Oshani Seneviratne is the Director of Health Data Research in the Health Empowerment by Analytics, Learning, and Semantics (HEALS) Project at the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA) at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Before Rensselaer, Oshani worked at Oracle specializing in distributed systems, provenance and healthcare-related research. Oshani obtained her Ph.D.
John has spent over two decades studying the unique social, legal, and technical problems that arise when managing and disseminating information in the digital environment.
Dr. José Holguín-Veras is the William H. Hart Professor, and Director of the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment; and the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) Center of Excellence on Sustainable Urban Freight Systems at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1981; his M.Sc. from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1984; and his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1996. He has been a faculty at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, City College of New York (1997-2002), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2002-present). His work has received numerous awards, including the 2013 White House Champion of Change Award for his contributions to freight transportation and disaster response. His research emphasizes the integration, synthesis, and projection of the knowledge that exist in multiple disciplines to produce solutions to the complex and multifaceted problems—which have proven to be too complex to be solved by single-disciplinary approaches—that impact freight transportation and humanitarian logistics. His research taps into the knowledge of social sciences to build more realistic mathematical models of humanitarian logistics, and integrate cutting edge economic principles into freight transportation modeling, so that a complete picture could be developed on the broader impacts of transportation activity on the economy and the environment; and on the most effective ways to conduct post-disaster humanitarian logistics. His research blends field research and measurements, applied and basic research to ensure that theory relates to reality; and, ultimately, to a set of actionable policy recommendations that contribute to the betterment of the economy and society. Current research activities focus on three major areas: freight transportation demand modeling, sustainable freight policy, and humanitarian logistics. His work on freight demand modeling focuses on enhancing the realism of spatial price equilibrium (SPE) models, and development of simplified modeling techniques. His work on sustainable freight policy studies the interactions between the agents (e.g., shippers, carriers, receivers) involved in freight activity, to define ways to exploit these interactions to foster sustainable development and operations. An important third area, of profound human impact, focuses on the development of novel forms of humanitarian logistics. His research group has pioneered the multidisciplinary study of post-disaster humanitarian logistic operations. His research has: identified the key lessons learned from the response to the largest disasters of recent times; translated these lessons into actionable policy recommendations; and shared these suggestions with disaster response agencies. As part of the field work, his research group has conducted detailed analyses of the most prominent disasters of recent times, including: Hurricane Katrina, the Port-au-Prince earthquake, the tornadoes in Joplin and Alabama, Hurricane Irene, and the Tohoku disasters in Japan. His contributions to the solution of regional and national problems are numerous as they span modeling, policy, and research. In particular, his ability to transition research into practice—navigating complex implementation environments—has been recognized with appointments to prestigious positions. As a member of the Board of the New York State Thruway Authority—as the only researcher and Hispanic American in the board’s history—he helps oversee toll policy and the replacement of the $4 billion Tappan Zee Bridge, one of the largest construction projects in the US. He is overseeing all-electronic-toll-collection, toll setting, financing, asset management, and helps the agency reach a higher level of efficiency. His policy contributions also cover disaster response; as a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Disaster Research Roundtable, he advises the federal government in disaster response on the basis of his field research after large disasters and catastrophic events. He has been member of numerous panels for the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other agencies. His research, routinely implemented by practitioners, has been impactful. His work on freight generation and freight trip generation has led to the development of freight trip generation models—to be incorporated in the next edition of the ITE Trip Generation Manual—that are more accurate than any currently available. Equally transformative has been his research on freight tour models, freight origin-destination estimation, and others that are being incorporated into transportation modeling packages such as TRANSCAD, TRANUS, among others. One of his most visible contributions is the NYC off-hour-delivery project, which is having a transformative effect on urban freight policy. This project has blossomed into a potent freight demand management tool that has won the enthusiastic support of the private sector. It is estimated to lead to economic savings of 100-200/million dollars per year, and reductions of: 202.7 metric tons (t)/year of CO, 40t/year of HC, 11.8t/year of NOx, and 69.9 kg/year of PM10). Recognizing these significant impacts, the City of New York adopted OHD as part of its sustainability plan, and the Federal Highway Administration created a program to foster