • Aranyak Acharyya (AMS doctoral student)
  • Ningyuan (Teresa) Huang (AMS doctoral student)
  • Tianyi Chen (AMS doctoral student)
  • Tim Wang (AMS doctoral student)
  • Recent posdocs in academia:
  • Vince Lyzinski, Associate Professor, University of Maryland
  • Minh Tang, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Jesus Arroyo, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
  • Zachary Lubberts, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
  • Mathematics Genealogy Project

  • Joshua Agterberg, Ph.D. (2023)
  • Dissertation Title: Asymptotics and Statistical Inference in High-Dimensional Low-Rank Matrix Models
    Defended: February 2023
    Joshua will join UPenn as postdoc; then University of Illinois as Assistant Professor

  • Cong Mu, Ph.D. (2023)
  • Dissertation Title: Chernoff Information in Community Detection
    Defended: February 2023
    Cong will join MSFT

  • Heather Gaddy Patsolic, Ph.D. (2020)
  • Dissertation Title: Graph Matching and Vertex Nomination
    Defended: March 2020
    Heather is now at Accenture Federal Services:

  • Joshua Cape, Ph.D. (2019)
  • Dissertation Title: Statistical Analysis and Spectral Methods for Signal-Plus-Noise Matrix Models
    Defended: March 2019
    Joshua is now Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin:

  • Gongkai (Percy) Li, Ph.D. (2019)
  • Dissertation Title: Dissimilarity Learning under Noise: Classical Multidimensional Scaling and Randomer Forests
    Defended: May 2019
    Percy is now at Constellation Energy:

  • Mingyue Gao, Ph.D. (2019)
  • Dissertation Title: On Manifold Learning Subsequent Inference
    Defended: March 2019
    Mingyue is now at Financial Industry Regulatory Authority:

  • Congyang Yuan, Ph.D. (2019)
  • Dissertation Title: Simultaneous Dimensionality and Complexity Model Selection for Spectral Graph Clustering
    Defended: January 2019
    CY is now at Sensagrate, LLC:

  • Shangsi Wang, Ph.D. (2018)
  • Dissertation Title: Statistical Inference on Multiple Graphs
    Defended: January 2018
    Shangsi is now at Two Sigma:

  • Runze Tang, Ph.D. (2017)
  • Dissertation Title: Robust Estimation from Multiple Graphs
    Defended: July 2017
    Runze is now Quantitative Associate at Citi:

  • Keith Levin, Ph.D. (2016)
  • Dissertation Title: Graph Inference with Applications to Low-Resource Audio Search and Indexing
    Defended: December 2016
    Keith is now Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin:

  • Jordan Yoder, Ph.D. (2016)
  • Dissertation Title: On Model-Based Semi-Supervised Clustering
    Defended: March 2016
    Jordan is now Machine Learning Engineer at Amazon, Nashville, Tennessee:

  • Heng Wang, Ph.D. (2015)
  • Dissertation Title: Community Detection using Locality Statistics
    Defended: December 2015
    Heng is now Platform Engineering research scientist at MachineZone:

  • Cencheng Shen, Ph.D. (2015)
  • Dissertation Title: Matching and Inference for Multiple Correlated Data Sets
    Defended: March 2015
    Cencheng is now Associate Professor at University of Delaware:

  • Li Chen, Ph.D. (2015)
  • Dissertation Title: Pattern Recognition on Random Graphs
    Defended: March 2015
    Lee is now at Meta Responsible AI:

  • Sancar Adali, Ph.D. (2014)
  • Dissertation Title: Joint Optimization of Fidelity and Commensurability for Manifold Alignment and Graph Matching
    Defended: March 2014
    Sancar is now at Raytheon BBN Technologies:

  • Daniel Sussman, Ph.D. (2014)
  • Dissertation Title: Foundations of Adjacency Spectral Embedding
    Defended: December 2013
    Daniel is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Boston University:

  • Ming Sun, Ph.D. (2013)
  • Dissertation Title: Data Fusion via Manifold Matching
    Defended: September 2013
    Ming is now Machine Learning Scientist at Amazon in Boston:

  • Yichen Qin, Ph.D. (2013)
  • Dissertation Title: Robust Inference via Lq-Likelihood
    Defended: June 2013
    Yichen is now Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati:

  • Adam Cardinal-Stakenas, Ph.D. (2011)
  • Dissertation Title: Choosing a Dissimilarity Representation for Classification
    Defended: February 2011
    Adam is employed with DoD:

