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I'm looking for new PhD students to conduct Big Data related research. Students will be funded through research assistantships and/or teaching assistantships.

My research

My research interests include Big Data, Scientific Workflow, Distributed Computing, Service-Oriented Computing, End-User Programming. I have published over 60 papers with 600+ citations. My research focuses on usability/programmability at front end and execution optimization at back end for these Big Data applications. I am particularly interested in using workflow-based approach to build and execute two types of applications: Big Batch Data applications and Big Stream Data applications. My research is often from real-world applications, built on top of real systems, such as Hadoop, Storm and Spark.

Desired qualifications:

  • A BS or preferably an MS in Information Systems, Computer Science, Applied Maths or related areas.
  • Interested in and/or familiar with Big Data techniques (e.g. MapReduce) and systems (e.g. Hadoop and Spark)
  • Some background on Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Good programming experience and/or mathematical theory background on scheduling and optimization

    Further information:

  • Contact: jianwu _at_
  • My research:
  • Information Systems Department at UMBC:
  • Application procedure:
  • Application deadline: February 1 for Fall and September 1 for Spring.
  • It is highly recommended to contact me by email regarding your application.

    About Department of Information Systems (IS)

    The IS department has 32 full-time faculties, 1000+ undergraduate students, 100+ MS students, and 50+ Ph.D. students. Our academic programs, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, are currently experiencing growth in student enrollments. The research in the department mainly includes five areas: 1) Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Management; 2) Database and Data Mining; 3) Health Information Technology; 4) Human-Centered Computing; 5) Software Engineering.

    About UMBC

    UMBC is an American public research university, located in a safe suburb area of Baltimore County, Maryland, approximately 10 minutes drive from downtown Baltimore City and 30 minutes drive from Washington, D.C. UMBC has been named the #1 Up-and-Coming University for six years in a row, since 2009, by US News & World Report. In addition, US News & World Report has placed UMBC in the top ten for best undergraduate teaching six years in a row, being placed at #5, the second highest-ranked public university.