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    New Faculty 2019

    The Department of Computer Science is pleased to welcome four new faculty members. These new hires will increase the Department’s teaching capacity and strengthen the Department’s research profile in artificial intelligence, machine learning and computational neuroscience


    Yalda Mohsenzadeh

    photo of Y.MohsenzadehYalda Mohsenzadeh will join the Department of Computer Science, and the Brain and Mind Institute as an Assistant Professor in August 2019. Currently, she is a postdoctoral associate in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA. Prior to MIT, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Vision Research at York University, Toronto, ON, Canada (2014-2016). She completed her PhD and MSc in Electrical Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology and Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2014 and 2009, respectively. Her research is interdisciplinary, spanning machine learning, computer vision and cognitive computational neuroscience, and investigating human vision and memory using a combination of human neuroimaging (fMRI and MEG/EEG), behavior, computational modeling and machine learning. For more information please check out her current web page at   https://mohsenzadehlab.com/home


    Boyu Wang 

    Photo of B.WangBoyu Wang will be joining the Department of Computer Science at Western University in August 2019. Before Western, he spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. Before that, he obtained his PhD in Computer Science at McGill University in 2016. Broadly, Boyu’s research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning, neuroscience, and biomedical engineering, with an emphasis on knowledge transfer in learning algorithms and brain signal analysis. His recent research also includes applying the machine learning techniques to other real-world applications, such as smart grids and financial optimization. 



    Grace Yi  

    Photo of G.YiGrace Y. Yi will be joining  the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences in July 2019.

    Professor Yi’s research interests focus on developing methodology to address various challenges concerning Data Science, public health, cancer research, epidemiological studies, environmental studies, and social science. Currently, she is exploring new inference methods and learning algorithms to analyze complex noisy data. Using the language of probability, randomness and modeling, Statistical Science offers us the essential guidance and tools to sort out meaningful signals from unwanted noise, to quantify the variability in data, and to facilitate uncertainty about systems we are trying to understand. Professor Yi’s recent research has been centered around investigating machine learning and statistical methods to tackle problems concerning imaging data, missing data, measurement error in variables, high dimensional data, survival data, and longitudinal data. 

    Professor Yi received her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Toronto in 2000 and then joined the University of Waterloo as a postdoctoral fellow (2000-2001), Assistant Professor (2001-2004), Associate Professor (2004-2010), Professor (2010-2019), and University Research Chair (2011-2018). Professor Yi is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). She was the Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Journal of Statistics (2016-2018) as well as the President of the Biostatistics Section of the Statistical Society of Canada in 2016, and the Founder and Chair of the first chapter (Canada Chapter) of International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA). In 2010, Professor Yi received the prestigious Centre de Recherches Mathématiques and the Statistical Society of Canada (CRM-SSC) Prize, which recognizes a statistical scientist's excellence and accomplishments in research during the first fifteen years after earning their doctorate; she is the first person to have received this award within ten years of receiving a Ph.D degree since its establishment. Professor Yi was a recipient of the University Faculty Award (2004-2009) granted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Her work with Xianming Tan and Runze Li won The Canadian Journal of Statistics Award in 2016. Professor Yi has served the professions in various capacities, including acting as an Associate Editor for a number of journals such as The Canadian Journal of Statistics, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series C), The Journal of Applied Probability, Statistics in Biosciences, STAT, and Biostatistics and Epidemiology.


    Max Magguilli

    Photo of L.MagguilliLouis (“Max”) Magguilli has been a Limited Duties Faculty member since 2007 at Western University teaching a wide variety of courses including Software Requirements Analysis, Computer Law, Information Systems, Systems Programming and Computer Science Fundamentals.  He is now joining the department as a full time faculty member.

    Professor Magguilli earned his Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Windsor.  He worked two years as a Youth Outreach Officer in Upstate New York.  He spent five years at St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital working as a psychometrist in the Forensic Ward and as a counselor in the Crisis Intervention and Short Term Care facility.  Magguilli then went back to school for a Master's Degree in Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario.  After graduation, he worked at the IBM Research Lab in Toronto, Ontario.  He created a software company that developed an intelligent suite of  software programs for medium to large corporations and municipalities to help them manage their Workplace Safety and Insurance Board claims processes and costs.   He has also worked part time as a legal clerk and Commissioner for a London Law Office and also has been Santa Claus for a number of years at one of the malls in London.