OHD, based on the one pioneered in NYC, and to replicate it in other US cities. Because of its impacts, TIME magazine identified off-hour deliveries as one of the “10 Ideas that Make a Difference” in traffic congestion. His leadership positions include: President of the Scientific Committee of the Pan-American Conferences of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, member of the Scientific Committee of the World Conference of Transport Research, Elected Member of the Council for the Association for European Transport, member of the International Organizing Committee of the City Logistics Conferences, member of technical committees at numerous professional organizations, and member of the editorial boards of the leading journals. He has led dozens of technical sessions, and has participated in numerous technical committees at the Transportation Research Board (e.g., Intermodal Freight, Urban Freight, Freight Economics, Freight Planning and Logistics, Road Pricing, Task Force of Freight Demand Modeling), European Transport Conference, World Conference of Transport Research, Pan-American Conference of Transport and Traffic Engineering, and others. He is a member of a number of high level public sector committees and boards. His current appointments include: United States Department of Transportation’s National Freight Advisory Committee (2013-2015), Board of the New York State Thruway Authority (2010-present), National Academy of Sciences’ Disaster Research Roundtable, National Academy of Sciences’ Committee for Review of USDOT Truck Size and Weight Study (2013-2014), Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Core Group on Community Engagement (June 2011-present), Advisory Panel for the NY-NJ-CT-PA Regional Catastrophic Planning Group (March 2010-2013), and Advisory Panel of the Mohawk Corridor Multimodal Transportation Study (2010-2012). The list of awards he has received includes: the 2013 White House Champion of Change Award, CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (2001-2006); the Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award in 1996, from the Council on University Transportation Centers, the Salute to the Scholars Award from the City University of New York (in 2000 and 2001); the 2006 Robert E. Kerker Research Award in recognition of Excellence in Research of Special Importance to Practitioners and Scholars of Public Administration and Policy in New York State; the 2007 School of Engineering Research Award; and a Proclamation from the Council of the City of New York (2001). He is a fellow of: State Academy of Public Administration (2006), International Road Federation (1991), Japanese International Cooperation Agency (1989), and the Organization of American States (1982-1984). According to Google Scholar, he is the most widely published and cited freight researcher in the world. He has more than 150 technical publications in the most prestigious venues, and, reflecting his influence, his work has been cited more than 1,300 times by his peers. He has given 15 plenaries, 40 invited lectures, and hundreds of presentations in professional conferences. As a Principal Investigator (PI), he has managed about $13.4 million in competitively awarded contracts from the most prestigious funding agencies: USDOT ($8.2 million), NSF ($3.9 million), New York and New Jersey State Departments of Transportation ($1.3 million), among others. These projects have focused on freight research ($8.4 million), disaster research ($2.8 million), road pricing ($1.2 million), and others ($1.0 million). As a Co-PI, he has worked on about $10 million in projects. He has extensive professional experience in both developing and developed countries. His professional experience includes the analysis of the intermodal alternatives for the trans-isthmian corridor that runs parallel to the Panama Canal, and the development of numerous national and regional transportation plans in Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and other countries. He has been consultant in transportation planning, modeling, and economics for international companies and financial institutions, such as The World Bank, United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank, among many others.
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin Transportation M.S., Universidad Central de Venezuala Transportation B.S., Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo Civil Engineering
Focus AreaDecision Support Systems, Operations Research, Transportation
Dr. Schwendeman received his B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, and earned his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) under the supervision of Professor G.B. Whitham, FRS. Dr. Schwendeman took a one-year postdoctoral research position at Caltech working with Professor H.B. Keller, before joining the faculty in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Rensselaer as an assistant professor in August, 1987. Dr. Schwendeman received promotions to associate professor with tenure and then professor, and was named the Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 2012.
Dr. Schwendeman's research focuses on the development and analysis of numerical methods for systems of partial differential equations (PDEs) that arise in applications of science and engineering. A significant portion of his work has centered around the development of numerical methods for systems of PDEs modeling wave phenomena in reactive and nonreactive flows. This work has included numerical studies of shock wave focusing and convergence, transonic and hypersonic aerodynamics, and multi-phase and multi-material high-speed reactive flow. In recent work, Dr. Schwendeman has developed a class of new numerical methods for fluid-structure interaction problems. All of this work has been in collaboration with researchers at national labs (Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore) and at Rensselaer.
