Depend Group Research has Impact in Medical Domain

Work performed by Depend Group member, Arjun Athreya, has been highlighted in the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine Blog. “We combined expertise from clinicians, engineers and biologists to create an algorithm that uncovered patterns of antidepressant response that each of these specialists alone might not be able to recognize,” says Arjun Athreya, a Mayo- UIUC Alliance predoctoral research fellow. “Using this data with deep machine learning, we were able to predict with 75-85 percent accuracy whether a common antidepressant drug would work for each individual patient in the study. That compares to 58 percent accuracy when predictions are based only on clinical, demographic and social factors. In addition, we found that women and men respond differently to this antidepressant therapy.”

Arjun Athreya

This research is also funded under the NSF Funded Center for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine (CCBGM) led by Prof. Iyer.

The full paper can be found here.

Congratulations to Hui Lin on his PhD Defense!

Hui Lin presented his PhD Final Defense, “Detection and Prevention of Intrusions in Power Systems’ Cyber-Physical Infrastructure,” today. His committee was comprised of Pete Sauer, Bill Sanders, Saurabh Amin (MIT), and advisors Ravi Iyer and Zbigniew Kalbarczyk. Hui will now join the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno. Congratulations Hui!!!

Pictured Left to Right, Pete Sauer, Ravi Iyer, Hui Lin, Zbigniew Kalbarczyk and Bill Sanders

Congratulations to Zak Estrada and Cuong Pham on their PhD Graduation!

The Depend Group was proud to celebrate with its recent PhD Graduates, Zak Estrada and Cuong Pham. Zak is currently an Assistant Professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Cuong Pham is the Engineering Lead at Anduin Transactions.

Zak’s thesis is entitled, “Dynamic reliability and security monitoring: a virtual machine approach.”

Cuong’s thesis is entitled, “Continuous monitoring methods to achieve resiliency for virtual machines.”

Yoga Varatharajah’s paper selected as finalist for IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering

Inter-Ictal Seizure Onset Zone Localization Using Unsupervised Clustering and Bayesian Filtering’  was selected as one of the six finalists of the student paper competition sponsored by the IEEE EMBS society at the 8th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering (NER’17). The six finalists were selected based on the scores given to their papers by the reviewers.

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Homa Alemzadeh wins Carter Award

Depend Group alum Homa Alemzadeh has been awarded the William C. Carter PhD Dissertation Award in Dependability which is given by the IEEE Technical Committee on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance and the IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance.  It has been presented annually since 1997 to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of dependable computing through his or her graduate dissertation research. Homa will receive this honor at the 47th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN2017).

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Homa’s dissertation titled, “Data-driven Resiliency Assessment of Medical Cyber-Physical Systems,” can be accessed here.

Arjun Athreya investigates biological markers of disease, including triple negative breast cancer

Dr. Richard Weinshilboum and Arjun Athreya at ASCPT 2017

Big data analytics has endless possibilities in health care. Through data analysis, scientists can determine subtypes of diseases, as well as how drug treatments will influence individual patient prognoses. Arjun Athreya, a CSL PhD student in electrical and computer engineering, works at the forefront of this precision medicine work with Mayo Clinic.

His research is part of the Mayo-Illinois Alliance, which combines researchers from the University of Illinois and Mayo Clinic to promote a broad spectrum of collaborative research for the development of new technologies and clinical tools for individualized medicine. Athreya, advised by CSL’s Ravi Iyer, works with Mayo Clinic researchers and data to advance several areas of precision medicine, including breast cancer, depression, and diabetes treatment.

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Arjun Athreya awarded Rambus Fellowship

ECE Department Head Bill Sanders with Arjun Athreya and Ravi Iyer

Arjun Athreya was awarded the 2017 Rambus Computer Engineering Fellowship from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Michael Farmwald donated stock from Rambus, Inc. to the University of Illinois to be used to provide funds for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Rambus Computer Engineering Fellowship has been established to recognize a graduate student in the Computer Engineering Area for outstanding research. This fellowship is a $5,000 fellowship for one year.