SLOBODAN VUCETIC


Director, Center for Cognitive Computing

Professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Temple University

 

Address:

1925 N. 12th St., 314 SERC
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6094

Telephone: (215) 204-5535
Fax: (215) 204-5082
Email: vucetic ( at ) temple.edu
Office: 314 SERC


News:

-        (September 2019) Our lab will participate in the new NSF Growing Convergence Research project

-        (August 2019) Congratulations to Tian for defending his Ph.D. thesis. Good luck at Google!

-        (May 2019) Congratulations to Shanshan for defending her Ph.D. thesis. Good luck at Facebook!

-        (May 2019) Congratulations to Aniruddha for his regular paper at the ACL 2019

-        (May 2019) Congratulations to Tian for his regular paper at IJCAI 2019

-        (May 2019) Congratulations to Shanshan for her regular paper at KDD 2019

-        (Jan 2019) Congratulations to Tian for his regular paper at WWW 2019


Resume


Research Interests

Research Areas:

Cognitive Computing

Artificial Intelligence

Data Science

Machine Learning

Big Data

I am interested in solving real-life data science problems through development of novel machine learning algorithms. I am also interested in building software that has intelligent behavior and can enhance human capabilities. My research is driven by open data science problems in a wide array of disciplines such as Public Health, Biomedicine, Physical Sciences, Education, Marketing, Social Sciences, Traffic Engineering, and Industrial Engineering. 

Highlights:

-        2018 Ranking of the U.S. Computer Science Doctoral Programs Our recent study revealed that U.S. News ranking of CS doctoral programs, which is based purely on peer assessment, is surprisingly highly correlated with faculty citations. Our resulting ranking is available here.

-        CAREER award from National Science Foundation

-        Outstanding paper at IJCAI 2013: Best paper in the AI and Computational Sustainability Track

-        Leader of one of the top performing teams at Critical Assessment of Protein Function Annotation (CAFA) 2010-11, 2013-14, and 2016-17

-        Member of a team with the best protein disorder predictor at Critical Assessment of protein Structure Prediction (CASP) 5, 6, and 7 (Protein Structure Prediction Assessment)

Representative Funded Research Projects:

-        Understanding Epistasis: the Key for Genotype to Phenotype Mapping (funded by the National Science Foundation)

-        Deep Learning for Representation of Medical Claims (funded by the National Institutes of Health)    

-        Space-Time Models for Health Geographic Analysis (funded by the National Science Foundation)

-        Customizing Therapy for Individuals with Autism (funded by the National Science Foundation)

-        Discriminative Modeling of Spatial-Temporal Data in Remote Sensing (funded by the National Science Foundation)

-        Dynamic Evolution of Smart-Phone Based Emergency Communications Network (funded by the National Science Foundation)

-        Computational Advertising (supported by Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement Program)

-        Memory-Constrained Predictive Data Mining (funded by the National Science Foundation)

-        Machine Learning for Distributed Fault Diagnosis (supported by ExxonMobil)

-        Bioinformatics - Genomics, Analysis of Protein Disorder, Proteomics, Biomedical Text Mining (funded by Pennsylvania Department of Health, NIH

Program Committee member (in 2019):

-        36nd International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML)

-        25st ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD)

-        28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI)

-        8th International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR)

-        22th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS)

-        57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)

-        Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing Conference 2019 (EMNLP)

-        The World Wide Web Conference 2019 (WWW)

-        28th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM)

-        27th International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB)


Recent Representative Publications (check the complete list with preprints)

-        Bai, T., Egleston, B.L., Bleicher, R., Vucetic, S., Medical Concept Representation Learning from Multi-Source Data, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Macao, 2019.

-        Zhang, S., He, L., Dragut, E., Vucetic, S., How to Invest my Time: Lessons from Human-in-the-Loop Entity Extraction, ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), Anchorage, 2019.

-        Bai T., Vucetic, S., Improving Medical Code Prediction from Clinical Text via Incorporating Online Knowledge Sources, The World Wide Web Conference (WWW), San Francisco, 2019.

-        Maiti, A., Vucetic, S., Spatial Aggregation Facilitates Discovery of Spatial Topics, Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), Florence, 2019.