  • Ting Yang, Ph.D. (2010)
  • Dissertation Title: The Effect of Model Misspecification on Semi-supervised Classification
    Defended: December 2010
    Ting is now at Armstrong Institute:

  • Zhiliang Ma, Ph.D. (2010)
  • Dissertation Title: Disparate Information Fusion in the Dissimilarity Framework
    Defended: October 2010
    Zhiliang is now at facebook:

  • Andrey Rukhin, Ph.D. (2009)
  • Dissertation Title: Asymptotic Analysis of Various Statistics for Random Graph Inference
    Defended: April 2009
    Andrey is Senior Research Scientist at Metron, Inc.:

  • Elizabeth (Libby) Beer, Ph.D. (2009)
  • Dissertation Title: Latent Position Random Graphs: Theory, Inference, and Applications
    Defended: February 2009
    (Co-advisor with Ed Scheinerman)
    Libby is now at Center for Computing Sciences (IDA/CCS-Bowie):

  • Xugang Ye, Ph.D. (2008)
  • Dissertation Title: Random Disambiguation Paths: Models, Algorithms, and Analysis
    Defended: September 2008
    (Co-advisor with Shih-Ping Han)
    Xugang is now at Microsoft Bing Information Platform:

  • Al Aksakalli, Ph.D. (2007)
  • Dissertation Title: Protocols for Stochastic Shortest Path Problems with Dynamic Learning
    Defended: March 2007
    (Co-advisor with Donniell Fishkind)
    Al is now Associate Professor at Department of Mathematical Sciences, RMIT University, Australia:

  • Kendall Giles, Ph.D. (2007)
  • Dissertation Title: Knowledge Discovery in Computer Network Data: A Security Perspective
    Defended: October 2006
    Kendall is now Assistant Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech University:

  • Majnu John, Ph.D. (2005)
  • Dissertation Title: A data-adaptive methodology for finding an optimal weighted generalized Mann-Whitney-Wilcoxon statistic
    Defended: January 2005
    Majnu John is Institute Scientist in the Feinstein Institute and Director of Biostatistics in the Department of Psychiatry at LIJ:

  • Elvan Ceyhan, Ph.D. (2005)
  • Dissertation Title: An Investigation of Proximity Catch Digraphs in Delaunay Tessellations
    Defended: October 2004
    Elvan is now Associate Professor at Auburn University:

  • Jason DeVinney, Ph.D. (2003)
  • Dissertation Title: The Class Cover Problem and its Applications in Pattern Recognition
    Defended: November 2002
    Jason DeVinney is now at Center for Computing Sciences (IDA/CCS-Bowie):

  • Adam Cannon, Ph.D. (2001)
  • Dissertation Title: Approximate Distance Methods in Classification
    Defended: May 2000
    (Co-advisor with Lenore Cowen)
    Adam Cannon is now at Columbia University: ;

  • Peng Tao, Ph.D. (2000)
  • Dissertation Title: The Generalized Borrowed Strength Method and the Application to Image Recognition
    Defended: March 2000
    Peng Tao is now at AccuImage:

  • Dalei Chen, Ph.D. (2000)
  • Dissertation Title: Borrowed Strength Density Estimation and Applications
    Defended: November 1999
    Dalei Chen is now at Bristol-Myers Squibb:

  • Jingdong Xie, Ph.D. (1999)
  • Dissertation Title: Generalizing the Mann-Whitney-Wilcoxon Statistic
    Defended: April 1999
    Jingdong Xie is now Associate Director of Biostatistics at Forest Research Institute:

    Dominic Lee, Ph.D. (1996)
    Dominic Lee is Senior Lecturer at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand:

    Anton Alyakin, M.S. (2019)
    Thesis Title: LqRT: A Robust Lq-likelihood-ratio-type Test in Python
    Anton is an MD student at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis:

    Hayden Helm, M.S. (2018)
    Thesis Title: Vertex Classification on Weighted Networks

    Nikhil Ram Mohan, M.S. (2009)
    MD/PhD program at Northwestern University:
    Nikhil will be done with residency in June 2023; starting August 2023 he will be Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Washington University in St. Louis

    Allison Barker, M.S. (2003)

    Karen Shahar, M.S. (2000)
    "Quantitative Differentiation of Breast Lesions Based on 3-Dimensional Morphology from MR Imaging"
    Karen Cohen nee Shahar is now a radiation oncologist in private practice in Houston, TX.

    Howard Friedman, Ph.D. (2000) :