Hello! I am currently the Lawson Professor of Business and the Ph.D. in Management Science (Analytics) Program Director at the Haslam College of Business, the University of Tennessee Knoxville. I currently also serve as the Chair of INFORMS College on Artificial Intelligence, a section of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences).
My general research interests are data mining, business analytics, and statistical computing. I am passionate about developing methodology, models, and algorithms for discovering useful knowledge from data, which can support real-world decision making. My work has been published in refereed journals and conference proceedings, including Machine Learning, INFORMS Journal on Computing, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR), ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), and IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM).
I am an alumna of Rutgers University, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and the University of Science and Technology of China. My coauthors and I received the Best Paper Award at INFORMS Data Science 2018, Best Student Paper Award at AOM 2017, Best Paper Award at WAIM 2013, Best Student Paper Runner-Up Award at KDD 2008, and Best Paper Runner-Up Award at ICTAI 2006. I was also among the top five finalists for ACM SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2011.
I served several NSF review panels and numerous program committees of top international conferences, including KDD, ICDM, and SDM. I am a senior member of ACM, a senior member of IEEE, and a member of INFORMS.