Dr. Schwendeman is also actively involved in undergraduate and graduate education and career development. He is a leader among the consortium of universities organizing the Mathematical Problems in Industry Workshop (1993-present), and the originator and lead organizer of the Graduate Student Mathematical Modeling Camp (2004-present). Dr. Schwendeman is also an active member of the NSF-funded Research Training Grant (RTG) program in the department, which supports the research and education of several graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows.
B.S.E., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 1981
Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, 1986
Focus AreaNumerical methods for PDEs, Fluid-structure interaction problems, Gas dynamics and wave propagation, Multi-scale and multiphase reactive flow, Adaptive and parallel algorithms, Mathematics for industrial applications
Selected Scholarly WorksJ.W. Banks, W.D. Henshaw, D.W. Schwendeman and Qi Tang, A stable partitioned FSI algorithm for rigid bodies and incompressible flow. Part I: Model Problem Analysis, J. Computational Physics, 343 (2017), 432-468.
J.W. Banks, W.D. Henshaw, D.W. Schwendeman and Qi Tang, A stable partitioned FSI algorithm for rigid bodies and incompressible flow. Part II: General Formulation, J. Computational Physics, 343 (2017), 469-500.
F. Meng, J.W. Banks, W.D. Henshaw and D.W. Schwendeman, CHAMP: A Stable and Accurate Partitioned Algorithm for Conjugate Heat Transfer, J. Computational Physics, 344 (2017), 51-85.
J. Gambino, A.K. Kapila and D.W. Schwendeman, Sensitivity of run-to-detonation distance in practical explosives, Combustion Theory & Modeling, 20 (2016), 1088-1117.
L. Li, W.D. Henshaw, J.W. Banks, D.W. Schwendeman and G.A. Main, A stable partitioned FSI algorithm for incompressible flow and deforming beams, J. Comput. Physics, 312 (2016), 272-306.
J.W. Banks, W.D. Henshaw, A.K. Kapila and D.W. Schwendeman, An added-mass partition algorithm for fluid-structure interactions of compressible fluids and nonlinear solids, J. Comput. Physics, 305 (2016), 1037-1064.
A.K. Kapila, D.W. Schwendeman, J. Gambino and W.D. Henshaw, A Numerical Study of the Dynamics of Detonation Initiated by Cavity Collapse, Shock Waves, 25 (2015), 545-572.
D.W. Schwendeman, C.P. Please, B.S. Tilley and F. Hendriks, A homogenization analysis of the compressible flow between a slider and a moving rough surface, IMA J. Appl. Math., 80 (2015), 177-211.
J.W. Banks, W.D. Henshaw and D.W. Schwendeman, An analysis of a new stable partitioned algorithm for FSI problems. Part I: Incompressible flow and elastic solids, J. Comput. Physics, 269 (2014), 108-137.
J.W. Banks, W.D. Henshaw and D.W. Schwendeman, An analysis of a new stable partitioned algorithm for FSI problems. Part II. Incompressible flow and structural shells, J. Comput. Physics, 268 (2014), 399-416.
D.W. Schwendeman, A.K. Kapila and W.D. Henshaw, A hybrid two-phase mixture model of detonation diffraction with compliant confinement, Comptes Rendus Mathematique, 340 (2012), 804-817.
D. Appelo, J.W. Banks, W.D. Henshaw and D.W. Schwendeman, Numerical methods for solid mechanics on overlapping grids: linear elasticity, J. Comput. Physics, 231 (2012), 6012-6050.
M. Ozlem, D.W. Schwendeman, A.K. Kapila and W.D. Henshaw, A numerical study of shock-induced cavity collapse, Shock Waves, 22 (2012), 89-117.
J.W. Banks, W.D. Henshaw and D.W. Schwendeman, Deforming composite grids for solving fluid structure problems, J. Comput. Physics, 231 (2012), pp. 3518-3547.
Dr. Boleslaw K. Szymanski is the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor at the Department of Computer Science and the Director of the ARL Social and Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from National Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland, in 1976. Dr. Szymanski published over four hundred scientific articles. He is a foreign member of the National Academy of Science in Poland, an IEEE Fellow and a member of the IEEE Computer Society, and Association for Computing Machinery for which he was National Lecturer. He received the Wiley Distinguished Faculty Award in 2003 and the Wilkes Medal of British Computer Society in 2009. His research interests cover the broad area of network science with current focus on social and computer networks.