-        Shapovalov, M., Vucetic, S., Dunbrack, Jr, R.L., A New Clustering and Nomenclature for Beta Turns Derived from High-Resolution Protein Structures, PLoS Computational Biology, 15 (3), 2019.

-        Vucetic, S., Chanda, A.K., Zhang, S., Bai, T., Maiti, A., Peer Assessment of CS Doctoral Programs Shows Strong Correlation with Faculty Citations, Communications of the ACM, 61:09, 70-77, 2018.

-        Bai, T., Chanda, A.K., Egleston, B.L., Vucetic, S., EHR Phenotyping via Jointly Embedding Medical Concepts and Words into a Unified Vector Space, BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 2018.

-        Bai, T., Zhang, S., Egleston, B.L., Vucetic, S., Interpretable Representation Learning for Healthcare via Capturing Disease Progression through Time, ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), London, 2018.

-        Zhang, S., He, L., Vucetic, S., Dragut, E., Regular Expression Guided Entity Mention Mining from Noisy Web Data, Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing Conference (EMNLP), Brussels, 2018.


Students

Current Students:

Aniruddha Maiti (Ph.D., joined 2015, M.S. from Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur)

Maxim Shapovalov (Ph.D., joined 2016, B.S. from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute))

Ashis Chanda (Ph.D., joined 2016, M.S. from University of Dhaka)

Ziyu Yang (Ph.D., joined 2017, B.S. from University of Science and Technology of China)

Saman Enayati (Ph.D., joined 2017, B.S. from Amirkabir University of Technology)

Sandro Hauri (Ph.D., joined 2018, M.S. from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich)

Tamara Katic (Ph.D. joined 2019, M.S. from University of Novi Sad)

Sai Shi (Ph.D., joined 2019, M.S. from University of California-Irvine)

Piyush Borole (P.D., joined 2019, M.S. from University of Pennsylvania)

Beth Garrison (Ph.D., joined 2019, B.S. from Temple University)

Abigail Liu (undergraduate)

Kevin Esslinger (undergraduate)

Paul Hutchings (undergraduate)

Graduated Ph.D. Students:

Tian Bai (Ph.D., 2019, first position: Software Engineer, Google)

Shanshan Zhang (Ph.D., 2019, first position: Research Scientist, Facebook)

Vladimir Coric (Ph.D., 2014, first position: Lead Data Scientist, SEI Investments)

Nemanja Djuric (Ph.D., 2013, first position: Research Scientist, Yahoo! Labs, current: Uber ATC)

Liang Lan (Ph.D., 2012, first position: Research Scientist, Huawei Noah Ark Lab, current: Assistant Prof., Hong Kong Baptist University)

Mihajlo Grbovic (Ph.D., 2012, first position: Research Scientist, Yahoo! Labs, current: Airbnb)

Vuk Malbasa (Ph.D., 2011, first position: Postdoctoral Associate, Texas A&M University, current: Assistant Prof., University of Novi Sad)

Zhuang Wang (Ph.D., 2010, first position: Research Scientist, Siemens Corporate Research, current: Facebook)

For Prospective Students:

I am interested in mentoring self-motivated graduate students interested in machine learning, cognitive computing, and data science. I am looking both at the traditional computer science students and at the non-CS students with a strong background in mathematics (with degrees such as electrical engineering, physics, operations research, applied math, statistics). Interested students are encouraged to contact me by e-mail. Please, send me your CV and write a short description about your academic background and research interests.


Recent Teaching

Fall 2019: Machine Learning (CIS 5526)

Spring 2019: Principles of Data Science (CIS 3715)

Fall 2018: Machine Learning (CIS 5526)

Spring 2018: Principles of Data Science (CIS 3715)

Spring 2017: Principles of Data Science (CIS 3715)

Fall 2015: Machine Learning (CIS 5526)

Fall 2015: Math Concepts in Computing I (CIS 1166)

Spring 2015: Principles of Data Science (CIS 3715)

Spring 2015: Math Concepts in Computing II (CIS 2166)

Fall 2014: Machine Learning (CIS 5526)

Fall 2013: Introduction to Computer Science (CIS1001)

Fall 2013: Machine Learning (CIS 5526)