TDAI faculty members Spyros Blanas and Huan Sun have been awarded The Lumley Engineering Research Award- an honor that is presented to a select group of outstanding researchers in the College of Engineering who have demonstrated exceptional success in pursuing research of a fundamental or applied nature.
Dr. Blanas has been an assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in the College of Engineering since 2014. His research interest is high-performance database systems. He is particularly interested in understanding and optimizing the interaction between the database kernel and the underlying hardware. His current research goal is to build a data management system for high-end computing facilities. In recent years, Dr. Blanas has received an IEEE TCDE Rising Star Award along with a Google Faculty Research Award.
Huan Sun is also an assistant professor in CSE and has been teaching since the fall of 2016. Prof. Sun’s research interests lie in data mining and machine learning, with an emphasis on natural language question answering, text mining and understanding, network analysis, and human behavior understanding. In previous years she has received the NSF CAREER AWARD (2020), SIGKDD Ph.D. Dissertation Runner-Up Award (2016), the honor of being MIT EECS Rising Star (2015), the UC Regents’ Special Fellowship (2010, 2014), and the CS PhD Progress Award (2014).
Congratulations to Drs. Blanas and Sun on this incredible honor.