M.Sc. (Electronics) – Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland, 1973; Ph.D. (Computer Science) – The Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, 1976 Postdoc (Computer Science) - University of Aberdeen, U.K., 1979.network science
Focus Areanetwork science, computer networks, Energy and the Environment, Computation & Information Technology
Selected Scholarly WorksDong Wang, Boleslaw K. Szymanski, Tarek Abdelzaher, Heng Ji, Lance Kaplan, The Age of Social Sensing, IEEE Computer, February, 2019
Xiaoyan Lu, and Boleslaw K. Szymanski, Scalable Prediction of Global Online Media News Virality, IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, 5(3):858-870, Sept. 2018, https://doi.org/10.1109/YCSS.2018.2857479
T. Jia, D. Wang, and B.K. Szymanski, Quantifying patterns of research-interest evolution, Nature Human Behaviour 1(4):0078, 2017.
J. Xie, S. Kelly, and B.K. Szymanski, Overlapping Community Detection in Networks: the State of the Art and Comparative Study, ACM Computing Surveys 45(4):43, 2013.
Failure dynamics of the global risk network, Boleslaw K. Szymanski, Xin Lin, Andrea Asztalos, and Sameet Sreenivasan, Nature Scientific Reports 5:10998, June 18, 2015.
In her current art work and multimedia research, Patricia Search designs multimedia installations that explore the aesthetics of space, time, and action in computer interface design.
“I work with digital media and create interactive installations that highlight ways to use diverse media, exploration, physical interaction, and social discourse to create immersive experiences for online communication,” Search said. “These multisensory environments create perceptual dichotomies that juxtapose realism and fantasy, logic and emotion, continuity and transition. The installations incorporate non-Western perspectives of space, time, and action inspired by indigenous cultures, resulting in innovative ways to use interaction design to define a sense of place. As a result, my research is expanding the syntax of experience design and shaping new dimensions in relational aesthetics through the integration of physical and virtual environments. In these installations, multiple viewers use the interaction with physical and virtual elements, social discourse, and memory to define the aesthetics of the experience and a sense of place.”
Patricia Search has had 38 solo exhibitions and multimedia installations of her art throughout the United States, including 11 in New York City, as well as exhibitions in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany and Taiwan. She has also participated in over 150 group exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Greece, China, and Japan.
She was awarded a Fellowship in Computer Art from the New York Foundation for the Arts and received a Fulbright Senior Specialists Grant to work on multimedia projects with two universities in Australia. In 2005, she received the Creative Achievement Award from the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA), and in 2010, she was awarded the IVLA James G. Sucy Distinguished Service Award. She was President of IVLA from 2009-2010. She received the best paper award for her research from the World Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, and she received the IVLA Editors’ Choice Award for best papers in 2003 and 2007. Her art has been published in numerous journals and three television documentaries including a PBS documentary.
Patricia Search is currently the Co-Editor of the international Journal of Visual Literacy. She was also a contributing editor for the International Journal of Learning for two years. She has co-edited five books on visual literacy research. She served on the Board of Directors of the International Visual Literacy Association and the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology (ISAST). In 2010, she was awarded Rensselaer’s Jerome Fischbach Faculty Travel Award, and in 2008, the Humanities, Arts, and Social Science Inaugural Service Award.
M.A., Art, Goddard College
B.S., Art, Skidmore College
Professor Ravichandran is an associated faculty member in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department in the School of Engineering and a faculty for the IT program in the School of Science. He teaches course in the graduate and doctoral programs at Rensselaer. He periodically teaches some of these courses in top business schools in Asia and Europe and brings a global perspective to his teaching.
Professor Ravichandran’s long term research interests focus on four broad areas: 1) strategic implication of information technology and organizational capabilities to manage information technology; 2) supply chain management and business-business electronic markets; 3) innovation diffusion and assimilation; and, 4) organizational renewal and growth through innovation. His research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Singapore. He has published more than hundred research papers in academic journals and conference proceedings.
His research articles have been published in journals such as the Communications of the ACM, Decision Sciences, European Journal of Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Information Systems Research, Information Technology Management, Logistics Information Systems, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of High Technology Management Research, MIS Quarterly and Organization Science.
He currently serves as a Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly and as a Department Editor for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. He recently completed a four year term as an Associate Editor of MIS Quarterly and a three year term as an Associate Editor of Information Systems Research.
