Prof. Leman Akoglu Receives ARO Young Investigator Award


Stony Brook, NY- December, 2013

Professor Leman Akoglu was selected to receive the Department of the Army, Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Award for her project, Anomaly Detection and Description in Complex Dynamic Networks.

The ARO’s Young Investigator Program identifies and supports academic scientists who show exceptional promise for creative research. The Department of the Army’s research program attracts outstanding faculty members from institutions of higher learning and encourages stellar teaching and research through funding support.

In the proposal submitted to ARO in August 2013, Dr. Akoglu detailed the sheer volume of complex, large-scale dynamic networks that exist and how it is critical that these networks are resilient to threats and cyber attacks. With the overall research goal of developing scalable, real-time algorithms for event detection and graph manipulation that focuses on description and visualization, Akoglu’s research focuses on three main areas: 

    1) Event detection and characterization in highly dynamic networks, 
    2) Measuring and manipulating network robustness, and 
    3) Anomaly detection in heterogeneous networks.

Dr. Akoglu received her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012 and currently leads the DATA Lab for the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University. In addition to the ARO Young Investigator Award, Akoglu has received the IBM First Patent Application Invention Achievement Award (2012), the Facebook Grace Hopper Scholarship (2010), and she was ranked second among 150 students at Bilkent University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science.

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