Zoran Obradovic

Laura H. Carnell Professor of Data Analytics,
Director, Center for Data Analytics and Biomedical Informatics,
Professor, Computer and Information Sciences Department,
Professor, Statistics Department, Fox School of Business (secondary appointment),
Temple University

Research Areas:
  • Data mining
  • Machine learning
  • Bioinformatics
Topics:
  • Big data
  • Data fusion
  • Spatial and temporal data
  • Missing and noisy observations
Applications:
  • Social networks
  • Sensor networks
  • Healthcare management
  • Earth science

Recruitement Status

Accepting/supporting highly qualified and motivated Ph.D. students, postdoctoral associates, and visiting scholars with research interests related to reinforcement learning, social networks analysis and mining big data.

Profile

Zoran Obradovic, professor of computer and information sciences and the director of the Center for Data Analytics and Biomedical Informatics at Temple University in Philadelphia is an internationally recognized leader in data mining and bioinformatics. He joined Temple in 2000 from Washington State University, where he was named Researcher of the Year by the College of Engineering and Architecture. At Temple in 2008 he received College of Science and Technology Faculty Research Excellence Award and in 2009 the overall Temple University Faculty Research Award. His research focuses on improving predictive modeling and decision support through data-driven discovery and modeling of hidden patterns in large data sets. Obradovic has published about 300 articles addressing data mining challenges in health informatics, the social sciences, environmental management and other domains. His group's pioneering research on the prediction and functional analysis of intrinsically disordered regions in proteins has provided new insight into how protein structure establishes function and the program his team developed was the best rated predictor of intrinsic disorder at three consecutive international competitions organized by protein structure prediction assessment community (CASP 5-7). Dr. Obradovic is general co-chair for 2013 and 2014 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining and was the program and/or track chair at many data mining and biomedical informatics conferences. He currently serves as an editorial board member at seven journals and is the executive editor for applications at Statistical Analysis and Data Mining journal.

Projects

Recognition

  • Temple University Faculty Research Award, April 2009.
  • College of Science and Technology Faculty Research Excellence Award, Nov. 2008.
  • Team leader for the best rated model of intrinsically disordered protein regions at the seventh critical assessments of structure prediction experiments (CASP 7), Nov. 26-30, 2006.
  • Team leader for the best predictor in protein disorder category at fifth and the sixth critical assessments of structure prediction experiments (CASP 5 and CASP 6), 2002 and 2004.
  • Researcher of the Year for College of Engineering and Architecture, Annual Convocation, Washington State University, April 11, 2000.

Research grants (21st century)