Prior to joining Rensselaer, Dr. Ravichandran had extensive business experience having served as a Consultant to the Reliance Group, as the Assistant Director of National Productivity Council, and as a Production Manager in Flakt AB (now Asea Brown Boweri). He has also been a successful entrepreneur; he started, built and ran an IT services firm.
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; PG Diploma (Industrial and System Engineering) National Productivity Council, India; B.E. (Production Engineering) University of Madras, India
Focus AreaInformation Technology Management, Supply Chain Management, Business Strategy, Networks and Value Creation, IT Strategy
Juergen Hahn is the department head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in addition to holding an appointment in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering. He received his Diploma degree in engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany, in 1997, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair for Process Systems Engineering at RWTH Aachen, Germany, before joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, in 2003 and moving to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2012. His research interests include systems biology and process modeling and analysis with over 140 peer-reviewed publications in print. Dr. Hahn is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship (1995/96), received the Best Referee Award for 2004 from the Journal of Process Control, the CPC 7 Outstanding Contributed Paper Award in 2006, was named Outstanding Reviewer by the journal Automatica in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2010 CAST Outstanding Young Researcher, and has been elected as an AIMBE Fellow in 2013 and an AIChE Fellow in 2020. He served on the IEEE CSS Board of Governors in 2016 and has been a CACHE Trustee since 2014. He is currently serving as deputy editor-in-chief for the Journal of Process Control, as editor for the journal Optimal Control: Applications and Methods, and as associate editor for the journals Control Engineering Practice and the Journal of Advanced Manufacturing and Processing.
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, (2002)
M.S., University of Texas at Austin, (1998)
Diploma, RWTH Aachen, Germany, (1997)
Focus AreaSystems Biology, Process Systems Engineering
Selected Scholarly WorksT. Vargason, D.P. Howsmon, S. Melnyk, S.J. James, and J. Hahn. Mathematical Modeling of the Methionine Cycle and Transsulfuration Pathway in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Theoretical Biology 416, pp. 28-37 (2017)
J.A. Jones, V.R. Vernacchio, A.L. Sinkoe, S.M. Collins, M.H. Ibrahim, D.M. Lachance, J. Hahn, M.A. Koffas. Experimental and Computational Optimization of an Escherichia Coli Co-culture for the Efficient Production of Flavonoids. Metabolic Engineering 35, pp. 55-63 (2016)
P. Zhang, W. Dai, J. Hahn, and S.P. Gilbert. Drosophila Ncd Reveals an Evolutionarily Conserved Powerstroke Mechanism for Homodimeric and Heterodimeric Kinesin-14s. PNAS 112, No. 20, pp. 6359-6364 (2015)
T. Omer, L. Zhao, X. Intes, and J. Hahn. Reduced Temporal Sampling Effect on Time-domain Fluorescence Lifetime FRET Accuracy. Journal of Biomedical Optics 19, No. 8, 086023 (2014)
A. Bhadouria, M. Sorci, M. Gu, G. Belfort, and J. Hahn. Optimization of Membrane Separation Processes for Protein Fractionation. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 53, No. 13, pp. 5103-5109 (2014)
W. Dai, D. Word, and J. Hahn. Modeling and Dynamic Optimization of Fuel-grade Ethanol Fermentation Using Fed-batch Process. Control Engineering Practice,22 pp. 231-241 (2014)
C. Kravaris, J. Hahn, and Y. Chu. Advances and Selected Recent Developments in State and Parameter Estimation. Computers & Chemical Engineering 51, pp. 111-123 (2013)
Dr. Relyea completed his PhD at the University of Michigan in 1999 and then spent the next 15 years as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2014, he moved his research group to Rensselaer to become the Director of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute and the Director of The Jefferson Project at Lake George.
Ph.D., Univ. of Michigan
M.S. Texas Tech Univ.
Focus AreaEcology, Disease ecology, Ecotoxicology, Evolution, Animal behavior
Professor Kuruzovich’s course on database management integrates the technical challenges of managing data with the business challenges of deriving value through statistical analysis, visualization, and data mining.Professor Kuruzovich’s research broadly examines the means through which both individuals and organizations derive value from information systems and focuses on the intersection between information systems and marketing. His research has been published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Marketing, Information Systems Research, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Professor Kuruzovich’s previous work experience includes consulting experience with numerous Fortune 500 companies and several high-technology startups.
Ph.D. in Information Systems, University of Maryland; B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Lafayette College