Computer Science Professor Receives $523,859 National Science Foundation Award
In this project, Jin will develop novel data mining technologies to analyze the structures and dynamics of complex networks. Examples of such complex networks include the Internet, personal recommendation software programs, social networks and economic and financial markets.
The foundation’s CAREER grants are the most prestigious awards that support early career development activities of those scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.
“Dr. Jin is one of the department's most active junior professors,” says Dr. Robert A. Walker, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science. “We are thrilled to see him achieve this major recognition for his important research.”
“The analysis of complex networks is a relatively new field of study,” says Jin, who has been at Kent State since 2005. “This award is a tremendous help for my career, and I look forward to being able to help advance the study of these complex systems.”
Understanding the underlying principles and laws of these networks can help construct more effective communication mechanisms, find cures for fatal diseases and deal with economic crises. “Once you understand the mechanisms, it opens the door to designing a better system and to predicting behavior of the system,” Jin explains.
The grant allows Jin to enlist the help of two doctoral students in the research, as well as additional graduate and undergraduate student assistance. Using popular online social networks such as MySpace and Facebook, this project will attract and recruit students from underrepresented groups, including women and minorities, to computer science and involve underrepresented students in the cutting-edge research.
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; and to secure the national defense. With an annual budget of $6.06 billion, the foundation is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally-supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.
By Bob Burford
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