  • Obradovic, Z. (March 2013 - Aug 2015) "Auxiliary System Sensor Fusion - Phase Two," US Dept. of the Navy, Office of Naval Research, Subcontract to Technical Documentation Inc., SBIR Phase Two Contract N000141-13-C-0118.
  • Obradovic, Z., Scheinberg, K., Fox, E. (Aug. 2012 - July 2016) "Prospective Analysis of Large and Complex Partially Observed Temporal Social Networks," Defense Advanced Projects Agency, DARPA-GRAPHS, AFOSR award number FA 9550-12-1-0406.
  • Obradovic, Z. (Sept. 2012 - Aug. 2013) "Predicting Drug Indications by Integrating Multiple Data Sources," GlaxoSmithKline LLC.
  • Obradovic, Z. (Sept 2011 - Aug 2015) "Predictive Modeling of Patient State and Therapy Optimization," Defense Advanced Projects Agency, DARPA-N66001-11-1-4183.
  • Vucetic, S., Obradovic, Z. (Sept 2011 - Aug 2014) "A Discriminative Modeling Framework for Mining of Spatio-Temporal Data in Remote Sensing," National Science Foundation, NSF-IIS-1117433.
  • Mancini, D., Obradovic, Z. (Oct. 2011 - Aug. 2012) "Auxiliary System Sensor Fusion," Navy Small Business Innovation Research Program Topic No. N112-159, N00014-12-M-0056.
  • Shi, J., Obradovic, Z. (Jan 2011 - Aug 2011) "Integrated Data Warehouse," City of Philadelphia, Project 21100816140717.
  • Unterwald, E.M. et al (July 2010 - June 2015) "Center on Intersystem Regulation by Drugs of Abuse," Database and Drug Interaction Core (with Tallarida, R.), National Institute of Health, Grant 2P30DA013429.
  • Wu, J., Bishwas, S.K., Bai, L., Criner, G.G., Galvinski, E.T., Klein, M.L, Kohlmeyer, A, Kwatny, G., Obradovic, Z., Rivin, I., Shi, Y., (May 2010 - April 2013) "MRI-R2: Aquisition: A Hybrid High-Performance GPU/CPU System," National Science Foundation, NSF-CNS-0958854.
  • Kelsen, S., Merali, S., Obradovic, Z. (Sept 2009 - Aug 2011) "Ancillary Study: Identification of Plasma Biomarkers in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease," National Institute of Health, Grant 1RC2HL101713-01.
  • Obradovic, Z. (Oct 2008 - Dec 2011) "Improving Biomedical Informatics Support at Temple Health Sciences Center," The Pennsylvania Department of Health.
  • Dunker, A.K., and Obradovic, Z. (June 2008 - May 2010) "Bioinformatics Linkage of Protein Disorder and Function," National Institute of Health, Grant R56 LM007688-05A1.
  • Obradovic, Z., Vucetic, S. and Z. Li (Aug 2006 - July 2010) "Collaborative Research: Data Mining Support for Retrieval and Analysis of Geophysical Parameters," National Science Foundation, NSF-IIS-0612149.
  • Harris A., Obradovic, Z., Izenman, A., Mennis, J. (Sept. 2006 - Sept. 2009) "Investigating the Simultaneous Effects of Individual, Program and Neighborhood Attributes on Juvenile Recidivism Using GIS and Spatial Data Mining," National Institute of Justice, GMS Award 2006-IJ-CX-0022.
  • Soprano, D.R., Soprano, K.J., Obradovic, Z. and Vucetic, S. (April 2005 - December 2009) "PBX and Retinoic Acid-Dependent Differentiation," National Institute of Health, NIH- 1 R01 DK070650-01.
  • Megalooikonomou, V., Obradovic, Z., Boyko, O.B., Gee, J. (January 2004 - December 2007) "Large Scale Data Analysis for Brain Images," National Institute of Health, Grant NGA: 1 R01 MHO68066-01A1.
  • Dunker, A.K., and Obradovic, Z. (September 2003 - September 2007) "Bioinformatics Linkage of Protein Disorder and Function," National Institute of Health, Grant R01 LM007688-01A1.
  • Obradovic, Z. and Vucetic, S., (August 2002 - August 2005) "ITR/Small/Scientific Frontiers: Task-Specific Data Reduction and Mining in Spatial-Temporal Domains," National Science Foundation, Grant 0219736.
  • Obradovic, Z. and Vucetic, S., (June 2004 - August 2004) "REU Supplement for ITR: Task-Specific Data Reduction and Mining for Spatial-Temporal Domains," National Science Foundation.
  • Kwatny, E., Stafford, R., Megalooikonomou, V. and Obradovic, Z., (September 2001 - September 2004) High Performance Network Connection for Knowledge Discovery Research," National Science Foundation, Grant NSF-ANIR-0124390.
  • Obradovic, Z. and Vucetic, S. (June 2004 - June 2006) "Applications of Bioinformatics Data Analysis to Cardiovascular and Cancer Research," The Pennsylvania Department of Health.
  • Obradovic, Z. and Vucetic, S. (January 2004 - June 2004) "Research Infrastructure and Expertise for Gene Expression Data Analysis," The Pennsylvania Department of Health.
  • Obradovic, Z., Chang, F.N., Tuszynski, G. P. and Vucetic, S. (January 2004 - June 2004) "Mining High Performance Liquid Electrophoresis Data," Temple University.
  • Wolfgang, P., Obradovic, Z., Megalooikonomou, V. and Vucetic, S., (June 2003 - December 2003) "Visualization and Analysis of Commercial Flight Data," Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Obradovic, Z. (January 2003 - August 2004) "An Efficient System for Discovering Patterns and Associations at Earth Observation Databases," New Previously Unfunded Directions for Established Investigators Grant Application, Temple University.
  • Obradovic, Z. (March 2001 - September 2001) "Data Reduction for Spatial-Temporal Knowledge Discovery," Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, LDRD Program under DOE contract DE-AC07-99ID13727.
  • Dunker, A.K and Obradovic, Z., (May 2000 - May 2003) "Bioinformatics, Disordered Proteins and Function," The National Institute of Health, Grant 1 R01 LM06916-01, Biotechnology.
  • Obradovic, Z. and Tomsovic, K., (August 2000 - August 2004) "Towards an Understanding of Deregulated Electricity Markets through Time Series Analysis," Power Systems and Intelligent Systems Programs, Division of Engineering, National Science Foundation, Grant ECS-9988626.
  • Obradovic, Z. and Dunker, A.K., (June 1998 - December 2001) "Intelligent Data Analysis for Identifying Protein Disorder," cross-disciplinary funding by KDI Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence Initiative, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems and Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, National Science Foundation, Grant IIS-9711532.
  • Obradovic, Z. and Dunker, A.K., (January 2000 - May 2001) "Supplement to Intelligent Data Analysis for Identifying Protein Disorder," Knowledge and Cognitive Systems Program, National Science Foundation.
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