lisa singh

about me

Okay, so you want to know more about me. Here are a few highlights.

I have been at Georgetown since the fall of 2002.  My area of expertise is database systems, specifically data mining and data warehousing. I have also recently been working on a number of data science projects. I have worked on numerous data mining research projects, including ones with IBM, Hewlett Packard, the Census Bureau, and many small companies. My general research interests are mining social networks, anomaly detection, graph databases, data reduction of large graph data sets, and privacy preserving data mining.

 

I have collaborated with the Census Bureau (privacy preserving data mining), Hewlett Packard (anomaly detection and privacy preserving data mining), University of Maryland (uncertainty in graphs and visual analytics), and University of California, Santa Cruz (uncertainty in graphs and visual analytics).  I also have a longterm interdisciplinary collaboration with the Shark Bay Dolphin Research project (graph databases, visual analytics and social mining) and a more recent large collaboration with the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service..

 

In terms of service, I am currently serving as the Director of Graduate Studies and have served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies (2008-2010), on the program committee and organizing committee for major data mining and database conferences (ICDM, KDD, ICDE, SIGMOD, PVLDB), as a SIGMOD Exec member (2008-2011), and have helped organize an NSF Workshop.

 

In my previous life prior to Georgetown, I was a database advisor/architect and data warehouse consultant for small- to mid-size firms in the Bay Area, the Database Architect and Senior Application Programmer for the Internet startup, MyWorkTools.com, worked on research at NASA Goddard, and worked as a consultant at American Management Systems.

 

I received my undergraduate degree from Duke University in Electrical Engineering and English. After working for a short time and realizing my interest in databases, I began graduate school at Northwestern University.  There I completed my Master's in Computer Science and my PhD in Computer Engineering.

 

On a personal note, I am happily married to a wonderful man (ironically, a professor). I also have a beautiful, sweet daughter, a handsome, energetic son, and a cute, nutty dog.  I love the outdoors. I especially enjoy bike riding, skiing and making sand castles at the beach. I also love creative writing and hope to find time to write a fiction novel one day.


 

education

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Ph.D., Computer Engineering - December 1999

 

Dissertation: Generating Constrained Association Rules from Semi-Structured Data


Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

M.S., Computer Science - May 1997

 

Thesis: Automatic Preprocessing & Transformation of Semi-Structured Data for Mining Applications


Duke University
Durham, NC
B.S., Electrical Engineering / English (double major) - 1993

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